A new train tracking system to enable the public view coastline train movements, has been launched. The train tracking system named Railway Traffic Optimisation System (RTOS) was launched today at the University of Colombo’s School of Computing (UCSC), and could be viewed on www.slrail.info
General Manager Railways, B.A.PAriyaratne said the system was developed based on research where problems regarding technical issues were studied.
Railway Dept’s, National Research Council and UCSC undergraduates conducted joint research on the railways and came up with a solution to train delays and safety.
UCSC Lecturer, Dr Kasun De Zoysa said the RTOS is a train tracking system based on the GPRS system that could be monitored via computers or devices such as mobile phones with internet facility.
The system provides direct information on trains operating, their destinations, their speed and the time table including cancellations. The facility will be available to engine drivers and station masters as well, and will help them monitor the train movements.
The transmission of 300 MWs to the national grid from the third and final phase of the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant (LCPP) was expected to begin by the end of August, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) announced. Two generators are running at the moment with a capacity of 300 MWs each and the installation of a third generator with the same capacity is almost completed now. With the launching of the three phases of the LCPP by the end of this month the CEB will be adding 900 MWs to the national grid.
The total cost of the three phased LCPP, one of the largest development projects undertaken by China in Sri Lanka, which started construction in 2006, was US$ 1,341 million (Rs. 1,743 billion). With commissioning of the LCPP, the CEB would be in a position to provide power to every household in the country. The country’s power coverage is at 96% at present.
The Lotus Tower that Is being constructed down D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha has reached a height of 50 metres now.
The telecommunication regulatory official stated that feasibility studies for the second, phase of the project are ongoing with the finalisations to structural drawings. It will take another one or two months for the feasibility studies to be completed. Once that is done, the papers will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.
The second phase of the project will have a massive car park and shopping mall and is being designed by the University of Moratuwa.
The first phase of the project that the ongoing construction is being funded by a loan obtained from a Chinese bank.
With communication towers, museums, food courts and administrative offices, the tower would be a communication hub for both public and private sectors. The Lotus Tower will stand 350 metres in height and will be the tallest building in the country once completed.
The Central Bank (CB) has lost Rs.24.2 billion in 2013. Down from profits of Rs.66.2 billion in 2012. But the bank had transferred 25 billion rupees by way of profits to the state budget. Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said yesterday
Other than interest income from its forex assets, the CB primarily makes profits from inflation, either through currency depreciation or interest from ‘domestic assets.’
Domestic assets are government securities, which tend to grow sharply when large volumes of money are printed usually to bridge the deficit or keep interest rates down, generating high inflation and balance of payment crises.
Lower Central Bank profits generally point to lower inflation in the economy he said.
Interest income from domestic assets therefore, also plunged to Rs 11.4 billion from Rs. 25.9 billion a year earlier as the CB sold its Treasury bills portfolio as the banking system recovered from balances of payments h troubles of 2011 and 2012 he added
Free Wi-Fi facilities will be available in all areas and buildings constructed and redeveloped by the Urban Development Authority (UDA).
The UDA said that it had partnered with Sri Lanka Telecom to upgrade and provide state-of-the-art telecommunication facilities to all its redevelopment projects in the country. LED screens providing information to the public and for advertising purposes will also be setup under the project.
The Rs. 60 million projects will provide the public access to free Wi-Fi at locations such as the Dutch Hospital. Race Course and the former Attorney-General’s building which is being redeveloped as a shopping complex. The authority said that Race Course complex would be the first to be provided with Wi-Fi facilities and LED screens providing information and for advertising purposes.
UDA redevelopment projects within Colombo will be provided with these facilities under the initial stage of the project. Similar facilities will also be provided for other redevelopment projects across the country soon.
The Bogambara Prison, which had been constructed by the British rulers in Kandy, should be preserved as an archaeological site, the Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission. Sisira Ratnayake said.
The chairman, who visited this prison, also took time to witness the uniquely constructed gallows that were situated inside the former prison and commented that by giving school children an opportunity to witness the scary nature of the gallows it could prevent them from getting involved in unlawful acts in the future.
The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development announced that the conversion of the former Pettah fish market into a gold centre was almost complete and it would be opened shortly.
The building which housed the former fish market which was shifted to Peliyagoda has been converted to a five-storey complex to house gems, jewellery and gold stores.
The Rs.400 million projects undertaken by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) is to provide better infrastructure and security facilities to the trade. Both local and foreign businesses are expected to be set up in the new building. The authority said that the Gems and Jewellery Authority would also have a stall in the premises to authenticate gems and jewellery items purchased by customers.
The ministry said renovations which began in 2012 were to be completed by October 2014 and that the building would comprise 85 commercial spaces, two banks, a food court and a parking lot with modern facilities for 700 vehicles.
While the UDA were the architectural consultants for the project, the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) was the engineering consultant. The construction of the building has been carried out by the Army.
Sri Lanka has a proud history of boat building. From the ancient times Sri Lanka was considered as a nation that had mastered the science of boat building and the country was a maritime hub of the ancient world.
The island therefore does have a natural advantage to become the hub for boat manufacturing in the Asian region thanks to its strategic location and other skills. According to Akihiko Nakauchi. Chairman Colombo Dockyard PLC.
He stated in news that the service provided by the Board of Investment (BOI) for this sector is excellent. Sri Lanka has one of the best natural harbours in the Asian region and its commercial port in Colombo is rated among the most economical and efficient. Which offers a comprehensive range of services to shippers.
As a result of several initiatives taken by the governments, the private sector and other stakeholders the boatbuilding industry in Sri Lanka has now become one of the leading local industries with a potential of emerging as an export sector.
The opportunities have emerged in the boatbuilding sector such as boats for excursions, for whale watching, leisure fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving. The interest of the local community in boating activities will create additional markets not only for the exiting entrepreneurs but also for the new investors in the industry.
Sri Lanka’s boatbuilding industry is roughly comprised of three main sectors namely, pleasure boats, commercial boats and fishing boats.
The BOI of Sri Lanka lias played and continues to play a leading role in order to developing this industry There are more than five big boat building companies operating with BOI status.
Neil Fernando and Company (Pvt.) Ltd.
Dhanusha Marine Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.
Josten Viksund (Pvt.) Ltd.
Solas Marine Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd
Colombo Dockyard PLC
are some the companies operating under the BOI. which produce a wide range of activities such as production of small and medium size boats for the export markets, production of vessels for sport fishing and day fishing, speed boats, coast guard vessels, Dinghy, freshwater fishing boats, saltwater fishing boats, cruising boats and sailboat.
Colombo Dockyard PLC specializes in the building of anchor handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, passenger vessels, harbour tug boats, landing crafts, work boats, fast patrol bats, offshore patrol boats, cargo vessels and passenger vessels for the export markets.
In addition to enhancing earnings of foreign exchange, the boat building industry itself offers a wide range of benefits to the country it has generated many job opportunities for the youth and created inflow of technical know-how into the country.
According to a new market research report titled Global Recreational Boating Industry Analysis and Forecast 2010-2015 from Lucintel. The boating industry is growing exponentially over the next five years. Sri Lankan boating industry therefore has with great potential for expansion opportunities and even of penetrating new markets.
Existing boat manufacturers can expand their production capacity to meet the growing international demand. The BOI Sri Lanka believes strongly that the boating industry is a sector which will play an important role in the country’s development.
Representatives from a ten member business-delegation visited Colombo on March 4 and 5 . This business delegation comprised of French companies in the field of urban infrastructure, especially transport. French companies present in India and Singapore were also represented during this mission. Participating French companies included Alstom Transport, Bouygues Batiment International, Dassault Systemes, DTP Terrassement. Egis International, Signes-Paysages, Systra, Veolia Transport RATP. Vinci Concession and Unibridge.
The main area of interest for the business delegation was the modernization of urban mass transport systems.
The renovation and electrification of the urban rail network as well as improving road access was also discussed with the local authorities. During most discussions, financing under public – private partnerships was considered the best option and the participating French companies took note of the investment concepts put forward by their counterparts..
This delegation was led by Jean Paul Monchau, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Constructions on the Eco-park in Kahapola, Piliyandala ceremonially commenced last week with the participation of Botanical Gardens and Recreation Minister Jayarathna Herath and Labour and Labour Relations Minister Gamini Lokuge as Chief Guests.
The project was undertaken by the National Zoological Department with the aim of developing tourism. The Eco-park consisting of 77 acres of land area would be opened to the public in 2015. It comprises a conservation centre of indigenous fauna and flora, a breeding and research centre for endangered species, an entertainment centre for children and water sports facilities centering the Bolgoda Lake.
In addition, the Park would also consist Souvenirs stalls, a Cafeteria and a Cable Car Service. An investment opportunity for the private sector is available for these purposes as well as for boat services.
The European Union apportioned Rs. 1,700 million for the development of Batticaloa under the guidance of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. A meeting, presided by Batticaloa Government Agent P. S. M. Charles, was held to discuss how the funds can be used to develop Batticaloa.
The meeting was held at Batticaloa Government Agent’s office. Economic Development Deputy Minister M. L. A. M. Hizbullah said the implementing committee will be formed in the 14 secretarial divisions of the Batticaloa District. Deputy Minister said similar to the project successfully completed in the Ampara district, the amount will be used to develop education, health, technical education, Solid waste management, environmental development and fisheries in the Batticaloa district.
UNOPS Program Manager Celia Marquez, Batticaloa District Planning Director R. Neduncheliyan, Batticaloa Municipal Council Engineer P. Achchuthan and others participated.
The Moratuwa- Egoda uyana beachfront development project initiated to provide better facilities to people, especially for children who use the beach for leisure activities, would be completed by May 2014, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) source stated that UDA sources around Rs. 24.1 million has been estimated to undertake the project funded by the private sector and also the UDA. It also transpired that the complete clearance of the project site amounting to approximately 42 perches and 80 percent of the physical taking over procedure of the land have been completed.
And the Moratuwa Municipal Council will be responsible for the maintenance and administration of the beach front leisure park once the project was completed.
Linking all expressways in the country, Phase I of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH) connecting the Southern Expressway to Kaduwela will be declared open on March, 8. The 29.1 Km Highway built in three phases, is to link al expressways I and major roads such as Southern, Northern and Kandy Expressways as well as Colombo- Awissawella, Colombo- Kandy and Colombo- Negombo Roads.
Funded by JICA, Phase I of the project, connecting Kottawa to Kaduwela, was constructed by the China Harbour Engineering Company.
With Phase II of the project connecting Kaduwela to Kadawatha underway, tenders are being called for Phase III connecting Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya.
The 11 Km from Kottawa to Kaduwela was constructed at a cost of RS.24.9 billion and the Speed limit will be 100 kmph for the rest of the road.
The Expressway will be monitored by a network of CCTV cameras which are only connected to the main control room. Rules and regulations for Southern Expressway apply to the Outer Circular as well.
The Colombo Outer Circular will have interchanges of
The four lane highway has been constructed with the Intention of ‘ expanding it to a six lane highway with the increase of I traffic in the future. Once completed the OCH is to reduce traffic congestion in Colombo.
One of the prominent features of this expressway is the 3.2 kilometre long viaduct constructed to have this expressway on elevated form across the marshy land in Mahawela between Pore and Kothalawala.lt will be the longest viaduct or bridge in Sri Lanka.
This is constructed at a cost of Rs. 7.2 billion the bridge is built to ensure the flood pattern of the area remained the same.
Nearly 413 semi-luxury bus owners were fined in 2013 for not maintaining the stipulated standards in their buses stated by Private Transport Minister.
And he stated that ministry was keen on making sure that semi-luxury bus owners maintained the required standards for the convenience of the passengers. None of the bus owners will be spared if they fail to maintain high standards.
KFC a warm culture and some of the best hospitality among quick service restaurant chains the world over; now opens its new outlets at Cargills Square in Jaffna.
KFC is opens its first stores in Majestic City in 1995 by Cargills and now its expand its operations more than 25 restaurants around the island. Cargills itself offers a wide range of local palates of KFC Chicken Buriyani, KFC Chicken Pop Corn N Rice, KFC Chicken Charger – along with signature KFC meals.
The Latest Restaurant was at Jaffna at Cargills Own Supper Market complex in Jaffna city, opposite to Jaffna Hospital.
KFC Food Menu for All Outlets including Jaffna (New Outlets)
For Home Delivery Services available at
Majestic City Food Court
KFC Grilled Chicken
Chicken Popcorn & Rice
Chocolate Biscuit Pudding
1 Pepsi or 7up
Hot Wings Bucket/Box
KFC Dine in Menu for KFC Resultants around the Island
Outer circle Express highway one of the main express Highway developments is undergoing now will expect to open very soon. It is expected to open the first phase of the Outer Circular Expressway public within the first quarter of this year.
95% of the 11km stretch from Kottawa to Kaduwela has been completed. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provided the necessary funds for the project amounting to Rs. 24.98 billion.
The second phase from Kaduwela to Kadawata, which is under construction, would be opened by the first quarter of 2015, he said. Rs.44 billion has been allocated to the 8.9 km long second phase.
The third phase to Kerawalapitiya from Kadawata 9.2km was scheduled to begin with Rs 33 billion of investment.
The first phase will be connected to the Southern Expressway from Kaduwela. Once the entire Outer Circular Expressway is complete it will connect the Colombo Katunayake Expressway as well.
The Expressway is to have eight flyovers and an underground subway too. And it is also to have six main inter-exchanges in Kottawa, Kaduwela. Biyagama. Kadawata, Maththumagala a n d Kerawalapitiya.
“The main purpose for the Outer Circular Expressway is to develop the cities around Colombo, to avoid Greater Colombo when coming from the Northern and Southern region and also to distribute goods transported from the Katunayake International Airport in a more efficient manner.
The Cost of Living allowance for employees of government corporations, statutory boards and project staff has been increased up to Rs 7,800 per month with effect from January 01, the Ministry of Finance and Planning announced.
that the revision of the Cost of Living allowance has been effected as per the Budget Proposals 2014. The Management Services Circular in this regards was issued. Accordingly, employees of all Government Corporations, Statutory Boards, Fully Owned Government Companies and the projects covered by the Management Services Circular No. 33 are entitled to this allowance.
According to sources that National Trade Union Centre has request Rs. 13,442.50 as a Cost of Living Allowance, where it is good indication of the CoL Increment compare to other cost factors in Sri Lanka
Delft Island is a famous and growing tourism destination in Northern part of Sri Lanka, the Delft Islands formally known as Nedunthivu by Srilankan which means the largest island in the Northern Region. ( Nedum or Nediya – Large in Tamil and Thivu – island in Tamil) so it is become Nedunthivu,
Nedunthivu was called llha Das Vacas by Portuguese and Delft Island by Dutch later finally it’s become Delft Island in English too.
Delft Island basic Information
Northern Province of Sri Lanka
handicraft from Palmyrah tree
Remittance from aboard
Devil Wells and Some other wells
Currently available on populated areas and expending further
Mode of Transport and cost
Three Wheeler – Rs. 1,500.00
TATA Ace (DIMO Batta)Rs. 2,000.00 to Rs. 2,500.00
Places to Visit in Delft Island or Nedunthivu
Dutch Fort (Meekaman Fort)
Foot Print in Rock
Horses Stable ( Dutch Period)
Dutch Fort (Vediyarasan Fort)
12 Branch Palmyrah Tree
Landscape Water Tanks
Sandy, White Beaches
Journey from Kurikadduwan (KKD) to Delft Island/ Nedunthivu
Kurikadduwan is known as one of the main jetty in Jaffna to go to Nainatheevu (for Nagadeepa Temple or Nagapoosani Amman Temple) and Delft Island. This is formally known as KKD by Naval Community.
Kurikadduwan (KKD) to Delft Island/ Nedunthivu ferry Time
There is a single ferry is available by Road Development Authority for Free of Charge the ferry could transport upto 100 Passengers at a time,
Navy also offering a boat if anyone wanted to hire separately, the boat is available for Rs. 6,000.00 Up and down from KKD to Delft Island back to KKD.
Delft Island to Kurikadduwan
Morning 6.00 or 6.30 Am
Kurikadduwan to Delft Island
Morning 9.30 or 10.00 Am
Delft Island to Kurikadduwan
Noon 2.30 or 3.00 Pm
Kurikadduwan to Delft Island
Evening 6.00 or 6.30 Pm
Traveling Time Approximately: 45 Minutes to 1 Hours
And it’s advisable to stay inside the boat rather staying out, when the sea is though and if you are new to boat journey, advisable to takes some shopping Bags in case of vomiting while your journey.
Mobile Coverage is Delft Island
All Srilanka Mobile Networks providers offer the Mobile Coverage in Delft Island, and there is no Issues of Loss of Mobile Coverage in the island.
Hotels and Accommodation at Delft Island
There are 4 Rooms Hotel opened recently and offers you a very basic accommodation alone with food and drink services near to the jetty points of Delft Island.
And there are less number of shops available for retailing and mostly the bread and buns available for sales those.
Vehicle Hiring in Delft Island
It is advisable to hire the vehicles near to jetty points, where all the three wheel drivers are asking the same amount as pre-determine of Rs. 1,500.00 and Dimo Batta Drives are about Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 2,500.00
And they will manage your time to see all the places within the times frame and allow you to see all above 12 places with in time of 10.30 Am to 2.30 Pm.
Therefore those who are traveling it is advisable to come jetty soon as possible, because the priority will given to those who lives in island and later only for tourist upon space available.
For more information check fee of below images, taken at Delft Island by my selves, and copy rights reserves to www.prasphotos.com
And it is advisable to take printout of these articles and manage your tour, Feel Free to Ask question about the tour guidance
The Government will buy 2.200 new buses at a cost of more than Rs. 5 billion for the Sri Lanka Transport Board from next year.
The recommendation came from Transport Minister Kumara Welgama who has proposed that a supplier’s credit be negotiated with the manufacturer – Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC — for this purpose.
Cabinet has appointed a negotiating committee to discuss bulk discounts offered by the company. The committee chaired by Technology and Research Ministry’ Secretary Dhara Wijethilake will include Transport Ministry Secretary Dhammika Perera. Petroleum Industry Ministry Secretary R.S.S. Samaratunga. Productivity Promotion Ministry Secretary Damitha de Zoysa. and the Treasury’s Deputy Secretary B.M.S. Batagoda.
Among the other factors the ministers have agreed on are:
To allocate Rs 1000 million a year for five years from the General Treasury to settle the cost of buying these buses for the SLTB and for the SLTB to bear the balance costs.
To grant funds from the annual budget in the future, only for the losses of income to the SLTB due to operations on uneconomical routes and for issuance of school season tickets.
To settle the statutory dues such as EPF and ETF contributions from the funds generated through the sale of non-economical and unserviceable buses.
It may be recalled that the ministers recently decided to allow three state sector concerns -the State Plantations Corporation. the Janatha Estates Development Board and Elkaduwa Plantations – to fell trees in their plantations to settle statutory dues of the employees. The cutting down of trees for this purpose is under way
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The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) is making arrangements to implement the above programme targeting the farmers growing decorative foliage under Protected Agriculture Systems (Net Houses) for export in the Hambantota District.
To popularize the cultivation of export oriented foliage varieties in the region
To establish steady marketing network between exporters and out growers
To develop a consolidated quality supply base
Inculcate good cultivation practices among the out growers
Existing / potential farmers in the Hambantota District who wish to grow decorative foliage for export.
Assistance will be provided on cost sharing basis to meet 40% of the cost for the following items considered for reimbursement up to a maximum of Rs. 210,000/-
Construction of Net House
Technical workshops / awareness
Linkages with exporters
Suitable farmers for the Programme will be selected by an Evaluation Panel appointed by the SLEDB and followed by field inspection.
Prescribed application forms are available at the Hambantota Special Branch Office (SLEDB) or application could be downloaded from the SLEDB official web site www.srilankabusiness.com (under the section of Events & Announcements).
Duly completed application forms should be sent under registered post to reach the Assistant Director, Hambantota Special Branch Office, Sri Lanka Export Development Board,2nd floor,Magam Ruhunupura Administrative Complex, Siribopura, Hambantota on or before 09,h December, 2013.
For further information please contact Assistant Director, Mr. Dissanayaka or Mr. Susantha on Tel: 047 – 2256165 Tel/Fax: 047-2256166 E-mail: email@example.com
The department of Labour introduces a website of www.epf.gov.lk to check your E.P.F Refund process.
Once you hand over your application to Department of Labour – Employee’s Provident Fund, the official will offers you 7 digits User Name and 4 Digit Passwords to check about the process of EPF Refund, rather visiting to Department of Labour.
The username and password will provides the basic details of
Name of the Person
EPF Claim Reference Number
It is a great feature for those claiming EPF refunds easily rather visiting to department of labour and waste your valuable time.