Laya Waves at Kalkudah – Sri Lanka Army Newest Project

Sri Lanka Army’s newest project for rest and recreation, ‘Laya Waves’ at Kalkudah, built by Engineer Service Regiment (HSR) troops as one more addition to the Laya chain of hotels, was opened to the the public by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Monday morning during a formal ceremony.

The state-of-the-art Laya Waves with eight cabana-type constructions with deluxe single and family rooms overlooking the serene Kalkudah beach also has special suites in its two-storied building.

Dedicated as one more welfare project of the Directorate of Welfare, all Army personnel are entitled to receive concessionary rates in this picturesque hotel, erected in this area considering future potentials.

Commander of the Army after the formal inauguration closely watched the interior of the construction, in the company of officers and spoke to the new staff at the hotel. The Army-managed Laya Hotel chain has already won accolades for its management, facilities and services after the Army established Laya Beach, Laya Safari and Laya Leisure in Wadduwa, Yala and Kukuleganga.

Sri Lanka army is into Economic Supportive development of Dairy farming

The Sri Lankan army, involved in business and economic activity since the May 2009 end of the conflict, is aiming to be one of the country’s largest milk producers.

As it expands its contribution to GDP growth – not through salaries, wages and expenditure on military hardware but real economic activity, the army has established its own Directorate for Agriculture and Livestock to promote agriculture and dairy industry.

This department is currently negotiating with an investor to import 10,000 cows with the capacity to produce 60 litres of milk per cow per day, from an Australian company.

A comprehensive plan has been crafted to increase milk production at its Kandakadu Agriculture Farm in Welikanda spanning over 11,140 acres and transforming it to become the biggest farm in South Asia. The milk production would be made available to MILCO for distribution.

Amidst the controversy last year, spilling into 2014, of contaminated milk from imported products, a campaign was launched to increase local milk production to reach self-sufficiency, and the army’s effort is in line with the national plan.

Sri Lanka annually requires around 900 million litres of milk but has the capacity to produce only 300 million litres, just 25-30 per cent of the total need. This is despite 30 per cent of the workforce of Sri Lanka being engaged in animal farming,

The milk food import bill costs US$400 million (or more than Rs. 49 billion) a year and the government’s plan is to attain self-sufficiency in milk by 2016. Several initiatives been directed towards this target through government and private sector efforts.

The army’s latest initiative is commensurate with its role of changing the landscape of Colombo and suburban areas and other cities including Kandy as well as entry into the hospitality and tourism sectors with the advantage of cheap labour and skills of security forces personnel. While there has been some criticism of the army’s role in business and allied activity particularly since it provides stiff competition to others which offer more costly services, the military hierarchy has somewhat deflated this criticism through showpiece infrastructure development like the Colombo Racecourse, the Arcade Independence Square, beautifying parks, playgrounds and the creation of walking, cycling and jogging tracks in Colombo and the suburbs.

The Kandakadu farm was taken over by the army from the control of the LTTE and reopened in 2011. The army is in the process of using the whole land area for agriculture, livestock and diary development. So far 300 acres have been cultivated while the dairy section of the farm currently has 200 milk cows.

According to military sources, the army will provide the skilled labour for the planned joint venture project with an Australian company which will set up cool rooms.

Meanwhile in another project to enhance local milk production, the Economic Development Ministry recently signed up with the Export Finance Insurance Corporation ( EFIC) of Australia and the Rabobank, Netherlands to provide funds to import 20,000 cows. Under this, the ministry will import 20,000 cows from Wellard Rural Export Pvt. Ltd, Australia at a cost of nearly $ 74 million (more than Rs. 9.6 billion).

In addition to the Kandakadu farm, the army has farms in Ella- Kantale, Kuttigala, Diyatalawa, Paanaluwa, Habarakada, Ekala, Kandakadu, Udayarkattukulam, Menik Farm, Nachchikuda, Kohilawaguruwatta, Palali and Wellakulam areas totalling 2196 acres.

Those farms grow paddy, corn, vegetables, fruits, coconuts, sugarcane, peanuts, oranges, arecanut, cinnamon, banana, jak, seasonal crops and produce dairy products. In addition, some of those farms carry out animal husbandry, poultry and dairy cattle activity.

Troops of the Sri Lanka Army General Services Corps are actively engaged in these projects island- wide and sell the harvest to the public at reasonable price.

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Kandy expressway to go via Pothuhera (Kurunegala)

Initial plans made for the proposed Kandy Expressway have been changed because hilly areas are an obstruction to the expressway having direct access from Ambepussa to Kandy, According to our amended plans the expressway will start in Kurunegala and move via Pothuhera and Mawathagam to Kandy.

The interchange to the expressway would be at Pothuhera, a few kilometres from Kurunegala.  And the Expressway from Pothuhera to Kandy is 52 kilometres.

Meanwhile the Ministry said feasibility studies for the Northern expressway had been completed and the acquisition of land and other planning work was now in progress.

It said the proposed Northern Expressway would be constructed in four stages. The Northern expressway will start at Kurunegala and continue to Dambulla via Melsiripura and Galewela. From Dambulla the Expressway will turn towards Jaffna in the North and Trinco in the east.

Sri Lanka Police is going to Update CCTV installation in Colombo

A new CCTV technology and an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system are to be installed n tie Colombo District Police said.

The Sri Lanka CCTV system established in 2010 is operated under a Senior DIG and a DIG. The 105 closed circuit cameras installed at main intersections in the Colombo city continuous transmit images that are viewed in the control room on 28 LCD screens.

The unit stores images for several toys and are used for “National Security Purposes, and the City traffic management that has a daily average of over 200,000 vehicles in the Colombo city.

The new AN PR system is to capture an image of the number plates of vehicles automatically. The existing system would only take a picture of the entire frame as a whole. ‘Sometimes we would not be able to decipher the number plate from the image taken with the new system we would get good images of the number plates. CCTV cameras have also been installed in Kandy and Galle cities and are to be updated with the new system after Colombo. The project has been done in collaboration with the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Telecom, and the Ceylon Electricity Board. Metropolitan office (Pvt) Ltd and the Colombo Municipal Council.

 

30,000 Houses by 2015 for Low Income earners in Colombo Srilanka at an affordable price – Prices attached

Authority (UDA) is to begin constructing seven new housing schemes in Colombo for low- income earners.

The authority said its target was 10,000  housing units under the new phase which is scheduled to be completed within 18 months. The project at Applewatta, Maligawatta, Aluth Mawatha in Mattakkuliya Madampitiya. Kimbulala, Bloemendhal and Torrington have been given to local construction companies such as MAGA, Tudawe Brothers, Access, Sierra, State Engineering Corporation, Sanken and CML MTD.

UDA official stated four new housing schemes are to be completed at Aluth Mawatha. Mattakkuliya and one each at the other sites. The houses are being built on plots of land that have been released after a number of low-income earners were resettled in recently completed government housing schemes.

Further stated that while the construction cost of one unit would be Rs. 3.5 million the complete cost of a housing unit including the cost of equipment electricity and a water supply would cost the authority Rs. 6.8 million each. The families relocated in these schemes would have to make an initial payment of Rs. 50,000 and Rs.3,000 each to cover the cost of construction.

The UDA has a target of constructing 30,000 housing units by 2015.  Constructing housing schemes around the city have been a part of a large scale Colombo redevelopment plan. The project looks into issues such as flooding, garbage, the lack of open spaces and usable pavements. We have already resolved most of & them. Housing for low-income earners is the only one remaining to be resolved.

The UDA said that studies showed that there were 68,812 low-income houses in Colombo. “40,000 of them are not fit for living. We started constructing 14,000 housing units in 2011 and the construction of 10,000 is to began,  We hope to complete 30,000 units by 2015.

University Leadership Training Programme Name Listed released now

University Leadership Training Programme; a training programmes offer to the University students who are going to enroll into Srilanka Government University after their confirmation of University Grant Commission admission.

The training programme planned for 3 batches for G.C.E (A/L) 2012 students, therefore those who have selected for the Government Universities in Sri lanka could check their relevant training programme batch by entering your NIC number at http://pop.nodes.lk/mohesys/

Please do not worry, if you are selected to this intake of Leadership programme and you did not receive a letter yet. Letter and the slip can be printed from here. Take those two printed letters with your NIC. Since Ministry of Higher Education already sent your details to the relevant centers you will be accepted with printed letter, slip and the NIC. Even if you are not in a position to get a printout from the system you can directly go to the Training Center which you are allocated (Take your NIC), , we have sent all the candidate details to each and every training center.

To print the slip click on the print button in the slips you received after enters your NIC Number.

University Leadership Training Programme Dates – Published in Future Leaders website: http://www.leadership.mohe.gov.lk

 

Batch Start Date End Date
1st Batch 23-11-2013 15-12-2013
2nd Batch 21-12-2013 10-01-2014
3rd Batch 18-01-2014 07-02-2014

 

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All the Best for Candidate who are selected for University

Sri Lanka Navy signs MoU with CIMA

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage and CIMA Chief Executive Officer CharlesTilley, signed the MoU representing the two parties.

Under this MOU, The CIMA Sri Lanka Branch would facilitate SLN officers to follow the Certificate Business Accountancy Course leading to the CIMA Associate Membership.

Tutorial classes would be conducted at the SLN premises in Colombo and Trincomalee, while the duration of the course would be six months. Those qualifying could pursue the next higher levels in the CIMA educational program which would be in four stages and which could be completed within a period of two and half years.

The inauguration ceremony of CIMA’s first batch of Naval officers was held at the Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake Auditorium at SLN Parakrama, to coincide with the MoU.

Aeronautical Engineering Degree from US Air force Academy – Needed to Join Srilanka Air force

Aeronautical Engineering Degree from US Air force Academy – Needed to Join Srilanka Air force

Join the Sri Lanka Air force and obtain a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Air force academy. Study in USA for four years and graduate with a University Degree in Aeronautical engineering from the US Air Force Academy Colorado, USA

Basic entry qualification

Nationality: Must be citizens of Sri Lanka
Civil status: Unmarried
Gender: Male/ Female
Age: not less than 18 years and not more than 23 years as at 1st July 2014
Colour vision standard: CP2
visual acuity: Left eye 6/6 and Right eye 6/6 without spectacles
Chest: Minimum 32’ (male)
Height: Male 5’5 and above, Female 5’2 and above
Weight: Male – 17<BMI<26
Female 17< BMI<25

 

Educational Qualification

Passes in six subjects at the GCE (O/L) examination with a distinction in English language and three credits including credit passes in mathematics and science and an ordinary pass in Sinhala/ Tamil language in one sitting (additional and optional subjects not considered) and simple pass in three subjects at the GCE(A/L) examination in the Physical Science stream (Combined maths, Physics, Chemistry) in one sitting and passed the common general paper with marks not less than 30% (candidate who are pronounced eligible in physical science subjects for University admission by the commissioner General of examinations are eligible to apply)

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Aeronautical Engineering Degree from US Air force Academy – Needed to Join Srilanka Air force
Aeronautical Engineering Degree from US Air force Academy – Needed to Join Srilanka Air force

Special Housing Loans for troops and state employees

The Government is proposed to introducing loans members of Armed forces, Employees of statutory boards, Corporations and state banks to buy houses.

These loans are providing at a special interest under the Nilsevana Housing Project.

 

Defense Seminar 2013 at Hotel Galadari from 3rd to 5th September 2013

The Sri Lanka army organizes a Defense Seminar 2013 at Hotel Galadari from 3rd to 5th September 2013. The seminar will discuss about the post conflicts Sri Lanka challenges and Regional Stability of South Asia.

The Whole seminar is discussing about the Development, Diplomacy and Defence of Sri Lanka and regional Countries.

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Defense Seminar 2013 at Hotel Galadari from 3rd to 5th September 2013
Defense Seminar 2013 at Hotel Galadari from 3rd to 5th September 2013

Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara 2013

The 12th year of Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara will be held on Friday 2nd August. 8.30 am at Nalanda College Premises, Colombo 10.

Retired old Nalandians and personnel in service of the three forces & Police are cordially invited for the event.

The event organized by the Nalanda Junior Old Boys’ Association Inquiries:

Pradeep: 0773667656/Alahakoon: 0777224156/ Hemachandra: 0712730208

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Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara 2013
Nalanda Ranaviru Upahara 2013

VIP Protection Training Course for 30 Maldivians Police Personals

The Special Task Force (STF) of Sri Lanka Police conducted a special training course for Maldivian Police personnel on VIP protection. 30 Maldivian Police Officers including two female officers who followed the VIP protection training course, passed out at the STF Training School in Katukurunda, Kalutara.

The passing out parade of the Maldivian officers was held under the patronage of STF Commandant DIG R.W.M.C. Ranawana. Maldives Police Service Assistant Police Commissioner Ahamad Saudee and – Maldives Police Commissioner’s International Coordinator Joona Lathief were also present.

The STF has organised several VIP protection courses for Maldivian Police personnel. The course support police personnel to develop their professional skills.