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1,996 housing units to be built under Chinese grant

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Sri Lanka plans to begin construction of 1,996 housing units for artists and low-income families early this year under a 552 million yuan grant facility from China, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing has announced.

The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing noted that 1,888 housing units for low-income earners and 108 housing units for artistes will be constructed under this project.

Houses for low-income families are to be built in Peliyagoda, Maharagama, Moratuwa, and Dematagoda areas while the houses for artistes are to be built in the Kottawa area.

According to the agreement signed on Jan. 09, 2022, the Chinese government is extending 552 million yuan grant assistance.

The representatives of the Chinese government and the Urban Development Authority (UDA) have jointly conducted a population study for the project and the UDA has prepared the construction plans accordingly.  

A copy of the agreement related to the implementation of this project has been forwarded to the UDA. Consequently, the proposals of the UDA and the Ministry of Finance were forwarded to the company appointed for this program by the Chinese government last November.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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