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COPA decides to set up new technical committee

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It was decided at the joint meeting of Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Ways and Means to appoint a technical committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister’s Secretary to prepare the basic plans necessary to prepare an information technology system by integrating all relevant government agencies to improve the government’s revenue. 

Accordingly, a representative from the President Secretariat, Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Technology and the Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) are the other members of this committee.

The meeting was held under the patronage of Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, State Minister – Lasantha Alagiyawanna and the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, Member of Parliament – Patali Champika Ranawaka.

Thus, the technical committee was informed to hold a preliminary discussion within a week after coordinating all the relevant institutions and submit the preliminary plan to the committee on May 15 and to provide a related report. It was also decided to get a progress review about this every month until this program is implemented.

President Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy, Ministry of Technology, Department of Inland Revenue, Department of Excise, Department of Motor Traffic, Sri Lanka Customs, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Department of Agriculture, Department of Registration of Persons  Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Immigration and Emigration Department and other institutions were summoned to this event.     

The COPA chair expressed his strong displeasure to the government’s revenue collecting institutions, that a recommendation had been given to take necessary measures to prepare an information technology system by integrating all relevant government agencies in order to collect and improve the government revenue, but it was not implemented.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means – Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the necessary technical background, the extent to which the relevant institutions should be empowered for this should be studied and a program should be prepared. 

The committee was attended by Members of the committee, State Ministers Mohan Priyadarshana Silva and Chamara Sampath Dasanayake, as well as Members of Parliament Niroshan Perera, Jayantha Katagoda, J.C  Alavathuwala, (Major) Pradeep Udugoda and Sanjeewa Edirimanna.

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MoD clearance needed when ex-servicemen seek Russian visit visa – Sabry

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Sri Lanka ex-servicemen applying for visit visas to Russia will now have to get Defence Ministry clearance, Minister of Foreign Affairs M U M Ali Sabry said.

Sabry met the Russian Ambassador in Colombo Levan S Dzhagaryan today (May 29).

On a X post, the minister said, “We addressed the urgent situation of Sri Lankans being deployed in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and agreed on immediate steps to resolve these issues.”

“Russia will now require Sri Lanka Defence Ministry clearance for visit visas of ex-servicemen,” he said, adding that the upcoming visit to Russia will enable further discussions to find a solution to this matter.

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Japan announces skills new test in Building Cleaning

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The Embassy of Japan has announced that a new skills test in the field of Building Cleaning will be newly introduced in July 2024 in Sri Lanka for those seeking jobs in Japan as specified skilled workers. 

Together with the existing skills tests in Nursing Care, Food Service and Agriculture that have been in place since 2022 as well as recently added Construction, Airport Ground Handling and Accommodation Industry, skills tests will be available in seven fields in Sri Lanka with the addition of Building Cleaning.
Building Cleaning is the work to eliminate environmental pollutants in the buildings, such as offices, shopping centres and hotels to maintain the hygiene conditions of the interior of buildings such as the entrance hall, the passage, the toilet, the floor and the bed making work at hotels. House cleaning work is not included in building cleaning work.

The Embassy of Japan sincerely hopes that many talented and aspiring Sri Lankans will take advantage of this new opportunity to work in Japan in the Building Cleaning sector, which is estimated to welcome up to 37,000 foreign workers over a five-year period starting in 2024. The Embassy of Japan will continue to provide the necessary support and cooperation for Sri Lanka’s development, further deepening our long-standing friendship with Sri Lanka.

For more information on the skills test, please visit the following website of Japan Building Maintenance Association. It contains an Introduction video of Building Cleaning (available in Sinhala, English and Japanese), the textbook (available in Sinhala, English and Japanese) and a practical exam preparation video.

https://www.j-bma.or.jp/examination/94334

– The application period for the skills test will be from 5th June (6:30am) – 12th June (1:30pm) 2024 (Sri Lankan time).
– The skills test will take place from 16th – 18 July 2024 at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI).
– The examination fee is Rs. 5,000.
– The skills test details: A judgement test (paper test) and a practical test on building cleaning will be implemented. The paper test is an examination that uses photographs and illustrations. The practical test
consists of three tasks (Task 1: Routine cleaning of floor surfaces, Task 2: Routine cleaning of glass surfaces, and Task 3: Routine cleaning of western style large urinals).

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A/L results to be released before Monday ; schools to function normally

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The results of the 2023 G.C.E. Advanced Level (A/L) examination will be released before Monday (June 01), Education Minister Susil Peremajayantha said.

He said the Examinations Department is taking measures to release the results.

Meanwhile, the education ministry has issued a statement saying that all government schools will function as normal on Thursday (May 30) and Friday (May 31).

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