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India infuses additional funds into ongoing grant projects

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High Commissioner of India,- Mr. Santosh Jha and Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing Mr. W.S. Sathyananda signed and exchanged diplomatic letters today (March 21) to formalize Government of India’s (GOI) decision to provide an additional grant of SLR 150 million for the Construction of Houses and Infrastructure Facilities in Sobitha Thero Village in Anuradhapura. 

With this, GOI’s total commitment to the project currently stands at SLR 450 million.
With the formalization of the additional grant amount, 90 houses shall be constructed in the village with the GOI grant.  The project is currently underway and the proposed houses are at various stages of construction. The project is being executed in collaboration with Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero Commemoration Foundation.

 Responding to the drastic changes in the economic landscape of Sri Lanka, GOI decided to infuse additional funds into 9 ongoing grant projects in order to expeditiously complete these projects, while also minimizing the impact of the sharp rise in cost of construction materials on the original scope of projects. The extent of additional funds is upto 50% of the original commitment by GOI in each of the 9 projects.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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