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Launches Rs. 20 billion project to rehabilitate 1,500 km of roads

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A project to rehabilitate 1,500 kilometers of roads across the country will begin at Divisional Secretariat level at a cost of Rs.20 billion today.

The aim of this project is to restore the road system that has been seriously damaged due to non repair as a result of the Covid-19 epidemic and the economic crisis that prevailed in the last two or three years in the country.

“We have also given priority to rehabilitate the road network that has been destroyed due to the landslides and floods caused by the recent torrential rains,” Road Development Authority Director General Sardha Weerakoon said.

Following these circumstances, this year’s budget has allocated funds for the rehabilitation of 1,500 km of roads in the country.

The Transport and Highways Ministry will implement this project in three phases, the Director General said.

He said that the rehabilitation work of 500 km of roads will start today, while the second phase of rehabilitating 500 km of roads and the third phase of rehabilitating 500 km of roads will begin on March 16 and April 2 respectively.

The Director General further stated that this project will be initiated by the chairpersons of the Regional development committees in every Divisional secretariat in the country today under the supervision of the Road Development Authority.

Sorce – dailynews.lk

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Iran – SL sign 5 MoUs (Video)

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Iran and Sri Lanka signed five memorandums of understanding (MoUs), aimed at bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries.

The MoUs signed will cover cooperation in film, media, tourism, cooperatives, libraries, and cultural, scientific, technical, and sports fields between the two countries, the Presidential Media Division notes.

Earlier in the evening, the Iranian President – Dr. Ebrahim Raisi and his Sri Lankan counterpart President Wickremesinghe held one-on-one discussions, followed by a bilateral meeting between representatives of both nations at the Presidential Secretariat.

(Video – PMD)

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Imported milk powder prices slashed

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The price of imported milk powder will be reduced with effect from tomorrow (April 25), the Milk Powder Importers’ Association states.

Accordingly, the price of a 01 kg pack will drop by Rs. 250 – Rs. 300 while the price of 400g pack will be slashed by Rs. 100ත් – Rs. 130.

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Injunction against Wijedasa and Sarathie

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The Colombo District Court today (April 24) issued an injunction order preventing the appointment of Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as the Acting Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
The court has also issued an injunction order preventing MP Sarathie Dushmantha Mithrapala from functioning as the General Secretary of SLFP.

Colombo District Judge Sandun Withana issued these orders after considering a complaint filed against the respective appointments.

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