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New motor vehicle revenue license system from this Saturday

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Mr. Kanaka Herath, the Minister of State for Technology, announced that Sri Lanka will introduce the new motor vehicle revenue license system (eRL 2.0) on the 7th of this month. 

He emphasized that this program will be implemented in all provinces except for the Western Province. 

Additionally, he highlighted that the new motor vehicle revenue licenses (eRL 2.0) can be conveniently obtained from home using this innovative system.  State Minister  Herath shared these details during a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (02), under the theme ‘Collective path to a stable country’.

State Minister Kanaka Herath who spoke further said:

To improve the efficiency of the public service in this country, as well as to reduce irregularities, the entire public service should be digitized. Therefore, President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that all government institutions in Sri Lanka should be digitized through the 2023 budget statement.

Nine pilot projects are being implemented by selecting nine government institutions including Divisional Secretariat Divisions, Pradeshiya Sabha, Municipal Councils and District Secretariat Offices, under the digitization of the public service.

In addition to this, starting from the 7th of this month with the introduction of eRL 2.0, an opportunity arises to acquire vehicle revenue licenses through the online system, a program jointly executed by the State Ministry of Technology and the Information and Communication Technology Association of Sri Lanka. This initiative encompasses all eight provinces, excluding the Western Province. Concurrently, there are ongoing efforts to expand this program to encompass all government institutions and facilitate online payments by March of the coming year.

These endeavours are geared toward enhancing the efficiency and fortifying the public service throughout the entire country through digitization, with the ‘Digicon 2023-2030’ program having been initiated under the guidance of President Ranil Wickremesinghe to attain this objective.

Furthermore, a series of events, including technology exhibitions, conferences, and commendation ceremonies for young individuals, have been organized. Of particular note, the Digital Investment Conference aimed at kick-starting new businesses in the country is scheduled for October 13 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, with approximately 100 investors slated to participate. This event is poised to bolster the nation’s investments and aligns with the core objective of the Digicon program, which is to establish a comprehensive digital economy plan for the country. It is anticipated that this endeavour will enable the rapid accumulation of foreign exchange, thereby contributing to the overall strengthening of the country’s economy.

(President’s Media Division)

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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