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SL seeks $200 mn. for social security programmes

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The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to hold discussions with the World Bank for a loan of USD 200 million for social security programs in Sri Lanka.

The proposal was tabled by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Finance Minister.

Among the policy actions Sri Lanka is supposed to take under the International Monetary Fund-supported 48-month External Fund Facility (EFF), implementing a strong social protection network to protect the most vulnerable groups in society is at the forefront.

To this end, the World Bank has agreed to facilitate a loan of USD 200 million to Sri Lanka to support this social security program.

The implementation of the proposed project is based on 3 components namely financial assistance to target families, pilot program to improve opportunities for the poor and vulnerable and strengthening the social security system.

Through this program, selected families will receive financial aid, poverty-hit and vulnerable groups will receive more opportunities and the social protection network will be strengthened.

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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