On July 10, the Sri Lankan Government and ING Bank NV of the Netherlands signed a loan agreement of EUR 45 million to reinforce Health Delivery Services in the Northern Province. Sri Lanka’s Northern Province is plagued by diseases, injury and limited care for disabilities.
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the University of Moratuwa have teamed up to design self powered houses for low income families.
The project plans to fully use daylight and reduce electricity consumption.
The Sri Lanka Educational Monitoring Service (SLEMS) is set to become the main monitoring body of quality assurance and accreditation programs in the country after Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam received cabinet approval.
The government has called for tenders to build 90 Solar Power Plants with a capacity of one MW each. Minister Ravi Karunanayake disclosed that 76 projects have already been approved under this initiative.
The Sri Lankan and Indian governments have a proposed plan for electricity trading by connecting their main electricity grids.
The Road Development Authority has devised a plan to provide parking areas every 20 kilometers on the country’s expressway in a step to encourage safer roads.
The Wildlife Department and the Puttalam District Secretariat have collaborated on the use of electronic sensors to track elephants in the area. This Early Warning System has a virtual detection fence marked by sensory beams that picks up on elephant presence.
Colombo Light Railway is a rail based, electricity run project connecting Malabe to Fort. Construction is set to begin 2020 and conclude by 2024. This is a primary step in Sri Lanka’s modernisation from a middle income country to a upper middle income country.
CarFreeCMB is a collaboration by the Colombo Municipal Council and the Embassy of The Netherlands to rid the streets of cars for a day. The free event is a push for a healthier and more sustainable, metropolitan lifestyle in Colombo.
The 1990 Suwaseriya Ambulance Service is now available throughout the island. Aided by a grant from India, the service has been used for emergencies such as the Easter Sunday attacks, floods and childbirth.
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