By Thameenah Razeek
Projects to promote Buddhist heritage in SL, India implemented:
Cabinet approved the entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement projects promoting Buddhist heritage between Sri Lanka and India.
The Cabinet pPaper was submitted by the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural affairs.
The Government of India has agreed to grant of Rs 2.89 billion for a period of five years to implement identified projects to promote cultural and public relations between Sri Lanka and India and to further strengthen the Buddhist heritage of the two countries. Under this programme, projects jointly identified by the Minister of Buddhasasana and the High Commissioner of India are planning to implement on issues such as infrastructure development, capacity building, cultural activities, archaeological cooperation, exhibition of Buddha relics in Sri Lanka and promoting Buddhist pilgrims to visit India.
MoU on Healthcare Cooperation between Sri Lanka, the UK and Northern Ireland:
The Cabinet approved the signing of an MoU between the Sri Lankan Government, Northern Ireland and the UK on Health Care Cooperation.
The combined proposal was presented by the Ministers of Labour, Foreign Affairs and Health.
The two countries have agreed to enter into an MoU to enhance cooperation in the health sector and affirming the rights of healthcare professionals working in the UK. Sri Lanka will be able to access emerging employment opportunities in the UK health sector subsequent to the withdrawal from the European Union.
MoU between Education Ministry and Hungary’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on a scholarship programme:
Cabinet approved the entering into an MoU between the Ministry of Education and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to implement a scholarship programme.
The proposal was submitted by the Minister of Education.
It is proposed to enter into a MoU to provide scholarships to Sri Lankan students for 2022-2024, under the Foreign Student Scholarship Programme ‘STEPENDIUM HUNGARCUM’ implemented under the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to enhance existing cooperation between the two countries. Under this programme, Sri Lankan students will have the opportunity to follow eight undergraduate, eight postgraduate and four doctoral degrees in Hungary.
Local Destination Management Companies, Hotel Owners, Online Travel Agents to Participate in Industrial Assistance Scheme for Global Promotion:
The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to implement a Industrial Assistance Scheme for Global Promotion by Local Destination Management Companies, Hotel Owners and Online Travel Agents programme.
The proposal was submitted by the Minister of Tourism.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTBB) plans to launch an industry support scheme for global promotions by local destination management companies, hotel owners and online travel agents. Under this scheme, concessions will be given to eligible institutions for a maximum period of six months in 2022. Rs 400 million has been approved for the proposed programme.
Police Department purchase land owned by Railway Department:
Cabinet approved the Police Department acquiring the plot of land owned by the Railways Department on which the Haputale Police Station is located.
The proposal was submitted by the Minister of Public Security.
The Haputale Police Station was established in 1928 on a plot of land which belonged to the Sri Lanka Railway Department. As the land has not been formally handed over to the Sri Lanka Police, they were unable to construct new buildings necessary for the Police or repair the current ones.