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Government - Gazette

Sunday Observer

Budusarana On-line Edition

'Cultural stimulation' program

by Nadira Gunatilleke

Human Resources Development, Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry has planned several programs under the ministry's 100 Days program to create a "cultural stimulation" in the country, a Ministry spokesman said.

He said that the main intention of this program is expanding town based cultural and art activities to the provincial level under the Ministry's 100 Days Program. Thirty cultural centres will be set up in Rathnapura, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle and Nuwara Eliya districts to accelerate the program.

The archaeological museum in Anuradhapura will be upgraded for the benefit of local and foreign tourists, scholars, schoolchildren and the general public. Rajangana archaeological site will also be developed as a model site to display for the general public. The 25 scholarships which have been providing by the Rukmani Devi Memorial Fund for talented children will be increased up to 50. Under this scheme a monthly allowance of Rs. 250 will be paid for each child. The archaeological objects on the display in the Colombo National Museum will be named in all three languages for the benefit of the visitors. Earlier the visitors faced several problems due to lack of name boards.

The students of selected schools including Clifton Balika Vidyalaya, and Devi Balika Vidyalaya will be given a training on book binding. Fifteen unemployed youths selected by the National Apprenticeship Board, will also be given the same training.

The Human Resources Development division of the ministry will accumulate reports and data on the human resources development field. Thirty youths will be given a technical training to employ as technicians in the film industry.

Several programs will also be implemented by the Department of Archaeology, the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, the National Archives Department, the National Museums Department, the National Film Corporation and the Human Resources Development division of the ministry under the ministry's 100 Days Program.

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