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Renovation of Dutugemunu Pilgrims' Rest at Lumbini, Nepal

The proposal by Prime Minister and Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Jayaratne to provide an additional allocation of Rs 25 million to complete the renovation work of the Dutugemunu Pilgrims' Rest for the benefit of the pilgrims of Sri Lanka visiting Nepal, was approved by the Cabinet.

Construction of building

Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake' s proposal to construct the final stage of the four storied building for the Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition - Stage III (Final Stage) - Makandura Premises - Wayamba University of Sri Lanka to commence the project in 2013 and complete within 18 months was approved by the Cabinet.

MoU

External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris' proposal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and ratify between the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), Sri Lanka and Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), South Africa to improve the level of scientific and academic co-operation of the two institutes and intensifying the friendship between the two countries and to proceed to take steps for the effective implementation of same was approved by the Cabinet.

Protocol on cooperation

The objective of a protocol on cooperation between the External Affairs Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Azerbaijan is to further strengthen and consolidate the close and friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Azerbaijan. The proposal by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris to sign the above protocol between the External Affairs Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Azerbaijan, was approved by the Cabinet.

Primary Education Teachers for Lady Ridgeway Childrens' Hospital

Children between the age group five-12 from all parts of the country visit the Lady Ridgeway Childrens' Hospital for medical treatment and some are warded in the hospital for several months. Due to their long stay in the hospital, they lose school days for a considerable period. The proposal by Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena to attach five Diploma holders of the National Colleges of Education (four Sinhala medium and one Tamil medium) who join the Teachers' Service, to engage such student patients in educational activities by visiting the hospital, was approved by the Cabinet.

Obtaining membership of Africa-Asia Rural Development Organization (AARDO) by Sri Lanka

Countries in the African region maintain friendly relations with Sri Lanka and being a member of the above Organization would provide an opportunity for Sri Lanka to further strengthen the cooperation among countries in this region.

This organization consists of 29 member countries including 15 from Africa and 13 from Asia. The proposal by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to obtain membership of the above Organization, was approved by the Cabinet.

Ratification of Agreement entered into by SAARC countries for Establishment of Regional Seed Bank

The main objective of the establishment of this Seed Bank is to address seed shortage at regional level through collective actions, promote the use of quality seeds for crop production and act as a Regional Seed Security Reserve for member countries. The proposal by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena for ratification of the above agreement already entered into by SAARC countries, was approved by the Cabinet.

Construction of Bridge No. 38/3 on Peliyagoda - Putalam Road (A3) at Kochchikade over Mahaoya

The Peliyagoda - Putalam Road (A3) is one of the trunk roads which links several districts and provincial centres. The proposal by the President, in his capacity as the Ports and Highways Minister to award the contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.

Construction of proposed five storied building for Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya

The proposal by Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake to revise the total cost estimate of the above project from Rs.90 million to Rs.120 million, was approved by the Cabinet.

Financial Assistance from Asian Development Bank for Implementation of Education Sector Development Program

The National Education Section Strategic Plan for General Education is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2013 to 2017 under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework of the government.

The total estimated cost of the programme is about US$4800 million. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to contribute about four percent of the total cost. The proposal by the President, in his capacity as the Finance and Planning Minister to enter into loan agreements with the ADB for US$200 million was approved by the Cabinet.

Agreement between External Affairs Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry of Romania on Bilateral Consultations

A proposal was made by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris to sign the above Agreement between the Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania. The objectives of the proposed Agreement is to further develop and strengthen the close and friendly relationship between the two countries.

Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies of Sri Lanka and Romanian Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

The proposal by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris to sign the above Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to establish and strengthen cooperation in the areas of information, research activities and training programmes for diplomats and students, was approved by the Cabinet.

Divi Neguma/Agrarian Development New Year Fair

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa informed the Cabinet of Ministers through a Note submitted by him, that 364 Divi Neguma New Year Fairs sponsored by the Economic Development Ministry in association with several government institutions, were conducted throughout the country during the festive season to provide essential consumer items to the public at affordable prices.

Over 800,000 consumers have attended these fairs resulting in an income of Rs. 131.0 million. Cabinet also observed that market prices of vegetables and certain other items had gone down by about 30 percent during this festive season when compared with the prices which prevailed during normal times.

In addition, a relief pack containing essential food items was also distributed by the Co-operatives and Internal Trade Ministry to consumers at a reasonable price.

Memorandum of Understanding on Judicial corporation between the Ministry of Justice of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Justice of Socialist Republic of Vietnam

This Memorandum of Understanding provides inter alia for the two nations to cooperate on the following areas: Exchange of experience on implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; exchange of experience on Commercial Dispute Settlement by arbitration and other mechanisms; developing and implementing laws on foreign investment; exchange of experience on Legal and Judicial Reforms; and other areas of mutual interest.

The proposal by Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem to sign the above Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet.

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