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Norway announces USD 12 million aid to Sri Lanka

The Norwegian support to IFRC will help to improve the condition in collective centers with water and sanitation. It will also contribute to clean up the wells and give the people basic household items to restart their lives.The Norwegian Embassy in Colombo is funding an ongoing technical cooperation between the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), for capacity building and advanced equipment to NBRO on landslide prevention, analysis and early warning systems. The support to NBRO aim to save lives and property by early warning systems and comprehensive mapping. The Embassy is in dialogue with NBRO on their needs for increased support. “Human life can be saved, and the cost of prevention is significantly lower than the price of reparation”, Brende stated. The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, has announced that “Norway will contribute with NOK 10 million (LKR 180 million/USD 1.2 million) to the humanitarian relief effort” due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.The support will be channeled through United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC). The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of mitigation and prevention of destruction caused by natural disaster and climate change. UNICEF will assist children, women and their families affected by the flood and landslides. Norwegian support will also be provided in the areas of water, sanitation, hygiene, child protection and education. Norway is among the top four donor countries supporting the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which provide time-critical assistance to UN agencies responding to natural disasters. Norway has contributed with USD 44 million to CERF in 2017. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Public Servants no longer have to wait 3 months for salaries

Persons who have joined the public service unit will not have to wait three months before receiving their salaries, according to newly appointed minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This new measure will take effect after July 2019.Currently, new public servants are required to work for three consecutive months before receiving their first salary.“Many public servants have reiterated the issue of having to work for three months before being paid. I have thus far found no rule or policy that substantiates this.”“I find this practice unconscionable and thus should no longer be a practice in any government agency after the month of July. I am working with my staff to remove this bugbear from those who are desirous of joining the public service,” said Sarabo-Halley. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMoTP denies firing PSM staff …but termination letter proves otherwiseJune 5, 2019In “latest news”BoI’s probe into arbitrary firing of PSM staff delayedJuly 1, 2019In “latest news”Govt tight-lipped on findings of probe into ‘arbitrary’ firing of PSM staffAugust 5, 2019In “latest news” read more