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CICT donates US$ 100,000 to Govt.’s COVID-19 Fund

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The government’s efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka were further strengthened this week with a donation of US$ 100,000 (Rs 18.6 million at current exchange rates) from Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), the company that manages the South Terminal of the Port of Colombo.

The donation presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week for the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund was the third cash donation by CICT and its employees towards the battle against the pandemic in 2020 and the fourth donation towards the cause overall.

In May this year, the China Merchants Foundation (CMF), the CSR arm of CICT’s parent company China Merchants Group donated US$ 200,000 (about Rs 37.4 million) to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund, and in October, CICT employees contributed a further Rs 800,000. Additionally, the Company donated more than 1,000 protective suits and 25,000 face masks to Sri Lanka in 2020.

“CICT is not just integral to Sri Lanka’s economy, it is a major cog in the engine of growth and as such must help shoulder the burden of the fight against COVID-19,” CICT CEO Jack Huang said. “We are happy to share this responsibility through keeping our terminal operations going in the midst of many challenges and by contributing funds and equipment to support those at the frontline of the battle. We believe that is what any good corporate citizen should do.”

Huang was accompanied by CICT Chief Financial Officer Raymond Mu at the presentation of the Company’s latest donation to President Rajapaksa.

Besides its generous contributions to the efforts to combat COVID-19, CICT also supported the construction of a two storey community centre that will provide multiple essential services to some 2000 people living in Pannila near Horana with an initial commitment of Rs 18.4 million earlier this year.

Additionally, as part of CICT’s continuing support to the Wheelchair Tennis Programme of the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA), the Company donated US $35,000 (Rs 6.5 million) and three professional grade, titanium wheelchairs costing US$ 9000 (Rs 1.6 million) in August and June this year. CMF and CICT had together donated Rs 30 million to the SLTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Programme between 2015 and 2019, becoming the main sponsor for wheelchair tennis in the country. This support has enabled Sri Lankan players to participate in many international tournaments, elevating the country to be ranked among the top 40 countries that play wheelchair tennis.

The CICT managed South Terminal of the Port of Colombo is the only deep water terminal in South Asia, which is equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat. Since its inception in 2014, the terminal has incrementally grown the volume it has handled; from 686,639 teus in 2014, to 1.56 million teus in 2015, 2 million teus in 2016, 2.38 million teus in 2017, 2.67 million teus in 2018, and 2.9 million teus in 2019.

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Future of Sri Lanka will be determined by the economic policies implemented over the next five years – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that the future of Sri Lanka will be determined by the economic policies implemented over the next five years.

The President delivered this statement while addressing the youth and business community in Mannar during his participation in the “Youth Conference” held on  Sunday (16).

The President initially attended the Mannar District “Youth Conference” held at the Conference Hall in Mannar Town Hall. The conference, themed “Journey for a Bright Future,” included an award ceremony where the President presented certificates and cash prizes to students who excelled in the 2023/2024 G.C.E Advanced Level Examination.

President Wickremesinghe interacted directly with the youth, addressing their questions and providing positive responses.  He explained that over the past four years, job creation was hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis and he assured the audience that the upcoming economic program would create new job opportunities for those previously unable to secure employment.

The President emphasized that it is up to the youth to decide whether they wish to advance their own future and contribute to the country through the government’s program.

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President assures that persons on pilgrimage to Madhu will not be hindered

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Addressing the Mannar District Development Committee meeting held at the Mannar District Secretariat on Sunday (16), President Ranil Wickremesinghe said  that it is unfair to arrest and fine pilgrims on their way to sacred sites like Madhu Church and Sri Pada.and assured that pilgrims visiting  Madhu Church will be provided with all necessary facilities to engage in their pilgrimage activities without any hindrance.

He instructed that if pilgrims are arrested in the future, the President’s Office should be informed immediately.

During the meeting, the President directed the Sri Lanka Army to clean and develop both sides of the existing Madhu Road for the convenience of the pilgrims visiting Madhu Church. He also said that a representative of the Bishop of Mannar, the Department of Forest Conservation, the Road Development Authority and the Sri Lanka Police should coordinate to ensure that these tasks are completed before the upcoming annual festival of the church of Our Lady of Madhu.

The DDC meeting, which focused on the future development plans for the Mannar district was attended by Political representatives and government officials.

 

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Abandon selfishness and embrace a life of sacrifice and harmony to achieve spiritual and worldly success – President

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his Hajj message emphasizes that to achieve spiritual and worldly success, individuals must abandon selfishness and embrace a life of sacrifice and harmony. It is with this noble aim in mind that Muslims celebrate the Hajj festival each year.

On this occasion, Muslims from around the globe gather at a single place of worship, united in purpose, to pray for communal values that embody the hope of humanity. The Hajj celebration fosters feelings of equality and brotherhood among all people, delivering a profound message for world peace.

I extend my heartfelt wishes to the entire Muslim community in Sri Lanka and around the world for a meaningful Hajj celebration, where everyone comes together to fulfill the aspirations of humanity.

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