Publishing the new railway time table, prepared according to the new times compiled by the Department of Railways, was taken place in the morning on 20.02.2017 at the auditorium of the Ministry of the Transport and Civil Aviation.
There, the General Manager of Railways stated that actions will be taken to distribute the new time table to Main railway stations enabling to purchase by the General Public from next month onwards as requested by the Ministers.
The first printed copy of the new time table was handed over to the Minister Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva by the General Manager of Railways Mr. B.A.P.Ariyarathna. Additional Secretaries of the Ministry Mr. Thilakarathna Bandara, Mr. R.M. Rathnayake and Railway Operations Superintendent Mr. Vijaya Samarasinghe also participated in this occasion.
Indonesian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. A .M. Facheer stated that Government of Indonesia will extend its’ fullest support for the future development work in Sri Lanka and will assist to uplift the railway service in Sri Lanka in due course.
Deputy Minister discovered this information at the Ministers’ Office in the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation on 23.02.2017 at a meeting with Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva.
Secretary of the Ministry Mr. Nihal Somaweera and a group of officials of the Indonesian embassy were also participated in this occasion.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding to commence fixing of 300 Peoples Bank teller machines at 100 main railway stations, with the intention of facilitating the daily banking transactions of railway passengers, was taken place at the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation on 27.02.2017 under the patronage of Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva.
General Manager of Railways Mr. B.A.P. Ariyarathna, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mr. N. Wasantha Kumar and officials of the Ministry and Peoples Bank participated in this occasion.
Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation says that International Trade Aviation Services are to be commenced at the Rathmalana Airport.
Preliminary discussions on the commencement of services concerned was held on 07.03.2017 at the Rathmalana Airport Premises between Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva - Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and Mr. Musa Sammer – Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Of Maldives.
Ms. Sahiya Sareer – Maldives Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Mr. Abdul Haris – Managing Director of Maldives International Airlines, Mr. Ahamed Abraham - Chief of Aircraft Operations of Maldives International Airlines , Mr. Saman Ediriweera – Chairman of Airport and Aviation (Sri Lanka) Limited and Mr. Yohan Jayaratne – Executive Director of Airport and Aviation (Sri Lanka) Limited also took part in the discussions.
Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said that producing technically and practically knowledgeable high quality drivers with the help of trained and licensed instructors is his expectation. The Minister expressed these views at the Annual Meeting of Sri Lanka Driving School Owner’s Association held at the BMICH on 08.03.2017.
This occasion was graced by a large number of people including the Deputy Minister – Mr Ashok Abesinghe and Commissioner of Motor Traffic – Mr. Jagath Chandrasiri.
Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA) that was closed for about three months for overlaying of runway during day time was declared opened for operations by Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva - Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation on 06.04.2017.
This project was conducted by Kethik Company of China under the consultancy of National Aero Technology International Company of Netherland at a cost Rs. 7.2 billion.
This occasion was graced by a large number of dignitaries including Hon. Ashok Abesinghe – Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Officers of such Ministry, Ministers and Diplomats.