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* Sri Lanka PM launches program to protect coasts and academy to educate youth on maritime employment
Mon, Oct 11, 2021, 10:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa launched “Sayura Rakina Rella”, a volunteer coastal cleanup program and Marine Environmental Protection Authority’s training institute In an event organized by the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) at the Temple Trees on Monday.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on MEPA – training institute aiming to educate young people on maritime employment opportunities - was exchanged with Ocean University and the University of Peradeniya and the Prime minister unveiled its official logo.

A special commemorative 25 LKR stamp, a first day cover designed for the International Beach Cleanup Day and a CD containing the composition ‘Sayura Rakina Rella’, composed by singers Bathiya Jayakody and Santhush Weeraman were presented to the Prime Minister.

Acting Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ms Amanda Jowell and United Nations Resident Representative Robert Juhkam handed over to the Prime Minister, the Maritime Safety Equipment donated by the Government of Australia and the United Nations for the protection of Sri Lanka’s maritime zones.

Mohan Priyadarshana De Silva- State Minister of Coast Conservation & Low-Lying Lands Development, Gamini Senarath- Secretary to the Prime Minister, L.L.A. Wijesiri- Secretary, State Ministry of Coast Conservation & Low-Lying Lands Development, Jagath P. Wijeweera- Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media, Mrs. Dharshani Lahandapura - Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) and Mr. Ranjith Ariyaratne- Postmaster General were also attended the meeting.

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