Secretary to the President, Udaya Seneviratne and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu were also present during this discussion. (Colombo Gazette) He also requested India to increase the number of personnel trained by India. The Indian Defence Secretary agreed to look into the possibility of enhancing training facilities. President Sirisena stressed the importance of close cooperation between the two countries to ensure regional security. They also exchanged views on issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation and regional security.Sanja Mitra and Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando will continue discussions on these issues to further strengthen security cooperation between the two countries. The President thanked the Indian Government for the cooperation extended to Sri Lanka in security issues and for the training provided to Sri Lankan security forces personnel. India and Sri Lanka today agreed to increase cooperation in the security and defence spheres, including regional security, curbing drug smuggling and human trafficking and training of members of the security forces.These issues were discussed when Indian Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo today, the President’s office said.
Rehabilitation works on the Liliendaal Bridge, located in Greater Georgetown, is now approximately 65 per cent complete and the Public Infrastructure Ministry is pushing to wrap up the project before the initial July 2017 deadline.Public Infrastructure Minister, David PattersonThis is according to the Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, who was at the time responding to concerns expressed on social media regarding the pace of the works on the bridge.In his response to these concerns, the Minister explained that all the piling and crossbeams have been completed and the decking is prefabricated and will soon be “dropped in.”The Minister further asserted that the construction is slated to be completed by May 22 2017.In the past, the bridge had shown signs of imminent failure, and one of the panels had been detached making the bridge unstable.As such, recommendations were made by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) Inspection Team and engineers attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to have the rehabilitation process begin.The $89M project is being undertaken by H. Nauth & Sons Civil Engineering Contractors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPatterson says CJIA’s new arrival building to be completed in JuneApril 25, 2018In “Business”Govt rushes to spend $9B in 3 weeksDecember 11, 2016In “Politics”CJIA revenue collection up by 13%December 29, 2016In “latest news”