Key Cabinet Decisions

any decisions were taken at the meeting of Cabinet of Ministers. Here are the highlights:

1. Dr Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital to be Colombo East Teaching Hospital
Cabinet approval has been granted for the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital to carry on activities as the Colombo East Teaching Hospital. This was approved based on a proposal presented by Minister of Health Dr Rajitha Senaratne.
The Dr Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital will carry out services to the general public as a Government Line Teaching Hospital. It will be similar to the Sri Jayawardenapura Teaching Hospital. It will provide health services to the people living in the Colombo East, Colombo, Kaduwela, and Malabe.

2. Re-export of several spices as Sri Lankan products
Cabinet approval was also granted to suspend the importation of pepper, cinnamon, tamarind, and other spices and to avoid re-export of these products as Sri Lankan products. This was based on a proposal put forward by Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama.

3. 10 major causes of traffic accidents
Also, in accordance with the report of the committee appointed by the President, 10 major causes of traffic accidents were identified for which revised penalties were imposed. This too was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Thus, the relevant draft bills will be presented to Parliament after the respective gazette is published