UNDP Sri Lanka works with resettled communities with funding assistance from the Royal Norwegian Embassy to uplift their livelihoods and revive the local economy in the area. The project also seeks to enhance access to government services whilst strengthening community organizations and networks. (Colombo Gazette) Implemented on the ground by UNDP, the support extended to the newly resettled areas in Tellipalai and Kopay in the Jaffna District and in Sampoor, Trincomalee District is a result of funding from the Government of Norway – supporting over 1,400 households with a contribution of more than Rs. 300 million. During this visit, the Ambassador declared open and handed over completed economic infrastructures, namely the Multi-Purpose Building, which would ease the accessibility of the community to all government related services, and the Myliddy harbor which will support the fishing community in the resettled areas. Addressing the community in the Palali East Tellipalai DS Division in Jaffna, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, stated “It is very important for people to return to their original places and reestablished their lives. Therefore, from the time of the land release and start of the resettlement process, the Norwegian Government decided to financially support people to re-start the livelihood activities and promote the resettlement process….We have seen that our support has been an encouragement for displaced families to return to their origin and restore their lost livelihoods.”The Ambassador also paid a visit to a young entrepreneur who now produces Electronic Panels and all construction industry related electrical works through training under the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme supported by the Government of Norway. Under this programme a total of 196 young entrepreneurs have been trained and guided to start small-scale businesses to support their livelihood. Norway says war displaced families must be able to return to their original places.Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Sri Lanka visited the Tellipalai Divisional Secretariat area in the Jaffna District where communities have been recently resettled.
October 7, 2019
BRUSSELS — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will use his first day back at work after a gallbladder operation to speak to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by phone about stalled Brexit negotiations.Juncker’s spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Tuesday it was up to Britain to come up with concrete proposals to break the deadlock over the how the EU-UK border on the island of Ireland would be managed once both sides split up.With a target departure date of Oct. 31 drawing nearer, Andreeva said any proposal by Johnson would need to be “compatible with the withdrawal agreement” that the EU negotiated with his predecessor Theresa May. Johnson is insisting that the Irish border arrangement in the agreement must be changed, something the EU has steadfastly refused.The Associated Press