February 16, 2016 Reading Time: 2 minutes
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ICT sector to be strengthened through new projects
The Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure has decided to invest Rs. 10 billion towards the development of information and communication technologies.
Sixty-four new projects are to be implemented during this year, to realise this goal.
Sri Lanka and Russia inaugurate Intergovernmental Commission
The inaugural session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation between Sri Lanka and Russia was held last Friday, in Moscow.
The Commission, which seeks to enhance bilateral ties, discussed ways of improving mutual trade turnover during its first meeting.
Google Loon balloon in Sri Lankan airspace
The Google Loon project’s first balloon, replete with telecommunication transmission, entered Sri Lanka’s airspace yesterday over the Southern Province.
A team of Google engineers will visit Sri Lanka to conduct tests on the balloon, and on two others which are expected to arrive later this month.
Britain’s future in the EU uncertain
The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has warned that the possibilities of Britain being removed from the European Union were real.
Speaking on Monday, he said that positions regarding Britain’s future in Europe were hardening, and the “risk of break-up is real” in the EU.
Tusk is scheduled to chair a crucial EU summit this Thursday.
Silk Road revived after decades
A cargo train has travelled from China to Iran over a distance of 6,462 miles, in a bid to revive the trans-Asian medieval trade passage, the Silk Road.
The train route connecting China to Tehran is faster by one month, as compared to the sea route connecting Shanghai and Bandar Abbas.
Asian markets positive today
Shares in Asia have recorded a rise on Tuesday, after a prolonged period of poor performance.
The Shanghai Composite Index, Japanese Nikkei, South Korea’s KOSPI and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng all recorded a rise.