Qatar to establish residential village for IDPs in Sri Lanka

Done in cooperation with Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development, the project provides a convenient environment for the populations that were displaced due to armed conflict. Now, they can return to their home villages, after years of displacement. Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed a project to establish a residential village for 800 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.At a total cost of $486,619 (nearly QR 1.8), donated by a Qatari benevolent person who requested anonymity, the new village is located in Riditenna, Valaichchenai Province, eastern Sri Lanka. In February 2018, a delegation from QRCS held the groundbreaking ceremony for the project. It was attended by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mayor of Batticaloa, head of municipality, local community leaders, and the project’s manager.Under a public tender, the winning construction company was awarded the contract. To ensure more transparency, onsite supervisors were appointed, and weekly follow-up visits were made by QRCS personnel and the partners. It comprises 56 2-BHK housing units, each with a 250-liter water tank. Also, there is a mosque, a public school, a health unit, and two shops. An artesian water well was dug and equipped with a solar-powered pump and a 10,000-liter tank. The houses, the mosque, and the school were fully furnished, and the health unit has all the needed medical equipment. After the end of operation, the health facility will be handed over to the government, to ensure its sustainability.Sri Lank suffered an armed conflict that displaced thousands of people to neighboring provinces, where they lived in makeshift shelters. As the conflict came to an end, they started returning home, just to find totally destroyed houses and public utilities.An integrated repatriation scheme was adopted by the government to reconstruct the damaged areas, rehabilitate infrastructure, and support livelihoods. (Colombo Gazette) read more

GM to introduce new highend Cadillac next year start production at Detroit

GM to introduce new, high-end Cadillac next year, start production at Detroit plant by The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2014 5:58 am MDT DETROIT – General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.The auto maker said Friday that the rear-wheel drive car will make its debut in the first half of 2015, and that it will reveal the name of the new model soon.The new Cadillac is part of a $384 million investment GM announced last spring in the assembly plant, which straddles the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck. That plant also makes the Opel Ampera, the Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac ELR, a luxury version of the hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt. The carmaker said the factory is capable of building five models on one production line.GM has released three new Cadillac models in the past six years: the XTS, Cadillac’s biggest sedan; the ATS entry-level luxury car; and the ELR, which hit the market in January.“The objective for this upcoming model is to lift the Cadillac range by entering the elite class of top-level luxury cars,” Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said in a news release.GM named the former Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division in July as the brand lagged against other luxury brands.While sales of rivals like Audi, Infiniti and BMW rose by double digits during through June of this year, U.S. Cadillac sales fell 1.9 per cent compared with the same period last year.Cadillac is still selling strong globally, rising 12 per cent through June. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more