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The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will remain in force until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (April 1st), Wednesday and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day. Traveling to…

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A host of more financial and material benefits have been granted to low income and vulnerable families and individuals in the face of COVID – 19 outbreak. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Presidential Task Force established to administer essential services in the wake of spread of combat COVID – 19 that provision of Rs….

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The curfew in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day. Traveling to and from all districts is completely prohibited except for the…

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Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund that has been established to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been exempted from taxes and foreign exchange regulations. A special account had been opened at the Corporate Branch of…

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The Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. Curfew has been imposed with the sole purpose of to preventing the spread of COVID – 19 which has now become a major health issues. The Task Force entrusted with the management of the essential food and other items…

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More relief to continue operations at Ports   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to immediately provide necessary facilities to ships calling at Ports in the country during the curfew period. Accordingly, the Chairman of SLPA General Daya Rathnayake said all ships have been exempted from demurrage and entry charges….

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“COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” that has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last Monday to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been vested with a set of wide  responsibilities . Creating the Fund President Rajapaksa donated…

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In order to strengthen the efforts of the Government to prevent spread of COVID – 19 virus in the country, the duration from March 30th to April 03rd had been declared as a Work from Home period. This will apply to all State, semi-government and private sector entities except which are categorized as essential services….

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As per the powers vested in the President under the Constitution, the responsibility to ensure that the civilian life moves on without any hindrance has been bestowed with the Presidential Task Force established to combat COVID – 19 in Sri Lanka. The Special Representative of the President Basil Rajapaksa has been appointed as the Chairman…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has included the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, commercial banks, insurances services and the Treasury in the category of essential services. Health and security services, Police, distribution of goods, customs, electricity, water and fuel supply are the other services declared as essential. Accordingly, the Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara…

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The curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha, which have been  identified as High Risk Zones in view of the spread of COVID -19  will continue to be in force until further notice. The ongoing curfew in the districts of Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullativu and Jaffna will be lifted at 6.00am…

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The on-going island-wide curfew will be lifted and re-imposed as follows.   The curfew currently in force in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts will continue until further notice. The curfew currently in force in Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna districts will be lifted at 6.00 a.m. on Friday 27th March and will be…

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Programme aims at empowering domestic farmers and national economy Effective mechanism to distribute rice and vegetables island-wide No shortage of fish, eggs and chicken Collaborative effort between Co-Op shops and super markets to deliver goods Special scheme to distribute medicines Round the Clock fuel station in each area Commercial Banks included into essential services category…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa requests international donor agencies to provide a debt moratorium or debt deferment facility to all vulnerable developing nations to the COVID – 19 risk. President had urged Director General of the World Health Organization to forward this request to multi-lateral and bilateral lending agencies. President points out this relief would be helpful…

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president Gotabaya Rajapaksa directs the legal experts and the Department of Prisons to look into ways of granting some relief to the prisoners who were charged with minor offences and those who are unable to meet their bail conditions. President issued these instructions during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today (24) with the…

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Door-to-Door Delivery Service of Essentials during Curfew Districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara have been identified as high risk zones in view of the spread of COVID-19. Large crowds in shops had been observed after curfew was lifted this morning in three districts. Health officials fear that this in turn could lead to a wider…

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Mr. Maheepala Herath has been appointed as the Governor of the North Central Province. He was sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (23). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Herath served as the Chief Minister of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council.

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Former Air Force Commander, Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Goonetileke has been appointed as the Governor of the Western Province. He was sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (24).

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had set up a special fund to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programmes. The Fund is named “COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund”. President Rajapaksa has instructed to donate Rs. 100 million from the President’s Fund…

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Today (23) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the powers vested in him directed a number of relief measures to people undergoing various hardships due to the prevailing situation brought on by the Coronavirus. All these concessions will come into effect from today itself. President has directed the Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the secretaries…

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President pledges USD 5m to SAARC Corona Emergency Fund President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged USD 5m contribution to the SAARC Corona Emergency Fund. During the videoconference among leaders of the SAARC region on March 15th, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi proposed the emergency fund with an initial offer of $10 million from India

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The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha Puttalam and all the 5 districts in the Northern Province will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (24), Tuesday. In these districts Curfew will be re-imposed at 12 noon and will continue till 6.00am on Friday,27. Curfew will be re-imposed again at 12 noon on the same…

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– Flights with Passengers may leave Sri Lanka – Ports operations continue uninterrupted To prevent imported new cases of the Corona virus in the country, the Government decides to indefinitely extend the closure of the arrival terminal at the Airport. The departure terminal will continue to be operational. Also flights are allowed into the country…

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The ongoing curfew in districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam has been extended till 6.00am on Tuesday (24). In the districts curfew will be re-imposed at 2.pm on the same day (24). Curfew in other districts will be lifted at 6.00 am on Monday (23) and will come to effect again at 2.00pm on the…

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An Island-wide curfew has been imposed with effect from 6.00pm today (20) till 6.00 am on Monday (23), the Presidential Secretariat announced.

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The government has taken every possible measure to contain the spread of COVID – 19. It is the responsibility of every government, semi-government and private entities as well as the general public to ensure that the situation does to escalate to a pandemic. After careful consideration of every aspect, the government has declared a period…

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Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients.

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed that no instruction or communication by any Government Agency is issued without the prior concurrence of the Presidential Secretariat and any such action is taken only in consultation with the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva who is the head of the National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID – 19…

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Inbound flights to be suspended for 2 weeks Every passenger arrived from abroad to be quarantined Normal day – to-day life ensured Strict action against those spreading fake news   As a measure to contain the outbreak of COVID – 19 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to suspend all inbound passenger flights to the country…

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The Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has been tasked to spearhead the National Operation Center for Prevention of COVID- 19 Outbreak, which has been set up on the directive of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at No. 1090, Sri Jayewardenepura, Rajagiriya. This Centre will coordinate preventive and management measures to ensure that healthcare and other services…

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The Government has taken several more measures to limit congregation of people in the wake of COVID – 19 outbreak in the country. Several decisions related to justice and prison activities will be implemented from tomorrow (17) onwards. The Judicial Services Commission which met today (16) sent out a circular relating to judicial cases to…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (15) proposed to leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to formulate a collective response to combat COVID – 19. He further called for SAARC Ministerial Meeting to discuss measures to overcome this deadly health threat. President Rajapaksa made these proposals participating in a video conference with all SAARC…

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Visa for Europeans suspended for 2 weeks Two-week quarantine period for Sri Lankans arriving from Europe Measures to disinfect public transport Case studies on China’s success Directives to minimize public gatherings Utilize internet for educational and service purposes Several firm decisions have been taken under the guidance of President and Prime Minister to combat COVID…

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An awareness programme on COVID – 19 is now underway for the staff members of Ministries, Departments and Corporations. The first in the series was held at the Presidential Secretariat today (12). Dr. Deshantha Dissanayake enlightened the staff on symptoms, prevention and precautionary measures relating to COVID -19. Accordingly, this will continue at both State…

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  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeks cooperation of all sections of the society to stop the spread of COVID – 19 in Sri Lanka. The country will have to face disastrous consequences if we behave in an irresponsible manner, the President emphasizes. Many countries in the world have been affected by the deadly virus. President highlighted…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has paid his attention to enhance the efficiency of railway services and to make it a people- friendly service while identifying the existing shortcomings. The President instructed the officials to devise necessary strategies and to take required decisions to improve the service by eliminating delays and upgrading compartments facilities. President Rajapaksa made…

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The Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara instructed the Consumer Affairs Authority to immediately launch an investigation on attempts to create an artificial scarcity of maize despite the availability of adequate stocks. It had been revealed that intermediaries who gain unreasonable profit through trading of maize are behind this sinister attempt. Information has…

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The Old Parliament Building where the Presidential Secretariat is currently located will be open for public view every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm, from March 14th Saturday. Public is also allowed to take photographs within the Old Parliament premises. For reservations, people may reach the Director General(Admin) via fax 011-2441685 or Telephone number 011-2354354….

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Former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena has completed the 23rd milestone of his political career. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held today (March 08) in Kalutara. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended the event as the Chief Guest. The event was named “Tunwisi Wasaraka Mehewara Abhinandana”. During the event, a book written on the political Journey of…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the progress of the Kalutara North Calido beach Development Project, today (08). After attending a ceremony held in Kalutara President Rajapaksa visited the beach. The 2017 floods caused erosion of sand bars close to the estuary. This has resulted in the erosion of a vast area of beach in Kalutara North…

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Message I am sending this message with a deep sense of gratitude over the role played by womenfolk, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, that honours the contribution made by women who make up half of humanity and act as a decisive force in the existence and progress of the social establishment of…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa requested the support of every segment of the population towards his plan of action to rebuild the country. This plan only aims at the future betterment of the country said the President adding that he never criticized dissenting views during his Presidential Election campaign. The President said that what matters to him…

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The book titled ”Mahinda Sulangin Gotabhishekaya” written by former Parliamentarian  and the leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Udaya Gammanpila was launched at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute under the auspices of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today(05). The book covers the journey to elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Head of the State. Followed by the handing over the…

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Sri Lanka will host the next Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in early September this year, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told Secretary General M Shahidul Islam. The Secretary General Islam met President at the Presidential Secretariat today (04). Sri Lanka is the Chair of BIMSTEC from 2018 to 2020….

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Accelerating our economic development is the primary challenge facing Sri Lanka today and most of the security issues that Sri Lanka has faced over the years have been due to the exploitation of the economically disadvantaged, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. The proposed people-centric model takes this factor into account, said the President at a forum…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed officials to ensure supply of the required amount of fertilizer for the Yala season without delay. The fertilizer stocks are due to arrive in the island within the coming weeks. The President further instructed to design a proper procedure to swiftly distribute fertilizer among all the farmers and stressed that…

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The second interim report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe Easter Sunday attacks was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (02). The first interim report was handed over on December 20th, 2019. The Commission was appointed by the former President Maithripala Sirisena on September 22nd, 2019 to…

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Delivery of appointment letters by post to the qualified candidates under the programme to provide employment opportunities to unemployed graduates has reached its final stage. Those who have completed a degree or an equivalent diploma course recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) by 31.12.2019 were eligible to apply. Out of the total of around…

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The relevant parties are requested not to display photographs and portraits of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in public. It has been observed that the President’s portraits and photographs are displayed on the sides of the road and locations of ceremonies without proper supervision. While President Rajapaksa expressing his gratitude to the people who create his portraits…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic, today (01). Upon his arrival, President Rajapaksa was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara. The President called on Mahanayake of Asgiriya Chapter Most.Ven. Warakagdoa Sri Gnanarathana Thera and looked into the welfare of the Thera. The Mahanayake…

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