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Former Army Commander Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (20th). The President appreciated the service rendered by the former Commander of the Army. Former Army Commander presented a souvenir to the President on this occasion.

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A discussion focused on the ways and means to minimize irregularities occur while issuing explosive materials and to formulate a regulated procedure to distribute them was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (20). Attention was drawn to the serious adverse effect caused on the environment by using explosives…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today (20) opened the ‘Mehewara Piyasa’ building established at the Department of Labour with the aim of providing productive and efficient service to the public under one roof. The construction works of this building commenced in 2009 and it built at a cost of Rs. 8500 million. This is the largest and…

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The investiture ceremony of “National Honours 2019” to honour and felicitate the distinguished personalities who have rendered outstanding and invaluable services to the Motherland was held at BMICH today (20). These national honours will accolade the reputable Sri Lankans for their contribution to lift up the pride of the nation and as well as to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena awarded Veerodhara Vibushana medals to two war heroes today. This highest gallantry medal awarded by the Commander-in-Chief for all the serving officers in Army, Navy and Air Force in recognition of their unmatched valour, dedication and unfailing commitment. Corporal Ratnayake was decorated with this medal for his selfless act to save lives…

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Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today (19). He received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena this morning. Lieutenant General Silva joined the Sri Lanka Army as a Cadet Officer in 1984 and held the position of Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army…

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Presence of 3 lady envoys, a symbol of women achievement – President Three new European envoys accredited to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today (July 19). The Envoys who presented credentials were Ms Trine Eskedel – Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway, Mrs Sarah Hulton –…

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President Maithripala Sirisena requested everyone to refrain from making statements which are detrimental to the national security of the country. He made these remarks participating in a ceremony to present ‘Rana Parashuwa’ and the ‘Regimental Rana Purashuwa’ to the Sri Lanka Army Special Forces marking the presentation of the President’s and Regimental Colours, today (16)….

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The Sannasa (Scroll) on the successful conclusion of the annual Kandy Esala Perahera was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by Diyawadana Nilame Nelanga Dela Bandara at the President’s House in Kandy today ( August 15). The President warmly received the Diyawadana Nilame including the ‘Sathara’ (four) Kandy Devala Nilames and the ‘Pitisara’ Devala Nilames…

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While ensuring the prevailing freedom and the democracy in the country, everyone should come together to create a better country and a virtuous future generation, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President made these comments addressing a gathering of youth followed by the opening of “SMART SRI LANKA” Vocational Training Institute in Katugatota today (15). The institute…

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Sri Lankan Mission in Cambodia soon Sri Lanka and Cambodia should work together to spread teachings of Theravada Buddhism throughout the world, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President made these comments attending a religious ceremony at Wat Langka Preah Kosomaram in Phnom Penh, Cambodia today (10). In order to achieve this objective measures will be taken…

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With the objective of further strengthening religious ties between Sri Lanka and Cambodia President Maithripala Sirisena participated in several Buddhist religious programmes today (9). President Sirisena is currently on a state visit to Cambodia on an invitation extended by the Government of Cambodia. The President today visited Angkor in Cambodia’s Northern Province of Siem Reap….

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Two MoUs signed between the two countries Focus on launching direct flights President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Cambodia, held a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Mr. Samdech Akka Moha Sena Pakdei Techo HUN SEN today (08th) afternoon. President Sirisena was accorded a grand welcome on his arrival at the Peace…

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Cambodia stands firmly together with Sri Lanka in further cementing bilateral relations in economic, trade, social as well as the renaissance of Buddhism, His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boronmeath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia said. His Majesty made these comments when President Maithripala Sirisena, who is currently on a four-day state visit to Cambodia…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who is on a state visit Cambodia, on an invitation extended by the Government of Cambodia, attended a Business Forum organized by the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce, today (07) in Phnom Penh. The Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Pakdei Techo HUN SEN also attended this event. Broad attention was drawn…

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Attorney General has informed the proposal to abolish death penalty presented to Parliament as a private member motion is not legal President Maithripala Sirisena says that some Ministers in the present government too, are involved in the environmental destruction in Muthurajawela which is a valuable asset of the Gampaha district. Addressing the closing ceremony of…

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Two new State Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena today (05). They were: Anoma Gamage – State Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Lucky Jayawardana – State Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education The swearing in ceremony took place at the Official Residence of the President.

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New Governors appointed for three Provinces took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today (05). Accordingly, Maithree Gunaratne sworn in as the Governor of the Uva Province, Keerthi Tennakoon, Governor of the Central Province and Hemal Gunasekara as Governor of the Southern Province. The swearing in ceremony held at the official residence of the President.

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President Maithripala Sirisena felicitated 21 workers who contributed towards the completion of the new bridge, which was built in parallel to the Ginipetti Palama (match box bridge) in Polonnaruwa, within a short period of time. This bridge was built under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa (Awakening of Polonnaruwa)” District Development Project. Governor of the North Western Province,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (03) declared open the Ex-Servicemen`s Memorial constructed in Galkoriya, Lakshauyana,Polonnaruwa to commemorate the noble service rendered by Sri Lankan war heroes during the World War II. Followed by the President relatives of the war heroes paid floral tributes to the memorial. President Sirisena also joined in religious observances to invoke blessings…

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President said that the government will take every possible step to improve the Damma education in the country because it is very important for building a virtuous and disciplined society. President Maithripala Sirisena made this statement participating at the 124th Sunday School Day Celebration National Program held at the Kaduruwela Jayanthi Temple today (03rd) afternoon….

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President said that if the country could produce food locally, we can save huge amounts of money annually and it would not be difficult to eradicate poverty in our country. President Maithripala Sirisena made this observation at the opening of the Minneriya Hela Bojunhala and Haritha Puja trade complex today (03rd) afternoon. The Hela Bojunhala…

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Certain segments who did not heed to the concerns of society to formulate stronger and tougher laws to eradicate terrorism in the aftermath of tragic incidents that took place on April 21st are now in a rush to bring laws to repeal the death punishment, President MaithripalaSirisena said. President Sirisena addressing a gathering today (02)…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that higher education should also be opened up to the school children of the plantation sector as well. He made this observation at the opening ceremony of the new two-storied classroom building at Thotalagala Tamil School in Haputale today (01st) afternoon. The President said that the government has taken steps to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says all the persons who are against the process of imposing the death penalty for drug traffickers, are against the task of building a better country. The reason behind all the serious criminal activities like murder, robbery, rape is the drugs, the President said, adding that he decided to impose the death…

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President Maithripala Sirisena handed over letters of appointment to the members of the Tripitaka Conservation Board at the Presidential Secretariat, today (31). The President has appointed this Tripitaka Conservation Board comprising of 43 clergy and layman members including Most Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera, Anunayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, Anunayake of the Asgiri Chapter, Venerable…

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The launching of the two books ‘Polonnaruwa; Narapathi Yugaye Sita Janapathi Yugaya Dakwa’ an academic research-based volume and ‘Moragahakanda Dream Reservoir, a book on the multipurpose project was held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (31st) afternoon. These books have been compiled by President Maithripala…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that the Religious leaders should take the lead in mending the hearts of the people that were broken in the tragic incident of April 21st. The President also said that politicians should fulfill their national responsibility in this regard leaving aside their narrow political agendas. The President made these observations addressing…

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Measures should be taken to strengthen State Banks but not to privatize them, President MaithripalaSirisena emphasized. He said it is his continued policy. The President made these comments at a ceremony to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) held at BMICH today (30). Bank of Ceylon, a pioneer in delivering an…

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A religious ceremony was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to vest the newly built Sri Gauthama Sambuddha Mandiraya and Siri Sugathawansa Uposathagaraya (Chapter House) at the Godakawela Malwessavehera Meditation Centre, with the Maha Sangha, today (29). According to the historical records, the King Devanampiyatissa planted Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi branches throughout the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he is not alone in the battle against the drug menace and 90% of the population in the country is standing with him in this journey. When a section of some responsible persons in the government took to streets against his decision to impose the death penalty for drug smugglers, the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena declared open several completed development activities implemented in temples in the district under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa (Awakening of Polonnaruwa)” District Development Project, today (28). President Sirisena opened the newly built two-storey monastery including the Dharma Shalawa at the Palugasdamana Vidyasara Piriven in Polonnaruwa. This two-storey building constructed at a cost of Rs….

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President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is very keen to expand defence cooperation with Japan. He said this when Japanese State Minister of Defence, Kenji Harada called on him at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today (July 26). The President said that as both countries are interested in maritime security, Japan and Sri Lanka…

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The Kalu Ganga project, the next huge reservoir of the Moragahakanda project can be completed by next month and can be bestowed with the people, President Maithripala Sirisena said. The construction work of Wayamba canal which supply water to north west, the Upper Elahera canal which provide water to North and the Minipe canal will…

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In order to retain billions of Rupees that we spent annually to import milk powder and to create a healthy young generation it is imperative to empower and strengthen local dairy farmers, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President made these comments at the launching ceremony of ‘Kiren Sapiri Dayak’, aims at providing a pack of liquid…

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The Launching ceremony of the books titled ‘Mahaweliya-Sanhidiyawe Gangawa’ and ‘95 Pasu Mahaweli’ will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, tomorrow (24). Even though the Mahaweli Development Project commenced four decades ago, it will continue to enrich the paddies and lives of Sri Lankan farmers for another hundreds of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said he refuses allegations leveled against his administration by some sections following three months after Easter Sunday attack. President further said as a government his administration fulfilled its duties and responsibilities after the attacks and the terrorist organization that carried out these attacks were wiped out from the country. He said it…

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The Welikada Prison has become the main obstacle to efforts of creating a better society for the future generation said the President while adding that investigations into the recent apprehension 270 kg of heroin revealed that the activities were operated from the Prison. The Department of Criminal Investigation has launched a special probe on this,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that in the fields of science, technology and research the priority should be given for innovations with the aim of the betterment of human beings but not the destruction of the society. The President made these remarks participating at the closing ceremony of the ‘Shilpa Sena’, the first ever exhibition of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena attended a special service at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour in Colombo 7 today (21) to pay tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings on April 21st. This special service was held under the patronage of Bishop of Colombo in the Church of Ceylon Rt.Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey.

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The responsibility to implement development projects launched for the benefit of the poor people of the country devoid of irregularities and fraud and in a more efficient manner while ensuring the deserved receive complete benefits on due time lies with the officials, President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized. President made these comments during a discussion on the…

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31,500 Police officers promoted A regularized procedure has been introduced for appointments and promotions of Police officers at executive grade. Appointments and promotions at the Department of Police did not carried out in a proper manner in a due time frame for a long time and this latest initiative is a result of directions given…

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WB Senior Regional Managers meet in Colombo to show solidarity World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer said that the World Bank will increase assistance to Sri Lanka under three of its new operations. They include assisting the agriculture sector faced with climatic vagaries, irrigation, renewable energy, climate resilience operations and renovation…

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he youth of this country should commit themselves to enhance their talents and skills to face future challenges while preserving our unparalleled ancient knowhow, said President Maithripala Sirisena. Addressing a ceremony to commemorate the World Youth Skills Day at BMICH today (17) President said the youth will be provided with all the required facilities to…

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Any attempt to disgrace Maha Sanga should be vehemently condemned rejected irrespective of the positions and capacities of the accusers, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President made these comments at an event to open a newly constructed Sacred Relic Chamber and Sermon chamber at Palanda Raja Maha Viharaya today (16). Those who try to bring a…

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The day a Bill to abolish the death penalty is brought to Parliament will be declared a national day of mourning as the it will mark the occasion of handing over this country to drug dealers, criminals and rapists, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President made these comments during a ceremony in Walawa zone to present…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to expedite the Wew Gam Pubuduwa programme, that develop the agri- economy of the people living in seven selected districts, to deliver the benefits of the programme within the next few months. The International Green Climate Fund has provided Rs.3682 million for this project while the Government of Sri…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the National Rehabilitation Authority for Drug addicts to implement a special programme at the provincial level to rehabilitate the drug addicts in the country, as around 150,000 children under the age of 18 years are reported to be the victims of this menace. The report of the survey…

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