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The demise of renowned media personality Kalakeerthi Dr. Edwin Ariyadasa, who made a massive contribution to the development of moral journalism, in addition to the advancement of a number of spheres of arts and humanities as a pioneer is deeply saddening. It is with immense admiration I recall his services to nurture the public with…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 3-member Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary actions on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences. The Extraordinary Gazette notification pertaining to this was issued…

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His Excellency Joseph R. Biden President of the United States of America Excellency, It gives me great pleasure to offer my congratulation and best wishes to you, on your assumption of high office on 20th January 2020 as the 46th president of the United States of America. The people of the United State of America…

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Permanent solution to wild elephant problem… Commence all stalled development work in schools island-wide immediately…. Vedikachchiya villagers to get new houses Fence to be erected to prevent damages caused by deer to crops Water to cultivate both Seasons Vocational training opportunities in the district to be expanded –      President decided at “Discussion with the Village”…

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BCI Degree admissions commence President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says a new education system that will protect the dignity of labour and aimed at creating a skilled society  will be introduced in the new normal environment. A National Education Policy has already been formulated to achieve rapid development as well as to meet expected economic goals in…

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The first phase of the Park & Ride bus service was inaugurated at the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Center, Kottawa today (Jan. 15) in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a solution to the heavy traffic congestion surrounding Colombo city limits. The “Park & Ride” aims to minimize the number of automobiles travelling to and…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open Ferentino Tire Corporation- PVT Ltd, largest tyre and radial tyre manufacturing factory in South Asia today (14). The factory has been set up on a 155-acre land belongs to BOI Industrial Zone in Wagawatta, Horana. Investment of the first phase is USD 100 million. Manufacturing will be carried out using…

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The 13th Executive Council Meeting of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace was held with the participation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Sri Sambodhi Viharaya in Colombo 7 today (14). After the World War II, the Russian and Mongolian Buddhist leaders focused on the need for an international Buddhist organization aimed at promoting unity. Consequently, Buddhist…

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Thai Pongal, also known as the Festival of Harvest, is one of the foremost religious and cultural festivals celebrated by Tamils around the globe. It signifies paying gratitude to the Sun, on which farmers rely for a bountiful harvest and the traditional way of life tied to agriculture and Mother Nature. Tamils who live by…

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No investment will infringe country’s sovereignty and independence SLPA to manage after investment Trade Unions too have the opportunity to submit proposals President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured representatives of Port Trade Unions that the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port will not be sold or leased. The previous administration had agreed to sell the East…

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The newly appointed High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka Tareq Md. Ariful Islam representing presented his credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning (11). During the ensuing discussion, explaining the current economic situation in Sri Lanka and the steps taken by the Government to contain the…

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No political witch hunt; only strict adherence to law: will not entertain lumpen politics – President says in Lathugala Policy decision to allow cultivation without hindrance Officials must visit villages Every village to see sustainable development President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the political culture of forgetting the village after winning power has been changed. The problems…

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Let’s join to bring prosperity by fulfilling promises made to people in “Saubhagyaye Dekma” Go to village and work, without confining to offices President, PM request Ministers, MPs and officials  By cultivating what can be grown in the country, the money going to the farmers abroad will be diverted to the hands of our farmers,…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed 18-member De-Regulation Commission for the Simplification of the Existing Laws and Regulations in the interest of the people. The Commission is co-chaired by former Secretary to the President and Principal Advisor to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Chairman of John Keells Group Mr. Krishan Balendra. Other members of the…

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Agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations Priority areas identified India is ready to give priority to Sri Lanka when supplying to other countries the vaccine now being produced by India to treat COVID 19 virus, the External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Arrived yesterday in the country for a…

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Commencing duties in the new year President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met the ministers, members of Parliament and his staff at the Presidential Secretariat today (1). Mingling with the gathering, President Rajapaksa said that it is necessary to work with optimism, determination and commitment to achieve the aspirations of the people while being conscious about the challenges…

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The dawn of the New Year motivates us to move towards a new meaningful height in life while providing opportunity to clearly understand the challenges we face at each passing moment. We welcome the year 2021 with positive attitudes, determination and absolute commitment. No sooner than we commenced the journey towards prosperity that we had…

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273 buses belong to Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) which were taken out of service due to dilapidation were repaired and re-added to the passenger transportation under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Galle Face Green today (31). These buses will be utilized to meet the passenger transportation needs in rural areas throughout…

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– Do not disturb livelihoods of those depend on agriculture – Provide rapid solutions to displaced people when planning development projects –      President instructs officials Air Force to develop “Kanugahawewa” as a model village 21 tanks and several dams to be renovated soon Quick solutions to land issues Measures to develop main and byroads Pastures for milch…

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Use of maize for alcohol and ethanol production strictly prohibited President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed the subject Minister and the officials to intervene to stop the irregularities perpetrated in purchase of crops including turmeric and maize from farmers. Local farmers have successfully expanded the cultivation of turmeric and maize. Harvesting in the next season is nearing….

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited Pahalagama, Elepaththuwa in Anuradhapura yesterday (26) to inspect the damage caused by Sena caterpillars to the maize cultivation. Farmers have been severely affected by the Sena caterpillar menace for the past two years. They told the President that the caterpillar menace had damaged crops in many districts this year as well…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic at Dalada Maligawa, Kandy and obtained blessings yesterday(Dec. 25). The President was warmly welcomed by the custodian of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Diyawadane Nilame Nilanga Dela. The President called on the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter, Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala…

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Christmas is a noble religious event in the Christian calendar, associated with the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, which inspires the devotion of millions of Christians in God around the world and second only to the Easter.   It exemplifies the noble values that make up the foundation of civilized human society such as peace, love,…

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The new PCR machine purchased under the guidance of Chief Incumbent of Kurunduwatta Maha Viharaya, Horana and the Adviser of Suwasarana Health Fund Ven.  Udugalmote Siri Wimala Thero and with contributions from well-wishers was officially handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently. The machine will be installed at the National Institute of Health in Kalutara…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (23) unveiled the statue of the Late Ven. Aluthnuwara Sumanatissa Nayaka Thero erected at the Gangathilake Viharaya at eyamporuwa, Madiwela, Kotte. Venerable Aluthnuwara Sumanatissa Nayaka Thero held the positions of Chief Incumbent number of Buddhist temples namely Pannipitiya Arawwala East Siri Wijayasiriwardanaramaya,  Gangathilake Viharaya at eyamporuwa, Madiwela, Kotte and Lankarama Buddhist…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (22) decided to suspend arrival of passengers from the United Kingdom with effect from today due to a new strain of COVID – 19 currently spreading across UK. The decision was taken at the daily meeting of COVID – 19 Prevention Committee  held at the Presidential Secretariat today (22) following a…

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The government has decided to provide supplementary financial facilities at a concessionary interest rate to every household to meet their various needs during the upcoming Christmas and New Year festive seasons. Loans are provided under 3 categories based on the monthly income. Individuals with a monthly salary/income above Rs. 50,000 are entitled to a loan…

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“It is easy to import everything and sell. If we do so we will not be able to build a strong economy. Growth of the economy must take place in a manner that secures the wellbeing of all segments of the society. In this regard the contribution and new approaches of the private sector are…

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The report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimization was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Chairman of the Committee, retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne presented the report to the President at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (8). The three-member Presidential Commission of Inquiry was appointed by the President on January…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is in Anuradhapura visited the historic Anuradhapura Sacred Area and performed religious rites in front of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi this morning (5). President called on the Chief Incumbent of Atamasthana Ven. Dr. Pallegama Siriniwasa Theroa and received his blessings. Later visiting Ruwanwali Maha Saya President had a cordial conversation…

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State Minister Lohan Ratwatte has been appointed as the State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners Rehabilitation. He was sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (2). Mr. Ratwatte is also the State Minister of Gem and Jewellery related Industries.

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06 new Judges appointed to Supreme Court New President for the Court of Appeal 14 new Judges to Court of Appeal   President pledges to support independence of the judiciary and ensures its functioning is free of politicization and other forms of interference Marking a new milestone in the judicial system of the country 21…

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Full text of the speech by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2020 on December 01, 2020  Shrimathi Nirmala Sitharaman, Honourable Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of the Republic of India Ajith Nivard Cabraal, State Minister of Money, Capital Markets & State Enterprise Reforms Hans Wijayasuriya, Chairman of…

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Member of Parliament Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle has been appointed as the State Minister of Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID Prevention. The new State Minister was sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (30). State Ministry for Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID Prevention is a new portfolio. Promoting and…

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The National Security Advisor of India Ajit Doval who arrived in the island last evening called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (28). President Rajapaksa and the Indian Security Advisor engaged in a highly fruitful discussion aimed at further strengthening all forms of bilateral relations. Indo-Lanka security cooperation, maintaining peace and…

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The newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickramaratne called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (27). Mr. Wickramaratne assumed duties as the 35th Inspector General of Police. Joining the service as an apprentice Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1986, he is a graduate from the University of Colombo and General…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on the newly appointed Chief Prelate of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya, Most Ven. Makulewe Wimala Nayaka Thera. The President who visited the Vidyawasa Pirivena in Minioluwa, Mirigama where the Nayaka Thera resides, today (27) extended his best wishes to the newly appointed Prelate. Appreciating the unparalleled service rendered by…

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A monitoring mechanism has been devised to ensure strict adherence to the ongoing home quarantine process for the contacts of the infected persons introduced as a measure to contain the COVID – 19 pandemic. The responsibility of monitoring is entrusted with a team of field officers. The team comprises Economic Development Officers, Agriculture Research and…

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Cabinet Minister for Public Security and a State Minister for State Security   In accordance with revision of subjects under Ministries on November 20th, Ministries of Defence and the Technology have been bought under the purview of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara was sworn in as the Cabinet Minister of Public Security while…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the Parliament this morning (19). Today is the second day of the debate on the second reading of the Budget 2021. President who enetered the Chamber with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa listened to the debate. This marks the first occasion that President Rajapaksa sat in the House after addressing the inaugural…

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Condolence Message I was deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Most Venerable, Aggamaha Panditha Napane Pemasiri Mahanayaka Thero of the Ramanna Nikaya. The passing away of the Mahanayaka Thera is not only a loss to the nation, but to all the Buddhists all over the world. Most Venerable, Aggamaha Panditha Napane Pemasiri Mahanayaka…

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  Ayubowan, A year ago, more than 6.9 million voters in this country elected me as your new President. It is no secret that the majority who voted for me then were Sinhalese. They rallied because they had legitimate fears that the Sinhala race, our religion, national resources and the heritage would be threatened with destruction…

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The special address to the nation by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be telecast at 8.30pm on 18.11.2020 over all television and radio channels

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended religious observances at Ruwanwali Seya in Anuradhapura yesterday (13) seeking blessings on people in Sri Lanka and the world. Upon arrival at the sacred site President called on the Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweli Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thero. Joining the Kapruka Pooja and Ashtapala Chathumadura Pooja President sought blessings…

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Hindu Devotees across the globe light up lamps and engage in religious observances with the expectation of dispelling darkness of ignorance and illuminating wisdom. Deepavali festival is a renowned cultural celebration where the devotees extend wishes of enlightenment and share greetings with love and compassion. In my view, cultural festivals of this nature provide great…

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President invites industry pioneers to join…  15,000 houses for middle class people…  36,884 housing units before the end of 04 years… President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested construction industry pioneers to commence work on a large number of housing projects simultaneously for the benefit of low, middle and upper middle income earners covering different areas of…

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Special attention to protect people with non-communicable diseases Every regional dispensary in the country to be activated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized that special attention should be paid to protect those who are suffering from non-communicable diseases from COVID – 19 virus. Medical experts point out that 93% of the COVID deaths reported in past few…

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With institutional and personal donations and direct deposits the balance of the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund reached Rs. 1,668,379,121.74 as of 31.10.2020. Until today (10.11.2020) Rs. 402,190.701 out of the said amount has been allocated/spent for the following activities. Activities approved by the Management Committee: Activity Allocated (Rs.) Actual Expenditure (Rs.)…

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Media responsible and duty bound to educate the public People must adhere to health guidelines President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the health sector of the country is capable of controlling the COVID- 19 pandemic and what is needed is the support of the people. COVID pandemic is a “health” issue. The responsibility of protecting people…

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Located in Badulla district, villages Welanwita and Akkara Seeya in Haldummulla area, which remained deprived of public amenities for a long time and where the majority is poor, have now entered into a period of rapid development. Larger part of the expected targets included in the proposed development plan has already been achieved. The remaining…

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