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  Inter-provincial travel restrictions to remain…   Permission to conduct last rites on non-COVID 19 deaths within 24 hours…   It has been decided to relax travel restrictions from 4 am on the 21st of June. However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed the officials not to relax the inter-provincial travel restrictions. Travel restrictions will be re-imposed…

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Measures have been taken to increase the contribution by renewable energy sources to the national power grid by enhancing solar power generation as per the National Policy Framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour.’ A key plan of the Government is to generate solar power by obtaining the contribution of state-owned buildings, places of worship and…

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The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Arjuna Obeysekera, was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (14). Court of Appeal Judge Priyantha Fernando was sworn in as the new President of the Court of Appeal and former High Court Judge Shashi Mahendra was…

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The Cost of Living Committee, chaired by the President and convened with the participation of the Prime Minister and the Ministers in charge of the subject, focused on a number of main reasons for the need to increase fuel prices. One of the main reasons for this is the continuous rise in global crude oil…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open the China-Sri Lanka Friendship National Nephrology Specialized Hospital in Polonnaruwa this morning (11). Sri Lanka received the hospital complex as a full grant from the Chinese Government at the request of former President Maithripala Sirisena during his visit to China in 2015. The hospital complex spans over an area of…

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Vaccines obtained with much difficulty following discussions with a number of state heads should be administered with complete transparency… All above age of 60 and close associates of infected are to be vaccinated… Vaccine for those who suffer from non-communicable diseases… Special database for a streamlined vaccination drive and collecting data… Steps to prevent delays…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s request made to the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, seeking to obtain 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine has been met with positive responses. This was disclosed during a meeting held between the President and the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (09). The Japanese…

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Mrs. Deepa Liyanage has been appointed as the new Secretary to the State Ministry of Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation. She received her appointment letter from Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera, at the Presidential Secretariat, today (08). Mrs. Deepa Liyanage is a Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service.

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    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that the people’s representatives should move forward to implement the decision to use organic fertilizer as it is beneficial to the people, despite the challenges posed during the transition period. The “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” National Policy Framework affirms that in order to produce a healthy and…

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Steps have been taken to accelerate the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded development projects in Sri Lanka. This was discussed at a meeting held between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Director of the USAID Sri Lanka Office, Reed J. Aeschliman, at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (07). A number of development activities…

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Many opportunities for local and foreign entrepreneurs to invest in Port City…   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa invited investors across the world to join on a transformational journey by investing in Sri Lanka. ‘The Government’s vision is to make the Colombo Port City a key service hub for one of the fastest growing regions in the…

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British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (04). The High Commissioner commended the government’s efforts taken to control the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed views on the assistance that can be provided for the vaccination drive. She also drew attention to the contribution the…

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Ø  Steps to locally manufacture and also to import machinery required for fertilizer production Ø Required amount of organic fertilizer to be recommended following a soil test Ø Soil testing equipment to be distributed to all Agrarian Service Centres Ø  Instructions to educate farmers … A number of programmes are being planned to expedite the production of organic fertilizer required for…

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Minister Namal Rajapaksa was sworn in as the State Minister of Digital Technology and Entrepreneur Development before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today(03). He will hold this state ministerial portfolio in addition to the Cabinet Ministry portfolio of Youth and Sports.

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President tells Governors and District Secretaries…   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the Governors and District Secretaries should personally intervene to maintain essential services and prevent any disruption to the lives of the people. The President said that despite the current situation, the country’s economy could not be allowed to collapse and that the contribution…

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It was decided at a special meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today (01) under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to tow the wrecked X-PRESS PEARL Container Ship into the deep seas off the coast of Colombo. Minister of Ports and Shipping Rohitha Abeygunawardena revealed all the details including the vessel’s route from the United…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed the members to the Colombo Port City Economic Commission. The Commission is Chaired by Gamini Marapana PC and the other members of the Commission are,   01- Secretary to the Treasury, S. R. Attygalle 02- Water Supply Ministry Secretary Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama 03- Former Board of Investment Chairman Saliya Wickramasuriya…

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Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David Holly expressed these views when he called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (31). Two vessel related accidents occurred in Sri Lankan waters in a short period of time. The President stated that Sri Lanka is expecting the Australian Government’s technical assistance to assess…

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As the number of Staff personnel at the Presidential Secretariat have been minimized based on guidelines and recommendations given by the Health Authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the public are requested to avoid visiting the Presidential Secretariat for their needs to avert any inconvenience. However, the available staff at the Presidential Secretariat is…

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Ø  Essential items to be supplied via mobile truck service Ø  Vaccination programme to continue uninterrupted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided not to relax travel restrictions until June 07. The decision was taken by the President at a meeting with the Special Committee on COVID 19 Control held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (28). Initially it…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to take steps to provide organic fertilizer required for the ‘Maha’ Season to farmers without any shortage. The President also emphasized the importance of implementing a comprehensive mechanism in consultation with all sectors in this regard. The “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” policy statement ensures the people’s…

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President’s Counsel Sanjay Rajaratnam was sworn in as the new Attorney General before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (26). Mr. Sanjaya Rajaratnam is the 48th Attorney General of Sri Lanka. He has been serving the Attorney General’s Department for the last 34 years, he went onto hold the post of Senior State…

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Following the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), security forces and other responsible government entities have launched a comprehensive operation to mitigate the damage to the marine environment and coastline by the MV X-Press Pearl vessel which caught fire and is in distress off the coast of Colombo. The President has instructed…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed that the second stock of 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses received as a gift from the Chinese Government, be used in the vaccination drive from today (26). Accordingly, plans have been made to distribute the vaccines among several districts based on priorities recommended by the health sector. The SriLankan Airlines flight…

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Vesak Message   Vesak Full Moon Poya Day, which commemorates the three most significant events of the Buddha’s life (Three Noble Events); the birth of Prince Siddhartha, the Enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama and the Mahaparinibbana (Passing Away), is the noble and meritorious festival of us Buddhists. On this noble day, the entire Buddhist community across…

A-roadmap-to-create-a-green-socio-economy-presented-to-President

The Ministers presented a roadmap prepared with the aim of transforming Sri Lanka’s economy into a green socio-economy with sustainable solutions to climate change, to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Relevant plans were presented at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (24) with representatives of the “Presidential Task Force on Creating a Green Sri Lanka…

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Temporary relaxations on May 25, May 31 and June 4..   One person from each house is permitted to visit the nearest store to purchase essential items when restrictions relaxed Mobile trucks with essential food items will operate at divisional levels for the convenience of the public Liquor stores to be closed until June 7 Air…

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Attorney General Dappula de Livera, who is to retire, called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (24). The President commended Mr. Dappula de Livera for his service rendered to Sri Lanka and extended well wishes for his post-retirement life. He is the 47th Attorney General of Sri Lanka. Acting Solicitor General…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken a number of decisions to avoid impact on the people and the economy when imposing travel restrictions from 11.00 pm today (21) as a step to contain the spread of COVID 19. During a discussion with the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (21),…

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The ‘National War Heroes Commemoration’ was held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the War Heroes Memorial near the Parliament Complex in Battaramulla this afternoon (19) in a simple, yet dignified manner. Today marks the 12th Anniversary of the war victory achieved by the war heroes who defeated…

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The Intermediate Care Center for COVID-19 patients in Seeduwa was inspected by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (18). The Care Center, which is housed in a building offered by the Brandix Company comprises of three wards. It has the capacity to treat a total of 1,200 patients. The care center is fully equipped with the latest technical appliances, including a…

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Ramazan Day Message   Sri Lankan Muslims join Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan fasting with the hope that Allah would accede to their wishes. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I offer my best wishes with the expectation that all those virtuous wishes may come true. Although the practice to enjoy the blessings of Allah for a…

Air-Force-produced-Heated-Humidified-Oxygen-Therapy-Unit-officially-handed-over-to-President

The Heated Humidified Oxygen Therapy Unit manufactured by the Sri Lanka Air Force for the benefit of the patients with respiratory difficulties was officially handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (12). In order to face the imminent shortage of ventilators in the country in the face of the COVID 19 global pandemic, the Heated Humidified Oxygen…

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 A challenging decision taken after 60 years that should be achieved…    Experts’ view.   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the decision to start using organic fertilizer was taken towards endowing a healthy future generation to the country. The “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” policy framework stated that the whole agricultural sector of the country…

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 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Presidential Task Force to transform Sri Lanka’s economy into a green socio-economy with sustainable solutions to climate change. The Task Force has been named as the “Presidential Task Force on Creating a Green Sri Lanka with Sustainable Solutions to Climate Change”. The Task Force, chaired by Basil Rajapaksa, the…

Expedite-import-procedures-&-administering-COVID-19-vaccines-to-public…------President-instructs

Steps have been taken to prevent spread of the virus and to maintain high-quality healthcare services… –Officials pointed out President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to expedite both the import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public. During a discussion held with the COVID-19 Committee today (07), which meets daily at the…

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Approval for Sinopharm to be given in another 3 days… The zoom discussion held between World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was very successful. The zoom meeting was held from the Presidential Secretariat, today (07). The WHO commended the government for its efforts to control the spread of…

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The Democratic Left Front (DLF) presented their statement pledging to assist in the progress of the National Policy Framework “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (07). The statement was presented by Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Leader of the Democratic Left Front. The plans of the DLF to promote…

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Steps will be taken to provide Cabinet approved relief to the dependents of war heroes, who got killed or disabled due to terrorist activities with effect from April 2021. The war heroes sacrificed their lives or became disabled to safeguard the freedom and independence of the nation for all communities in the country. Therefore, it…

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The National War Heroes Flag was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (04), declaring the War Heroes Commemoration Month. Acting Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva Authority Sonia Kottegoda pinned the War Heroes Flag on the President. The War Heroes’ Month commemorates the brave war heroes who sacrificed their lives for a…

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Veteran journalist Sudewa Hettiarachchi, who was appointed as the Director General of the President’s Media Division (PMD), and President’s Spokesman Kingsly Rathnayaka assumed duties in their new posts this morning (03). The ceremony to assume duties was held at the President’s Media Division in Colombo Fort, giving priority to religious observances. A limited number of…

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Mr. Dilum Amunugama was sworn in as the State Minister for Community Police Services before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning. Mr. Amunugama also holds the portfolio of State Ministry of Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments and Motor Car Industry.

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A national programme to provide a pot of turmeric plant to every home garden was inaugurated under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (May 01). To symbolize the launch of the programme, the President planted a turmeric sapling in his home garden at Mirihana. This programme was launched in an attempt to meet the household Turmeric…

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As promised to the people, our government has safeguarded national security and sovereignty. Similarly, we have ensured that no harm would befall to our national legacy and heritage. Steps are being taken implement policies for the growth of local industries and agriculture-based economy. A clear, well-defined economic plan has been formulated and being implemented to…

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Veteran mediaperson Kingsly Rathnayaka has been appointed as the President’s Spokesman. Mr. Rathnayaka received the letter of appointment from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (29). He is a distinguished alumnus of Ananda College, Colombo and a graduate of the University of Colombo. During his 27-year long career in media, he has…

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The official meeting between Chinese State Councilor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was held at the Presidential Secretariat today. The Chinese Defence Minister who arrived at the Presidential Secretariat was received by Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera and Foreign…

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Senior journalist Sudewa Hettiarachchi has been appointed as the Director-General of the President’s Media Division. Sudewa Hettiarachchi, who received the letter of appointment from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, is due to assume duties next week. A distinguished alumnus of Ananda College, Colombo, Sudewa Hettiarachchi is a full-fledged journalist with extensive experience. With…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the Welanwita Village at Haldummulla in the Badulla District this morning (26) to inspect the progress of the first Gama Samaga Pilisandara (Discussion with the Village) programme. The President launched the ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandara’ programme on September 25 last year with the objective of meeting the people of remote villages that…

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The government has decided to suspend all state functions scheduled to be held within the next two weeks from today (25). In addition, the government has also decided to ban all private sector events, meetings and parties planned to be held within the next two weeks under the quarantine regulations. These measures have been taken…

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Only a vaccine can end the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has a systematic and strong programme in place to vaccinate the public. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized that in order to overcome this challenge, the people must strictly follow all the rules and regulations recommended by the health authorities, as they did in the first wave…

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