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The 55th session of Dhamma Sermon of the Sadaham Yathra held every Poya Day centering a main vihara of the island took place centering historic Kaleniya Raja Maha Vihara today (20). President Maithripala Sirisena who went to the vihara called on the Chief Incumbent of Kaleniya Raja Maha Vihara Ven. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkitha Thero and…

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The opening of the Pagoda, “Dauldena Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thero” commemoration of the Venerable Dawuldena Gnanissara Maha Nayaka Thero, the great leader of the Udarata Amarapura Samgiri Sangha Sabha, was inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena today (12) afternoon. The Museum, Library and the Chaitya complex have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 million…

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The forest density of the country has decreased during almost every single government in past. However, the President says that the country’s forest density has increased to a certain extent due to the program implemented during the last four years to protect the environment and increase the forest resources. President Maithripala Sirisena made this observation…

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The forest density of the country has decreased during almost every single government in past. However, the President says that the country’s forest density has increased to a certain extent due to the program implemented during the last four years to protect the environment and increase the forest resources. President Maithripala Sirisena made this observation…

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The inaugural ceremony of the 34th consecutive “techno 2019”, the National Engineering and Technology Exhibition was held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (11). Started as an Electrical- mechanical exhibition in 1985, techno has grown into a fully-fledged engineering and technology exhibition over the years, providing…

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Comprehensive national program on illegal drug abuse was launched to alleviate the poverty of the rural masses – President The Asirigama Village at Palugaswewa in Anuradhapura, which was developed under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena under the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement, was vested with the public today (09) morning. On December 21, 2018, the…

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The first ever large scale Green Investment Project of introducing cassava (manioc) to the international market through the Foreign Direct Investment worth US Dollar 40 million, got underway today (8) with the President laying the foundation stone for the industrial complex to be set up in Welikanda, Polonnaruwa. Starch Industries (Pvt) Ltd, a Sri Lankan…

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The 30th Anniversary celebration of the Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN) was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, today (07). The Lanka Education and Research Network is the NREN (National Research and Education Network) of Sri Lanka, which interconnects Educational and Research institutions across the country, and provide network related…

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Representatives of railway trade unions who are on indefinite strike met President Maithripala Sirisena for a discussion at the President’s House today (7). During the meeting President pointed out it is the duty of the professionals to exercise their labour without hampering the day-to-day life of the general public. While informing the trade union activists…

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The Deputy Chief Sanganayaka of Siyane Korale Ven. Yakkaduwe Sri Rahula Thero has been appointed as the Chief Sanganayaka of the Pilikuththuwa Rajamaha Viharaya and Pahala Yagoda Sri Sugatanandarama Vihara. The Sri Sannaspatra (the Act of Appointment) presentation ceremony was held with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena today (6). President Sirisena visited Pahala Yagoda…

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The President says that the brave soldiers have been able to overcome all hostilities against Motherland at all the times. President Maithripala Sirisena expressed these view at the passing out ceremony held at the Katukurunda Special Forces Training School today (05th) morning. A total of 274 officers including 50 junior Police Inspectors, 183 junior Police…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said he has given continuous leadership throughout his entire political career to prevent the destruction caused by the drug menace and although he signed the declaration to impose capital punishment on drug kingpins it was not possible to implement the decision to the opposition of concerned parties irrespective of their political views….

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President Maithripala Sirisena has a clear vision about the country that most leaders in the present era do not have and also has a visionary programme together with determination to prosper this country, said the Deputy Registrar of the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya, Ven. Nedagamuwe Vijayamaithri Nayaka Thero. No one can ignore the role…

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Fourteen new ambassadors and high commissioners concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President MaithripalaSirisena at the President’s House in Colombo today (October 3). The Envoys who presented credentials are: Mlondi Solomon Dlamini, High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Eswatini Mr. Francois Delhaye, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium Mr. Makarimi Abissola Adechoubou,…

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President MaithripalaSirisena participated in several development programmes launched under “PibidemuPolonnaruwa” initiative today (2). A building constructed at Kumudupura Primary School at a cost of Rs. 5.5 million under “PibidemuPolonnaruwa” programme in order to provide a quality education to children was vested by the President. On his arrival President was warmly welcomed at school premises by…

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Lord Tariq Ahmed of Wimbledon, British Minister of State for Commonwealth, UN and South Asia, commended the efforts taken by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena to strengthen the process of reconciliation amidst the severe challenge posed by the dastardly terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. He emphasized the need for international cooperation to fight terrorism…

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The first poppy flower of the Poppy Day was pinned on President Maithripala Sirisena today (01) at the President’s Office. The first poppy flower was pinned on the President by Major General Upul Perera, President of the Pensioner Officers Association.

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A special event to celebrate Mahathma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary was conducted with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena today (01) at the President’s Office. Mahathma Gandhi, the pioneers of India’s freedom struggle is considered the Father of Nation in India. President Maithripala Sirisena and The High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu offered floral tributes to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena established the Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Children) Trust, a fund for children who are in need of help due to various reasons, on October 1 at the President’s Office. Children are so precious for a nation. They represent the future of a country and are expected to be the leaders of country….

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The World Children’s Day falls today. President Maithripala Sirisena as a leader, who is at all times highly sensitive towards children, commenced his duties today while fulfilling a significant task for the children. The President donated Rs.2 million each for three families with triplets as a relief to the financial difficulties faced by the family…

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The ‘Mahaweli Entrepreneurship Presidential Awards Ceremony 2019’ to felicitate the resourceful contribution made towards the development process of the country by the industries of four corners of lands that nourish through the Mahaweli waters, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, today (01). This awards ceremony was organized under the…

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The book titled “Asgiri Maha Viharaya and the First Freedom Fight in 1818” written recalling the first Freedom struggle staged against the British rule was launched under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Asgiriya Pirivena today (30). The book composed to highlight the importance of the first freedom struggle and the contribution made by…

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President Maithripala today (29) attended several development programmes in Polonnaruwa. As the first event of the series of programmes, President handed over new Dhamma School building constructed under “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” at Kanichchagala Sri Sambodhi Vihara in Weheragala. The Chief Incumbent Ven. Ellande Sugathasiri Thero and Maha Sanga in the area, Governor of the North Central…

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The President said a new phase of the country’s development program as well as the Polonnaruwa development would be launched in next December. President Maithripala Sirisena made this statement addressing a function held in Polonnaruwa this (28th) afternoon. The President also stated that he is in good health and would not retire in order to…

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The government of People’s Republic of China has donated several equipment including drugs and explosive detector worth Rs. 750 million to Sri Lanka. The Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan officially handed the equipment to President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s Office today (27). These modern apparatus was donated to Sri Lanka at a request…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held discussions with senior Police officers at the Presidential Secretariat today (27). The meeting held under the initiative of the President to address the long standing problems of the Police Department and to establish a better quality police service. The President convened the monthly meeting and reviewed the progress of the decisions…

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The annual prize giving of Kelaniya Gurukula Vidyalaya was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (27). On his arrival President was warmly welcomed by the students at the school premises. President handed over certificates and awards to the students those who excelled in many fields. President also joined to witness an exhibition…

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Presidential Commission to probe fraud and corruption in state institutes during the period from January 15th 2015 to December 31st 2018 presented its final report to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (26). The Commission was tasked with examining complaints and allegations made against persons who had held or continue to hold political office and those who…

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The 60thcommemoration of late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was held today (26) at the Bandaranaike Samadhiya in Horagolla under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Late Premier Bandaranaike transformed the political history with the support of Sanga, Weda, Guru, Govi and Kamkaru movement. Later Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and former Speaker Anura Bandaranaike were also commemorated…

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Our undergraduates have to struggle find suitable employment opportunities due to our education system which lacks science and technology, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Hence, it is imperative to make amendments to the national educational policies while introducing and implementing advanced educational methodologies what are in practice in the developed world, President said during the inauguration…

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The Cabinet Memorandum submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Defence, to grant lifetime salaries for disabled war heroes has been approved by the Cabinet. Accordingly, the Cabinet has given approval to grant all the members of the tri-forces, Police and Special Task Force a salary equal to their last salary during their…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant officials to take swift measures to provide relief to those who are affected by the severe weather conditions. President also instructed to obtain the assistance of the armed forces in relief operations and as well as in evacuations in flood-prone areas. President further said he will coordinate the allocations…

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President Maithripala Sirisena handed over letters of appointment to the members of the Presidential Commission appointed by him on September 21, to further investigate Easter Sunday attacks, at the Presidential Secretariat, today (24). The commission is headed by Court of Appeal Judge Janak de Silva. The Other members are Court of Appeal judge Nissanka Bandula…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the present government led by him had allocated the highest amount of money for the education sector. The President made these comments at a ceremony to hand over the multi-purpose building at Kottapitiya Sagala Maha Vidyalaya in Polonnaruwa today (23). The President further said after assuming office, he was able to…

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The Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter Sunday attacks met with the President today (20) at the President’s Office. As a leader truly respecting the democratic practices, President Sirisena, considered the request made by the Parliamentary Select Committee probing Easter Sunday attacks to seek his ideas and suggestions, agreed to hold this discussion.

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It is my policy to see state as well as private universities operational in every subject field and the standards of the universities managed by the government should also been maintained at that are owned by the private entities, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President made these comments during a meeting with medical students who have…

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Former Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathileke have been conferred the highest honorary military ranks by President Maithripala Sirisena at an investiture ceremony held today (19). Accordingly, Karannagoda was promoted as the Admiral of the Fleet while Gunathileke was promoted…

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China to extend cooperation to fight poverty Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chen Min-Er and President Maithripala Sirisena held a detailed discussion on a wide range of subjects on bilateral relations, economic cooperation and regional stability. Mr Chen Min-Er and a CPC delegation called on President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the importance and the responsibility of building a teacher force with creativity and personality necessary for the role of the present-day teacher. It was revealed, according to a latest research done by the Ministry of Education that around 10 % of the teachers in the education sector are not suitable for…

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“Sri Lanka Engineering Council formally established September 17 of each year proclaimed as Sri Lanka Engineering Day The President says that the country needs to introduce a method to stop the intellectuals and scholars leaving the country and to bring the professionals living abroad, back to Sri Lanka. The President further added that, he expects…

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The annual conference of the Organization of Professional Association of Sri Lanka (OPA) was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo yesterday (17). The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Mohan Munasinghe under the theme of ‘The Role of Professionals in Sustainable Development’. Lord Naseby, President of the All Party…

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“We must protect this as a national treasure while understanding the challenges before the country – President Administration of the Lotus Tower under a state company The Lotus Tower, the tallest tower in South Asia, was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena today (16). Addressing the opening ceremony the President stated that this construction is…

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The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was commemorated under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute today (16). The ceremony was organized by the Ministry of Mahaweli development and Environment on the sideline of the World Ozone Day and the 32nd anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The…

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The ‘Udarai Oba’ musical extravaganza organized by the Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) of the Ministry of Defence was held at the Nelum Pokuna theatre, yesterday (14) and President Maithripala Sirisena participated as the chief Guest in the function. ‘Udarai Oba’ musical extravaganza held with the aim to raise funds for the establishment of a Vocational…

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The 54th Sadaham Yathra programme was held at Jethawana Rajamaha Viharaya in Godapitiya, Akuressa, Matara with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena today (13th), the Binara Full Moon Day. The President also participated in the Dhamma sermon conducted by patron of Dhammsak Viharaya in Ruwanwella Venerable Gampaha Mahanama Thero. The Governor of the Southern Province…

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The State Literary Awards Ceremony 2019, an occasion to give due accolades to the literati who have enriched the field of literature in Sri Lanka, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall yesterday (12th) afternoon. Many authors received awards for their invaluable contribution and excellence for…

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Leaders of Sri Lanka and Togolese Republic have paid their attention to expand trade and investment between the two countries. This was discussed at length when the President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting President of the Togolese Republic Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé met at the President’s Office today (11). On his arrival at the President’s Office,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to expedite the process of amending the rules and regulations and introducing new laws to prevent terrorism. The President has given these instructions participating in the progress review meeting of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security held at the Parliamentary Complex, today (11). It is significant that this…

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The Pulathisi Inter City train service from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa commenced its first run today. President Maithripala Sirisena joined this inaugural Pulathisi train and travelled from Fort to Maradana railway station. The Pulathisi Inter City train travels daily at 3.00 p.m. from Fort Station and reaches Polonnaruwa Railway Station at 7.45 p.m. The eturn…

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