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A Progress Review Meeting was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to evaluate the arrangements being made to celebrate the United Nations Day of Vesak  in Sri Lanka in 2017, as well as to inquire into the preparations for the World Buddhist Conference, at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday(27). Receiving an opportunity to…

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President of Seychelles, Danny Faure praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign against illegal drugs and said his country would extend fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka’s endeaour to stop drugs and narcotics smuggling. He said this when he called on President Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence today (February 27). Two leaders discussed the whole range of…

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“After being elected, the current government has taken several steps to provide welfare facilities and grant benefits to the war heroes throughout the last two years. With that the government will not be complacent and will continue to take every possible action for their welfare in the future too”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President…

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The Time has come to restudy and rethink the characteristics of patriotic politicians like Sri Nissanka, in a country where today’s politicians misuse the state properties and resources, and only think  of their comfort zone and running behind money, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these remarks participating at the 63rd Commemoration Ceremony of the…

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“The only way to heal the current society which faces only the competitiveness by repressing the humanity, human love and discipline is the religious philosophy”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out the importance of the contribution of the Mahasangha and other religious leaders in drawing the young generation towards the religious places and building…

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President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Colombo National Hospital today (26) to inquire into the wellbeing of Professor Carlo Fonseka, who was admitted to the Hospital due to a sudden illness. After inquiring into the health of Prof Fonseka, the President also engaged in a cordial discussion with the Professor, who is recuperating.  

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The National Stroke Day Walk was commenced from the Vihara Mahadevi Park in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, today (26). The National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka organized the walk with the aim of prevention of strokes by educating the public on the disease. The President also appreciated the service rendered by…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the current government is committed to build an impartial, independent and exemplary court system in the country. “As the President I am glad that the judiciary in the country was able to act in a way that nobody can make allegations nationally and internationally. The government will fulfill it’s responsibility to…

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A delegation of the United States Congress called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 24) at the President’s Official Residence and held discussions about the steps to be taken to further strengthen bilateral relations; The 8-mlember delegation is the largest ever US Congress Group to visit Sri Lanka and it included 4 from the Democratic Party and 4…

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The Government will take proactive steps with immediate effect to address the shortage of anaesthetists in the health sector of the country, which is also a vital problem, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these remarks participating at the inauguration ceremony of the 12th SAARC Association of Anaesthesiology Conference and the 33rd Annual Academic Congress…

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“Similar to the way each country take decisions in national levels on the illegal migrants, they should act internationally with other countries regarding this matter”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the Second International Migrant Health Counseling Summit held today (Feb. 23) in Colombo. “Legal migrant is a…

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A group of representatives of the Chinese Communist Party has stated that China will stand with Sri Lanka as a true friend in the future too. They made this remark when a group of senior members of the Chinese Communist Party including the head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the…

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The President of Indonesia Joko Widoda invited President Maithripala Sirisena to pay a state visit to his country immediately after his scheduled participation at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit meeting to be held in Jakarta. Indonesian President’s special envoy, A M Fachir, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs delivered the letter of invitation to…

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The National Scout Award ceremony organized by the Sri Lanka Scout Association was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, yesterday (22). During the ceremony, which is held once in four years, the President presented Gold Lion Award to 20 distinguished members for their great contribution for the Scout…

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Feb. 22) at the President’s House hosted a dinner for a delegates arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the Second International Migrant Health Counseling Summit organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The summit will be attended by the representatives from 50 countries of world. Ministers Rajitha Senarathne, Thalatha Athukorala,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he has given instructions to the Inspector General of Police to pay special attention to prevent inhuman ragging in universities carried out by a minority group of students in order to interrupt the education of the majority of students. He also instructed the IGP to implement an initiative jointly with the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena opened the newly built museum at the Gorakana Purana Kande Vihara in Panadura Keselwatta, yesterday (21). This temple comprises of many ancient heritagess such as the Vahalkada, Pohoya house, preaching hall, dwelling house, image house and the Sthupa. The new museum was built in the 400 years old Sangawasaya of the temple….

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A bi-partisan group of Representatives of the United States Congress visiting Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 21) at the Presidential Secretariat. Accordingly, Congressman Peter Roskam (Chair – Republican), Congressman David Price (Democrat), Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (Democrat) and Congressman Adrian Smith (Republican) met the President. Their aim was…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would take a decision on the issue regarding the private universities in the country including the Malabe SAITM private medical college, taking into consideration the best interests and the productivity of the country. He made these remarks during a meeting with the SAITM Parents’ Association and Dr. Neville Fernando, regarding…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion with a group of members of the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Association, regarding future plans which aimed at the development of the the field of energy while protecting the environment and boosting the economy, at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday(21). The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Association appraised the President in…

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The Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo today (20). The Conference will continue until February 23 in Colombo and Kandy. The Conference is an annual learning, knowledge and experience sharing, and networking event for the Heads of Public Procurement Agency or Authority of the…

President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his deepest condolences over the Katukurunda boat tragedy that took place in the sea area off Katukurunda, Kalutara yesterday. As soon as he received the news the President advised the relevant authorities, including the Sri Lanka Navy and the Police to take prompt and adequate measures to save the lives of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena extended his congratulations to the Sri Lanka Cricket Team which won the 20 – 20 3-match series against Australia by winning the first two matches. The President expressed his wishes to the team through a telephone call and said this historic victory brings a prestige to Sri Lanka. He extended special congratulations…

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A ceremony to open the newly built Dharma Mandiraya named in memory of Venerable Sok In Von Mahanahimi and Venerable Thalalle Dhammaloka Anunahimi, and the two storied Dharma Shala Mandiraya at the Jayasumanarama Maha Vihara in Amugoda, Elpitiya was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 20). The Jayasumanaramaya which was built…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he is the only President who declared asset to the country. “If the politicians and government officers openly fulfill their responsibility no problem will arise. That example should come from the top”, he said. The President was speaking at the ceremony to inaugurate the Right to Information Act held today (Feb….

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President instructs to pay an allowance of Rs.10,000 each per month to agricultural families affected by drought President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to provide an allowance of Rs.10,000 per month for all agricultural family who are affected by the prevailing dry weather condition over the island. The President further instructed to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says persons who question as to what the present Government has done should understand clearly the difference between the past system of this country and the present situation. The President further said that he will make the change that the country needed, facing whatever the challenges come before him. He made these…

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President Maithripala Sirisena requested all Student Associations from universities not to engage in activities which disrupt their education, till solutions were provided if there is any issue,as currently the Government is being engaged with all the relevant parties to provide a satisfactory solution to every party regarding private medical colleges.    He made these remarks…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the Mahaweli mega hydroelectric projects were speedily implemented to ensure rapid benefits to the people and in a similar manner, the current government also taken took action to give early benefits to the people by expediting the irrigation projects. The President was speaking at the progress review meeting of the Ministry…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will fulfill its responsibility of protecting and nourishing Buddhism in a more realistic and practical manner not limiting it to written words about the place of Buddhism in the Constitution. He made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony to unveil the 36-foot high Samadhi Buddha Statue at Nape…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he had never made arbitrary decisions when it comes to appointments in the judiciary. He further said that the recent appointment of a High Court judge which led to controversy was done following a request made by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL). The President said the appointment was…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says scholars and intellectuals should come forward to provide a better service to the country and the people by recognizing the social issues. “The scholars and intellectuals should not be isolated in the society by limiting themselves in their own fields. Most problems of the society can be solved with the voices…

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The Prize Giving Ceremony of the Green School Promotion Program,“Suwasara Thaksalawa 2016” was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) in Battaramulla, yesterday (14). The Suwasara Thaksalawa program implemented with the aim of establishing a green environment at the schools in the country by the Central Environmental Authority….

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President Maithripala Sirisena presented service pension benefit letters to the retired differently abled War Heroes who volunteered to retire before completing their 12 year mandatory service period at the Presidential Secreatriat, today (14). The pension benefits were given to 2,261 tri forces personnel and to 136 police officers and marking the event the President symbolically…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that there should not be room for shortage of rice in the market as well as,  an appropriate mechanism should be implemented promptly to provide rice to the public at subsidiary rates. He made these remarks during a meeting with the rice mill owners and the rice importers , held at…

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“I will take every step to make the country prosperous in agriculture by enhancing the farmers’ economy, as a President whose roots are of a agricultural family”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “I will take measures to solve the water issue by filling the large tanks with blue water so that the farmers will not face…

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The North Western Province Canal Project (NWPCP) will be launched under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena , tomorrow (13), ending the sorrowful stories of the people in the North Western Province due to water scarcity. This project is being implemented under the Mahaweli Water Security Investment Programme. The main benefit of the Project will…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he will appoint a committee comprising of academic experts and the issue of private universities will be solved taking into consideration the recommendations of the committee. The President made these remarks at a meeting with the representatives of the Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Government Dental Surgeons’ Association. The meeting…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says it is a critical problem that the basic needs of schools are not fulfilled even when the provisions have been made for education. “The Education Ministry should intervene to introduce the priorities for the expenditure of the provisions and sure essential facilities are available”, he said. The President made these remarks…

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President Maithripala Sirisena requested all the politicians to fulfill their collective responsibility without trying to make division among themselves when serving the public. The President further said that it is not appropriate to make division among politicians in the process of developing the country and all the politicians must unite to build this country for…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes he will not allow any injustice to happen to the medical students of universities due to SAITM Private Medical College in Malambe. “As the President of the country I am not partial to any party in this issue. I will bring justice to every student while being impartial. I will have…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a four member committee to streamline the functions of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd, popularly known as the Lakehouse. The Committee is headed by Retired Supreme Court Judge Nimal Dissanayaka and the other members of the Committee are Mr. Raja Premadasa, Mr. V.D.Dahanayaka and attorney-at-law Chandrasiri Seneviratna. The task…

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A website created for the 14th UN International Vesak Festival to be held in Sri Lanka this year, and for the World Buddhist Conference, was launched by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (February 7). This year’s theme of the UN International Vesak Festival is Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World…

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The newly constructed “Suwatha Uyana” in Mahara, Eldeniya, which includes a children’s park, fitness center and a walking path, vested with the public by President Maithripala Sirisena . The “Suwatha Uyana” built at a cost of 306 million rupees, under the programme aimed at creating a healthy nation for the future development of the country….

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“The current government has given a new vigour to the program carried out by every government to make the free education in the country strong”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was speaking at the annual prize giving ceremony of Prince of Wales’ College, Moratuwa today (Feb. 06). The President who arrived in the college…

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The National Week on Sports and Physical Fitness Promotion, organized by the Sports Ministry under the directive of President Maithripala Sirisena was commenced today (Feb. 06). Inaugurating the national week, a sports and physical fitness program was held today at the premises of the President’s Office, under the patronage of the President. The President also…

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Today our country completes 69 years of the freedom from colonial rule. I am very pleased with this occasion to hold this 69th independence celebration with high dignity, pride and glory. When we celebrate the freedom, we should talk about what the real freedom is. As far as I know more than 6000 languages are…

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President Maithripala Sirisena called upon all sections of the society to work with determination and commitment to win economic freedom through achieving the goal of sustainable development and poverty alleviation.  “This goal will be achieved through the commitment of intellectuals, the strength of the labour force of workers and peasants, active participation of the youth…

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