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President Maithripala Sirisena appointed 25 Senior Lawyers as President’s Counsels. The President appointed these Senior Lawyers, who have reached eminence in the profession and have maintained high standards of conduct and professional rectitude, according to the power vested in him under the clause 33(2)(e) of the Constitution as President’s Counsels.   The appointed members are…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the guidance given by the spiritual leaders are very important in finding solutions for the current issues in world. The President made these remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the international seminar, organized by Sri Lanka Islamic Center. The opening session of the seminar was held today (April 27) at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena invited leading Malaysian entrepreneurs to explore possibilities of expanding investment and trade and look for the potential of new trade opportunities in Sri Lanka. He stated this when the CEO of Malaysia’s petrochemical giant, Petronas, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin called on him with a delegation at the Presidential Secretariat today (April…

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A discussion was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Siriena to review the progress of the irrigation projects implemented under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development at the Auditorium of Mahaweli Authority, yesterday (26). During the meeting it was discussed in detail regarding the ongoing irrigation projects and the future projects. The President also directed…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a one–man Presidential Committee to investigate the causes that led to the Meethotamulla tragedy. The President has appointed retired High Court judge Chandradasa Nanayakkara for this Committee.

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The outgoing Seychelles Ambassador in Sri Lanka David Pierre called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (April 26) at the President’s Official Residence. He stated that he would be committed to strengthen the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Seychelles even though he is leaving Sri Lanka after completing his term. The President thanked the outgoing…

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President Maithripala Sirisena handed over the title deeds to another 65 victims of the Meethotamulla tragedy under the second phase of the programme to provide houses for the displaced persons, whose houses were completely destroyed due to the collapse of a section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, at the Ministry of Disaster Management Auditorium, yesterday…

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President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury said President Maithripala Sirisena has given an inspiration to all those who work to strengthen parliamentary democracies in the world. The step taken by President Sirisena to dilute executive powers of the Sri Lankan Executive Presidency and vest them with the parliamentary is an important step towards…

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The 15th and 16th phases of the “Ranaviru Dudaru Scholarship Programme”  initiated to provide financial support for the education of needy children of the deceased/disabled personnel of Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defense Force were implemented under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat,today (25).    The Seva Vanitha Unit…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant officials to pay a monthly allowance of Rs.50,000 for three months, to each family evacuated from the high risk area around the Meethotamulla garbage dump in one payment. The objective of this payment is to eliminate the difficulties faced by the people when giving advance payments…

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The launching ceremony of the book “Mahasupavanshaya”, (The Great Chronicle of Culinary Art), written by eminent Chef Deshabandu Dr. Publis Silva was held today (April 24) at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Dr. Silva has written this book as a result of carrying out research and studies for more than 40…

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The Japanese Experts Group presented their report on Meetotamulla Garbage Dump to President Maithripala Sirisena today (April 24) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. Head of the Experts Group, Mitsutake Numahata handed over the report and made a power-point presentation explain the recommendations of the group. He said as a short term measure, the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena paid homage to the historic Mahiyangana Rajamaha Viharaya, on April 22. The President also looked into the well-being of the Chief Incumbent of the Mahiyangana temple, Urulawatte Dhammarakkitha Thero and offered Ata Pirikara. Later the President engaged in religious observances at the Temple and worshiped the Dathu Mandiraya The President planted a…

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The first phase of the programme to provide houses for the displaced persons, whose houses were completely destroyed, due to the collapse of a section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump, was launched today (21) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and 30 families received new houses under the first phase . Currently, the Government…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to implement a programme to solve the issue of solid waste management in the country and further instructed to formulate necessary arrangements to vest the power with a Central Authority in that process. He gave these instructions during a meeting held at the Disaster Management Ministry…

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A discussion on generating renewable energy using small hydro power plants, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (20). During the meeting attention was drawn regarding issues like  identifying the possibility of increasing the 340 megawatt currently added to the national electricity grid by small hydro power plants…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed to issue an extraordinary gazette notification to declare garbage disposal as an essential service, with effect from midnight of April 20. The gazette focuses on steps that are being taken when disposing, collecting, transporting, storing, preparing, segregating garbage and disposing garbage collected from households as well as that which is collected…

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The Sri Lankan group of students who are leaving for Russia to participate in the 18th Asia Physics Olympiad Competition met President Maithripala Sirisena today (April 20). The group of students comprised of K. D. M. Amaya Dharmasiri from Maliyadewa Girls’ School, Kurunegala, R. P. Nisal Punsara from Rahula College, Matara, U. P. Chathura Jayasanka…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the controversial private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue would be solved by broad-basing its management, which is now a single ownership and open it to the stock market by listing it with the Colombo Stock Exchange. He said the medical college will be governed…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to expedite the resettlement process for the people who are affected by the section of the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse. Accordingly, a programme for providing houses for the displaced persons will be implemented from tomorrow (April 20). Initially, houses will be given to 98 families, whose houses were completely destroyed. The…

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A Special Coordination Committee Meeting of the Polonnaruwa district was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Pulathisipura National Education Academy Auditorium, yesterday (18). During the meeting it was discussed in detail regarding the progress of the projects being carried out in the Polonnaruwa district as well as regarding the future plans…

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President Maithripala Sirisena worshipped the historical Nagadeepa Raja Maha Viharaya off Jaffna Peninsula today (April 17). He looked into the well-being of the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Navandagala Padumakiththithissa Thero, and offered ata pirikara to him. The President who engaged in religious activities at the temple watched the museum in the temple premises….

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The traditional Oil Anointing State Ceremony of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year was held at Sri Natha Devalaya at the Premises of the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic today (April 15) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Chapter of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya Most Ven. Varakagoda Gnanarathana Thero anointed…

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The unparalleled supreme sacrifice made by Jesus Christ to save the human beings who are born in sadness and experience sadness throughout life, will be remembered forever. The Christian devotees who celebrate the Easter with great devotion demonstrate that incomparable supreme sacrifice was made in order to rise above the humans and achieve divinity. When…

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Keeping with the tradition, President Maithripala Sirisena performed New Year rituals today (April 14) at his official residence in Colombo. The President joined the ritual to light the hearth with Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena and his daughters Chaturika and Dharini and son Daham and other members of the immediate family. The President planted a Sandalwood sapling…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the ‘Drug free Country’ program, inaugurated by the government to build a healthy nation by saving the future generation from the drug menace, has shown successful results. “The treasury reported the Cabinet that the income from the taxes for liqueur and cigarettes has been reduced for the first time of the…

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Supreme Court Judge K. Sisira De Abrew was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence today (April 11). Meanwhile the Appeal Court Judge A. H. M. Nawaz was sworn in as the Acting Appeal Court President before the President. Acting Secretary to the President Sumith Abeysinghe…

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Avurudu Neketh Seettuwa (the document containing the auspicious times for the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year) was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today (April 11) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. In keeping with the tradition, this was handed over to the President by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and…

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“Aluth Sahal Mangalya”, which is one of ancient rituals to offer the inaugural harvest to the triple gems of Buddhism, was held at the historical Gal Vihara sacred place under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (10).   President who arrived at the Gal Viharaya was engaged in religious observances including washing the…

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I issue this condolence message, remembering aesthetic taste I relished through his cinema, with heartfelt sadness hearing the demise of one of pioneering directors of the leftist cinema Wasantha Obeysekara who was committed to uplift cinema as an art form that help to divulge nuances in the society and the human life and retaining the…

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President says spiritual leaders are the real messengers who connect the hearts of the people and strengthen reconciliation as wished by every religious philosophy. President noted that the guidance for reconciliation is witnessed in Thripitaka, Bible, Quran and Bhagavad-Gita.  He highlighted that Buddhist monks and all other priests belonging to Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are…

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The ritual organized to redeem the vow made on the 24th of December 2016 by the Mahaweli farmers under the auspices of President at the Sorivila Devalaya in Dimbulagala for receiving showers, ending the drought weather condition, having bountiful of harvest, and making Pulathisi Puraya more prosperous was held at the Sorivila Devalaya premises in…

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I am pleased to address you at this historical sacred land.  Our country is inextricably linked with the agriculture.  All the provinces have their identities associated with a history that has been basically nourished from the agricultural practices. I firmly believe that development of the country, either today or tomorrow, is inseparable from the agriculture….

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I am pleased to be part of the March 12 movement that is committed to propagate different views, concepts, etc. derived through freedom movements for world democracy and freedom, in an age where struggles are happening to attain freedom, human rights and fundamental rights, and where some of them have already won. I would extend…

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President says that youth of the country have been empowered to get connected with the export trade using the mobile phone and internet, at present, instead of mere traditional agriculture. The President said that a complete array of organizations is in the operation to provide loan facilities and guidance for them to embark such initiatives…

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President pledges to fulfill the expectations of the farmers as famer the President of the country. President assures money will be deposited to bank accounts of drought victims before Sinhala Hindu New Year dawn. The National Aluth Sahal Mangalya which is known to be most venerated agricultural ritual of Sinhalese was held under the patronage…

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I am thankful for giving this opportunity for me to speak about the Former Prime Minister late Hon. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake who was committed to establish noble qualities of politics, for instance, integrity, cleanliness, humanitarianism, elimination of corruption and fraud; an exemplary leader in the country’s political arena who was adhered to strong democratic values. Many…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he hopes it will be possible to hold Local Governance elections under the new electoral system this year. President made these comments at the closing ceremony of the March 12 Movement which made for creating a better political culture in the country held at the BMICH today. Although earlier Local…

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The Government of Pakistan donated 10,000 metric tons (MT) rice to assist people who affected by the drought, the inauguration event held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (07).Maj Gen (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain, Pakistan High Commissioner of Sri Lanka offered rice donation symbolically to the President Maithripala Sirisena…

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China is ready to take forward the 60-year old China – Sri Lanka relationships in a more robust way under President Maithripala Sirisena, Chairman of the Chinse People’s Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng said. He made these comments when he paid a courtesy call on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat (07). China is a…

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The foundation stone laid for the nine storied OPD complex in National Hospital with the funding of the Peoples Republic of China by the President Maithripala Sirisena today (April 7) morning. H.E. Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference also joined this occasion. To reduce the rush of the National Hospital, the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena attended for the final rites ceremony of most venerable Dauldena Gnanissara thero held at the Independence Squire in Colombo with full state honors today (06 April).      Chief incumbent chapters of all three secs and deputies including venerable monks, other religious leaders, Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Speaker, Mr. Karu Jayasuriya,…

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The President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion to launch a programme to distribute land deeds for the 60 temples in 16 districts with parallel to the grand celebration of International Vesak day celebration, at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (April 05). The religious land deeds were granted to the settled incumbent monks and junior monks to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the current methods of tax collections should be more efficient and systematic for the development of national economy. The statement was made during the address of 16th annual meeting of commissioners Association of Inland Revenue held at the Kingsbury Hotel (April 6).     State income which has to be collected…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Director General of Mahaweli to look into the issues faced by the small-scale rice mill owners in the Mahaweli zone and if the intervention of the Government is required to implement immediate solutions. President gave these directions during a progress review meeting of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment…

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‘Ranil Wickremesinghe’ – A political biography was launched yesterday (04 April) evening at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The book was compiled by Dinesh Weerakkody a well-known business personality. The book was an analysis of Mr. Wickremesinghe’s family background, political philosophy and policies. At this event, Dinesh Weerakkody presented first copy…

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President pays his final respect to Sri Lankan first executive president J.R Jayewardene’s son Ravi Jayewardene yesterday (04) evening at Jayewardene Center. President went to Jayewardene center and pays his final respect to Ravi Jayawardena’s remains. Also, expressed his condolence to the members of Jayawardena family.

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To fill the deficit of nurses’ appointments to overcome the issue of Public Health, Nurses schools will expand throughout the country and facilities will be provided, and large number of Nurses will be recruited in the future, said the President. The President Maithripala Sirisena made this remarks during the Annual Conference of Government Nurses Association…

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