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Full day curfew will be in force in the district of Nuwara Eliya tomorrow, Saturday May 30th. As per the announcement issued yesterday, Thursday May 28th an island-wide curfew will be effective on Sunday, May 31st. The conditions specified in the previous announcement with regard to the implementation of curfew from Monday, June 01st onwards…

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The newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (29). He presented his credential to President via a video conferencing ceremony on 14th May marking a historic moment in Sri Lanka’s diplomatic relations. During the discussion that followed both…

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Address by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Presidential Secretariat at the virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID – 19 and beyond’ organized by the Prime Ministers of Canada, Jamaica and the UN Secretary General on May 28th, 2020. Excellencies, I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid his last respects to the remains of Leader of the Ceylon Worker’s Congress (CWC) and Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development, Arumugam Thondaman, today (28). The remains of late Minister Thondaman were brought to the Parliamentary complex this morning from his residence in Battaramulla. President Rajapaksa who arrived at…

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Curfew will be effective in the island till Saturday, June 6th and afterwards as follows: Curfew will be in force island-wide on Sunday, May 31st.   Curfew will be effective in all the districts from Monday, June 01st to Wednesday, June 3rd only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily as before.   Curfew will be in…

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A new mechanism is to be formulated to repatriate Sri Lankans who are stranded or faced with various difficulties in the wake of COVID – 19 pandemic. The nature of the new system will be decided at a meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow. Flights in June to bring back Sri Lankans home will be…

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All measures will be based on international and local health guidelines No COVID-19 infected was reported from the community since April 30th Hotels and restaurants registered with the Tourism Authority to open first The Task Force Committee entrusted with COVID – 19 control proposed to President to reopen airports for foreign tourists from 1st August…

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Curfew will be effective only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily in all the districts in the island from tomorrow, May 26th onwards until further notice. Guidelines prescribed by the health authorities to prevent the spread of the Corona virus should strictly be followed during the operations of factories, institutes, offices and shops as well as…

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Message My heartiest greetings to all Muslims in Sri Lanka, who celebrate the Ramazan or Eid-ul-fitr together with the Islam devotees around the World. Ramazan or Eid-ul-fitr is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic religious calendar observed by the Muslim community after a month of fasting, and sighting of the crescent moon….

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President thanks Indian Premier for support, including 10 tonnes of medical supplies to combat COVID-19 crisis PM Modi commends President for providing the country a leadership with clear vision Revive key projects to restore economy Indian Premier personally committed to help Sri Lanka Bilateral relations to be strengthened in all aspects This morning (24) President…

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In all districts of the island curfew will be effective only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily from Tuesday, May 26th onwards until further notice. People’s movements between districts, except Colombo and Gampaha, will be permitted from Tuesday, May 26th onwards. An island-wide curfew will be in force on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th.

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National Education Policy soon First priority is national security Maximum efforts to curb drug menace Fullest support to religious discourse President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that a Presidential Task Force will be appointed under the Defence Secretary to conduct a comprehensive survey of archaeological sites in the East and to take measures to preserve them. Several…

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The curfew currently in force in the two districts of Colombo and Gampaha will continue until further notice. Curfew will be effective island-wide on Sunday (May 24th) and Monday (May 25th). In the rest of the districts, except Colombo and Gamhapa, curfew which will come into force from 8.00pm tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd May, will be relaxed…

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Park and Drive system to ease traffic congestion Steps to promote school bus service with priority to safety of children End waste and fraud by motivating employees   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has mooted a set of proposals to transform Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) into a profit-earning and leading entity. President is of the view…

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Following institute and personal donations along with direct deposits, the Itukama COVID-19 Healthcare and Security Fund reached Rs 1136mn today(May 21). Canowin Hotel @ SPAS (Pvt) Ltd donated Rs 1 million and the cheque was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today(May 21). Built Element Ltd,…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed the production, import and distribution of pharmaceutical supplies during a discussion with the Chairmen of the two State Pharmaceutical Corporations held at the Presidential Secretariat today (21). Replying to a query by the President as to how the medicines supply in the country is structured, Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Consultant…

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The staff of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has handed over Rs.2, 205,448.89 to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (20).  Minister Dulas Alahapperuma also present on this occasion. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera donated his full salary for the month of May to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Attorney General…

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The COVID- 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund now operates under the brand name ‘ITUKAMA’. The Fund now has been renamed ‘ITUKAMA – COVID 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’. The branding was done in order to attract more local and foreign benefactors. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established the Fund on March 23rd. The President’s Fund…

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Full text of the speech made by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Ranaviru Day commemorations on May 19th 2020. Reverend Maha Sanga representing Maha Nayaka Theros and Anu Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters, Amarapura and Ramannya Nikayas, His Eminence Cardinal, Hindu Kurukkal leader, Islam Mowlawi, Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, former…

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 I write this message with utmost contentment and pride to pay homage to the valiant war heroes who defeated separatist terrorism and brought peace and harmony to the country. The greatest tribute for war heroes is making the aspirations of all communities who represented the ultimate aim of the war that was concluded in victory on May 19,…

I-do-not-expect-State-bodies-to-do-politics-instead-of-developing-themselves-–-President

“I do not expect the state entities to engage in politics; what they need to do is to develop themselves; they should generate incomes; increase efficiency and productivity; minimize unnecessary expenditures and wastage. The State enterprises are run on the hard earned money of the toiling people of this country. Therefore, Public Sector organizations should…

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I am pleased to extend my warm greetings and felicitations as Sri Lanka joins the rest of the world in celebrating The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020 under the apt theme of “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The global understanding of development is moving towards Sustainable Development which promotes…

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The Ministry of Foreign Relations handed over Rs. 27.7 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (May 14th), raised through the network of Sri Lanka Missions overseas, to support COVID-19 Health Care and Social Security Fund. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha handed over the cheque to the President, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh…

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Ambassador for the Federative Republic of Brazil, Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the High Commissioner of the Republic of India, based in Colombo presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (14). It was a historic moment as the credentials were presented via a video conferencing…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the banking sector to deviate from conventional thinking and practice to support the country’s striving to rebuild the economy badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The government was able to keep the corona virus under control. The biggest challenge we face right now is to rebuild the collapsed economy. It…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that irrational laws should not obstruct the policies formulated to achieve the economic objectives of the people. The President stated this during a discussion with officials and ministry secretaries attached to the Plantation Industry sector at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (May 14).The meeting was called to find solutions to a number…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has surrendered his three-month salary of Rs. 292,500.00 to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. President Rajapaksa handed over the cheque for this sum to the Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera at the Presidential Secretariat, today (14).

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The curfew in force in the two districts of Colombo and Gampaha will continue until further notice. In other districts curfew will be effective from 8.00pm to 5.00 am daily till Saturday, May 16th. Curfew will be imposed in the entire island on Sunday, May 17th. Curfew which will be relaxed in other districts except…

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Donations of Rs. 5 million each by the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya and the Trade Association of the Rangiri Dambullu Dedicated Economic Centre were handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena and Janaka Bandara Tennakoon were also present on this occasion. Other donation made to the COVID- 19…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today reviewed the current status of the proposed “unique digital identity card”, which will be issued by obtaining bio data of all citizens only once in the life time. Individual bio data could be viewed physically as well as through the internet. The new identity card which contains the most accurate data,…

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Plantation sector has a key role to play to build the local economy Ensuring food security and promoting the agricultural export market Value addition and maintaining a high grade for exports “By working towards a target, the plantation sector has the potential to be a significant contributor to the National economy,” stated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa….

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa tells officials to focus on rapid development of several main cities in the country including Colombo. A discussion centered on infrastructure and urban development was held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (11) with the participation of Ministry Secretaries, officials of the entities affiliated to the Urban Development Authority, officials of Road Development…

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New Secretaries have been appointed to 07 Cabinet Ministries. They are: Ms. S. M. Mohommad Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms Mr. J. J. Rathnasiri Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Mr. S. Hettiarachchi Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Mr. H. K. D. W. M. N. B. Hapuhinna…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stressed the importance of perseverance without faltering in the battle against COVID-19 while maintaining public life and economy alive at the same time. The President noting that the entire country has commenced economic activities emphasized that no room should be left for a famine to follow the pandemic. The President stated…

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In the two districts of Colombo and Gampaha curfew will be in force until further notice. In other districts including Kalutara and Puttalam curfew will be effective only from 8.00 pm to 5.00 am daily from tomorrow, Monday, May 11th until further notice. Resumption of civilian life and work while curfew is in force in…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participated in the all-night Pirith Chanting Ceremony organized to celebrate Vesak day held at the Gonapola Olaboduwa Historical Rajamaha Viharaya in Horana yesterday(May 07). The President visited the Chief Incumbent of the Vihara, Ven. Uduwe Hemaloka Thera and engaged in pleasantries. Consequently, the president and the first lady engaged in religious rituals…

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The Sri Lanka Foreign Service Association donated Rs.2.8 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to help the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena also participated on this occasion. The Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Fund, Mr. Janaka Ranawaka in Rathnapura and the Ratnapura District Medical Officers’ Association donated Rs. One million, Rs.100,000…

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Presidential Task Force entrusted with formulating a new economic model Multi-pronged approach to uplift tourism industry Plans to stop foreign exchange outflow for higher education Domestic production of medicine to be expanded Steps to attract more investments instead of loans President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is optimistic that the economy adversely affected by the COVID – 19…

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The Buddhists in Sri Lanka, together with fellow Buddhist brethren the world over, celebrate the Vesak, their supreme religious festival, with much religious fervour and enthusiasm. Since ancient times, it has been the practice to spend the period of Vesak indulging in religious observances with the fervent veneration of the Buddha. This year, like the…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed in depth the mechanism in place to resume day-to-day life and work in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam from 11th of May onward, at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (5).  He said that both public and private sector entities should re-commence their work while strictly…

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 Further clarification   01.What are the districts where the curfew is on and at what   Curfew will be effective in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam until further notice. In the rest of the districts curfew will be on from 8.00pm o 5.00 am from today (04) till Wednesday (06). Curfew which…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa engaged in religious observances held at the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi premises in Anuradhapura yesterday (02) to obtain the blessings of this sacred Bodhi upon the country and its citizens. The President who visited the Anuradhapura sacred city met with the Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr.Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero and received his blessings….

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While the curfew is in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, the resumption of civilian life and state and private sector activities will begin from Monday, 11th May. In order to ensure return to normalcy in civilian life and to revive the economy including continuous provision of essential services in these districts,…

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MESSAGE I wish to make use of this occasion of the International Workers’ Day to salute and pay my respect to the working masseswho are making boundless sacrifices in the face of challenges before the nation caused by COVID – 19 outbreak. Many were the challenges we faced and overcame throughout history. In each such…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is considering the possibility of using digital technology as a medium to exchange data among the farmer, consumer and supplier. Secretaries to the Ministries of Agriculture, Internal Trade, Consumer Welfare, Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture and several other officials including officials of Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute held an explorative…

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The curfew which will be re-imposed at 8.00pm tomorrow, Thursday the 30th April, in the districts other than the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, will continue till 5.00 am on Monday, the 4th May .

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 “Sri Lanka is a special friend of China.  We have long standing and cordial relations between the two countries.  When we faced COVID- 19 disaster recently, Sri Lanka stood with us. China is willing to return that goodwill in the form of fullest cooperation to revive Sri Lanka’s economy in the post-COVID – 19 period”,…

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Most Ven. Dr. Dewalegama Dhammasena Nayaka Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Tissamaharama  Sadagiri Ubaya Raja Maha Viharaya and the Chief Sanghanayaka of the Hambantota District donated Rs.1.5 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (29). The Executive Association of SriLankan Airlines and the Xiaomi Sri Lanka Donated Rs. 2 Million through…

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President Gotabaya Rajapksa met with the Maha Nayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhrama Maha Sanga Sabha Most Ven. Dr. Iththapana Dhammalankara Thero and His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Presidential Secretariat today (28) and exchanged views on several current issues. Inquiring about the current progress of the COVID – 19 prevention activities, both…

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A discussion to identify measures that need to be taken to ensure health security at military camps was held at the Presidential Secretariat today (27) under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and with the participation of retired security chiefs and medical experts. A new special Presidential Task Force headed by the Governor of the…

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