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President Maithripala Sirisena requested all the private institutions to join frugal way of use of power by switching off lights that are used for the advertising and decoration purposes of their respective institutions. The President pointed out that the country has to face a power crisis in the future due to the drought situation in…

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A ceremony to present felicitation awards to the employees who completed 30 years of service at the State Timber Corporation, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Ape Gama premises in Battaramulla, today (20). The President presented golden awards to the employees. Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says school children are the most realistic messengers in the process of fulfilling the social responsibility and duties to attain the sustainable development.    He made these remarks participating in the inauguration ceremony of the establishing of Sustainable Development School Societies, held at Kengalla Maha Vidyalaya in Digana, today (19). The President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena joined in a Discussion Forum held at the Mahaweli National College of Education,Polgolla, organized to empower the school children in the Central Province under the Sustainable Schools programme, under the theme “ Soduru Lama Lowak-Surakshita Hetak”, today (19). During this Discussion Forum organized by the Central Province Sustainable School Society, the school…

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Mr. P.H. Manathunga has been appointed as the new Chairman of the National Police Commission. He accepted his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena last evening (Jan. 18) at the Presidential Secretariat. Mr. Manathunga was the most senior official of the National Police Commission.

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A special programme to apprise the officials regarding the strategies of the Government to develop the agriculture in accordance with the programme for Era of Sustainability was held with the participation of over 3,000 officials belongs to all the institutions affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and with…

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A special discussion was held at the President’s Official Residence today (18) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to look into the preparations at Ministerial level to provide essential reliefs to the public during the impending  drought situation in Sri Lanka. The President has given instructions to appoint a special committee comprising Secretaries of…

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“In the way Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil leaders in this country played their role and fulfilled their mission during the struggle for national freedom, everybody should get together to perform the today’s duty to build the country by taking it towards development”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was speaking at the ceremony to open…

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The implementation of a new computerized system for the continuous discharge certificates of merchant navy personnel, issued after their registration at the Merchant Shipping Secretariat, was held today (Jan. 17) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.   Accordingly, these continues discharge certificates will be issued under a protected computerized system….

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The Specialist Committee, which was appointed to draft the national policy on sustainable vision called on President Maithripala Sirisena, on January 16 at the President’s Official Residence. During the meeting, it was discussed in detail regarding the steps taken by Sri Lanka to achieve 2030 sustainable development goals as well as about the initial steps…

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The launching ceremony of the book ‘Buddhist Ideals of Good governance’ was held today (Jan. 16) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The book was written by the Director of Religious Affairs of UNESCO headquarters, a professor at Sorbonne University, France Ven. Thampalawela Dhammarathana Thero and a professor at the same university Prof Francois…

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The United Nations and its affiliated bodies would take a serious note on the impending drought situation in Sri Lanka and assured President Maithripala Sirisena that they would extend fullest cooperation to the Presidential Task Force to provide drought relief.   Top level UN officials, including, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Una McCauley, the World Food…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says some section of the society acting in an uncivilized manner to prevent the prestige and respect gained by the Government, with the decision of the EU to revive the GSP plus facility, to Sri Lanka. The President expressed his regrets regarding a newspaper article published stating that the EU offered GSP…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to get the assistance of the Tri-forces in addition to the contribution of the public servants in the process of providing reliefs to the people affected by drought in the country. He made these remarks participating at the Commissioning & Passing Out Parade at Sri Lanka…

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The European Commission proposed to grant GSP+ concessions to back to Sri Lanka. The commission in appreciation of positive transformation occurred in Sri Lanka, has proposed to grant this relief to assist continue this situation. The economic and political specialists point out that the foreign policy of the current government which is under President Maithripala…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says whatever allegations were leveled against the present Government, the financial crisis of the country occurred not during the past two years, but arose due to the mammoth debt burden created by the previous Government. The President said that today the present Government headed by him, took the responsibility of resolving that…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says today the country needs a precise journey with the voices of worthy intellectual and patriotic persons, but not the empty voices of desperate persons. He further said that as the first public servant of this country, he is ready to provide leadership for that journey. The President also requested all to…

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The week commencing 06th February to 12th February has been declared as the “National Sports and Physical Fitness Promotion Week” with the aim of creating healthy, happy and energetic Sri Lankan generation. In parallel to this event, numerous Sports and Physical Fitness Promotion programmes are scheduled to launch across the country. A discussion in this…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the SLFP should walk through a populist and humanist path. “A party is illuminated according to the characters of the people in the party”, he added. “The qualities goodness, good manners, love for the country, simplicity, humbleness should be in every political character. Not only the parties with the people who…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need of a national policy on the construction of buildings in both the state and private sectors. He made these remarks participating in the launching ceremony of the Green Building Code and Evaluation System held at the BMICH, today (09). Our country as a small island nation, has to face…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant officials to take immediate steps to correctly implement the existing laws to prevent thе abuse оf intellectual property rights as well as to implement new rules and regulations if the existing laws are not adequate. The President gave these instructions at a discussion held today (09) at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the National Unity government will stay to fulfill the mandate it received two years ago on this day from the 6.2 million people who voted for the pledge in the election manifesto to form a consensual government. He further said that he is not worried about statements or actions of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he has received information that Sri Lanka will receive the GSP + trade concession next week, marking a significant turning point in the industry and export fields of the country. He made these remarks participating in a ceremony to open the newly built bridge in Halloluwa, Dodanwala, Kandy, today (07).  The…

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As a response to the request made by Pandit Amaradewa before his demise, to establish music center for the future generation, President Maithripala Sirisena headed a discussion on the preliminary activities on that regard today (Dec. 05) at the President’s Official Residence. The President directed officials to work on the preliminary activities for the establishment…

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The Central Environmental Authority has taken speedy steps to halt large-scale land reclamation carried out illegally in two separate locations in Dandugama, Ja-ela, under the direction of President Maithripala Sirisena.  According to a complaint lodged by the people in the area in this regard to the President,on (03), he instructed the Chairman of the Central…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says today everyone needs to work unitedly with the spirit of brotherhood as well as with discipline to build the country, but not for those who are in power to aim to retain it and those who are out of power to regain it. He made these remarks participating at the national…

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“Law, constitution and judiciary alone cannot build a better society. The best way to build it through Buddhist philosophy”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was speaking at a ceremony to distribute financial assistance to Buddhist temples with less facilities in rural areas, held today (Jan 2) at the President’s House.  A sum of 107…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the New Year commenced from today, will be a year of which will make revolutionary changes in the field of agriculture of this country.   The President made these remarks during a meeting between him and the leaders of the Polonnaruwa farmer organizations held in Polonnaruwa, today (01). The President pointed…

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The vesting of several developments projects at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital with the public and the launching of new development projects under the “Rajarata Navodaya- Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” programme, with the aim of creating a healthier nation, was held under President Maithripala Sirisena, today (01). The President who arrived at the Polonnaruwa General Hospital conveyed his…

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Constant aerial survey with new technology President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to issue a gazette notification declaring a larger Wildlife Reserve, including the surrounding forest area which is not under the purview of the Department of Wildlife, further expanding the forest area belongs to the Wilpaththu National Park. Furthermore, the…

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I was deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Hon. Rathnasiri Wickramanayake who was a former Prime Minister and a former General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). He was a veteran politician who represented the rural masses. Hon. Wickramanayake was a politician who expressed his views in a forthright manner. He…

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to conduct the funeral of the former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake with full state patronage. When the President heard the news of the death of the former Prime Minister, he coordinated the relevant sections and inquired about the required things to be done for the funeral and further instructed…

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A special ceremony was organized to present the deeds for 219 houses to Civil Defence Force personnel, constructed by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Department of Civil Security, under the sixth phase of its housing programme, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, today (23). In addition to the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says with the dawn of this Christmas all should unite to build a country where everyone live with peace, unity and brotherhood, as these values are the messages of Christmas. He made these remarks joining in an event organized by the Presidential Secretariat to celebrate the Christmas, held at the President’s House…

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The State Christmas Festival 2016 was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the  St. Mary’s Church, Negombo, today (22). The festival was held under the theme “Kithu Upathin Navumvana Minisathbavata Ida Demu” and it was comprised with many colourful events including carols. The State Christmas Festival was organized under the guidance of…

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Two new members, appointed to the Commission of Right to Information, took their letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena today (Dec. 22) at the Presidential Secretariat. The former Chairman of the Appeal Court, Judge A. W. A. Salam and Dr. Selvi Thiruchandran are these two new members. Meanwhile Supreme Court Judge Priyasad Dep was…

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Mr. Ban Ki-moon who is the outgoing Secretary General of the United Nations’ Organization telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena today (Dec. 22). He commended the progress achieved in social, economic, political and all sectors in Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Sirisena. He also stated that Sri Lanka’s commitment for the reconciliation is praiseworthy.   …

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need of a joint programme to protect the historical places with great archaeological value. He made these remarks during a discussion regarding protecting historic places with archaeological values held at the President’s Official Residence, today (22). During the meeting it was discussed in detail to implement a accelerated programme to…

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The launching ceremony of the book “Sahithya Kalaa Theeru Lipi Kihipayak (Columns on literature and art)”, written by veteran journalist Gamini Sumanasekara, was held yesterday (Dec. 21) at the Mahaweli Center in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The book includes selected articles written by Mr. Gamini Sumanasekara, former editor of the Divaina….

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over a special discussion on the strategic access to the national program to free Sri Lanka from poverty. The discussion was held today (Dec. 22) at the Presidential Secretariat. Several programs will be implemented from 2017 to achieve the global sustainable development goals, with the objective of building a poverty free…

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The National War Heroes’ Unity headed by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara met President Maithripala Sirisena today (Dec. 21) at the Presidential Secretariat. During this meeting, the President’s attention was paid on the problems faced by war heroes. He stated that the government is committed for the welfare of the war heroes, and will take every…

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“The highest responsibility of us is to safeguard the future of the nation and to build the future generation as a strong one. The current government is committed to act on this regard”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was speaking at the Literary and Cultural festival of Samurdhi Children Societies, held today (Dec. 21) at the BMICH. This festival…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that during the last few decades the political parties and the leaders became unpopular due to the corruption, frauds and malpractices and abuse of power by some of the elected members of local government institutions. Addressing the Swarna Purawara Awards Ceremony at the Nelum Pokuna today, the President said that the…

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“Everybody should pay the attention on how far we can use our natural resources for the construction sector, with the challenges of the increase of population, geographical positions and the environmental resources”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “Therefore, we should be ready to win the challenges of construction sector by protecting the environment”, he emphasized. The…

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The International Society of Nephrology presented a special award to President Maithripala Sirisena  in recognition of his commitment and dedication on preventing the chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka. The Secretary General of the International Society of Nephrology, Professor Mrs. Adheera Levin presented this award to the President at a ceremony…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that steps are being taken by the Government to establish a reasonable salary system for those who are employed in the field of judiciary. He made these remarks participating at the Annual Conference of Judges held at the Pegasus Reef hotel in Wattala, today (19). The Government has understood the issue…

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President Maithripala Sirisena and his delegation in Malaysia, visited Brickfields Buddhist Temple in Malaysia today (Dec. 17). The President who went to the temple, met the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Kirinde Sri Dhammarathana Thero and looked into his well-being. The Chief Incumbent and the Buddhist monks chanted pirith and blessed the President. The…

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