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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended the special commemorative event organized in front of the Manhattan Memorial in the United States to mark the 20th anniversary of terrorist attacks in Washington and New York. The terrorist attacks took place on September 11, 2001, targeting the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, the headquarters of…

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– Pediatricians request. Priority given for children between ages 12-19 suffering from chronic illnesses… Vaccination will begin at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital from tomorrow (24)… Every child will be vaccinated under the supervision of pediatrician… Vaccination only in hospitals… Disseminate only verified information about vaccination drive… If you have any issues contact experts… – A…

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Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC donates Rs. 10 million to the ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Company’s Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi handed over the cheque to Additional Secretary to the President and Chief of Staff Retired Major General K.B. Egodawele on the 21st. Local and foreign donors have made their contributions…

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A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits, took place yesterday (21) afternoon. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. The two leaders were of the view that strong steps should be taken to further the 25-year long…

Sri-Lanka-as-COVID-19-knowledge-exchange-regional-hub-–-President-proposes-at-UN

Sri Lanka proposed to establish a Regional Knowledge Hub in Colombo in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), to facilitate exchange of lessons learnt from COVID 19 and support countries to build back better. Speaking at the 76th Session of United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 22, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said…

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  President invites Kuwaiti investors for new investments in Port City, solar energy and oil refining sectors…. A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, was held in Manhattan, New York on the 19th. Recalling the close and friendly diplomatic relations between the two countries spanning for…

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres assures President invites Tamil Diaspora to join in a dialogue to resolve issues through an internal mechanism The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the UN will provide its full support to Sri Lanka in moving forward to promote unity among different communities. The UN Secretary-General…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in New York to attend the 76th United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) Session. The delegation headed by the President arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York at 2.30 p.m., New York time, on September 18. The President and the delegation were warmly welcomed by Mr. Mohan Peiris, Permanent…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left the country early this morning (18) to attend the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States. This is the President’s first foreign conference to take part outside of the country and also the first address to the United Nations General Assembly. The theme of the…

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President instructs to give only Pfizer vaccines to children… Instructions to heads of institutions to continue essential public services… Quarantine curfew to be lifted on October 01…  It has been decided to extend the quarantine curfew imposed in the country until 4.00 am on October 01. The decision was taken at the online meeting of…

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                                                 – Foreign Secretary Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage said that there is no need for an external mechanism to solve the internal issues…

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President accepted the resignation…   Lohan Ratwatte, State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation has tendered his resignation, acknowledging his responsibility for the incidents that took place at the Welikada and Anuradhapura Prison premises. Mr. Ratwatte informed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding his decision today (15) and the President accepted his resignation.

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Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, who was appointed as the 16th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, received his letter of appointment from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (15). Mr. Cabraal, who is an experienced Chartered Accountant, has also served as a Ministry Secretary as well as the Governor of…

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Steps taken to keep economic centers open … Special attention to commence schools … Actions to be followed after opening the country based on health recommendations… The Government has decided to extend the existing Quarantine Curfew until 4 a.m. on September 21. The decision to extend the Quarantine Curfew was taken during the virtual meeting…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly to be commenced on September 21 in New York. This is the President’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly and also the first foreign conference to take part outside of the country. The President is expected to hold…

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President commends all stakeholders for making the vaccination drive a success… Pfizer vaccine to schoolchildren once medical approval is granted…   It has been decided to extend the current quarantine curfew until 4 am on September 13th. The decision was taken at the meeting of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control held through online technology…

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No room for risk of famine or food shortage due to organic fertilizer policy… QR Code for all imported and locally manufactured organic fertilizer… The farmer will not be isolated…                  Government Officials say… The mechanism has been formulated to provide organic fertilizer required for the Maha Season…

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The Commissioner General of Essential Services, Major General N.D.S.P. Niwunhella said that 29,900 metric tons of hoarded sugar found in warehouses was confiscated by the government following the investigations and operations carried out today (01). The consignment of sugar is planned to be sold to the public through state and private traders’ outlets at a…

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As per the powers vested in terms of the section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared emergency regulations formulated as per the section 5 on essential food supply, with effect from midnight today, by enforcing directives under the section ii of the Ordinance. The authorized officers will be able to take…

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It has been decided to extend the quarantine curfew which is in force until 4 am on September 6. The decision was taken at the meeting of Special Committee on COVID-19 Control held at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (27). The progress of the vaccination drive was reviewed at length during the meeting. The President…

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 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed an Advisory Board as per the Section 13 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, No.48 of 1979, the Director-General of Legal Affairs of the Presidential Secretariat Attorney-at-Law Harigupta Rohanadeera said. The Chairman of the Advisory Board is retired Chief Justice Asoka de Silva and retired high Court Judge A.A.R. Heiyanthuduwa…

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                         President says at the concluding ceremony of the Dalada Perahera President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that despite the challenges and obstacles the country would have to face, there are a number of national responsibilities and duties that need to be fulfilled. The President noted…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa engaged in religious observances at Dalada Maligawa, Kandy last evening (22) and obtained blessings from the Sacred Tooth Relic. The President was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela upon his arrival to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The final Randoli Perahera of the Dalada Maligawa paraded the streets last evening…

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 Stern instructions not to violate quarantine curfew…  Essential and Export Services to continue…   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to impose an island-wide quarantine curfew and it will be in force from 10.00 pm today (20) till 4.00 am on Monday, 30th August. The decision was taken to vaccinate people above 60 years who have…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (16) reshuffled the Cabinet of Ministers as follows. 01. Hon. G. L. Peiris                                   – Minister of Foreign 02. Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena                  – Minister of Education 03. Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi              – Minister of Transport 04. Hon. Keheliya…

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                                                                         President instructs officials. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa informed the health officials to pay special attention to those who are above…

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  120 protests in the last month … Intelligence service reveals the cause of spread of the disease.   Public support is essential to prevent the spread of the disease …   Doctors point out.   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Heads of Health Services not to allow any patient coming to hospitals with…

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  All children should have the opportunity to undergo mandatory pre-school, school and Dhamma school education… Search for international methods on child development…         President instructs officials.   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stresses that the security of children should be strengthened at the rural level. According to the information revealed, the majority of the…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Parliament this morning. President Rajapaksa, who arrived at the parliament complex, was welcomed by the Leader of the House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and the Chief Government Whip Minister Johnston Fernando. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government members of parliament entered into the Chamber along with the President. After listening to…

President-visits-Akuregoda-Army-Headquarters

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made an observational visit to the Army Headquarters complex at Akuregoda, today (03). The President was received at the Army Headquarters by the Chief of Defence Staff, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva and was accorded special military honors. Maj. Gen. Nishantha Manage explained the future plans of the Airmobile  Brigade. The Commander of the Army…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made an observational visit to the vaccination centre established at the Viharamahadevi Open Air Theatre in Colombo, yesterday (02). The centre, which is being operated by the Army, is open 24 hours a day. A large number of people visited the vaccination centre yesterday to receive the second dose of AstraZeneca. The…

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Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama says following the personal request of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the Government of Japan will arrive in the island next Saturday (07). The Japanese Ambassador made this remark while officially handing over the stock of AstraZeneca…

A-survey-on-those-who-have-not-taken-COVID-19-vaccines

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to conduct a survey covering the island on those who have not yet taken any COVID-19 vaccine. Based on studies conducted into the details of COVID infected patients and the deaths resulting from the virus, it has been revealed that close to 95% of them had not taken…

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A large percentage of the population that needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has now been vaccinated covering all districts in Sri Lanka. Since the majority of public servants have also been vaccinated, the priority should be given to restore normalcy to the public service. Therefore, Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundera has informed the…

Presidential-Media-Centre-(PMC)-declared-open…

The Presidential Media Centre (PMC) was declared open today (29) under the patronage of Senior Advisor to President, Lalith Weeratunga. The Media Centre is located at the ground floor of the old Chartered Bank building in front of the President’s House in Colombo Fort. The Presidential Media Centre aims to provide accurate and efficient information…

China-donates-another-1.6-million-doses-of-Sinopharm-to-Sri-Lanka…

The Government of China donated another consignment of 1.6 million doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka. The two SriLankan Airlines flights UL869 and UL865 carrying the vaccines arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake at 5.30 a.m., today (27). Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong officially handed over the vaccines to…

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A newly accredited Ambassador and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Colombo this morning (22). Mr Michael Edward Appleton and Mr Andres Marcelo Garrido have been appointed as the New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to…

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Hajj Message The Hajj festival is a spiritual celebration that displays the spirit of mutual understanding, compassion and exchange of fond greetings among the Islam devotees the world over. I believe this is also a significant period in which the Muslim community bestows their traditions upon the future generation. All religious leaders have shown the…

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The International Cultural Jamboree organized by the Sri Lanka Scout Association was graced by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday virtually. Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, for the first time in World Scouting history, the Sri Lanka Scout Association has made arrangements to conduct a Virtual Global Cultural Jamboree from July 16-18, 2021 with the…

President-briefs-Maha-Sangha-on-vaccination-drive-and-Kotelawala-University-Act

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa briefed the Maha Sangha on the measures taken by the Government to control the spread of COVID-19 including its vaccination drive, and the Kotelawala Defence University Bill. The President expressed confidence that all the vaccinations received since the arrival of the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines on January 28, and the district-level…

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Sri Lanka received a multi-day fishing vessel monitoring system that contributes to ensure maritime security, under a financial grant from Australia. Australian High Commissioner David Holly said the monitoring system would help in preventing illegal fishing, ensuring border protection and security in Indian Ocean Region, preventing human and drug trafficking and rescuing fishermen in distressed…

A-mobile-vaccination-service-for-those-who-are-confined-to-home-due-to-illnesses

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed the officials to launch a mobile vaccination service for those who are suffering from illnesses and unable to leave their homes. The Covid-19 vaccination process has been expedited at the district level throughout the country. However, vaccination of the people who are sick and unable to leave homes has become an…

Second-phase-of-Colombo-Stock-Exchange-Digitalization-begins

The second phase of the Colombo Stock Exchange digitalization process was launched recently at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) along with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) commenced the digital advancement in Sri Lanka’s capital market with the launch of the first…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has put forward a comprehensive mechanism to vaccinate a majority of the population against COVID-19 virus before September. The number of vaccines that are being received in July will be made available to the public, giving priority to the districts identified as high risk areas for Covid-19 spread. Accordingly, the President said…

Two-State-Ministry-Portfolios-reshuffled

Two State Ministry Portfolios were reshuffled and accordingly, two State Ministers were sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this afternoon (08). Mr. Shasheendra Rajapaksa was sworn in as the State Minister of Organic Fertilizer Production, Supply and Regulation and the Paddy and Grains, Organic Food, Vegetables, Fruits, Chillies, Onion and Potato Cultivation Promotion, Seed Production…

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The 1,000 rupee commemorative coin issued to mark the 65th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Government of Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of China, and the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China was presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Central Bank Governor Professor W. D. Lakshman at the Presidential Secretariat this…

CO-OPs-can-play-a-broader-role-in-facilitating-reliefs-to-farmers-and-consumers

  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the Co-operative movement can play a vital role in providing relief to both farmers and consumers. The co-operatives can intervene in purchasing fresh produce directly from the farmers and provide it to the consumers at a subsidized price with a profit. The President pointed out that this would empower…

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-Other two demands to be fulfilled from the next Budget… President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took steps to provide immediate solutions to five out of seven demands made by the Public Services United Nurses Union. The President assured to provide solutions to the other two demands from the next Budget. The President expressed these views at a…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the health sector official to vaccinate all the people aged over 30 in the Western Province before July 31st. So far, 60% of the people in this age category in Colombo, 47% in Gampaha and 34% in Kalutara Districts have been given the first dose of vaccine. President Rajapaksa emphasized…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (26) paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic at the historic Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and obtained blessings. The President was warmly welcomed by the Custodian of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Diyawadane Nilame Nilanga Dela. The President called on the Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter, Most Ven….

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