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Full text of the reply sent by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Speaker: Hon. Karu Jayasuriya Speaker Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Sri Jayewardhanepura Kotte Hon. Speaker, I paid my attention to your letter and its attachments sent to me in relation to the in the Parliamentary matters on November 14,…

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A discussion was held on the progress of the activities of the Presidential Special Task Force and the special programs conducted under the President’s office at the President’s office today(14). The Nationals program for drugs prevention, Grama Shakthi People’s Movement, the program to reconstruct 2400 Ellanga irrigation systems, National environmental conservation program, Agriculture Development Program,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Ministry of Lands and observed its functioning today (Nov 13). After inquiring into process of granting title deeds at the Land Commissioner General’s Department, the President explained the necessity of make more efficient those activities to provide valuable service to the public. Also, President Sirisena pointed out the importance of…

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A National Security Council meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena was held at 8.00 p.m. today. During this meeting, the President discussed about the country’s security situation and instructed the heads of all the security forces to ensure a peaceful environment in the country.

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President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Central Environment Authority and observed its functioning today (Nov 13). After inquiring into internal functions of CEA and its financial dealings, President Srisena instructed the officials to continue its activities to achieve the objectives for the year without allowing the political climate be a hindrance. The President also looked into…

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The ‘Business Today’ Awards Ceremony was held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, yesterday (12) to felicitate the companies that have excelled in business. President Maithripala Sirisena participated as the Chief Guest at the Awards Ceremony and presented awards for the outstanding entrepreneurs. The awards ceremony was titled as the ‘Business Today Top 30’ and…

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The Mahaweli Authority officers stated that the water filling process of the Kalu Gaga reservoir of the Moraghakanda Kalug Ganga project which is the final Mahaweli project of the country is in a highly satisfactory level. The water filling process of the reservoir was initiated under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena on late…

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This is the third occasion in 14 days I am addressing you to explain recent developments. First, on October 26 I explained my views to you after appointing Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. Then, at the meeting held at Ape Gama in Battaramulla on 5th November, I explained the political views to you. Today…

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The closing ceremony of the Defence Services Games – 2018 (DSG) was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Army Indoor Stadium in Panagoda, yesterday (09). Upon President’s arrival, he was received by sportsmen, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy and Commander of the Air Force in an elegant culturally-rich…

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Seven new ministers took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena this evening at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo. The Ministers are Hon Udaya Gammanpila _ Minister of Buddha Sasana & Religious Affairs Hon A L M Hisbullah – Minister of Town Planning and Water Supplies Hon C B Ratnayake – Minister of Post &…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a special programme will be implemented to resolve the issues of the gem and jewellery industry of the country, which were not solved during the past three and half years even though demands were made occasionally. President Sirisena further said that a Cabinet Sub-Committee will be appointed in this regard. He…

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Member of Parliament Wimal Weerawansa was sworn in as the Minister of Housing and Social Welfare before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President Secretariat, today (10). Secretary to the President Udaya R Seneviratne also present on this occasion.

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President commends the successful progress of the Task Force during the last two months… The Presidential Task Force to monitor the development projects conducted in Northern and Eastern provinces met under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena for the fourth time today (08) at the Presidential Secretariat . During the last two months the Task…

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The following two new Cabinet Ministers and five State Ministers were sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (Nov 8). 1. Hon Susil Premajayantha – Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Justice 2. Hon Bandula Gunawardena – Minister of International Trade Investment Promotion 3. Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa – State Minister of Finance…

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Mrs Vasantha Perera, a senior administrative officer has been appointed as the new Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. She received her appointment letter from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon. Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne was also present at the occation.

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Two new cabinet ministers and a state minister took their oath before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago. The list of names is as follows. 01 – Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa: Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine 02 – Hon. S.B. Dissanayake: Minister of Highways and Road Development 03 –…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take every possible step to build long-lasting peace and reconciliation in the country. He made these remarks addressing a special ceremony held at the President’s House, yesterday (05) to mark the Deepavali celebration, which was organized under the guidance of the President. ‘Cultural ceremonies such as Deepavali plays a…

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President Maithripala Sirisena declared with confidence said that he has the majority of 113 Members of Parliament to form a formidable government. He said that farmers, government servants, fishermen, and the working mass who were gripped by the economic principles of Ranil Wickremesinghe should be freed. Addressing the ‘Rata Rakina Jana Mahimaya’ vibrant people’s protest…

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President Maithripala Sirisena observed the reconstruction work of the Egoda Kelaniya also known as kithsirimewan Kalyani Raja Maha Vihara, today(4). The Chief Incumbent of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Ven. Dr. Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera requested the President to reconstruct the historical Bodhigara and the pond located at this sacred premises, which have numerous historical legends…

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Two new Cabinet Ministers, a State Minister and a Deputy Minister Sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena a short while ago. Cabinet Ministers Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena: Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Hon. Vasudeva Nanayakkara: Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages State Ministers Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella: State Minister of Media and Digital Infrastruture…

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Mr.A.H.M. Fowzie was sworn in as State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation and Muslim Religious Affairs before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (03). Secretary to the President Mr.Udaya R. Senevirathne also present on this occasion.

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Four new Secretaries for Ministries received their letters of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (02). New Secretaries to the Ministries are as follows; Mr. Sunil Hettiarachchi – Ministry of Skill Development and Vocational Training Mr.N.A.Sisira Kumara- Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management Mr.S.R.Atigala-Ministry of Finance and Economic…

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Honoring the historical political decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena on the 26th of October, 2018 for the betterment of the people of Sri Lanka, artist R. G.Pathirathna who resides in Matale presented artistic wood carving created by him to the President at the Presidential Secretariat (01) yesterday.

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The ‘ Jalanimna-Haritha Arana’ Tree Planting Programme implemented under the guidance of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau in parallel to the ‘Wana Ropa’ National Tree Planting Programme was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in the historic Somawathiya sacred area,today (02). The river margins and banks bulge with lush vegetation,considered as different…

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Two new Cabinet Ministers, Five State Ministers and Six Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (01). Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: Cabinet Ministers Hon. Duminda Dissanayake – Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources and Disaster Management Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara – Minister of Skills Development and Vocational…

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Four new Ambassadors presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House, Colombo, today (01). The envoys are: Mrs. Alaina Teplitz – Ambassador of the United State of America Mr. Akira Sugiyama – Ambassador of Japan Mr. Eric Lavertu – Ambassador of the Republic of France Mr. Ashraf Haidari – Ambassador of the…

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The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Ms. Hanaa Singer called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (31). During this meeting, the President apprised the UN representative regarding the prevailing political situation in Sri Lanka,and said assured her that the government has taken all the steps in accordance with the constitution of…

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Mr. Dunesh Gankanda sworn in as the Minister of State for Environment before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (30).

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President Maithripala Sirisena requested the representatives of the trade unions to commit themselves to not to allow any room for conflicts within the state institutions. He made these request during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (30) with the members of the trade unions of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United People’s…

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Secretaries were appointed to twelve Ministries at the Presidential Secretariat today (30). 1. Hemasiri Fernando – Secretary to the Ministry of Defence 2. D.M.R.B. Dissanayake – Secretary to the Ministry ofMahaweli Development and Environment 3. R.P. Ariyasinghe – Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 4. L.P. Jayampathi – Secretary to the Ministry of Ports…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held a meeting with foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (29), to apprise them regarding the prevailing political situation of the country. During this meeting, the President explained to the diplomats regarding the conflicting grounds existed within the previous government, which led to appointment of…

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The new Cabinet of Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (29). Accordingly, 12 new Cabinet Ministers, a State Minister and a Deputy Minister were sworn in before the President. Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: 01 Hon Mahinda Rajapaksa: Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs 02 Hon….

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The National Vap Magul Ceremony was held at Thissmaharamaya, Sandagirigoda Welyaya under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena today (29). Prior to that the religious rituals were conducted at the Thissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya with the participation of both, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda rajapaksa. Chief Incumbent of Thissamaharamaya Raja Maha Vihara,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the provincial council elections will be held soon to strengthen the democracy of the country. The President said this addressing the Vap Magul Day held at the Sandagirigama Welyaya in Thissamaharamaya today (29). President Sirisena further said that officers of 6 provincial councils are at a helpless state due to lack…

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I have decided to address the nation today in the context of the recent political developments in the country, I thought it was essential to clarify the path we have to take in the future and to describe the reasons and the background, why the current political change was necessary. Today, we are at the…

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Former President and current member of Parliament Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (26).

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President Maithripala Sirisena says all the parties must fulfill their respective duties to build a better society within a religious environment as, principles and guidance needed to achieve this goal is included in the Tripitaka, Bible, Quran as well as in the Bhagavad Gita. He made these remarks participating in the annual prize giving ceremony…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the proper time has arrived to get transformed in to a new Agri based economy, as the drought condition is being eradicated and proper pattern of rainfall is being continued. President Sirisena also said that we should approach a self–sufficient economy limiting import of the food that can be cultivated…

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Dedicating Sundays for Dham Pasal education has become necessity on behalf of the nation and the future of the children, said the President. President Sirisena also pondered that since the significance of this matter has already been identified, all parties should work towards implementing it rather than issuing circulars, regulations, or orders. President Sirisena mentioned…

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The 43rd Dhamma Sabha Mandapa of the “Sadaham Yatra” sermon which takes place every Poya day centered on a main Buddhist shrine of the island was held in front of the Bodhi Tree of the President’s office on the Vap full moon day. This event took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the UNP was formed as a strong political party because of great characters who were true patriots who inherited our values and free of corruption, fraud, malpractices and waste and further said that he hoped for the future of country that this political policy once again include those objectives in the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena made a financial donation of Rs. one million to student Gihan Hettiarachchi of Gampaha Bandaranaike College, who made a rocket that can travel upto 20 kilometres, for his future innovation works, at the Presidential Secretariat, today (22). The rocket developed by student Gihan Hettiarachchi captured the attention of President Maithripala Sirisena when…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed governors to intervene in the programme to release the lands of North and Eastern provinces which were acquired by the security forces during the conflict, to its original owners. President Sirisena made those instructions at meeting held to review the progress of the procedures of the provincial councils in 2018 today…

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The Galle Dialogue 2018; International Maritime Conference was inaugurated today (22) in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The two-day conference organized by the Ministry of Defence in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Navy for the 9th consecutive year will be held under the theme “Synergizing for Collaborative Maritime Management”. Representatives from 50…

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The Asgiriya Chapter conferred the ‘Shasanamamaka Jana Prasadini’ title on Minister Lakshman Kiriella, felicitating his yeoman service for the religion and society. The ceremony to present this award was held under the patronage of the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero at the Uposatagaraya of the Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, today…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says, the policies and objectives of the Scout movement founded by Lord Baden-Powell was prepared according to the economic, social and cultural features of the then society and amendments should be made to in par with the modern world based on knowledge and technology while protecting the original values of the movement….

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The presentation of “Sathviru Abhiman Ranaviru” benefits for the welfare of the projects of armed forces was conducted under the guidance, blessings and patronage of President Maithripala Sirisenaat at the Nelum Pokuna auditorium today(18). Completely furnished 100 houses in for the soldiers of Tri Forces, police, and Civil Defence Departments, 800 benefits for fully furnishing…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the children should be apprised regarding the importance of preserving the environment and the negative effects of the drug addiction in addition to teaching them the school syllabus, through the school education. He made these remarks participating in the Diploma Awarding ceremony of the Pulathisipura National College of Education held in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that mankind has no future without the blessings of the nature. He said this while addressing the Presidential Environmental Awards 2018 at the BMICH in Colombo today (October 19). He said that every citizen who loves life and dream of the children’s future must think of the importance of nature and…

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