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President Maithripala Sirisena called on Asian countries not to allow outside powers to suppress the power of Asia. The Asian region, as the forerunner of the next century, should be strong and powerful in every aspect especially in peace and economic strength is the Century of Asia, he said. Addressing the Fifth Summit of Heads…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said it is his objective is to work closely with the other countries in the world in Sri Lanka’s march towards economic prosperity.President Sirisena made these comments during a bilateral discussion with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. President Sirisena who was on a state visit to Tajikistan to attend the 5th Summit…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for Tajikistan to attend the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) scheduled to be held in Dushnabe. The CICA is an international forum to strengthen cooperation, established to ensure peace, security and stability in Asia. It was set up in 1992. Sri Lanka received its observer…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the development of the country is being hindered and irrigational, agricultural, educational and industrial revolutions suppressed due to ulterior motives of fulfilling one’s own political objectives by some political leaders. These personal political agendas must not let be allowed to suppress the development of the country and the needs of…

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Sri Lanka Telecom today (11) marked a special milestone in the country’s digital journey towards SMART Sri Lanka with the launch of the National Digital Roadmap at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The proposed blueprint for integrated national digitization will be presented through a comprehensive multi-faceted nexus of 16…

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The final report of the special three-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, to investigate Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, 2019 was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Officials Residence, today (10). The Supreme court judge Vijith Malalgoda handed over the report to the President and the other members of the…

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Prime Minister Modi concludes Sri Lanka visit Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Colombo today on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions with the President at the President’s House in Colombo. Prime Minister Modi was ceremoniously received by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The visiting Head of Government was accorded…

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The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow (09) on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. It is significant that this is the first State Visit made by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after swearing in as the Indian Prime Minister for the second time. The Indian Prime Minister will…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has taken many decisions, which any other politician doesn’t take, during the last four years to preserve the country’s forest resources. The President also said that all these decisions to protect the environment were taken to ensure the right to live of the human beings, but not to secure…

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The vessel P 626 acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the US government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm, was commissioned as SLNS ‘Gajabahu’ on a ceremonial note by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Maithripala Sirisena at Colombo harbour today (06). Religious dignitaries of…

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If the environment is not protected, the country will be a desert within the next 15 – 20 years, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Therefore, the President requests all to fulfill their respective duties to prevent the country from becoming a desert as well as to ensure the right to live of all living beings including…

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The interim report of the Presidential Commission of inquiry into the alleged acts of corruption, fraud, criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation of property, cheating and abuse or misuse of power or authority, state resources and privileges during the period of January 15, 2015 to December 31, 2018 was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena…

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Everyone, including the politicians and the others officers, must help practically implement laws as well as the principles protecting environment. The President Maithipala Sirisena made the above statement during the World Environment Day celebrations concluded at the BMICH today (06). This ceremony was conducted in accordance with World Environment Day which celebrated on June 5,…

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Former Chief Minister of Southern Province took his oaths as the new Governor of Eastern Province before President Maithripala Sirisena. The swearing-in of the new Governor took place a short while ago at the Presidential Secretarial in Colombo.

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A meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Trade Union Federation was held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (05). The problems faced by the public sector including railway, education, health and labor sectors were presented to the President. The President also focused attention on several other issues presented by the trade…

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The possibility of introducing a pension scheme for the members who have completed 20 years of service in the Civil security forces or female members completing 22 years of service or the members of the civil security force who are fifty years old will be discussed with the ministry of finance and steps will be…

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Mr. A. J. M. Muzammil was sworn in as the new Governor of the Western Province before President Maithripala Sirisena. He took oath at the Presidential Secretariat.

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If conflicts arise due to different ethnicities, the country will be doomed and all should work together with mutual understanding and contribute in ensuring the peace of the country, said President Maithripala Sirisena. All should work with proper understanding and wisdom regarding the current situation that has emerged in the country and it is of…

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A program for planting five million saplings in the Mahaweli region under the National “Ruk Ropana “program will be initiated. As the minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena this programs is being initiated and its objective is to help the program implemented to increase the forest density of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena planted a sapling of Kiripalu (Bachuanania Axillaris) in the premises of the President’s House to mark the National Environment Week, today (03). The National Environment Week has been declared from May 30 to June 05 to mark the World Environment Day which falls on June 05. A series of programmes implemented across…

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The fourth phase of the ‘Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu’ (Let’s Stand Together for the Country) programme will be commenced in the Mullaitivu district, tomorrow. The main objective of the programme is to provide swift and sustainable solutions for issues faced by the people. In accordance with the instructions and guidance of President Sirisena, the Presidential…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the programmes implemented with the aim of preventing and eliminating of diseases should be broadened and promoted. ‘Even though the treatment units were strengthened by allocating a large sum of money from the annual budget, the programmes being implemented regarding the prevention and elimination of diseases are not in a satisfactory…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that he will not take any step to bring foreign forces into the country at any moment under any circumstance until he hold the office of President and further said that he will not allow any room in this regard. The President emphasized this addressing a ceremony held in Polonnaruwa, today…

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Journalist friends, Particularly, I am very happy when I come to New Delhi and when I get an opportunity to meet you. And, you know that, I came to India for the swearing – in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Especially, the President of India has invited us to attend the event as Heads…

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President Maithripala Sirisena met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, today (31).

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There were media reports of a statement made by the Head of the National Intelligence Service, while giving evidence at the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to look into April 21 terrorist attacks. The media reports stated that the National Security Council did not meet after the month of February 2019. As there were media reports…

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The Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi took oath for a second term today (30) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Maithripala Sirisena attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony as a guest on an invitation extended by the Indian Prime Minister. President Sirisena extended his warm congratulations to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in New Delhi this afternoon (May 30) to attend the inaugural ceremony of the second term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by senior officials of the Indian Foreign Ministry. Sri Lanka High Commissioner Austin Fernando and other officials were present on this…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed to cancel the licenses of timber mill owners who keep illegal timber in possession. President Sirisena issued these instructions to respective officials at a progress review meeting held at Forest Conservation Department today (29th) morning. The President who visited the Forest Department this (29) morning as the Minister in charge of…

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Two New Ministers and a State Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, today (29). Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara – Minister of Public Administration, Disaster Management and Rural Economic Affairs Hon. P. Harrison – Minister of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries…

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Air Marshal D L Sumangala Dias has been appointed as Air Force Commander. The new Commander received his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (May 29) at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo.

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President Maithripala Sirisena handed over a donation of Rs 10 lakhs to the mother of late Police Sergeant Bhatiya Bandara Ratnayake, who was attached to the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD), and was killed while conducting a search at a suspected safe house in Dematagoda. The donation was made at the Presidential Secretariat, today (28). Mrs.K.A.Inoka…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant officials to swiftly complete all the development projects under the Ministry of Mahaweli including the Uma Oya Multi-Purpose Development Project in order to ensure benefits of those projects received quickly by the people. The President gave these instructions participating in the progress review meeting of the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena met with few members of the diplomatic community on their request to discuss about the progress of the operations carried out by the security forces to strengthen security situation. The President said that the situation is 99% secure now. He thanked the international community for the cooperation and assistance provided to Sri…

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The President has decided to summon a meeting monthly to review the progress of the tasks implemented to strengthen the country’s national security while obtaining the ideas and suggestions of all the parties as well as their assistance. The very first meeting of the Committee was held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (24) under the…

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The Buddhist representatives including the Maha Nayaka Theros of Thailand met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (25). The representatives expressed their happiness over regaining Sri Lanka after facing the Easter Sunday terror attack and further said that as a Buddhist country Thailand always stand with Sri Lanka. The President expressed…

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Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero and his mother met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence at Mahagama Sekara Mawatha in Colombo last night (23rd). Mother of Ven. Gnanasara Thero expressed her respect and thanks to the President Sirisena for releasing the Thero from prison under a Presidential pardon. Ven Gnanasara Thero and his…

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President Maithripala Sirisena telephoned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him today (24th) afternoon on his historic electoral victory. President Sirisena said he was very pleased about this historic victory as a person who works closely with Premier Modi and expressed confidence that bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and India would future strengthen during…

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President Maithripala Sirisena extended his warm congratulation to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his victory in the recently concluded General Elections. Issuing a congratulatory message President Sirisena stated that ‘The decision of the people of India to entrust your Party and its alliance partners the responsibility of guiding India’s destiny for a further…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that it is a timely need to write the full story regarding the great heroic story of the thirty-year long war victory, in a manner the future generation also can read about the bravery of the great war heroes, patriotism and their great humanitarian nature. The President pointed out that through…

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The attention has been drawn to make compulsory the use of the standard certificate seal of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority for gold products, and to raid the jewellery markets which are selling jewellery without using that seal. The attention in this regard was drawn during a meeting held under the patronage of President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given strict instructions not to close roads in any way causing obstruction to the general public in order to facilitate easy and free movement of VIPs and their convoys. The President paid attention in this regard during the Cabinet meeting held, yesterday (21) made these instructions. The President has given these…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presented “Vishishta Seva Vibhushanaya (Distinguished Service Decoration)” medals to the senior officers in the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air-Force today (22nd) morning at the Presidential Secretariat. These medals were awarded to the Senior Officers of the Regular Forces of the three services for exceptional and distinguished services with 25 year’s loyal…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Motherland is at all times safeguarded due to the excellence, commitment and sacrifice of the brave war heroes. The President further said that as the Commander in Chief he strongly believeed that our brave war heroes have the ability to establish sustainable peace in the country totally eradicating the present…

President Maithripala Sirisena says he will work with a great commitment to change the social conditions which cause the background for the increasing of criminal activities. The President made these remarks addressing a ceremony held at the ground of the Welikada Prison to grant Presidential Pardon for 762 inmates in view of the Vesak Poya…

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The objectives of the terrorists are being fulfilled through creating conflicts among the communities based on their ethnicities, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President requested all Sri Lankans not to allow any room to achieve the objective of terrorists to divide the country. He made these remarks addressing the State Vesak Festival held at the…

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