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Aim is to eradicate poverty through a people-centric economy… President   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says his aim is to eradicate poverty with the creation of a people-centric economy. The President made these remarks addressing the 22nd National Conference of the All Ceylon Samurdhi Development, Agricultural Research and Production Assistants Union held at the Temple Tress, today…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that his resolution is to transform Sri Lanka as the most favourable country for investments. President addressing a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat with officials attached to the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife this morning, declared that Sri Lanka needs to form a legal framework that would safeguard the environment and…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to take measures to uplift local industries and encourage investors by removing obstructions. Issues related to the commencement of industries and their sustainability should be identified. President Rajapaksa also highlighted the importance of exploring unique potentials in each area during a discussion with the members of Inter-Ministerial Task Force on…

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The Japanese Government will ensure that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s scheduled visit to Japan will be successful and productive, assured Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama. He met with President Rajapaksa this afternoon (18) at the Presidential Secretariat. President Rajapaksa would be participating at the global conference “The future of Asia”, which is to be held in Tokyo…

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The preliminary report of the 4- member Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) was handed over to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (17). Following a Cabinet decision taken on December 18, 2019, the Committee was appointed with effect from January 01st, 2020. Prof. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan of…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the progress of Port City Colombo today (16). Attention was drawn to the plan of the Port City during the National Law Conference held under the patronage of President Rajapaksa recently. The China Communication Construction will spend USD 1.4 billion for reclamation activities and infrastructure facilities of the Port City which…

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First ever TV channel dedicated to propagate Buddhist teachings and philosophy, Buddhist TV adopted digital technology today (February 15) under the patronage of the president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Concurrently, a medicinal pooja offering was held in order to bless the President Rajapaksa. The President paid homage to the sacred relic shrine. Thereafter, the president engaged in…

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A set of proposals containing facts that should be taking into account when formulating a new Constitution was presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The proposals on new Constitution compiled by the Yuthukama organisation under the theme ‘proposals to formulate a new Constitution for a strong state ‘ was presented to President Rajapaksa during a meeting…

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Information has been received regarding few persons, who are pressurizing officials to grant various facilities including loans quoting name of Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara as well as names of few other senior officials in the Government. A Chairperson of a State Bank has conveyed this information to Secretary to the President. Dr….

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Israel is ready to strengthen bilateral relationships with Sri Lanka especially by providing its well-developed technological capabilities to the various sectors of the economy. The modern agriculture, education, transportation and information technology could be priority areas of cooperation. This was transpired during the conversation between Ron Malka, Israeli Ambassador to Sri Lanka based in New…

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Reforms should be economy based and scientific Priority for Information Technology and Languages Formation of a National Education policy President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the present education system should be reformed in order to achieve a rapid growth in economy. During the meeting at the Presidential Secretariat today (10) the president advised the vice-chancellors and…

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The newly constructed seven-storey building at Ananda College, Colombo was vested with the students by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today (07). It is a historic occasion that the first and only Executive President produced by Ananda College declared open this new building. On his arrival, President was warmly welcomed by the students. The President first paid…

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No room will be left for extremist organizations that pave way for terrorism – President pledges Freedom to think and to write freely will be fully strengthened…. Unnecessary restrictions imposed on the public will be removed… Solutions for economic difficulties to ensure freedom of life… Development activities to be accelerated in line with new trends…

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Most Venerable MahaSangha, Other Religious Dignitaries Hon. Prime Minister Hon. Speaker Hon. Chief Justice Hon. Ministers, Ministers of State and Members of Parliament Hon. Governors E. the Ambassadors and High Commissioners Secretary to the President and all State Officials Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Commander of the Navy Commander of the…

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The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Dutchy ofLuxembourg Jean Asselborn paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (31). The Minister was accompanied with the Delhi based Luxembourg Ambassador Jean Claude Kugener. Luxembourg and Sri Lanka are very similar, the Minister noted. Both are small countries…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed health authorities to collect information from experts in indigenous and western medicine to find a remedy to cure those affected with coronavirus. President issued these instructions during a meeting with Ministers and officials of Health, Foreign Relations, Tourism and Higher Education held at the Presidential Secretariat today (31). The first coronavirus…

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he World Bank and Sri Lanka today identified several new areas of development cooperation in addition to World Bank funded existing projects. They are renewable energy, garbage disposal, watershed management, plantation for export, easing traffic congestion and pedestrian and road safety. This understanding was reached during the discussion that followed when Hartwig Schafer, Vice President…

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Collecting information on graduates and equally qualified diploma holders had now been completed in order to provide employment to all of them. Securing required funds too is underway. The objective of the government is to provide employment opportunities in accordance with the degree obtained and existing vacancies at government and semi-government bodies and departments. Recruiting…

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  50% discount on air tickets Continued medical screening of students National Action Committee meets today Separate exit terminal for passengers arriving from China Sri Lankan students studying in China are now returning from China. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing says that a group of 21 students have left for Sri Lanka this afternoon.  …

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The State of Qatar offers to help Sri Lanka to establish a reliable network for clean energy production. It will bring in a consortium of top notch companies in energy sector for the purpose. Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs of the State of Qatar made this pledge when he…

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–      First batch to arrive within next 48 hours President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to bring back all Sri Lankans including students in Wuhan and Sichuan provinces where the coronavirus is fast spreading. The President’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Health, Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing and SriLankan Airlines have joined together…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open “Ayati”, the country’s first national centre for children with disabilities in Ragama today (25). The Ayati centre, an initiative of public-private collaboration was set up with a cost of Rs.550 million to address a burning issue prevailing in the country. The center will provide opportunities and hope for children with…

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Non-profit state institutions should provide efficient services to the public President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the rapid economic growth must be a priority of all public enterprises. He pointed out that it is the responsibility of the heads of state institutions to eliminate inefficiency and increase the efficiency as well as to generate profits without…

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Certain International media channels had reported to the effect that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had stated that 20,000 listed as missing are dead. In all these reports however, the crucial detail that necessary investigations would be conducted before a death certificate would be issued had been wittingly or unwittingly omitted. Furthermore, neither President Rajapaksa nor Ms…

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Four new ambassadors along with a new High Commissioner concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House  in Colombo today (20). The ambassadors of the State of Qatar and Republic of Turkey as well as the Pakistan High Commissioner will be based in Colombo. The ambassadors to…

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Justice A.H.M.D Nawaz has been appointed as the Acting President of Court of Appeal. He was sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (20).

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– Immediate appointments in relevant sectors based on  subject studied –  Local and foreign training for newly appointees All unemployed graduates will immediately be recruited in order to involve them in strengthening the national economy President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. President made these remarks addressing a gathering of representatives of unemployed graduates held at the Presidential Secretariat…

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Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval Met with President Rajapaksa today (18) at the Presidential Secretariat. The cordial discussions included the two countries’ interest in better military to military corporation, maritime security and close co-operation and inter-operatability between coast guards. Mr Doval outlined the importance of reviewing Maritime Domain Awareness concept between Sri Lanka, Maldives…

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Meeting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (17) at the Presidential Secretariat, United Nations Resident Coordinator Hanna Singer responded positively to his commitment to sustainable development. The discussions among other concerns included poverty alleviation, climate control, digitizing government offices, addressing missing persons and better management of refugees. “Poverty alleviation is my main concern,” said President Rajapaksa. As…

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Instructs the officials to implement the project according to proper technical procedures and environmental requirements –      Permanent solutions for issues affecting people’s day to day life –      Steps to meet 80% of energy requirement through renewable energy by 2030 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa mediates to resolve environmental and social issues caused by the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. He…

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–      President instructs airport officials The President instructed the airport authorities to ensure that no  inconvenience or delays were caused during their arrival and departure. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paying an unannounced visit to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today (16) emphasized that the security measures at the airport should be carried in a manner that would not…

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The plan to recruit 100000 unskilled youths to multi-task human resource force has reached its final stage. This is being done under the Vision for Progress envisaged in the election manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The notification for calling of applications would be issued by January 20, 2020. The youths belonging to the poorest families…

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I am extremely happy to join with the Sri Lankan Tamil brethren to celebrate the Thai Pongal festival that is being observed with festivities by all the Tamils across the world. On the day of Thai Pongal all the people who are engaged in the agricultural sector, worship the sun to express gratitude to the…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided the minimum daily wage of estate workers to be Rs. 1000.00 with effect from 1st March this year. It was also decided to take swift measures to develop all areas of the plantation sector including infrastructure facilities. The government has taken several initiatives such as tax exemption, fertilizer subsidy to increase…

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We too want to be economically strong – President tells China “Sri Lanka is a small country. Fortunately or not, it is geographically placed in a most strategic location. As a result, the country has to face many political challenges. The only way to overcome them is to be economically strong. The economic independence will…

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The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (14). The Minister who started his diplomatic career at the Soviet Embassy in Sri Lanka was delighted with Sri Lanka’s transformation since his time in the Island. He was also very happy with the fruitful discussion he had…

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As arrest is not part of the punishment and results in the serious deprivation of liberty of citizens and other significant implications, such as loss of reputation and standing in the society, arrest to be carried out only when absolutely necessary and upon a decision taken with utmost care and in strict compliance of the…

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Non- compliance to Fair Trade and Competitive Practices Presidential Secretariat continues to receive complaints from the general public as well as reports from both print and electronic media that the tax benefits particularly from the reduction of VAT on the sale of goods at both retail, wholesale and import points effective from 1st December 2019 has…

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Measures will be taken to further strengthen long-standing bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, Japanese State Minister for Regional Revitalization Kozo Yamamoto said. Minister Yamamoto made these remarks when he paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (13). Sri Lanka is secured and stable under the current government….

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–      USD 10 billion target by 2025 –      Will not hesitate to take necessary decisions President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to plan a target-based strategy to promote the tourism industry in Sri Lanka. Increasing income from tourism  to USD 10 billion by 2025, the  industry can play the leading role in economic growth, President said during a meeting with…

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Maha Nayaka Theros invoked blessings on the President President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on Maha Nayaka of Malwatta Chapter Most. Ven. Thibbtuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero this morning (11) after paying homage to the sacred Tooth Relic. Later, the President also called on Anunayaka Thero of Malwatta Chapter Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero. The prelate commended the way…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic today (11). President was welcomed by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara at the premises. Following religious rituals President engaged in cordial discussions with the devotees. Ministers Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Keheliya Rambukwella, S. B. Dissanayake, Lohan Ratwatte, Dilum Amunugama, Ananda Aluthgamage…

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Your Majesty, It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the passing away of HisMajesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of the Sultanate of Oman.   On behalf of the Government, the People of Sri Lanka and my own behalf, I convey our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, through you to…

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Expanded opportunities for secondary and higher education Border opportunities for higher education while protecting free education Convert higher education sector into a foreign exchange earner   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need of preventing brain drain to achieve rapid development in the country ‘If the Government as well as the private sector can ensure that…

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  The annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera held in a grand scale under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, yesterday (09). President Rajapaksa placed the Relics Casket on the tusker before the annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera paraded the streets. Ministers and MPs including Chamal Rajapaksa, Prasanna Ranatunga, Sisira Jayakody, Indika Anuruddha, Prasanna Ranaweera and…

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      Highly efficient & profitable public institutions       Make youth ready for jobs when they reach the age of 20       Solutions for unemployment through tourism, plantation and agro sectors The President says that what the people wanted at the Presidential election was a leadership to guide the country on…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a sudden observational visit to the National Hospital in Colombo, today (09). The President visited the OPD building complex of the National Hospital and inquired about the activities at the OPD while engaging in cordial discussions with the patients. President Rajapaksa asked patients regarding their villages where they came from and…

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Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam who was on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the today (8). President and Minister Shanmugam broadly discussed on a range of issues of importance to the two countries. The discussions  that took place at the Presidential Secretariat mainly centered…

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Conformity Certificate in a day Long-term loan and concessionary interest rates when purchasing houses for the first time Waste management in Colombo suburbs in a systematic manner Beautification of small cities around the country Expedite Weras Ganga project President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed officials to grant approval for properly prepared housing and small-scale business construction plans…

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President invited all countries to look positively at Sri Lanka as an investment hub when a delegation representing the European Union (EU) called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (06). Underlying Sri Lanka’s neutrality stance, President pointed out that the best way to overcome regional hegemony would be to assist small countries…

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