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This is to inform all that the following matters will be operated as the government’s position with regard to the boycott of lectures by university students and the strike at the government hospitals. The government will take following actions on the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) issue. The conditions laid down by the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a better society with Buddhist environment would be built while protecting the place of other religions. He was speaking at the religious ceremony to offer the new Sanghawasa (monks’ accommodation) built in the Veluvana Vivekarama Temple in Laksha Uyana, Polonnaruwa, to the monks today (June 22). The President stated that the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says some politically indecent groups are trying to show the country that the government is acting to emasculate the free education by depriving the opportunities of the students of the medical faculties in government universities. “They are misleading the university students. I don’t blame any university student for the actions of those…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will introduce a new policy for appointments and transfers of school teachers by the end of this year. “There should not be any teacher shortage at any school under this new policy. We will issue a circular to transfer all additional teachers in schools to the schools with teacher…

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At present, all the testing works of the Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant, which will generate25MW hydro-power to the national grid, have been concluded.    The Electrical engineers say the electricity generation could successfully commence when the water level rises in the reservoirs during the upcoming rainy season.  The Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant built within a shortest period…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the politicians as well as the public servants should join hands with the public to find solutions for the waste management issue and the  Dengue menace.   He made these remarks addressing the Colombo District Special Environment Conference held at the Maharagama Youth Centre Auditorium, yesterday (20). President Sirisena said…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will take steps to provide prosperous economy for the people of Rajarata as well as to provide better education for their children. He made these remarks addressing a ceremony to open the newly built Aesthetic Studies Unit, Agricultural Laboratory and Home Science Lab at the Athtanakadawala Maha Vidyalaya ,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena hosted an Iftar dinner today (June 20), at the Presidential House.   Speaking at the event, the President said the government is carrying out a comprehensive plan of action to establish permanent peace in the country by building peace and unity among all communities. Islam religious leaders and large number of Islam devotees participated…

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A cash donation by the Bangladesh Government to assist the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka was officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (20). Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina declared the cash donation. Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah handed over the cheque…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the importance of ending the teacher shortage and called for an independent method in filling of teacher vacancies and transferring of teachers. The President was speaking at a meeting with Provincial Chief Ministers, held today (June 19) at the Presidential Secretariat. The discussion was held with the participation of Provincial Chief…

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President Maithripala Sirisena opened the newly built Seema Malakaya and the two-storeyed building with the Dhathu Mandiraya, at the Navinna Raja Maha Viharaya in Navinna, Maharagama, yesterday (19). This new Seema Malakaya and the Dhathu Mandiraya built at a cost of over 10 million rupees. The President visited the temple at the invitation of the…

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The 60th anniversary of the Society of Government Pharmacists was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, today (June 19). The Society of Government Pharmacists consists of 1,500 member pharmacists and render a great service for the development of the  health sector of Sri Lanka. During the event President Sirisena presented awards…

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President Maithripala Sirisena made an observation tour to IDH Hospital in Angoda today (June 17). He stated that the government will take rapid actions to complete the requirements of the hospital. The congestion occurred at the hospital due to the admission of large number of Dengue patients to the hospital was settled down after sending…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has not taken any decision to make any changes to the school uniform. He made these remarks participating in the annual prize giving ceremony of the Sri Chandananda Buddhist College, Asgiriya, today (16). The education system centered on the Piriven and temples nourished the then Sri Lankan society with…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that under any circumstance, there should not be a shortage of rice in the market. The President held a special discussion regarding maintaining rice stocks at warehouses and to look into the demand for rice in the coming months at the Presidential Secretariat, today (16). President Sirisena summoned this discussion as…

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The National Buddhist Think Tank held a meeting under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (15). The Maha Sangha who represents the National Buddhist Think Tank, including Ven. Prof. Kotapola Rahula Anu Nayake Thero, Ven. Professor Gallalle Sumanasiri Thero, Ven. Dr. Akuratiye Nanda Thero, participated at this meeting. During the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government media institutions should take the lead in creating an ethical as well as qualitative media culture in the country. He made these remarks participating in a ceremony to open the new administrative building complex of the Independent Television Network (ITN), today (14). This event was organized in parallel to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he will hold discussions with the relevant parties in the near future to take a policy decision regarding the prisoners, who are sentenced for minor offenses due to the inability to pay the designated fines. The President pointed out that in 2015 43.7% of all prisoners have been jailed as a…

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The Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo yesterday (June,13). During the meeting, the President thanked Pakistan for the close cooperation extended to Sri Lanka during the years of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to expedite the programme to build new houses for the affected people in the recent disastrous situation. Furthermore, the President said that five billion rupees from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which is under the purview of President Sirisena will be donated to this programme. The Cabinet…

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Rs. 2,000 million to build waste disposal system at Aruwakkalu in Puttalam President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant  officials to implement a broad programme on categorization of waste to apprise the public on this topic. He gave these instructions participating in a discussion on streamlining the waste management held at the Presidential…

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The software program of the Tell the President program was officially handed over to the Presidential Secretariat today (12). The software program was earlier handled by Sri Lanka Mobitel. The Presidential Secretariat took over the authority of this to make the Tell the President program more effective. Accordingly, the issues and the complaints from the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion with the parents of the missing persons at the Northern Governor’s Office in Jaffna on June 12.   A group of parents of missing persons representing all the eight districts of the North and Eastern Provinces handed over a letter to the President regarding their missing children. President Sirisena…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over a discussion on the progress of the development programmes in the Northern Province yesterday (June 12) at the District Secretariat in Jaffna. The discussion was focused on the development plans for the Northern Province. The President inquired about the plans formulated to utilize allocated money for the development activities in…

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The historic Poson Maha Perahera of Polonnaruwa started at the Polonnaruwa Vatadageya yesterday (June 09), under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. According to the historic traditions the perahera was commenced after the President placed the sacred relics karanduwa on the royal elephant. Under the advice of Solosmasthanadhipathi of Polonnaruwa Ven. Panditha Vendaruwe Upali Nayaka Thero and Maha Sangha, the perahera was organized by government institutions, the…

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The Presidential Secretariat and the Railway Department have jointly organized a special train titled ‘’Puravesi Athwela’ humanitarian train’’, to collect relief material to be distributed to those who were affected by the recent floods and landslides. The special train will leave the Kankesanturai Station on 10 June at 6.30 a.m. and will stop at the…

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The rice dansala which has been organized by the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Association for the 57th consecutive year was commenced today (June 08) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This dansala is annually organized by the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Organization, under the advice of President Maithripala Sirisena. The dansala will serve the devotees who will visit…

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The program Pulathisi Poson Udanaya at the Gal Viharaya in Polonnaruwa was launched today (June 08) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The president also declared open the exhibition of sacred relics, organized under the Pulathisi Poson Udanaya. The exhibition of the sacred relics organized to transfer merits to those who lost their lives…

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The 26th Dam Sabha Mandapa of the series of Sadaham Yathra Dhamma sermons was held today (June. 08), the Poson Full Moon Poya Day in the premises of sacred Vatadageya in Medirigiriya with participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Dhamma sermon was delivered by the Chief Incumbent of Purana Dakshinagiri Rajamaha Viharaya in Viharagala, Vice…

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A series of programs will be held on June 08, 09 and 10 in Polonnaruwa under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to mark the Poson Poya day. The Bandaranaike-Senanayake Poson Maha Bath Dansala organized by the Polonnaruwa Buddhist Association for the 57th consecutive year will be held on June 08 and 09 near the Polonnaruwa Parakrama Samudraya and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lankans have become more generous and humanitarian than many others in the world because of the lifestyle nourished with the Buddhist philosophy. The President further said that the people joined together with love, compassion and generosity to assist the affected people by the recently occurred calamity because the hearts of…

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The MoU on building of the hospital in Polonnaruwa for kidney patients was signed today (June 06) at the Presidential Secretariat, at the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena. The hospital to be built is under a donation of the government of China at a request of the President.   Additional Secretary to the Ministry of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the officials to implement a comprehensive programme to remove flood debris and waste from the recent floods and landslides. He has given these instructions participating in a meeting on waste management in Colombo and suburbs, held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (06).   The President inquired into the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over a special meeting on flood devastation and the relief work for flood victims in Hambantota today (June 6). The meeting was held at the Hambanthota District Secretariat. The President advised officers to rebuild the affected houses in Hambanthota district, undertake repairs to the destroyed road system, school and public places,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour in the areas affected by floods and landslides in Bulathsinhala, Yatagampitiya, Nagahadola in the Kalutara district, today (June 05). The President also inquired about the damaged houses and properties due to the calamity and also joined in a Shramadana Campaign organized in the area by the Ministry of…

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The government of America has extended a donation of Rs.350 million to assist the program carried out by the Sri Lankan government to build the houses destroyed by the adverse weather condition. Ambassador of the United States of America Atul Keshap handed over this donation to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (June 03) at the Presidential Secretariat. The…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says as we recall the sorrowful memories of a three decade long, brutal war, it is the responsibility of all to act in a way to prevent recurrence of such disastrous situation in the country. Wherever criticisms were leveled against the Government, the present Government is committed to build a peaceful country…

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President Maithripala Sirisena thanked the government and people of Maldives for the assistance provided for flood relief work. Speaking with the Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Asim, who called on him at the President’s official residence in Colombo today (June 2), the President said Sri Lanka receives generous support from the international community…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed several Ministers from the areas not affected by floods as the organizers for the flood relief works  in affected electorates. They will coordinate the relief measures for the victims. The Ministers received their appointment letters from the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today (01). The newly appointed organizers have the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the people have to face disastrous situations like flooding and landslides because the politicians focus only on preferential vote base instead of development necessities. He further said that people have to face this situation because some politicians work only to get votes at the next election and they do not provide…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over a discussion held today (June 01) at the Presidential Secretariat on the development activities in the historic sacred place of worship Mahiyangana. The discussion was focused on the ensuring of legal right to consider Mahiyangana as a sacred place of worship. The President directed the officials to stop giving land…

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President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out the need of a common program to properly operate the laws to prevent religious conflicts in the country and to explain the facts to those parties who create disharmony. He said all religious leaders should come to a single stage for this purpose. He emphasized that there should not be…

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The ‘Island Economies of the Future’ of fDi Magazine, published in the UK has topped Sri Lanka as the country with best potentials to build up the strongest economy among 27 island nations in the future. Accordingly, it points out Sri Lanka will be the most suitable country among the island states to invest in….

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Under the new Cabinet reshuffle four State Ministers and three Deputy Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (31).   The Following is the list of Ministers who were sworn in their new portfolios:   State Ministers Hon. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena   State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Hon….

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Maximum relief measures for victims – President  President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government has decided to stop the importation of vehicles for all government institutions including the Ministries this year. The President instructed the officials to rapidly implement the programme to construct the houses destroyed due to the flooding and landslides. He made these remarks…

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The first flag of the No-Tobacco Samurdhi Flag programme, carried out in parallel to the World No Tobacco Day, was pinned on the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (May 30). This program will be carried out from May 31 to June 30 throughout the country. A large number of events, street dramas,arts…

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President Maithripala Sirisena visited the District Secretariat in Rathnapura today (May 29) to observe the relief programs carried out for the victims of the adverse weather condition. He looked into each section of the programs, carried out to help the victims. He directed the officials to do their maximum to in this regard. He directed…

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