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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to ban the use of polythene during the upcoming election campaigns. The President also instructed authorities to strictly enforce the laws against the people who violate the above mentioned ban on use of polythene. President Sirisena furthermore briefed the Central Environmental Authority to inform the parties…

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Digamadulla district UPFA MP Sriyani Wijewickrama was sworn in as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (15). Mrs. Sriyani Wijewickrama MP, who represented the Joint Opposition recently met the President to extend her support to the policies of the President. Minister Faiszer Musthapha…

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The National Buddhist Think Tank met yesterday (13) with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. This is the 9th time that the National Buddhist Think Tank held its meeting under the patronage of President and they discussed about the implementation of the decisions taken at previous meetings effectively. ‎ It was decided…

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A discussion was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the issues faced by the gem businessmen and gem mining industry, at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (13). During this meeting, the representatives presented in detail the difficulties faced by them to the President, due to the examination of licenses as well as arrests…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government will provide all the necessary facilities to equip the Sri Lankan security forces with knowledge as well as expertise when implementing state policy on national security. He made these remarks speaking at the graduation ceremony of Sapugaskanda Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), Course No. 11, today…

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President Maithripala Sirisena requests all the religious leaders to take the lead in delivering the message of reconciliation and religious co-existence among the people, which is the guidance of all religious philosophies. He made this request while addressing the Religious Coexistence Convention held at the BMICH yesterday (12). ‘’Even though the terrorists who fought to…

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The “Tell the President” programme implemented by the Presidential Secretariat to submit any complaints, suggestions, ideas and grievances directly to the president by the public was recently awarded with e-Swabhimani gold award. The Information and Communication Technology Agency selected “Tell the President” programme for maximally utilizing the information technology to serve the public and this award was presented to…

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R. M. Dewmini Indranatha, a student of Grade – 9 of Kekirawa Madya Maha Vidyalaya, who presented a book of poetry written by her to President Maithripala Sirisena during the National Vap Magul Ceremony, held last October in Thibbotuwewa, Kekirawa, received gifts from the President at the Presidential Secretariat today (December 12). The President invited…

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The ‘Entrepreneur of the Year award 2017’, award ceremony organized annually by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry to give due recognition to the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs who excel in their fields, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, yesterday (11). This awards ceremony was organized for the…

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Special Announcement President Maithripala Sirisena requests all train drivers and other railway staff who are on strike to report for duty taking into consideration the difficulties faced by school children who sit for exam and the general public. He further requests them to understand the mentality of the students who face a crucial examination of…

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The Chairman of the World Green Building Council Tai Lee Siang appreciated the initiatives taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to turn Sri Lanka a green Island.    He made these remarks when a delegation including the Chairman of the World Green Building Council met with the President at the President’s Official Residence, today (11). During…

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President Maithripala Sirisena opened the newly built commercial complex, Tourist Information Centre and the Tourist Police Station in Polonnaruwa today (06). The President vested the commercial complex in Polonnaruwa, tourist information center and the tourism police, built at a cost of Rs. 242mn, with public. These establishments were set up in newly constructed premises with the aim…

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Construction begins for Asia’s biggest kidney hospital President Maithripala Sirisena today (Dec. 06) laid the foundation stone for the National Nephrology Specialized Hospital in Polonnaruwa, gifted by the People’s Republic of China to be constructed at a cost of Rs.12,000 million. The hospital which fulfills the President’s long term dream to serve the people who…

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“To take the country towards the development, there should be a discipline in all sectors in the country”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “That discipline should be started from the politician and extended to every sector”, he added. The President was addressing the new Samurdhi officers who are on leadership training at the Infantry Training Center…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the present government is an administration which understands the pulse of the underprivileged people. The President further said that all the economic plans prepared in a way which the underprivileged people could reap more benefits and said that the government is committed to provide all the facilities needed to uplift…

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President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the stadium of Kandy Municipal Council today (Nov. 03). The stadium was built at a cost of Rs. 220mn in a land extent of 80 perches which had been using as a Cattle slaughter house for 145 years. This includes facilities for badminton, table tennis, netball, volleyball etc and seating…

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The Dhamma Sermon for Uduvap Full Moon Poya Day of the series of ‘Sadaham Yathra’ Damma Sermon was held at the Sri Vajiraramaya Temple in Bambalapitiya today (03) with participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President who engaged in religious activities looked into the well-being of the Chief Incumbent Most Ven. Thrikunamale Ananda Thero ,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena released water for research purpose for the electricity generation of Moragahakanda today (Dec. 02) at auspicious time. The Moragahakanda reservoir reached the required sea level 178m for the electricity generation due to the high rainfall. Speaking at the occasion, the President said this was one of his dreams which became a reality….

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island yesterday (30) after completing a successful three-day State visit to Republic of Korea on an invitation extended by the Korean President Moon Jae-in, strengthening the foreign relations and bringing many developmental benefits to the country.   The visit took place in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena directs all relevant officers of the government to take every required action to provide relief to the victims of the current adverse weather condition. The President who is currently on three days state visit to South Korea telephoned the Minister of Disaster Management and the Secretary to the President today (Nov. 30)…

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Members of Korean Parliament representing leading political parties lauded the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Sirisena in national reconstruction and reconciliation and promotion of human rights. The representatives of Korea-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Suite at Grand Hyatt in Seoul…

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President Jae-In of Republic of Korea and President Maithripala Sirisena emphatically declared that they would work towards raising the bilateral friendship and cooperation to a new high. They made this declaration at the grand banquet held By President Moon in honour of President Sirisena at Cheong WaDae or the Blue House, the President’s House in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena was conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of Seoul Metropolitan Government. It was conferred by Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government, Park Won-soon at a special ceremony held at the Mayor’s Office in Seoul today (November 30). The mayor said that after establishing the twin city agreement between Seoul and Colombo in 2016, he…

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A highly successful business forum was held in South Korean capital Seoul today (November 29) with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. More than 100 Korean delegates and few local representatives on leading companies in the East Asian region took part in the Forum. Around 20 Sri Lankan leading business personalities also attended the event…

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President Maithripala Sirisena paid respects to the Korean martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice during three different wars with invading forces. He visited the War Heroes Memorial Tower situated at the National Cemetery in Seoul and he was received by National Cemetery Superintendent, An Suhyun. After a solemn ceremony by military band, the President placed…

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President   Moon Jae- in of Republic of Korea said President Maithripala Sirisena’s current visit has resulted in the opening of a new glorious chapter of the bilateral friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The visit takes place in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena assured to the Sri Lankan community in South Korea that he would never betray the nation or the country. Addressing the Sri Lankan community in Republic of Korea, he said that he came to power with the pure intention of rectifying the historical errors and to ensure that the people of Sri…

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Unscheduled meeting of two Presidents before official meeting President Maithripala Sirisena received an unexpected warm welcome from Korean President Moon Jae-In today (Nov 28), a day ahead of the scheduled official meeting. President Sirisena, who arrived in Seoul this morning visited the famous Buddhist place of worship, Jogyesa Temple and was surprised to find President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome when he arrived at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul this morning (November 28) for a 3-day state visit to Republic of Korea on an invitation extended by the Korean President Moon Jae-in. He was received by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cho Hyun, Chief of National…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for Republic of Korea today (27) commencing a three-day state visit on the invitation of the Korean President Moon Jae-in. The visit takes place in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. President Sirisena is scheduled to meet with…

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President Sirisena is scheduled to arrive in Seoul tomorrow (November 28) a 3-day state visit to Republic of Korea on an invitation extended by the Korean President Moon Jae-in. The visit is significant in many aspects. Sri Lanka has highly beneficial economic and investment ties with South Korea. Furthermore, there are about 30,000 Sri Lankan…

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“If there are undue criticism and complaints against the decisions taken by me to stop corruption and fraud, I am ready to leave all positions and join the people to continue the struggle” says President Maithripala Sirisena. He was speaking at a public meeting held today (Nov. 24) in Nikaveratiya. “As the government of SLFP…

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President Maithripala Sirisena paid last respects to late Mahopadyaya of Sri Lanka Ramagna Nikaya Most Ven. Matale Amarawansha Thero today (Nov. 24) at the Bodhimalaka Pushparama Temple in Thabbowa, Naththandiya. He expressed condolences to the Buddhist monks at the temple. Most Ven. Amarawansha Theo as a young Buddhist monk in 1956, was a huge strength…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will provide all the facilities necessary for the advancement of the indigenous traditional medicine of Sri Lanka while giving due respect to the field. President Sirisena said that even though the traditional indigenous medicine methods declined when the people turned towards the speedy treatments with the development of the…

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Sri Lanka for the third time, won World No Tobacco Day Award – 2017, bestowed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. The award was officially presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh…

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President Maithripala Sirisena vested the first phase of the project to construct pavements for the pedestrians to walk safely avoiding main roads and heavy traffic congestion in Colombo Fort and Pettah areas, with the public today (23). Under the first phase the constriction works of the roadway and pavement from the Lake House in D. R….

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Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Wencai Zhang said that ADB would extend fullest support to the economic development plans initiated by the government of President Maithripala Sirisena. ADB Vice President called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (November 22) to discuss the Country Partnership Strategy for development assistance for the…

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“A day like today, three years ago, I came out from the then government, with the hopes for a good transformation. By today I have fulfilled many of the things required to achieve that transformation expected by the country”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was addressing a ceremony to add 100 MW of solar…

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An award ceremony to commend the professionals in the fields of beauty culture and hairdressing was held yesterday (Nov. 21) at Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This was the first award ceremony, organized for the development of these sectors. Nearly 16 professionals received awards from the President at this…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the present government is committed to take forward the Sri Lankan health care service maintaining a high quality while updating the field of medical science which changes every second with the findings of the researches and innovations around the world. The President said that the government is ready to provide…

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Many development programmes are being implemented successfully under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena and with the contribution of Tri-Forces to uplift the living standard of the people in the North, who were affected by the three decade long brutal war. At present, a large number of projects which were implemented jointly with the Ministry…

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid called on President Maithripala Sirisena on November 18, at the Official Residence of the President in Colombo. The President expressed his satisfaction over the rapid growth of the relationship between the two countries. The areas of discussions…

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The 3rd Biennial Meeting of South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine (SASSM) was inaugurated today (Nov. 19) at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The meeting themed “New Frontiers in Sexual medicine: Mind, Body & Science” will conclude on Nov. 21. South Asian experts of sexual health, university lecturers and scholars are participating in this meeting. SASSM 2017 brings…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Sri Lankan society nurtured with disciplined and moral values, which we cannot see anywhere in the world, as a result of the teachings of Buddhism and said that the present government is totally committed for the progress of the Buddha Sasana.  The President made these remarks participating in a religious…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat, today (16).   During this meeting, they presented their issues and demands to the President in detail. President Sirisena said that he has a clear understanding regarding the issues faced by each community in this country, and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today (Nov. 16) opened Shangri-La Hotel built in front of Galle Face. This hotel is another stride in expansion of the facilities for the tourists coming to Colombo. This is the 101st hotel of the chain of Shangri-La Hotels world-wide. The hotel consists the fine and modern accommodation in the country, with…

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The ‘Methsarana Scholarships Pragramme’ to provide scholarships for school children, who were affected by the Meethotamulla landslide, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, today (16). The Scholarships Pragramme is implemented with the support of the “Let’s Protect Children” National Programme, sponsored by the Ministry of Urban Development & Water…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who visited Kandy, today (15) to participate in the Annual Prize Giving Ceremony of Pushpadana Girls’ College, Kandy, also visited the Malwathu Maha Viharaya and engaged in the religious observances. Later, the President called on the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera of the Malwatte chapter. Thereafter the President arrived at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says every government is bound to give the educational rights to all children in the country not only in accordance with international charters but also under the constitution. The President was speaking at the 75th anniversary celebration and the annual prize giving ceremony of Pushpadana Girls’ College in Kandy today (Nov. 15)….

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