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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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An all night Pirith chanting ceremony and a Dhana Pinkama was held at the President’s House in Colombo to invoke blessings on the citizens and the country. The Pirith Chanting Ceremony was conducted under the patronage of Most Venerable Muruthtettuwe Ananda, Nayaka Thero, yesterday (04). The Maha Sangha including Professor Ven. Medagoda Abayatissa Thera, Ven….

An All Night Pirith Chanting Ceremony was held at the President’s House in Colombo, yesterday (04) to invoke blessings on the President, war heroes, the citizens and the country. The  Dhamma sermon was conducted under the patronage of Most Venerable Muruthtettuwe Ananda, Nayaka Thero and the Maha Sangha including Professor Ven. Medagoda Abayatissa Thera, Maharagama…

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Vibhajjavada Dhamma Sangayana organized for the continued sustenance  of the Buddhism and the donation of Tripitaka Dhamma scripts to 5000 monks commenced at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium today (04). The concluding ceremony of the event was held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this evening. This Dhamma Sangayana was…

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Full text of the speech:   Honourable Speaker, Honourable Prime Minister, Honourable Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ministers, Honourable State Ministers, Honourable Members of Parliament, I have this opportunity to address you as the Head of State of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka consequent to the historic victory granted to me by the people…

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Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera says all the public servants must honestly commit themselves to fulfill their respective duties in an efficient and productive manner in accordance with the ‘Rata Hadana Saubhagyaye Dekma’ of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Secretary to the President, addressing the staff of the Presidential Secretariat before the commencement of…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa joined today (01) with the National Tree Planting Programme aimed at planting 1 million trees under the theme of “Hadena Ratata – Wadena Gasak” . President Rajapaksa planting a sapling in the premises of his private residence in Mirihana extended his best wishes for the National Tree Planting Programme. The National Tree…

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I am of the view that the New Year dawns at a time when the entire Sri Lankan nation is beaming with hopes for a new era in economic, political, social, cultural and technological spheres of life, in their Motherland. Hence, the new government welcomes the New Year with determination and commitment to make it…

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Special Grade Officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Mrs. P S M Charles was sworn in as the Governor of the Northern Province before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s Office, today (30). Prior to this appointment, Mrs. Charles has served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine and Director…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has paid his attention to bring gathering of all personal information such as National Identity Cards, driving licenses, immigration and emigration documents, registration of births and deaths under one data collection center. This will be instrumental in reducing time, effort and money spent on such services at present said President Rajapaksa during…

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Let us fulfill the aspirations of the people winning the challenges Energetic Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas, a timely need Swift measures to re-commence the derailed development while boosting the economy President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized that it is the responsibility of the people’s representatives to act in a manner that fulfills the expectations of the…

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Produce workers qualified for domestic and international job markets Priority should be given to empower low income communities   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed the relevant authorities to meet the responsibility of producing skilled workers for the local and international job markets by reviving the vocational training sector. President emphasized this during a meeting with officials…

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Inspects the Defence Ministry premises too The paramount duty of the public officials is to deliver an efficient and optimum service No disorder should occur when providing service; process should be streamlined within a month before my next visit – President tells officials It is the duty of all public officials to provide a prompt…

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A series of commemoration events were held today (26) across the country to remember those who have been killed and injured in the Indian Ocean Tsunami 15 years ago. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa joined with all Sri Lankans who still suffer due to the loss of their loved ones. ‘The worst natural calamity Sri Lanka has…

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Information has been received about a conmen who intimidated a Principal of a popular school in Moratuwa claiming him to be an Adviser to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Colombo Crime Division has already commenced investigations into the incident. The occurrence was also reported by some media institutes. The Presidential Secretariat urges the public not to…

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The dawn of  brings immense joy to all, awakening the hearts of devotees of the noble religion of Jesus Christ, which brought the of peace and harmony to the world. The real meaning of Christmas is to make our lives meaningful. For that, we need to fill our hearts with love and compassion while completely…

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Harvest purchase on a scientific method from next season President instructs to broaden rice storage facilities   The Cabinet Sub Committee on Cost of Living was convened for the first time under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (24). During this meeting, special attention was drawn to provide essential food…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he will commit himself to uplift the local art industry and welfare of the artistes during his tenure. President Rajapaksa further said that the government will act according to a strategy in compliance with policy of protecting our own identity and culture. The President made these remarks during  discussion held with…

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President inspects several welfare centers Commence resettlement soon after floods recedes   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed the officials not to let circulars and regulations to obstruct relief operations. If there are such hindering regulations, he instructed to amend them. President Rajapaksa issued these instructions during a meeting to review the progress of the flood relief…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the dedicated economic center in Thambuththegama this evening (23). President checked prices of commodities and their quality. Upon meeting the traders and the consumers President inquired about the shortcomings at the center. President Rajapaksa emphasized the importance of maintaining the economic center in order to supply high quality goods and to…

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Swift measures to rehabilitate damaged houses and tank anicuts Directives to reconstruct infrastructure facilities Data on crop damages collected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited areas affected by floods in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa district today (23) to inspect relief measures provided to displaced people in the area. President Rajapaksa who met the political authority and government officials…

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‘The Maha Sanga invoke their blessings and provide guidance towards the efforts being taken by the President to lead the country on the right path to make Sri Lanka a developed and prosperous nation’, Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thero said. The prelate made this observation when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on him at Dharmayathanaya in Colombo…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with the Foreign correspondents at the Presidential Secretariat on 19.12.2019. He opened the forum by welcoming the journalists and inviting them to asks the questions they wish. The journalists in turn had a myriad of questions ranging from current economic progress to the Swiss saga, renegotiation of the Hambanthota Port, stance…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) that immediate steps be taken to enforce the declared Maximum Retail Prices (MRPs) and ensure uninterrupted market supply of essential goods during this festive season which times consumers are vulnerable to market manipulation. Recently, the Authority has gazetted a MRP on rice at Rs. 98/kg. This…

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