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Futuristic education policy acceptable to all A public debate on policy recommendations Notable progress in Online education   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed the present status of the National Education Policy which is being formulated currently. Members of the Presidential Task Force on Sri Lankan Education updated the President on the current status of the formulation…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to find immediate solutions to issues faced by farmers relating to the supply, distribution and use of fertilizer. The issue of fertilizer is a common occurrence in many districts when cultivation starts. Short, medium and long term solutions should be found to address the issue, President said. The natural composition…

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Transport Ministry to prepare a joint time table  Bus owners tasked with the responsibility of finding ways to lessen accidents  Measures to stop payments to middlemen  Separate color code for private buses President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pointed out the importance of developing the service provided of private bus owners in a systematic manner…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa advises all Heads and members of Board of Directors of State entities including Corporations and Statutory Boards, appointed by his government, not to   engage in political activities in favor of any political party during the upcoming General Election. If any Head or Board member wishes to extend his or her  support to…

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It has been noticed that on several occasions certain fraudsters had attempted to use the President’s name, forged signature and forged letterheads to manipulate Ministries, Departments, State Corporations, and Statutory Boards for personal gain. It has come to light that these fraudsters personally visit personnel in charge of government offices and public institutes and attempt…

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Sri Lankan returnees to receive free PCR tests  The Government of Lebanon has agreed to conduct PCR tests free of charge for Sri Lankans seeking to be repatriated. Since the number of Sri Lankans who wish to return to the Motherland is growing following the global pandemic, the relief offered by  Lebanon  will save a sizeable…

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From tomorrow onwards curfew from 11.00 pm to 4.00 am daily From tomorrow, June 6th onwards, in all districts of the island curfew will be effective from 11.00 pm to 4.00 daily until further notice. The permission to travel between districts except in the districts of Colombo and Gampaha remain unchanged. The Government requests all…

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The Second Day of the Mihintale Aloka Pooja which was organized with the State Poson Festival was declared open by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa , today(June 05). It was organized for the 58th consecutive year by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) with the co-sponsorship of the Ceylon Electricity Board. President Rajapaksa obtained the…

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It has been the practice of the Buddhist in our country since ancient times to remember, with utmost devotion the arrival of ArahatMahindaThero in the Island carrying the message of the Buddha, by observance of religious rituals. Such devoted remembrance is due to the fact that the arrival of ArahatMahinda resulted in a significant transformation…

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Every child born in Sri Lanka enjoys the right to easy and equitable access to quality immunization services and the country’s immunization policy is based on the right of a child to receive timely immunization, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. President made these comments joining the virtual ‘Global Vaccine Summit 2020’ which took place today (4)…

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The Police have taken a person into custody for allegedly forging the signature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and misusing President’s letterheads. The suspect named E.M.P.A. Kumara, is a resident of No.531, Sundarapola Road, Yantampalawa, Kurunegala. Kumara, who was under interdiction, has produced a letter to the Chairman of Bank of Ceylon on a Presidential letterhead…

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Everyone will have the opportunity to return to Motherland Medi lab at airport premises Possibility to conduct PCR tests in relevant countries explored President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed the officials to send returnees from foreign countries for quarantine only after results of PCR tests conducted at the airport itself are known. President also said to accommodate…

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Following corporate, individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,243 million. Sri Ramco Roofing Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Sri Ramco Lanka (Pvt) Ltd has donated Rs. 2 million each while Siam City Cement (Lanka) Ltd has donated Rs. 5 million to the Fund. The cheques…

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Two separate Presidential Task Forces to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society and, for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province, have been established. Secretary to the President, P. B. Jayasundera issued the relevant gazette notifications on June 02, 2020, under the direction of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The proclamation on the establishment…

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With corporate and individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,230 million. WNS Global Services (Pvt) Ltd Company has donated Rs. 5,895,000 to the Fund while Kiribathgoda Eriyawetiya Sri Rathna Viharavasi Ven. Bangladesh Chandrajothi Thero has donated Rs. 100,000 to the Fund and the cheques…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized that crimes operated by underworld kingpins and drug mafia from prisons must be put to an end without delay. Specific information relating to criminal activities and drug peddling operated from prisons have been received. The general public is appalled by this situation, President said. “This has to be rectified. Use…

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With corporate and individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,217 million. The Chief Incumbent of the Somawathi Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven. Dr. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Nayake Thero, has donated Rs.500,000 to the Fund and the cheque for this sum was handed over to President…

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Priority to environmental cleanliness Strict measures against offenders Dengue prevention powers to be vested with Governors and Local Government authorities Health Committees to be called immediately Rapid response to deal with breeding grounds President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa issued directives to Governors and Local Government authorities to prepare a mechanism to control…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid his last respects to the remains of former Governor of the Uva Province and President’s Counsel Marshall Perera, today (01). President Rajapaksa who arrived at the Jayaratne Funeral parlour in Colombo, where his remains were kept, paid his last respects and wrote a condolence message in the Condolence Book. The President…

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Cabinet Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (01). With the demise of Minister Arumugam Thondaman, the ministerial portfolio fell vacant. Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera was also present on this occasion.

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With corporate and individual donations and direct deposits, ‘ITUKAMA’ COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund balance has now surpassed Rs. 1,217 million. The Chief Incumbent of the Somawathi Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven. Dr. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Nayake Thero, has donated Rs.500,000 to the Fund and the cheque for this sum was handed over to President…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited sacred Somawathi temple premises yesterday(May 30) to engage in religious observances seeking blessing for both citizens and the country. The President paid homage to the Chief Incumbent Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thero in order to obtain blessings. Consequently, President Rajapaksa took part in the Kapruka offerings to Somawathi stupa. In most…

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Full day curfew will be in force in the district of Nuwara Eliya tomorrow, Saturday May 30th. As per the announcement issued yesterday, Thursday May 28th an island-wide curfew will be effective on Sunday, May 31st. The conditions specified in the previous announcement with regard to the implementation of curfew from Monday, June 01st onwards…

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The newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (29). He presented his credential to President via a video conferencing ceremony on 14th May marking a historic moment in Sri Lanka’s diplomatic relations. During the discussion that followed both…

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Following institute and personal donations along with direct deposits, the Itukama COVID-19 Healthcare and Security Fund reached Rs. 1213mn. Rs 25mn donated by the government employees in the Central Province were handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the governor of the North Central Province Mahipala Herath at the Presidential Secretariat today(May 29). Meanwhile, the…

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Address by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Presidential Secretariat at the virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID – 19 and beyond’ organized by the Prime Ministers of Canada, Jamaica and the UN Secretary General on May 28th, 2020. Excellencies, I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid his last respects to the remains of Leader of the Ceylon Worker’s Congress (CWC) and Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development, Arumugam Thondaman, today (28). The remains of late Minister Thondaman were brought to the Parliamentary complex this morning from his residence in Battaramulla. President Rajapaksa who arrived at…

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Curfew will be effective in the island till Saturday, June 6th and afterwards as follows: Curfew will be in force island-wide on Sunday, May 31st.   Curfew will be effective in all the districts from Monday, June 01st to Wednesday, June 3rd only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily as before.   Curfew will be in…

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A new mechanism is to be formulated to repatriate Sri Lankans who are stranded or faced with various difficulties in the wake of COVID – 19 pandemic. The nature of the new system will be decided at a meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow. Flights in June to bring back Sri Lankans home will be…

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All measures will be based on international and local health guidelines No COVID-19 infected was reported from the community since April 30th Hotels and restaurants registered with the Tourism Authority to open first The Task Force Committee entrusted with COVID – 19 control proposed to President to reopen airports for foreign tourists from 1st August…

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Curfew will be effective only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily in all the districts in the island from tomorrow, May 26th onwards until further notice. Guidelines prescribed by the health authorities to prevent the spread of the Corona virus should strictly be followed during the operations of factories, institutes, offices and shops as well as…

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Message My heartiest greetings to all Muslims in Sri Lanka, who celebrate the Ramazan or Eid-ul-fitr together with the Islam devotees around the World. Ramazan or Eid-ul-fitr is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic religious calendar observed by the Muslim community after a month of fasting, and sighting of the crescent moon….

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President thanks Indian Premier for support, including 10 tonnes of medical supplies to combat COVID-19 crisis PM Modi commends President for providing the country a leadership with clear vision Revive key projects to restore economy Indian Premier personally committed to help Sri Lanka Bilateral relations to be strengthened in all aspects This morning (24) President…

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In all districts of the island curfew will be effective only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily from Tuesday, May 26th onwards until further notice. People’s movements between districts, except Colombo and Gampaha, will be permitted from Tuesday, May 26th onwards. An island-wide curfew will be in force on Sunday, May 24th and Monday, May 25th.

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National Education Policy soon First priority is national security Maximum efforts to curb drug menace Fullest support to religious discourse President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that a Presidential Task Force will be appointed under the Defence Secretary to conduct a comprehensive survey of archaeological sites in the East and to take measures to preserve them. Several…

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The curfew currently in force in the two districts of Colombo and Gampaha will continue until further notice. Curfew will be effective island-wide on Sunday (May 24th) and Monday (May 25th). In the rest of the districts, except Colombo and Gamhapa, curfew which will come into force from 8.00pm tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd May, will be relaxed…

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Park and Drive system to ease traffic congestion Steps to promote school bus service with priority to safety of children End waste and fraud by motivating employees   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has mooted a set of proposals to transform Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) into a profit-earning and leading entity. President is of the view…

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Following institute and personal donations along with direct deposits, the Itukama COVID-19 Healthcare and Security Fund reached Rs 1136mn today(May 21). Canowin Hotel @ SPAS (Pvt) Ltd donated Rs 1 million and the cheque was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today(May 21). Built Element Ltd,…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed the production, import and distribution of pharmaceutical supplies during a discussion with the Chairmen of the two State Pharmaceutical Corporations held at the Presidential Secretariat today (21). Replying to a query by the President as to how the medicines supply in the country is structured, Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Consultant…

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The staff of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has handed over Rs.2, 205,448.89 to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (20).  Minister Dulas Alahapperuma also present on this occasion. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera donated his full salary for the month of May to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Attorney General…

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The COVID- 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund now operates under the brand name ‘ITUKAMA’. The Fund now has been renamed ‘ITUKAMA – COVID 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’. The branding was done in order to attract more local and foreign benefactors. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established the Fund on March 23rd. The President’s Fund…

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Full text of the speech made by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Ranaviru Day commemorations on May 19th 2020. Reverend Maha Sanga representing Maha Nayaka Theros and Anu Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters, Amarapura and Ramannya Nikayas, His Eminence Cardinal, Hindu Kurukkal leader, Islam Mowlawi, Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, former…

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 I write this message with utmost contentment and pride to pay homage to the valiant war heroes who defeated separatist terrorism and brought peace and harmony to the country. The greatest tribute for war heroes is making the aspirations of all communities who represented the ultimate aim of the war that was concluded in victory on May 19,…

I-do-not-expect-State-bodies-to-do-politics-instead-of-developing-themselves-–-President

“I do not expect the state entities to engage in politics; what they need to do is to develop themselves; they should generate incomes; increase efficiency and productivity; minimize unnecessary expenditures and wastage. The State enterprises are run on the hard earned money of the toiling people of this country. Therefore, Public Sector organizations should…

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I am pleased to extend my warm greetings and felicitations as Sri Lanka joins the rest of the world in celebrating The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2020 under the apt theme of “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The global understanding of development is moving towards Sustainable Development which promotes…

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The Ministry of Foreign Relations handed over Rs. 27.7 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (May 14th), raised through the network of Sri Lanka Missions overseas, to support COVID-19 Health Care and Social Security Fund. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha handed over the cheque to the President, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh…

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Ambassador for the Federative Republic of Brazil, Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Iran and the High Commissioner of the Republic of India, based in Colombo presented their credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today (14). It was a historic moment as the credentials were presented via a video conferencing…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the banking sector to deviate from conventional thinking and practice to support the country’s striving to rebuild the economy badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The government was able to keep the corona virus under control. The biggest challenge we face right now is to rebuild the collapsed economy. It…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that irrational laws should not obstruct the policies formulated to achieve the economic objectives of the people. The President stated this during a discussion with officials and ministry secretaries attached to the Plantation Industry sector at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (May 14).The meeting was called to find solutions to a number…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has surrendered his three-month salary of Rs. 292,500.00 to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. President Rajapaksa handed over the cheque for this sum to the Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera at the Presidential Secretariat, today (14).

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