President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Georgia to attend the 5th Session of Open Government Partnership this morning. The President arrived in the Shota Rustavelli International airport in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, where he was welcomed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, George Sharvashidze. The President will attend the 5th Open Government Global Summit to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that forests provide many socio-economic benefits, including food, energy and shelter, which are basic human needs and to sustain the products and services that help meet these and other needs, forests must be sustainably managed. Delivering the Inaugural Speech at the opening ceremony of the 24th Sessions of the Committee on…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at Fuimicino International Airport in Rome today (15) to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations scheduled to bigin tomorrow (16). He was received by a special representative and officials. The…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for Rome today (14) to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The 24th session of COFO and the 6th World Forest Week will explore the contributions that forests can make…

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A meeting was held between President Maithripala Sirisena and the representatives of the Gem & Jewellery industry at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (12). During this meeting it was discussed in detail regarding the issues prevailed in the industry, which is playing a pivotal role in the national economy by bringing foreign revenue, and regarding the…

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04 agreements signed between the two countries Sri Lanka and Thailand paid their attention to further develop and strengthen the trade and technical cooperation between the two countries. This was discussed in detail when the official bilateral discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister of Thailand General Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is on a…

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The building complex built for the Western province provincial council at Densil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha in Battaramulla was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena today (12). President Sirisena who opened the new building in midst of the chanting of pirith by Mahasangha marked the opening of it chairing the first meeting held at the new Council Hall….

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The Central Province received numerous benefits from the private sector under the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement. The Central Province Action Committee of the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement met under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House in Kandy, yesterday (11) and during this meeting several agreements were signed in this regard. It…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention. Although there are certain opinions regarding capital punishment in a Buddhist society, if a large number of criminal acts spread in such a society despite religious…

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Two new Ministers of State, Mr. Lucky Jayawardena as the State Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply and Mr. J. C Alawathuwala as the State Minister of Home Affairs took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (10). Mr. Lucky Jayawardena prior to giving this new portfolio served as the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says whatever allegations were leveled by the political opponents, this era can be considered as a fortunate time for the agricultural economy of the country. The President further said that the Government has been working in a systematic and comprehensive manner over the past three and half years to provide solutions for…

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The country needs extensive programmes to develop the spiritual values of the people in a similar manner it will conduct development programmes to uplift the physical resources, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President Sirisena said that to build a society with goodwill, kindness and humanity in the country, all of us should fulfill our respective duties…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he made an intervention with a commitment to provide solutions for the issues arising regarding the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), with the aim of not leaving any room for any child of this country to subject to injustice in receiving the education. He made these remarks participating…

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Udaya R.Seneviratne, a former senior administrative officer, assumed duties as the new Secretary to the President. He obtained his letter of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s office today (6). Udaya R.Seneviratne worked as the Secretary of the Ministry of science technology and research and retired from the position several months ago and…

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A discussion on the issues regarding Gem and Jewelry industry was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s office today (5). President was briefed about the issues faced by industrialists and businessmen. During the discussion, the issues arisen due to the 15% of import tax and the adverse effects resulted on…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says an appropriate programme should be implemented to manage conducting private tuition classes on Poya days and Sundays, with the aim of building better future generation by providing them with Dhamma education. The President further said that to achieve this goal what is more important is to, everyone fulfills their respective duties…

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The ceremony of presenting the piriven building complex and the residence of the sangha of the Dibulagala forest monastery to the Mahasngha and the unveiling of the wahalkada was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today(27). The President who came to the forest monastery opening the commemoration plaque at first and then openned…

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President says that it is the responsibility of the government to inherit the past historical cultural heritage to the next generation. President Maithripala Sirisena says that it is the responsibility of the government to sustain and inherit the past historical cultural heritage to the next generation of our proud nation which has a glorious history….

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Developing Dibulagala Aranya Senasanaya” which was established as an Aranya Senasanaya since the days of ancient kings was under President Maithripala Sirisena’s broad consideration to develop all the vihara, Piriven, and other religious places under “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” district programme. Thus, the development is conducted under 4 sections where the new piriven building complex and the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says as we introduce Credit Programmes for entrepreneurs, a joint programme implemented by all the relevant institutions is also needed in a similar manner, to offer a good market and reasonable price for their produce as well as measures to prevent importation of those products into the country. He made these remarks…

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Unveiling the pinnacle of chaithya of historic Unagala viharaya will take place under President’s patronage tomorrow (24). Reconstructing the historic Unagala viharaya of Polonnaruwa to facilitate for the Buddhist people to worship was started under President’s patronage on the month of December in 2016. To conserve all the places which carry an archaeological value of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says on January 8, 2015, the people of this country contributed to the change the administration of the country which was increasingly moving towards a dictatorship. Those who forgot those experiences will once again appeal to bring the dictatorial regime again in the country but the President emphasized that he will not…

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The inauguration of the City Condominium Developers Society was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo today (20). Developing condominiums facilities and related construction work is conducted by this society. Working efficiently in finding solutions for matters related to the industry, exchanging information related to industry, representing all local organizations at events…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Government is paying close attention to save children from various menaces in society, and all the parties should support in this regard to the Government unconditionally. The Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Children) National Programme is a prominent step towards that vision, the President said that adding the main objective…

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The Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that they are ready to provide required technical assistance in utilizing satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change on the country’s rice production. The Director General of the IRRI Dr. Matthew Morell made these remarks when he and his delegation met with…

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The book “Hela Wari Purawatha” published by the Mahaweli Centre including the facts ranging from the starting of Sri Lankan Irrigation to Moragahakanda Development Project was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s office today(19). The book is composed as a collection of contribution of 25 erudite authors who hold expertise of relevant fields of…

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The former Japanese Prime Minister Yukiyo Hatoyama, who came to the Island, met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s office yesterday (14). The former Prime Minister who engaged in a friendly conversation with the President brought back to memory the historical friendship the two countries shared with each other. President Sirisena who expressed appreciation over…

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The “Gam Peraliya” programme initiated to make a huge revolution in the development of the village will commence in the future, says President Maithripala Sirisena. This programme is conducted spending huge amount of money covering all the Grama Niladhari Divisions and its prime motive is to bring the sunrise of development to the sufferings of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and the Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation to keep the two rare elephants in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a World Heritage site until a decision is taken after formulating a proper procedure. The President further instructed the Secretary for the…

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The ‘Gama Hadana Gamana’ parallel to Gramashakthi People’s movement was launched yesterday (13) in Puttalam District under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Last evening, after the Gramashakthi progress review meeting of the North Western Province, the President visited Mahawewa-Medagoda in the Puttalam District, where he provided immediate solutions to long-unresolved developmental problems of the…

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A special commemorative celebration to felicitate the 50th anniversary of the writing of books by Sri Lanka’s renowned author, Dr.W.A. Abeysinghe was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, yesterday (12). Mr. W.A. Abeysinghe who is a writer, poet, lyric writer, translator and literary critic, has written nearly…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that steps will be taken to increase taxes imposed on imported fruits in the near future to protect the local farmers. The President made these remarks when he visited the Thalawila production village operated under Grama Shakthi People’s Movement,yesterday (13). This is the first time that a President has visited to…

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Unite irrespective of political differences to achieve success in Grama Shakthi People’s Movement – President President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to swiftly present the plan on development of 13 Islands of Kalpitiya to the Cabinet. The President further instructed the Chief Minister of the Province Dharmasiri Dasanayaka and the Minister of Internal Affairs and…

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The ‘Gramashakthiyen – Gama Hadana Gamana’ programme will be launched tomorrow (13) from the Puthtalam district under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This programme will be implemented in parallel to the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement. The ‘Gama Hadana Gamana’ programme will provide immediate solutions to the developmental problems of the villagers and its first…

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A special discussion on the Sasya Shakthi project conducted simultaneously to Grama Shakthi programme was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena , yesterday (11th of June). Selecting three thousand farmer families under the Mahaweli Development Program which is the largest multipurpose national development programme of the history of Sri Lanka implementing solar power…

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President Maithripala Sirisena vested the reconstructed and developed eastern bank conservation of the East Beira Lake and the Linear Park along Beira Lake with the public, today (June 12). The programme was implemented by the Urban Development Authority under their project to develop the water surfaces of the city of Colombo. These development activities are…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the National Economic Council(NEC) to take the essential decisions upholding the policy of the government to protect local industrialists when new initiatives are launched. President Maithripala Sirisena made these remarks presiding over the 12th meeting of the NEC at the Presidential Secretariat on June 12. During this meeting, the President discussed…

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The special ceremony to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Science College, Mount Lavinia was held under President Maithripala Sirisena’s patronage today (11th of June). The President was warmly welcomed and escorted by the students of the college, when he arrived at the school. The building constructed for the activities of the primary section and the…

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The inauguration ceremony of the 15th Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, today (11). The event hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) commenced today and it will continue until 13 June 2018 in Colombo. The APT Telecommunication/ICT Development Forum (ADF) provides a…

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A special Ifthar Celebration for Islamic devotees was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s house today (7th of June). A large number of Islamic leaders as well as Islamic devotees were present at this event while blessings were invoked for peace, and national reconciliation. President Sirisena, addressing the audience stated…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Minister of Finance to inform the relevant institutions in written not to charge the 14% of withholding taxes for the sale of Tele Dramas, rectifying the present position of charging 14% of withholding taxes when selling Tele Dramas. This tax was levied due to the wrong interpretation…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired the meeting of the Buddhist Advisory council met at the President’s office yesterday (5). Discussions were made regarding the steps to be taken on behalf of the progress of the Buddhist dispensation. Solosmasthanadipathi of Polonnaruwa Senior Anu Nayaka of Asgiri Chapter Ven.Panditha Vendaruwe Upali Nayaka Thero, Chief Registrar of Asgiri Chapter…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant authorities to prepare a draft containing a multidisciplinary programme to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in liquid milk production by the year 2025 by strengthening the local dairy industry. The President further instructed the officials to plan a targeted programme to provide a glass of milk to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena called on the people of the historic town of Kegalle to fulfill their respective duties towards the environmental conservation with a continuous programme, not limiting to that responsibility to a one day. The President further said that it is not a duty of one party, but all the citizens, including the politicians,…

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The world environment day which bears the security of human kind and animals and pronounces the importance of environment falls on 5th of June and the commemoration of world environment day will be held under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena at Kegalle tomorrow (4). “Let’s avoid the environmental pollution caused by plastic waste”…

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President hands over title deeds to 12,083 Mahaweli settlers of Mahaweli “B” and “C” Rambakan oya systems. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will take necessary actions to provide land deeds to all the Mahaweli settlers by the end of this year. He made these remarks participating in the “Randiyawara” presentation of 12,083 land deeds to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says it is not suitable to create an environment where anyone in the Judicial sector to go behind the politicians when the government is implementing the policy of upholding the rule of law. He made these remarks participating in an event to open the new court complex in Waththala, yesterday (31). President…

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