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The curfew in force in the two districts of Colombo and Gampaha will continue until further notice. In other districts curfew will be effective from 8.00pm to 5.00 am daily till Saturday, May 16th. Curfew will be imposed in the entire island on Sunday, May 17th. Curfew which will be relaxed in other districts except…

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Donations of Rs. 5 million each by the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya and the Trade Association of the Rangiri Dambullu Dedicated Economic Centre were handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena and Janaka Bandara Tennakoon were also present on this occasion. Other donation made to the COVID- 19…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today reviewed the current status of the proposed “unique digital identity card”, which will be issued by obtaining bio data of all citizens only once in the life time. Individual bio data could be viewed physically as well as through the internet. The new identity card which contains the most accurate data,…

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Plantation sector has a key role to play to build the local economy Ensuring food security and promoting the agricultural export market Value addition and maintaining a high grade for exports “By working towards a target, the plantation sector has the potential to be a significant contributor to the National economy,” stated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa….

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa tells officials to focus on rapid development of several main cities in the country including Colombo. A discussion centered on infrastructure and urban development was held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (11) with the participation of Ministry Secretaries, officials of the entities affiliated to the Urban Development Authority, officials of Road Development…

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New Secretaries have been appointed to 07 Cabinet Ministries. They are: Ms. S. M. Mohommad Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Legal Reforms Mr. J. J. Rathnasiri Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government Mr. S. Hettiarachchi Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Mr. H. K. D. W. M. N. B. Hapuhinna…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stressed the importance of perseverance without faltering in the battle against COVID-19 while maintaining public life and economy alive at the same time. The President noting that the entire country has commenced economic activities emphasized that no room should be left for a famine to follow the pandemic. The President stated…

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In the two districts of Colombo and Gampaha curfew will be in force until further notice. In other districts including Kalutara and Puttalam curfew will be effective only from 8.00 pm to 5.00 am daily from tomorrow, Monday, May 11th until further notice. Resumption of civilian life and work while curfew is in force in…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participated in the all-night Pirith Chanting Ceremony organized to celebrate Vesak day held at the Gonapola Olaboduwa Historical Rajamaha Viharaya in Horana yesterday(May 07). The President visited the Chief Incumbent of the Vihara, Ven. Uduwe Hemaloka Thera and engaged in pleasantries. Consequently, the president and the first lady engaged in religious rituals…

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The Sri Lanka Foreign Service Association donated Rs.2.8 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to help the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena also participated on this occasion. The Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Fund, Mr. Janaka Ranawaka in Rathnapura and the Ratnapura District Medical Officers’ Association donated Rs. One million, Rs.100,000…

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Presidential Task Force entrusted with formulating a new economic model Multi-pronged approach to uplift tourism industry Plans to stop foreign exchange outflow for higher education Domestic production of medicine to be expanded Steps to attract more investments instead of loans President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is optimistic that the economy adversely affected by the COVID – 19…

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The Buddhists in Sri Lanka, together with fellow Buddhist brethren the world over, celebrate the Vesak, their supreme religious festival, with much religious fervour and enthusiasm. Since ancient times, it has been the practice to spend the period of Vesak indulging in religious observances with the fervent veneration of the Buddha. This year, like the…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed in depth the mechanism in place to resume day-to-day life and work in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam from 11th of May onward, at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (5).  He said that both public and private sector entities should re-commence their work while strictly…

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 Further clarification   01.What are the districts where the curfew is on and at what   Curfew will be effective in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam until further notice. In the rest of the districts curfew will be on from 8.00pm o 5.00 am from today (04) till Wednesday (06). Curfew which…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa engaged in religious observances held at the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi premises in Anuradhapura yesterday (02) to obtain the blessings of this sacred Bodhi upon the country and its citizens. The President who visited the Anuradhapura sacred city met with the Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr.Pallegama Siriniwasa Nayaka Thero and received his blessings….

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While the curfew is in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, the resumption of civilian life and state and private sector activities will begin from Monday, 11th May. In order to ensure return to normalcy in civilian life and to revive the economy including continuous provision of essential services in these districts,…

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MESSAGE I wish to make use of this occasion of the International Workers’ Day to salute and pay my respect to the working masseswho are making boundless sacrifices in the face of challenges before the nation caused by COVID – 19 outbreak. Many were the challenges we faced and overcame throughout history. In each such…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is considering the possibility of using digital technology as a medium to exchange data among the farmer, consumer and supplier. Secretaries to the Ministries of Agriculture, Internal Trade, Consumer Welfare, Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture and several other officials including officials of Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute held an explorative…

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The curfew which will be re-imposed at 8.00pm tomorrow, Thursday the 30th April, in the districts other than the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam, will continue till 5.00 am on Monday, the 4th May .

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 “Sri Lanka is a special friend of China.  We have long standing and cordial relations between the two countries.  When we faced COVID- 19 disaster recently, Sri Lanka stood with us. China is willing to return that goodwill in the form of fullest cooperation to revive Sri Lanka’s economy in the post-COVID – 19 period”,…

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Most Ven. Dr. Dewalegama Dhammasena Nayaka Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Tissamaharama  Sadagiri Ubaya Raja Maha Viharaya and the Chief Sanghanayaka of the Hambantota District donated Rs.1.5 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (29). The Executive Association of SriLankan Airlines and the Xiaomi Sri Lanka Donated Rs. 2 Million through…

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President Gotabaya Rajapksa met with the Maha Nayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhrama Maha Sanga Sabha Most Ven. Dr. Iththapana Dhammalankara Thero and His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Presidential Secretariat today (28) and exchanged views on several current issues. Inquiring about the current progress of the COVID – 19 prevention activities, both…

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A discussion to identify measures that need to be taken to ensure health security at military camps was held at the Presidential Secretariat today (27) under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and with the participation of retired security chiefs and medical experts. A new special Presidential Task Force headed by the Governor of the…

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With corporate and individual donations and direct donations, the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund‘s balance has now surpassed Rs. 866 million. The Chief Incumbent of the Mihinthala Rajamaha Viharaya, Ven. Walahahengunawewa Dhammaratana Thero handed over Rs. 01 million to the Fund. Recent donations made to the Fund included Rs. 01 million by…

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In order to facilitate officers of the security forces who are on leave to report back to their respective camps, an island-wide curfew has been imposed tomorrow (Monday), the 27th of April. Curfew in other districts except the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam will be lifted at 5.00am on Tuesday (28) and will…

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Regulations to maintain normalcy in civilian life during curfew period The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam will remain in force till 5.00am on Monday, May 04th. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 5.00am on Monday, the 27th April and will be re-imposed at 8.00pm on the…

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Country should learn to be courageous during a disaster Measures to celebrate Vesak using electronic media Govt. requested to assist to develop unutilized lands belonging to temples Maha Sangha says President will be remembered as a leader who saved the country twice President invites Maha Sangha for a meeting on 3rd Friday every month  …

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With corporate and individual donations and direct donations, the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund‘s balance has now surpassed Rs. 822 million. The Chief Incumbent of Gatambe Rajopavanaramaya in Peradeniya Ven. Kappitiyagoda Siri Wimala Thero handed over Rs. 01 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Recent donations made to the Fund included Rs. 10…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Presidential Task Force in charge of Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication. It has been established under the powers vested in the President by the Constitution. The Task Force is responsible for reviving the economy and eradication of poverty while paying special attention to the challenges posed and opportunities emerged…

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Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited donated two buses worth Rs. 20 million to support COVID-19 combat operations. The management of Toyota Lanka (Private) Limited handed over the two buses to the Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera and Principal Advisor to the President, Lalith Weeratunga at the Presidential Secretariat, today (22). Minister of Health, Pavithra Wanniarachchi,…

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With corporate and individual donations and direct donations, the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund‘s balance has now surpassed Rs. 785 million. The donations made to the Fund today (21) were Gemunu Watch Ex-Servicemen’s Regimental Association Rs.50,000, Association of Licensed Aircraft Engineers Rs.1.5 million,  Rs. 5 million each by GlaxoSmithKline plc and Wijaya…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the vitality of taking measures to provide essential services effectively with the participation of limited number of personnel once the curfew is lifted. President also instructed the officials to plan both public and private sector services in a people-friendly manner. President issued these directives at a meeting with the Secretaries to…

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We will not let extremist violence to raise its head again Exactly a year ago, on April 21st, 2019 a group of extremists, bent on a macabre agenda unleashed a sequence of terror targeting Catholic churches and tourist hotels. I deeply empathize with the families of all those who lost their lives and sustained grave…

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The government decided to close down all the Liqour stores across the island until further notice.

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Curfew imposed in the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts will be extended until 5am on April 27 (Monday), the President’s Media Division said today. Previously the government had announced that the curfew in these districts will be lifted at 5 am and re-imposed at 8 pm on April 22 (Wednesday). Meanwhile, curfew in the…

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The Government has issued guidelines to heads of state entities especially in the district of Colombo as to how to resume work after the curfew is lifted on Wednesday, the 22nd April. Secretaries to Ministries and heads of Department and other organizations should meet from April 22nd to plan out future arrangements. The heads of…

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With the objective of restoring normalcy in the civilian life the Government has decided to relax the curfew imposed in order to control the spread of COVID – 19. Lifting and imposing curfew at the district level and the Police Division level within the district will be done as follows: 1.The curfew currently in force…

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The exit strategy formulated to revive the economy and to ensure the return of civilian life to normalcy which is in disarray due to the COVID – 19 pandemic will be announced during the weekend.

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A consignment of medicines donated by the Religious Advisor of the Mahakaruna Buddhist Society of Singapore Venerable Dr. K. Gunaratana Thero, Chairman of Humanity Matters Mr. Ong Keng Yong and  the Sri Lankan High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore Ms. Shashikala Premawardene was handed to the Presidential Secretariat today (16). The donation valued at…

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Balance surpasses Rs. 703 million With corporate and individual donations and direct donations, the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund‘s balance has now surpassed Rs. 703 million. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund on March 23. The Chief Administrator of the Gangaramaya Temple, Ven. Dr. Kirinde…

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Balance reaches Rs. 655 million The Management Committee of the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund met at the Presidential Secretariat today (15). The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Prof. W. D. Lakshman is the head of the committee. The Chief Financial Officer of the Presidential Secretariat Ravindra J. Wimalaweera…

The curfew currently in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara,  Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will continue until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th April and will be re-imposed at 4.00 pm on the same day. Curfew…

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Relaxing on going restrictions only on recommendations by health sector   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa chaired a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat today (15) to explore the possibility of immediate resumption of day-to-day economic activities at provincial levels in order to safeguard the national economy. Several representatives of the health sector including all the Provincial Directors…

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New Year Message I wish the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival, which is the most splendid cultural extravaganza of the nation, to be a peaceful, a joyful, a prosperous as well as a healthy period for every citizen of our country. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year that dawns with the transition of the…

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The curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara,  Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will continue until further notice. In all other districts, curfew has been extended till 6.00am on Thursday, the 16th April. Curfew in these areas will be lifted at 6.00 am on Thursday, the 16th…

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Since the provision of essential foods and rice production, storage and distribution is imperative to ensure food security, services of the owners of all rice mills have been declared an essential service under the COVID – 19 quarantine process. Rice mills owners of the country must produce rice in their respective areas using paddy stocks…

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Balance surpasses Rs. 585 million Mr. Sarath Kumara Gurusinghe, a retired teacher residing in Nugegoda donated his pension for the month April to the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Furthermore, Mr. Uyanahewage Ashoka , who has lost his visions also donated Rs. 0.5 million to the Fund. Expressing their views they said…

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Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara on 6 April, 2020 sent a letter to the Chairman of the Election Commission, Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya in response to the letters sent by the Chairman of Election Commission under the title ‘Parliamentary Election 2020 and Date of Summoning of the New Parliament’ dated 31.3.2020 and 01.04.2020. Following is the…

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A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and medical experts representing various fields was held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (09) with the aim of obtaining much needed expert medical opinion on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country promptly. During this meeting the steps that have been taken by the government, security…

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