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President Maithripala Sirisena garlanded a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the President’s Office, today (02) President Sirisena honoured Mahatma Gandhi, on the occasion of the 150th Birth Annivesary of him. He was the pioneer in the independence movement of India and world renowned as the father of the non-violence movement. A distinguished gathering, including the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says during the past three and a half years, the government has done a lot to strengthen the free education system as the future of the country and the nation depends on educated citizens. As the government is engaged in an extensive programme to strengthen the free education system, all who have…

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President Maithripala Sirisena extended heartfelt condolences to the people and the government of Indonesia over the loss of several hundred lives and the severe damage sustained by the tsunami that hit Dongala regency in Central Sulawesi of Indonesia. The President in a message to his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo stated that ‘It is with profound…

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The inaugural event of the Professional Dialogue, which was organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the Urban Development Authority (UDA), was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, yesterday (02). UDA’s mission is to promote and to regulate the urban development process in order to facilitate the growth of the economy,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that all responsible parties must pay serious attention to the challenges faced by children in today’s society, in the same manner we talk about the rights and privileges of the children on World Children’s Day. He made these remarks participating in the Annual Prize Giving ceremony of the Rewatha National School…

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the country today (30) after successfully concluding his visit to New York, USA where he attended the 73rd sessions of the UN General Assembly. The President left for New York, US to attend the 73rd General Assembly of the UN on September 23. This was the fourth time that President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres about Sri Lanka’s progress in strengthening democracy, rule of law, media freedom and reconciliation. He said this during a meeting at the UNSG’s office on the 27th Floor of United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President said that during the last three and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the imperative need to tackle the issue of indirect and insidious advertising of alcohol and alcohol products through cross border social media and entertainment channels digital marketing. Government’s find it extremely difficult to control these. In his speech to the ‘Alcohol, NCDs and Sustainable Development’ at the United Nations today (September…

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Sri Lanka signed two agreements with the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) on the Sidelines of the ongoing 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, yesterday (26). The purpose of these agreements is to develop the fields which are directly linked with the social development of the country. Accordingly, agreements were signed to establish…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held an important discussion with a leading institute in Washington about health and food habits of Sri Lankan people and the possibility of formulating a policy to ensure healthy food intake to minimize malnutrition. This was discussed when Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Shenggen Fan called on him…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the government is always fully committed to safeguard the honour, dignity and respect of war heroes from the top generals to the last private soldier and they would be provided with every privilege. He said this while addressing the Sri Lankans living in United States at the Sri Lanka Permanent…

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Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed praised Sri Lanka’s steady progress and assured continued cooperation. He said this during a meeting with President Maitthripala Sirisena at the Hotel Plaza in New York today (September 26). The two leaders exchanged pleasantries and Dr Mohamad recalled earlier meetings between them, particularly about a meeting in Kualalumpur in…

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand with His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and Mrs. Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari Sirisena during a photo opportunity prior to the Diplomatic Reception Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the Lotte New York Palace in New York. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a reception for all the visiting Heads of State to the 73rd Session of the United Nation General Assembly today (26) in New York Palace hotel. President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena were given a warm welcome by the US President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective and consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law and extend the fullest support to the build a progressive, democratic, free and equal society. Addressing…

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United States will provide a US$ 480 million grant to Sri Lanka for several development projects. This was assured to President Maithripala Sirisena by the Chief Operation Officer of US Government owned Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC), Brock Bierman today (Sep 24) when he called on the President at the Lowes Regency Hotel in New York….

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President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the world leaders to emulate Nelson Mandela, who showed the correct path by his humanitarian qualities and the love for the people. Addressing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly today (24 September) at the UN Headquarters in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York this morning (September 23) to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and other important events. He was received by Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr Rohan Perera and officials of the Mission. The President, who…

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President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for New York today (September 22) to address to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday (September 25). This will be his fourth consecutive annual address to the world body. This year’s theme of the UNGA Session is, “Making the United Nations Relevant to All…

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As a President who knows the woes and worries of the common people, he is always ready to deliver on the expectations of those who are tolerating great hardships says the President. President Maithripala Sirisena said this addressing the audience in Kurunegaladistrict to distribute land deeds yesterday (21). A national program has been launched to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government has allocated Rs. 9000 million to provide dry ration to nearly 422,000 people who have been affected by the prevailing drought situation in several districts of the country. The President made these remarks participating in the inaugural ceremony of the commencement of renovation works of the Nabadagasdigiliya tank…

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President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out that the number of chronic kidney disease patients are decreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programmes implemented by the government to prevent kidney disease spreading in the country. President Sirisena further said that the innocent people in the country subjected to this disease and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant authorities to take immediate steps to provide necessary relief measures to the people affected by the prevailing drought situation in several districts of the country. The President, following a discussion held with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, has allocated Rs. 9000 million for these relief…

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Every government that has come to power since 1947 has used the people’s representatives in the North and the East to safeguard their own powers, and on the other hand did not take actions to create an environment to for an appropriate political representation that could solve the economic and development issues of the people…

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A programme for the renovating dilapidated tanks in the Anuradhapura district under the Cascaded Tank-Village System will commence tomorrow (21) near the Mahawilachchiya, Nabadagasdigiliya tank under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. 17 tanks in Mahawilachchiya and Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat Divisions have been selected to renovate under the first phase. In parallel to this event…

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The ceremony to vest the Gomarankadawala Bakmeegama tank which is renovated under the ‘Sirisara Pivisuma’ project with the public and the opening of the 30 km long Elephant Fence which is constructed as a pilot project in Gomarankadawala area to provide a solution for the age old human elephant conflict, will be held under the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the future budget suggestions will consider in eradicating the barriers faced by exporters. The government is constantly interfering in empowering the parties related to the export field and to solve their issued as exports is an important field in strengthening the national economy, said the President. President Maithripala Sirsena made…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says all must unite to fulfill the national responsibility on the National Tree Planting Week by planting at least a one tree in every house. The President pointed out that the main factor which determine the survival of our future is the forest cover of our country and all the citizens, including…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a great patriot like Anagarika Dharmapala will be the people’s aspiration for today as well as for tomorrow like it was in the past. The President further said that they have experienced how some people fulfill their responsibilities when they are given the obligation, and the true voices raised by great…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that at the outset, the Parliament must be an example of efficiency as a country that is moving towards the development goals. The efficiency of the Parliament has an impact on the efficiency of the public service and when achieving the development targets the efficiency of all these sectors are important….

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President Maithripala Sirisena says all must fulfill their respective duties to preserve the Ozone Layer, which is a wonderful creation of the nature to ensure the survival of the earth and its creatures. He made these remarks addressing the National Ozone day celebration held at the BMICH, today (17). Expressing his views, the President further…

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There is a clear progress in the field of Agriculture today in the country and the current government has accomplished a considerable amount of work with regard to agricultural development in the past three years which no other previous government had done. President Maithripala Sirisena made these statements participating in the closing ceremony of 30th…

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The Sri Lanka national netball team who won the Asian Netball Championships called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (13). The President, appreciating the talents of the sportswomen, extended his best wishes. President Sirisena expressed his gratitude for the sportswomen for bringing honor and fame to the motherland, displaying significant talents at…

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At the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, President Maithripala Sirisena will announce a set of new proposals for consideration at the March 2019 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR). He will also submit these proposals to the United nations Secretary General António Guterres as well as…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says it is essential to make the transportation service a pleasant one to the public. The President said this at a discussion held at the President’s office regarding the maintenance of a regular transportation service and uplifting the quality of the public transportation service. Long discussions were held in order to monitor…

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The State Literary Awards Ceremony 2018, an occasion to give due accolades to the literati who enrich the field of literature in Sri Lanka with their creations, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH, yesterday (11). Many authors received awards at this ceremony for their great contribution for the advancement…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the present government has been able to make the programme of providing a safe house with all the basic facilities to every family in the country a reality due to the housing policy implemented with a clear national plan. He made these remarks participating in the ceremony to vest the Lake…

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The first flag to launch the Flag Week to mark the National Prisoners’ Day which falls on September 12 was pinned on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (Sep. 11). The Prisoner’s Welfare Association organizes this event annually to raise funds for the welfare of the prisoners and their family members. The Project…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the education syllabus must teach not only how to pass examinations but also how to lead a contended life. He said this at the Kotawaya Maha Vidyalaya in Hambantota where he vested the newly constructed two-storied Building and the new Technology Laboratory with the students. On arrival at the school,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government has entered into a sustainable development approach which would eradicate the dependent mentality, enabling our people to build a nation which can stand on its own feet. President Sirisena has pondered on this fact participating in the inaugural event on providing new samurdhi benefits under the samurdhi funds…

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Nivithigala Dela Central College was renamed as Dela Royal College and the students were vested with a new Indoor stadium, laboratory plus other facilities under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (Sep 8). The new facilities for the school was provided by the Western Provincial Ministry of Education under the project ‘Nearest School is…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the laws to give stern punishments will be implemented in the future against the people who engage in ragging incidents while properly implementing the Prohibition of Ragging Act. The President further said that this could not be allowed to happen in universities destroying the future of the university students and said…

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President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the leaders of the states in the Bay of Bengal Region to take collective steps against drug menace narcotics smugglers use ocean routes for drug smuggling. Addressing the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), he drew the attention of the leaders…

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Indian PM highly praises commitment of President Sirisena for the democracy The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said that he deeply appreciates the commitment made by the President Maithripala Sirisena to achieve reconciliation and sustainable peace while ensuring democracy and freedom in Sri Lanka. These remarks were made when President Maithripala Sirisena, who is…

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Leaders of Sri Lanka and Myanmar agreed to further strengthen the economic and trade relations between the two countries with a new approach while activating the Sri Lanka- Myanmar Joint Trade Agreement. These remarks were made when President Maithripala Sirisena, who is in Nepal to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left Colombo this morning (Aug 29) to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), which will be held from tomorrow until 31 August in Kathmandu. The Presidents of Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the Prime Ministers of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena, who left for Nepal to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, today (29). The President was received by the Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel and senior officials. A guard…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says there is no differentiation or discrimination in the development of the country and the responsibility of delivering development benefits for the people living in the Northern and Eastern provinces will be fulfilled. The President further said that the assistance of the all the people’s representatives in the province as well as…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired the first meeting of the Special Presidential Commission to review Public Sector Salaries at the Presidential Secretariat, today (27). During this meeting appointment letters to the members of the Commission were presented and the future plans of the Commission were reviewed. The President appointed this Special Commission to make recommendations to…

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