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The swearing in ceremony of the new State and Deputy Ministers of the national government took place at the Presidential Secretariat today (September 9). The State Ministers and Deputy Ministers took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena. 19 State Ministers and 21 Deputy Ministers were sworn in. Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: State…

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President Maithripala Sirisena declared open the Air-Force Swimming Pool Complex in Ratmalana yesterday (September 8). The new state-of-the-art facility is 50 metres in length and 25 metres in width with a depth of 5.2 metres at the far end and 1.4 metres at the other end. The pool comprises of 10 swimming lanes. The facility…

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Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (09). Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: Hon. Malik Samarawickrama – Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Hon. Vijith Wijayamuni de Soysa – Minister of Irrigation and Water Resource Management Hon. Faizer Mustafa – Minister of Local Government…

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Secretary to the President Mr. P. B. Abeykoon announced the appointments of 44 new Secretaries to the Ministries today (Sep. 08) at the Presidential Secretariat. The New Secretaries received their letters of appointment from the Secretary to the President. Secretary to the Prime Minister Mr. Saman Ekanayake and the Secretary to the Cabinet Ministers Mr….

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The International Summit on Climate Change Adaptation (2015), organized by the Western Provincial Council commenced today (Sep. 8) in Colombo under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The summit, which commenced today, will continue until September 09. The representatives from 37 countries, including Africa, America, Europe, Asia and the Asia Pacific will participate in the…

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Two Chief Ministers for Western and North Western Provinces were appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena today (Sep. 08) at the President’s Official Residence. Accordingly, Mr. Isuru Dewapriya was appointed as the Chief Minister of the Western Province while Mr. Dharmasiri Dassanayake was appointed as the Chief Minister of North Western Province.

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President Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest at the 33rd National Information Technology Conference (NITC 2015)  held at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo today (07). This key annual Information and communication Technology Conference is intended to provide a forum for industry practitioners and academia, to keep up to date with current technology trends, interact with industry…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has paid special attention to the professional matters of the Government Medical Officers. The president discussed issues related to doctors when representatives of Government Medical Officers’ Association met with him at the Presidential Secretariat today (07). The Medical Officers’ Association requested the President to provide solutions to their salary anomalies in line…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the coalition of the President, Prime Minister and the Ministers is supportive to make the new political culture a reality. “The SLFP and the UNP have now got together by ending the disgraceful history caused by political divisions, to build this country removing the inappropriate things of politics and selecting appropriate…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the awareness on keeping up to date with latest medical inventions as well as medical researches and studies among medical professionals, would be of great help for the progress of mankind. The President made these observations addressing the Annual Conference of the Anesthesia Professionals, held at the National Hospital in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the members of the new cabinet has a special responsibility as they belong to different political parties but working in unison to take the country forward in the backdrop of a new political culture. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet of Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat today (Sep….

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I am a person who is on a slow journey. But I am not ready to turn back in that slow journey SLFP needs comprehensive reforms Although democracy prevailed quality of the politics declined continuously Defeat and victory of political parties are essential for sustenance of democracy Today we are gathered here to celebrate the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says, as a government he expects to initiate a project within next two years to supply purified water to the people in the areas where there is a threat of spreading kidney diseases. The President made these remarks at a ceremony to offer a water filter which has the capacity of filtering…

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Honorable Speaker, honorable Members of Parliament, It is my great pleasure to offer you the congratulations of the people of Sri Lanka and welcome you to the new parliament. You are the democratically elected representatives of the people and you have been elected in the most peaceful election held in the history of our country….

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that all the ministries and institutions must commit themselves to fulfill the responsibilities and duties bestow upon them in a perfectly satisfactory manner when engaged in the programs implemented by the Government to eradicate the drug menace from the country. He made these observations participating in a special discussion with…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who visited the Kandy City yesterday (August 30) to view the Esala Perahera, paid homage to the Temple of the Tooth relic and received blessings. Thereafter the President visited Malwathu Maha Viharaya and called on the Maha Nayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thero. The Maha Nayaka…

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President Sirisena said the Buddhist philosophy is the noblest gift we can offer to the world as a Buddhist country. He also stated the new government will implement a well-planned program to propagate the message of Buddhist philosophy to the international community. The President pointed out that a good society cannot be built only through…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would enforce strict laws from January 1, 2016 to prevent use of polythene which is a major threat to the environment and the health of the people. He added he would totally ban the production of polythene from January 1, 2018. The President made these remarks at a ceremony held…

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The Sadaham Yathra program for Nikini Poya Day was held today (Aug. 29) at Historical Uposhatharamaya Temple in Karaliyedda, Teldeniya with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President who arrived in the temple this morning engaged in religious activities. Thereafter, he met the Chief Incumbent of the temple Ven. Ketakumbure Dhammarama Thero and offered…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says even though today’s construction industry has been completely enriched with modern technology, when we utilize that knowledge in the local field of construction, we should combine it the expertise we developed in ancient times. The President further said that what we learn from historical chronicles about great creations like Lovamahapaya have…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said a special program for coast conservation and preservation would be initiated shortly. “That program will be implemented with support of every party”, he added. The President made these remarks during an inspection tour to Coast Conservation Department today (Aug. 26). President Sirisena who arrived in Coast Conservation Department in Maligawatta observed…

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A special discussion on the development work of the Deegavapi sacred place was held yesterday (Aug. 26), under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President inquired about the progress of the development work which has been implemented so far and questioned officials about the future plans in that regard. He emphasized the necessity of…

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Mr. Saman Ekanayake, who is a senior Special Grade officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, was appointed to the post of Secretary to the Prime Minister. He received his appointment letter from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (24). Mr. Ekanayake is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya in Sociology, and…

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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs,  Nisha Biswal  appreciated President Maithripala Sirisena’s initiatives towards democracy, peace & reconciliation in this country. She made these observations when She met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (25). “The government’s initiatives towards democracy, peace & reconciliation are highly satisfactory to the…

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The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that he will stand by Sri Lanka to correct the misconceptions about the country within the international community. He made these observations when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (24). The former British Prime Minister arrived in Sri Lanka recently on a…

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President Maithripala Sirisena participated in a ceremony organized to felicitate the retiring cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium today (24). Speaking on this occasion, the President appreciated the talents of Sangakkara and commend his works he had performed to promote the country’s image internationally. The President also wished him success in his future…

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Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (24). Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: Hon. Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe – Minister of Justice Hon. D.M. Swaminathan – Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement

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President Maithripala Sirisena who visited Kinniya and Sampur in the Eastern Province yesterday (Aug. 22) participated in ashirvada puja at Kali Kovil in Trincomalee. The ashirvada puja was organized by the member of Tamil National Alliance Mr. R. Sambandan. The President had cordial discussions with the devotees who gathered at the Kovil. President Sirisena also…

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People of Kinniya appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena to seek a second term to fulfill the expectations of the people. The people made this request when the President visited Kinniya and met the people there today (Aug. 22). They told the President that the development expected by them has not yet been received to their…

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A ceremony was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena to hand over the land deeds to 234 war displaced families in Sampur, today (22). During the tenure of the past government 818 acre of lands had been vested with the BOI by using a special gazette notification, but after the Hon. Maithripala Sirisena…

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President’s Coordinating Secretary, Attorney at Law Rajika kodithuwakku sworn in as a member of Municipal Council, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, before President Maithripala Sirisena today (Aug. 22). Mr. Kodithuwakku succeeds Mr. Ranjith Ponnamperuma who was in the Municipal Council, Jayawardenapura, Kotte. Mr. Kodithuwakku, who is a lawyer in profession, entered the active politics in 1999.

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The leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (21). After Mr. Wickremesinghe took oaths as the new PM, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the…

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Three new Ambassador presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (August 21). Those who presented credentials new US Ambassador Athul Keshap, Italian Ambassador Paolo Andrea Bartorelli and the Netherlands Ambassador Joanne Doornewaard. President Sirisena, referring to close bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and the countries represented by the new envoys…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would present the proposals related to national programs to be implemented for local food production, environment preservation and drug eradication, to the first cabinet meeting. He made these remarks at a meeting with the members of the Task Forces of above programs, held today (Aug. 20) at the Presidential Secretariat….

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President Maithripala Sirisena expresses his deepest sympathy over the demise of Mrs. Suvra Mukherjee, wife of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. The President sending a special Message of Condolence expressed his sympathy to the people of India and the relations of Mrs. Suvra Mukherjee, on behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. He…

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President Maithripala Sirisena extends his deepest sympathy over the tragedy made by the bomb blast outside Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok on Monday. Sending a Message of Condolence, the President stated the Government and the people of Sri Lanka strongly condemn this dastardly act, and stand in solidarity with the Government and the people of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would strongly take the drug prevention program forward, obtaining the international support. He added that new technology will be greatly utilized in this campaign. The President said he would not hesitate to strictly implement legal provisions against drug dealers, irrespective of their social status. President Sirisena made these remarks at…

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President Maithripala Sirisena in a Special Message to the Nation said the election held yesterday was the most peaceful election in the political history of this country, ever witnessed since the very first General Election held in 1947. “And you all know very well that the just concluded election was a completely a different experience….

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President Maithripala Sirisena cast his vote at Sri Vidyaloka Temple at about 2.00pm today (Aug. 17) for the General Election 2015. The President who arrived in the polling center with his children and his wife Mrs. Jayanthi Sirisena also had cordial discussions with the people there, after casting his vote. He engaged religious activities before…

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President Maithripala Sirisena pledged to hold the upcoming 2015 Parliamentary Elections in a free and fair manner. The President also said that he will create an environment where the Election Commissioner and the law enforcement officers headed by the Inspector General of Police will be able to do their duties without any undue interference. He…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will discuss with the Cabinet of Ministers and arrive at a decision to ban the importation of asbestos roofing sheets into the country by the year 2018. The President further said that he will take this decision taking into the consideration of the health and the good hygiene of…

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A discussion on the progress of the program implemented by the Central Environmental Authority to provide solutions to the garbage problem affecting most areas in the country, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (Aug. 11) at Mahaweli Center. Attention was paid on maintaining the compost centers with high quality standards established…

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The book on a historical perspective of the Presidential system by Sri Lanka Communist Party member Raja Usvetakeiyawa, ‘Dharmishta Samajayen Maithree Palanayata’ (From a righteous society to Compassionategovernance) launched under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute today (10). The keynote address at the event was delivered by the Prof….

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A special meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat today (10) to apprised the President Maithripala Sirisena regarding the establishment of a  new Faculty of Engineering and Technology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The University of Sri Jayewardenepura has initiated work to establish the Faculty to introduce Professional Education which targets job market. President…

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A special religious ceremony was held yesterday (Aug. 10) at the Thambala Jumma Mosque in Lankapura, Polonnaruwa to bless President Maithripala Sirisena. The President who arrived in the Mosque was warmly welcomed by Islamic devotees. The Islamic religious leaders, including Mavulavi Naina Marikkar held a special religious prair and blessed the President. The President also had…

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The piriven education in this country should be enhanced to build a disciplined bhikku generation with knowledge of Dhamma, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Priority will be given to boost piriven education among the actions to be taken to strengthen the religious activities with the new government to be elected from forthcoming General Election, he added….

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would comprehensively develop the historical Kandy City under a proper town plan, preserving its historical heritage. He added that he would implement the work on that after forthcoming Parliamentary Election, paying the consideration on the ideas and suggestions of all political parties, government officials and business community. The President made…

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Many areas in country was declined due to some stubborn political decisions taken during the past, without giving consideration to the ideas of scholars and intellectuals, says President Maithripala Sirisena. In taking forward a country, it is important to take into account the ideas of scholars and intellectuals of that country, he added. He made…

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The Secretary of the Ministry of Posts has been removed from his post by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Aug. 07), after considering of a complaint and recommendation for removal by Election Commissioner. The removed Secretary has been transferred to the Ministry of State Administration. Additional Secretary of the Ministry of State Administration has appointed him…

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All voters of the country have a great responsibility to elect only suitable persons to the Parliament in forthcoming General Election, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Only most suitable candidates who work for the country and safeguard the respect of the Parliament should be elected to the Parliament at the election, he added. People should do…

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