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Your Excellency, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to address you today from this majestic and historical imperial Hofburg Palace. I greatly value this opportunity to visit your beautiful country. I thank the President to the people and the government of Austria for the warm welcome accorded to me and my…

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President of Austria Mr. Heinz Fischer and President Maithripala Sirisena agreed to increase the cooperation in the economic development between the two countries as friendly nations. The two leaders came into this agreement when they held an official disvussions today (Feb. 19) at the President’s Office of Austria. President Sirisena who arrived in the President’s…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Vienna International Airport, yesterday (18) for a two-day State visit. Ambassador Dr. Bettina Kirnbauer, Chief of Protocol of Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria warmly welcomed the President at the Airport upon his arrival. When the President and the delegation arrived at the Hotel Kepmpinski…

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“We want to develop the core of a competitive economy and we’re now ready for business” said President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, addressing the Sri Lanka – Germany business forum yesterday. Marking the last event in his tour of Germany, President addressed a full house audience of Germany’s leading businesses highlighting the importance of mutual collaborations…

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Minister of Economic Affairs of Germany Mr. Gerd Muller assures that the Government of Germany would give every possible support to build the economy of Sri Lanka. He made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 18) in Berlin. Before this meeting two MoUs were signed to enhance the economic and technical…

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Sri Lanka and Germany have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and promote development activities in Sri Lanka through German assistance. The two countries signed agreements on a wide range of cooperation that covers Education, Language, Museaology, heritage and Art conservation, Higher Education, Sports. Improving access to information on the higher education…

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President Maithripala Sirisena extended an open invitation to all Sri Lankan people, who went to Germany as refugees during the conflict era, to return to the motherland to enjoy the freedom as now Sri Lanka has been turned into a country, where all people can live freely. The President extended this invitation responding to a…

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German Chancellor Dr. Anjela Merkel assures to send a high level business delegation including the Economic Affairs Minister of Germany to seek about the opportunities to improve economic investments and trade relations between Germany and Sri Lanka. She made these remarks when she met President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 17) at the Office of the…

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A special discussion on the program ‘Wasa Visa Nethi Ratak’ (A country free of poisonous substances), which is to be implemented in accordance with the election manifesto of the President Maithripala Sirisena to ensure the chemical-free farming within the next three years, was held under the patronage of Secretary to the President, P.B.Abeykoon at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who arrived in Berlin this morning (Feb. 16) visited the Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish museum in the evening. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has been built to memorize the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This, which has been designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold holds the names of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Tegal Airport in Berlin early hours of this morning (February 16). Ambassador Jurgen Christian Mertens, Chief of Protcol of the German Government and the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, including the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany, Karunatilake Amunugama welcomed President Sirisena and Madam Jayanthi Sirisena on arrival…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for Germany today (15) for a three day official visit at the invitation of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. After concluding this tour the President will leave for Austria for a two day official visit. During his visit to Germany the President also expected to obtain many economic and developmental benefits…

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday visited the Japanese cruise ship Nippon Maru, which arrived at the Colombo Port. The President also engaged in cordial discussion with the youth on board representing various nationalities and asked about their experiences on this journey. The ship, Nippon Maru carrying over 200 youth annually voyage around the world to build…

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Former Minister Reginald Cooray was sworn in as the new Governor of the Northern Province before President Maithripala Sirisena February 14 at the President’s official residence. His appointment will be effective from 16 February. Mr. Reginald Cooray began his political career as a member of the Western Provincial Council in 1988. He rendered his services…

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President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Germany on an official visit tomorrow (13).During his visit it is expected to further strengthen the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. Germany is one of economically powerful member States of the European Union and one of the largest export economies in the world. During his visit…

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President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mr. Jayantha Wijerathna,  a senior officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service as Secretary of the Ministry of City Planning & Water Supply. He received his letter of appointment from President Sirisena at Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (11). He was the Commissioner of North Western Provincial Council Secretary before his appointment as…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that the Government will not enter into any agreement , which will endanger the local economy and the culture of the country. The President pointed out that even though the political rivals spread false rumours regarding the agreement to be signed with India in the future, these are baseless allegations. He…

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A group of representatives of the Colombo Trade Association and the Federation of the coconut and Palmyrah products Co-operative Societies of the North and North West met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (11). During the discussion the representatives apprised the President regarding the issues and problems pertaining to their respective businesses. The…

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“Though the common nature of the world politics as well as national politics is that power corrupts the politician, it is the responsibility of the politician  not to be destructed from power but to use that power for the betterment of the people”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these remarks after unveiling a portrait…

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The first ticket of the lottery ‘Jathika Sampatha’ which is to be issued with the objective of further improving of the benefits given through ‘Srama Vasana Fund’ affiliated to the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, was sold to President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 10) at the President’s Official Residence. The lottery was sold…

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Indian Foreign Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj says the government of India solidly thanks Sri Lanka for its policies behind the reconciliation and the development. She says India admires the speech recently delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena in the Parliament, stating that he would take the country towards development while bringing about the peace and reconciliation…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would implement a special program to broaden the opportunities in the market for the innovations by strengthening of the innovators. He was speaking at the ceremony to present Presidential Awards for Innovations – 2016, held today (Feb. 05) at the Presidential Secretariat. The President, stating that there is an issue…

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Today we all join together to celebrate the 68th anniversary of Independence Day with pomp and glory. Since we got independence from the British Colonial rulers, we have been marking this momentous day of Independence every year and this is the 68th occasion. When we consider the day like this in 1948 and today, in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena called on the people to extend fullest cooperation to the government to fulfill the task of building the Nation by solving the issues left behind by the Colonial rulers in 1948 and the post-conflict issues that were not resolved after May 2009. Addressing the Nation on the occasion of the 68th anniversary…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the government would find opportunities for Sri Lankan security forces including tri forces to perform at a high international level by finding them more training opportunities abroad to absorb new technical knowledge available in advanced countries in the world. The President made these remarks at the passing out ceremony of commissioning…

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“All parties should get together to fulfill the responsibility to protect the environment for the well-being of all beings including humans”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out that in some cities of the industrial countries, people have to carry oxygen containers because their environment is polluted. “Nobody can neglect the timely responsibility to protect…

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The religious ceremony to present the Sannas Pathraya to the Most Venerable Professor Kotapitiye Rahula Thero who was conferred the post of the Anu Nayaka (Deputy Prelate) of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Maha Sanga Sabha of the Siam Nikaya was held today (Jan. 29) at the Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya with the participation of President…

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The launching ceremony of the Western Province Megapolis Development Plan was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, today (Jan. 29) at the Independence Square. According to this development plan, the entire Western Province, which includes the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara, will be developed as a mega town, based on the Colombo…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials to establish a Special Intelligence Unit to raid illegal drugs. Even though the officials raided illegal drugs at number of times and confiscated huge stocks, the statistics show us that the consumption of illegal drugs like heroin has not reduced, the President said. He has also…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the year 2016 will be the year of building of the economy of the country. He said a lot of programs will be implemented this year to bring about prosperous lives to all people in this country. The President made these remarks at the ceremony held today (Jan. 27) at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena extended his warm congratulations to the students who excelled at the GCE A/L – 2015. The students who won first, second and third places in biology, physics, commerce, arts, engineering technology, bio system technology and common subject stream of AL – 2015, met the President today (Jan. 27) at the Presidential Secretariat….

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The 31st Anniversary celebrations of the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital held under the patronage of President Maithripla Sirisena, today (27). President Sirisena was warmly received by the hospital staff, including the hospital Director when he arrived at the hospital premises. “The availability of healthcare facilities in a country indicates the development of a country,” the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena joined in a Physical Health promotion programme held at the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, today (27). The event was organized to mark the Sports and Physical Health promotion week from 25 to 30 of this month. The Declaration of National Health Programme was presented to the President by the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena joined in a Physical Health promotion programme held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya in Colombo, today (26). The event was organized to mark the Sports and Physical Health promotion week from 25 to 30 of this month. The programme was organized by the Ministry of Sports under the guidance and advices of…

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“Whatever abuses, insults and allegations directed to me, I am dedicated to make a similar commitment like the valiant war heroes who made sacrifices to bring about an ever lasting peace in the country”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “Some narrow-minded political extremists are accusing me stating that I am trying to break the country into…

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“To move forward as a developed nation in the world, the all Sri Lankans should join hands in peace and brotherhood”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “Whatever race and religion we belong to, we should face the world as one Sri Lankan nation”, he added. The President made these remarks at the ceremony to lay foundation…

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The inauguration ceremony of the Sports and Physical Health promotion programmes organized by the Ministry of Sports held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat premises, today (25). Accordingly, it is expected to create an energetic, enthusiastic and healthy nation encompassing the adolescent, young, adult and senior social levels of the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a lot of new investments will be initiated in the Northern Province with support of foreign investors to solve the burning problem of the unemployment among the Northern youths. “My expectation is to see every people in the North and the South living happily. The government will solve every problem of…

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“When solving the problems of the people, the responsibility of the politicians is to be committed to national goals without concentrating on the votes”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He requested the Members of Parliament to be dedicated to fulfill their responsibilities for the public properly in time, without thinking of the forthcoming Provincial Council Election…

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“The government will not interfere in any task which is opposed by Maha Sanga which provided correct guidance and advice for better governance throughout our proud history of thousands of years”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “The government is always ready to listen not only to the ideas about the bill on Bhikku Discourse, which is…

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The High Court Judge Preethi Padman Surasena took his oaths as a judge of the Court of Appeal before President Maithripala Sirisena. The event took place at the Official Residence of the President today (January 20).

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would save the country and the people from the drug menace, ignoring the income received by the government from the sale of drug and tobacco. He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the series of the programs of the 4th phase of the “Drug Free Country”, the National Program…

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State Minister of Finance- Lakshman Yapa Abeywardana has been appointed as the Co-Chairman of the Matara District Development Committee. He received his appointment letter from the President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat , on January 18.

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the ‘Bhikkhu Kathikawatha’ Bill presented to the Parliament, is not the ultimate Bill and the acceptance, rejection or amendments to it will prepare with the consent of  Nayaka Theros of the Tri Nikayas. He made these remarks addressing a felicitation ceremony to honour Bhikkhus and lay people of Amarapura Chapter as…

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A group of leading Buddhist intellectuals met President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (17).  The National Buddhist Think Tank members will provide support in building the modern Sri Lankan State, which ensures the good governance on the basis of Buddhist principles. The main responsibility of the Buddhist Think Tank is to provide…

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Despite local criticism, the entire world is blessing the program of the new government of Sri Lanka, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Therefore, what we should do today is not to waste time by giving answers to the criticisms of the political opportunists but to fulfill the responsibility, undertook for the country and the people, he…

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Final objective of all investments of the government is to build a better society, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The uncivilized and indecent behaviors in the society should not be allowed to be a problem for the future of the children, he added. The government is committed to build the future of the children of the…

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A felicitation ceremony ‘Yathiwara Harasara Pranama Pooja’ organized by the Pulathisi Maha Thera Sansadaya to bless to President Maithripala Sirisena was held today (Jan. 12) in Jayanthi Maha Viharaya, Kaduruwela. This has been organized to mark the one year completion of the presidency of President Sirisena. The Maha Sanga stated that their blessings are always…

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