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President Maithripala Sirisena met the members of United National Party’s UK Branch, March 8, 2015. ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා සහ එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂ එක්සත් රාජධානි ශාඛාවේ සාමාජිකයන් අතර හමුවක් පසුගිය ඉරිදා ලන්ඩනයේදී සිදුවිය. ஐக்கிய இராச்சியத்தில் ஐக்கிய தேசிய கட்சி அங்கத்தவர்கள் மற்றும் ஜனாதிபதி மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன அவர்களுடனான சந்திப்பு லண்டனில் நடைபெற்றது. (Photos by: Sudath Silva)

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President Maithripala Sirisena says it is the foreign policy of the present government to win the backing of all countries by sticking to the nonaligned policy. Sri Lanka needs the cooperation of all nations in its development drive. The President says the government is in the process of promoting goodwill with the United Nations. President…

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I am pleased to send this message of good wishes on the occasion of the national celebrations to mark International Women’s Day 2015. In this modern age when there are exceptional social transformations, there is much prominence given to ensuring the rights of women, with social, economic, political and ideological changes taking place worldwide to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena arrived in London by a scheduled commercial flight, March 7, 2015, beginning a four-day official visit the United Kingdom. At the London Heathrow International Airport, the Baroness Garden of Frognal and Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner in London received the President. President Sirisena, as the Chair in…

President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena arrived in at Heathrow Airport.

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President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena arrived at London Heathrow Airport, March 7, 2015. Her Majesty the Queen’s special representative Baroness Garden of Frognal, and Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner in UK, Dr. Chanaka Talpahewa, and the High Commission staff welcomed the President and First Lady. ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා සහ ජයන්ති සිරිසේන…

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President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena left for the United Kingdom on a three-day official visit this morning. President Maithripala, as the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, will attend the Commonwealth Day Observances on the ninth. Young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in March every year…

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President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena will leave for the United Kingdom on a three-day official visit, Saturday, March 7, 2015. President Sirisena, as the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, will attend the Commonwealth Day Observances on the ninth. Young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations on the second Monday in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Nonis as the Presidential Advisor on International Affairs. Dr. Nonis studied medicine at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, University of London and also obtained a First Class Honours Degree from Imperial College, London. He spent his electives at…

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The only agreement I signed is with the people of this country, there are no other agreements with either Tamil or Muslim political parties, President Maithripala Sirisena made these comments at the Eastern District Committee meeting held at the Trincomalee District Secretariat, March 3, 2015. President pointed out the importance of building unity, peace and…

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When resolving issues, there is no differentiation as South or North and the government is fully committed resolve issues faced by people, President Maithripala stated during the Northern Province Coordinating meeting held at the Jaffna Secretariat building today. “Everyone should work in goodwill irrespective of differences” said the President. Chief Minister of the Northern Province,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that the guidance and advice of the Maha Sangha are needed for the future progress of the country. He has pointed out that a society with sound moral values should be created to build a strong nation. President Sirisena expressed these views during a ceremony, held in connection with appointment of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Inspector General of Police to strictly implement the laws and regulations on the prevention of unauthorized mining and transportation of sand. Stating that the mining and sand transportation had become a mafia, he emphasized that quick attention should be paid to prevent the environmental pollution resulted due to indiscriminate…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has emphasized the need for everyone of fulfilling his or her responsibilities. For a developing country like Sri Lanka, everyone’s service is important, he mentioned. The President made this remark speaking at the National Awards for Science and Technology Achievements – 2014 held at the Presidential Secretariat today (Feb. 27), which was…

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Political leadership has a direct impact on the progress of the Government institutions and when the politicians are honest and clean, institutions will automatically become efficient and corruption free entities, President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President made these observations at an event today to handover MV Lagoons Passenger vessel, manufactured by the Colombo Dockyard to…

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Three new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning, they are Mr. Levan Nijradze, Ambassador of Georgia, Mr. Kye Chuna Yong, Ambassador of Republic of Korea and Mr. Yi Xianliang,Ambassador of People’s Republic of China.

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Business community of Sri Lanka has set up a fund to contribute to the National Kidney Fund today. The event, which was organised by Holcim Lanka Ltd., was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Many of Sri Lanka’s business community took part in the event, which was held at the Galle Face Hotel,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a person can build up their true humanitarian spirit not with a luxurious way of life, but only through leading a hard way of life. “A person who has really experienced the sufferings, agony and the pain of life will only understand the feelings of others”, he said. President Maithripala made…

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore Mr. K. Shanmugam called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Praising the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts for development and reconciliation, he said that Singapore would continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka at international fora. Praising the efforts for reconciliation, Mr. Shanmugam said it…

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President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that his government will take every possible measure to eradicate the chronic kidney disease (CKD) that has become a challenge not only to the North Central Province, but also to the entire country. President Maithripala, speaking at a ceremony held at Mahasen Vidyalaya in Padaviya today (Feb. 23, 2015) under the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 22) assured that, as pledged during the Presidential Elections, an environment would be created where all communities can live in peace and harmony. The President made this pledge when he participated in a religious ceremony at the Kaduruwela Jummah Muslim Mosque. Chief of the Mosque, Moulavi Muthalif conducted special prayer…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special progress review meeting at the Presidential Secretariat on today, Feb. 20, 2015. The meeting was held to review the progress on the implementation of the government’s 100-day Programme and resource allocation and to receive the feedback from the senior government officials. Addressing the meeting, the President said the 100-day…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the officials of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to implement environment protection regulations impartially. The President issued this directive, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, while addressing officials of CEA at their headquarters in Battaramulla this (19) afternoon. “The duty and responsibility of all the…

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Sri Lanka and India signed four agreements/MoU during President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to India, Feb. 15-18, 2015. Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power & Energy on behalf of Sri Lanka and Mr. Ratan Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy for India signed an agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear…

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Mrs. Sirisena with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Feb. 16, 2015.  The President is on a four-day state visit to India on an invitation of Prime Minister Modi and received a  ceremonial state welcome.

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President Maithripala Sirisena & Mrs. Sirisena paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s mausoleum at Rajghat, New Delhi, Feb. 16, 2015.

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj called on President Maithripala Sirisena this (16) morning in New Delhi.

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President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled an Avalokitheswara Bodhisathwa statue yesterday (15) afternoon at Sri Lankan High Commission office complex in New Delhi. The Avalokitheswara Bodhisathwa statue dating back to 8 Century BC was found at Veragala in Anuradhapura. This is a gold plated bronze statue and its feet situated in Lalithsana and Rajaleelasana postures. Bataliya Statue…

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President Maithripala Sirisena starting his four-day state visit to India, on an invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi this afternoon. Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Mr. P.Radhakrishnan and India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Mr. Y.K. Sinha along with senior…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left the island this (15) afternoon on a four-day state visit to India on the invitation of Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi. The President travelled on a regular scheduled commercial fight, UL-195 to New Delhi. Minister of External Affairs Mr. Mangala Samaraaweera (will join in New Delhi), Ministers Rajitha Senaratne,…

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Foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners residing in Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Feb. 13, 2015. Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ajith P Perera, Secretary the President and officials of Foreign Ministry were also present at this occasion.

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The Government and people of India are awaiting to welcome President Maithripala Sirisena, who will start his official visit to India this weekend, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said. While stating that all arrangements are in place to welcome the newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Modi expressed that President Maithripala’s official…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired the discussion this afternoon (12) at the President’s Office on the issues of Indian fishermen who involve in fisheries activities in Sri Lanka’s Sea Periphery. The Maithripala was also enlightened on many issues pertaining to the fisher folk in the North. The President pledged to focus attention to solve the problems…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special discussion at President’s Office today (12) on Prevention of drug abuse. Ven.Omalpe Sobitha Thero, Ven.Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Minister of Justice Hon.Vijedasa Rajapakse, Secretary to the President Mr.P.B.Abeykone, Defence Secretary Mr.U.D.Basnayake , IGP, Commanders of forces and Government Officers also took part in this discussion.

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A set of books including 2015 EPA almanac was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena today at President’s Secretariat. Mrs. Priyanka Epa Senevirathna handed over them to the President. This is the 160th edition. It served the people of Sri Lanka and thousands of astrologers astronomical purposes for more than one and half century.

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Justice Hema Kumudini Wickramasinghe took oaths as judge of the Court of Appeal at the Presidential Secretariat this (11) morning before President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Secretary to the President Mr. P. B. Abeykoon were present at this occasion.

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President Maithripala has appointed Additional Solicitor General, President’s Counsel Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe as the new Director General of the Commission to Investigate allegations of Bribery or Corruption.  Mrs. Wickremasinghe received her letter of appointment from the President this morning.

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Health Ministry, which had remained one of the most corrupt institutions in the past, would be made one of the cleanest and transparent institutions in the country with the implementation of the new National Drug Policy Act. The President made these remarks at a meeting held with Nursing Service…

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The Nelum Pokuna Mawatha in Colombo 07 was renamed as Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha at an event held under the patronage of President Maithripala this (10) morning. A part of Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha was named Nelum Pokuna Mawatha by the previous Government on December 15, 2011, following the opening of the Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre….

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A Presidential Commission will be appointed within the coming week to probe into financial malpractices, corruption and frauds of the previous Government, President Maithripala stated at a public event held in Aralaganwila, Feb. 10, 2015. The President acknowledging the delay in investigating corruptions, said that he would now take steps in line with the powers…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the 50th anniversary celebration of the Polonnaruwa Royal College this (09) morning. Polonnaruwa Royal College is one of the alma maters of President Maithripala, where he gained his secondary education. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the President also planted a sapling at the school premises. During his visit to Polonnaruwa…

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The need of the hour is to meet our targets to the best of our abilities without wasting time, thinking of the challenges of tomorrow, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President Maithripala Sirisena was addressing a felicitation ceremony held at the Nittambuwa Public Grounds on Sunday (08) to express his gratitude to the people of Siyane…

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Attorney-at-Law Upul Jayasuriya has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Investments of Sri Lanka by President Maithripala Sirisena. A student of Royal College Colombo, Upul Jayasuriya joined the Attorney General’s Department as a state counsel in 1978. In 1978, he was also appointed as the First Legal Adviser of the Greater Colombo…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has pointed out that a major part of the pledges given to the people had been honoured within a short span of three weeks. The President who met the Government and Semi Government Trade Union Collective on Friday (06), emphatically mentioned that the main target of his Government was to restore all…

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Assistant Foreign Minister of China and Special Representative of the Chinese President, Mr. Liu Jian Chao, called on President Maithripala Sirisena this morning at his official residence in Colombo. Currently on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka, during the meeting, Mr. Chao conveyed the Chinese government’s congratulatory message on President Maithripala’s victory. The Chinese…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today met family members of Mr. Shantha Dodangoda, who was shot to death at Kahawatte on January 5 while preparing the stage for a public meeting for Presidential Election. Mr. Dodangoda was setting up a stage for a propaganda meeting of Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena offered his sympathy to Mr….

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the 67th Independence Day Celebrations at the Parliament Ground premises this (4) morning. More photographs here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maithripalasirisena/sets/72157650234495419/

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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia U.S. Department of State, Mrs. Nisha Biswal, called on President Maithripala Sirisena  at the Presidential Secretariat, Feb. 2, 2015.

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Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka, Mr. Nobohito Hobo, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, Feb. 2, 2015.

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Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, who is on a three day official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Feb. 2, 2015.

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