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Dr. Sarath Amunugama was sworn in as the Minister for Special Assignments before President Maithripala Sirisena today (Oct. 23) at the Presidential Secretariat. Acting Secretary to the President Mr. Sumith Abeysinghe was also present at this occasion. Dr. Amunugama has held several portfolios including Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Deputy Minister of Finance & Planning.  

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Oct. 22) appointed two new members to the National Police Commission, in accordance with the recommendations made by the Constitutional Council. The two members are senior administrative officer Thilak Kollure, who served as secretary to several Ministries and former Inspector General of Police Frank de Silva.  

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the government wants to take opinions of all parties into consideration for establishing a mechanism to investigate into the allegations of human rights violations and the proposed mechanism would be within the provisions of the Constitution. Addressing an all-party discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on the current proposals of the United…

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Steps will be taken to hold a National Environmental Conference in Sri Lanka at the beginning of next year, President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President further said that all those who love the environment, including the environmental scientists, writers, literates, University students, school students can participate in this Conference. He made these remarks participating at…

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Four new Ministers of the Uva Provincial Council were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena, at the Presidential Secretariat, today (22).  The Governor of Uva Province – M. P. Jayasinghe also participated in the event. Newly appointed Ministers for the Uva Provincial Council: Mr. Chamara Sampath Dissanayake, Chief Minister of the Uva Province- Minister of…

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An all-party meeting to ascertain opinions of the leaders of political parties about how the Sri Lankan government should act regarding Geneva Proposals, will be held today (Oct. 22) at 5.00pm at the Presidential Secretariat. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader R. Sambandan and representatives from 21 parliamentary political parties will attend this meeting. Three…

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A group of representatives of the World Alliance of Religions‘ Peace Summit met President Maithripala Sirisena today (Oct. 21) at the Official Residence of the President. The representatives commended the program carried out by the new government led by President Sirisena to build peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and extended their best wishes for…

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Will not allow any room to tarnish image of people who are involved in war victory President Maithripala Sirisena said that the responsibility of building national reconciliation in the country, will be fulfilled as a government with a great commitment while ensuring mutual understanding and trust among all communities. He made these remarks , speaking…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is ahead of other countries in South Asia in protecting environmental standards. “My aim is to take Sri Lanka at least to 25th position of the Index of Protecting Environmental Standards, from its current position of 69”, he added. The President was addressing the 9th Annual Summit of the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena expressed deep appreciation to China for providing continuous assistance for development of Sri Lanka. He made these remarks when he met with a group of senior delegation of the Communist Party of China, headed by the Party’s Deputy Leader and the Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the Inspector General of Police to carry out a proper investigation regarding the disappearance of Police Sergeant Mr. Gunathilaka who worked in special raid unit of the office of Deputy Inspector General of Police in Vavuniya. The President gave this instruction to the Inspector General of Police Mr. N. K. Illangakoon,…

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Objective of the current government is to build the country with physical resources as well as spiritual development, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out the need to inculcate people with righteous life style as taught in Buddhism and all other religions. The President made these remarks at the meritorious ceremony to open the newly…

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“The Sri Lanka Air Force, demonstrating its specific skills, weakened the enemy by attacking them directly when the Army and Navy were facing difficult situations in the operation to eradicate LTTE terrorism in the last few decades”, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President made these remarks participating at the passing out ceremony of commissioning Cadet…

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The new Government is committed to develop the country while winning the confidence of all communities in the country, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He further said that the government has received enormous support in this regard in nationally as well as internationally. Development programs of the new government will be implemented with vigorously from next…

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President Maithripala Sirisena symbolically presented medals to the athletes of Polonnaruwa who won medals at Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Tournament – 2015, yesterday (Oct. 18) at the Presidential Residence in Polonnaruwa. Eighteen (18) athletes out of twenty nine (29) who participated in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Tournament – 2015 were succeeded in winning medals. In a significant…

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“Pibidemu Polonnaruwa (Awakening of Polonnaruwa)” District Development Project was commenced today (Oct. 17), under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President, symbolizing the commencement of the project laid foundation stone to a new class room building of Aralaganvila, Vilayaya Madya Maha Vidyalaya. Under the five year development project “Siya Vasaka Dura Dakina Pas Vasaka…

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President Maithripala Sirisena pledged to construct a new storage facility for paddy in Medirigiriya area due to the inadequate storage facilities in the area. The President also promised to provide few generators to hospitals and water purification centers in the Polonnaruwa District. The president made these comments during the Polonnaruwa District Development Committee meeting held…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that all the institutions, Ministers and MPs and officials, including Provincial Councils, Local Governments and the Urban Development Authority must work unitedly to implement the  proposals included in the Kandy city development plans by various institutions. The president made these comments during the Kandy District Development Committee meeting held at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government will take every possible step to provide a quality health service to all its citizens by overcoming the challenges in the field of health. He made this observation participating in ceremony to declare open the new seven- storey ward complex at the Kandy General Hospital, today (15). The…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed officials to take immediate action to construct a new two-storey building  to accommodate  cancer patients at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital. The President further said that he will take steps to allocate funds in this regard within next two weeks. The president made these comments during the Anuradhapura District Development Committee meeting…

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A discussion on regulating the use of alternatives for asbestos, chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena was held today (Oct. 14) at the Presidential Secretariat. The government’s attention is paid on the alternatives for asbestos, after the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to ban the use of asbestos from 2018. The discussion was based on…

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President Maithripala Sirisena invited university lecturers to get together with commitment to serve the country with their knowledge, understanding and professional experience, irrespective of political divisions. The President made this appeal during a special meeting he had with university lecturers yesterday (Oct. 13) at the President’s Official Residence. The meeting was organized with the aim of obtaining the assistance…

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A group of representatives of Sri Lanka Press Institute held a special discussion with President Maithripala today (Oct. 13) at the Presidential Secretariat. Attention was paid on the actions to be taken to strengthen the self regulation process of the media. Minister of Parliamentary Reform and Mass Media Mr. Gayantha Karunathilaka and the Secretary to…

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The Meeting of Senior Drug Enforcement Officials of the Indian Ocean Region commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (13) at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and the Ministry of Defence co-host the Meeting held from…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has given his consent to appoint a national level Trade Union Advisory Committee under his supervision.  The Committee will be headed by the Secretary to the President and the relevant Ministers. The President gave his consent in this regard at a meeting with the representatives of Trade Union Federation for a Just…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would take action to further increase the fund allocation for free health and free education in the country in the budget for next year. “The government has already allocated a higher amount of funds for free health and free education. It is the government’s ambition to provide better health service…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the assistance of the private sector is also expected in the new government’s national unity process which is being implemented to build trust and brotherhood among all communities in the country. “The government alone cannot build the mutual understanding and trust among the people, which has deteriorated due to the three-decade long…

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President Maithripala Sirisena worshipped Mahaweli Maha Seya in Kothmale today (Oct. 11), thus becoming the first Head of State to visit this Buddhist monument. He visited the sacred place, after participating in the ‘Vana Ropa’ National Tree Planting Ceremony held today in Kothmale. The President who arrived in the temple was warmly welcomed by the…

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Forest density in the country which is now at 29% will increase to 32% through National Tree Planting Program, to be implemented in January next year and carry out for three years, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Support from everybody including politicians is needed on this regard, he added. The President made these remarks at “Vana…

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Marking of the World Mental Health Day, the butterfly symbol badge was pinned on President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday (Oct. 10) at the official residence of the President. Director of Health Services Action Network K.K. Nanayakkara pinned the first badge on the President. The World Mental Health Day celebration was held under the theme; “Let’s…

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When the new Government work with the media ending the era of disappearances, white vans abductions and interferences of any kind , the responsibility of the media is to not to isolate the Government politically, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these observations participating at the 60th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Press Association held…

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A group of representatives of World Health Organization (WHO) met President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat. They informed the President about the proposal to hold the Regional Summit of WHO, next year in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena expressed his pleasure that Sri Lanka will be the host country for the WHO Summit. The…

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A Chinese delegation headed by Chinese vice Foreign Minister called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (Oct. 08) at the Presidential Secretariat. The President, recalling the long term friendship between China and Sri Lanka expressed his satisfaction over the fullest support extended to him, by the Chinese President and the government, during his visit to China….

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the new government would start a new program when eliminating of the poverty and building of the economy of the law income families. He added he would not let politicians to exploit the benefits of the innocent people in this country. He further stated a program will be implemented to invest…

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President Maithripala Sirisena offered “Vishishta Seva Vibhushanaya (Distinguished Service Decoration)” medals to the senior officers in the Army, Navy and Air-Force today (Oct. 08) at the Presidential Secretariat. These medals were awarded to the Senior Officers of the Regular Forces of the three services for exceptional, distinguished and loyal service. After singing the national anthem, the awarding ceremony…

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The first flag of the “flag’s sales week”, organized to mark International White Cane Day was pinned to President Maithripala Sirisena today (Oct.08) at the President’s Official Residence. President of the Organization of Visually Handicapped Graduates, Mr. Sugath Vasantha Silva pinned the first flag to President Sirisena. Mr. Silva briefed the President about certain difficulties…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said an extensive program will be implemented to provide assistance to uplift the field of sports in collaboration with all sectors. When comparing with the experiences of the last few decades, we have seen a collapse in the field of sports during the recent past, the President said, adding that the Government…

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  The supplementary estimate presented to the Parliament yesterday (06) by the Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs, included the expenditure of several ministries and institutions, including the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Plantation Industries, Home Affairs & Fisheries, Highways and Investment Promotion as well as the expenditure of the Presidential Secetariat. The attention of the…

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The first poppy flower of the Poppy Day which falls on November 08 was pinned on President Maithripala Sirisena by Sri Lanka Ex-servicemen’s Association President Brigadier K.A. Gnanaweera at the President’s official residence today (07). The first copy of “How Japan Bomb Tiny Ceylon” book written by a Second World War soldier, H.G.P. Jayasekara presented…

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Relationship between Sri Lanka and the United Nations’ Organization (UNO) was strengthened as a result of the discussions had with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon during the UNGA sessions, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He was speaking to the officials of Development Program of the United Nations who met him at the Presidential Secretariat today…

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School is the place where the child, given birth by mother is converted to a philosopher, scholar, intellectual, artist, politician and leader of the people, while teacher is the one who makes the child a true human, says President Maithripala Sirisena. It is the teacher’s main responsibility to develop the student with knowledge, disciplines, skills…

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Though there are sufficient laws and regulations related to environment preservation in development process, people act in contrary to them not because they are unaware of them, but for fulfilling their petty commercial interests and selfish private needs, says President Maithripala Sirisena. When the attention of entire world is paid on the environmental preservation, everybody should act to protect…

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President Maithripala Sirisena participated in the “Denethata Eliyak” national program to mark World Sight Day, celebrated with the aim of prevention of blindness. This program which was organized by a group of blind children, under the directive of the Health Ministry was held yesterday (Oct. 04) at Kularatne Hall, Ananda Collage, Colombo. The concert also included a series of…

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This is the best time to develop our country when all the countries in the world and international organizations do not have any animosity against us, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He said so at the inauguration ceremony of the National Program for Local Food Production, held in Iranamadu today (Oct. 05). The President pointed out that over 80…

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday (Oct. 3) visited the residence of music maestro Pandith W.D. Amaradeva in Maharagama and inquired into his well being. Pandith Amaradewa who warmly welcomed the President, commended the President’s concern about the artists. The President, recalling the memories of the songs of Pandith Amaradewa spent about 45 minutes at the…

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Domestic mechanism in accordance with Constitution We have won over international community President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (2) said that the country had achieved a great victory at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the international community expressed high appreciation of the steps taken by the government since January. He pointed out that Sri…

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to Sri Lanka this afternoon after completion of a highly successful visit to New York where he made a significant speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Vast crowds gathered at the airport to welcome the President. Several ministers received the President at the tarmac and after he was escorted to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena invited American investors to come to Sri Lanka without any fear, stating Sri Lanka is now a most suitable country for foreign investments. The President, who made an official visit to New York to participate in the 70th session of the UNGA made this invitation when he met American investors yesterday (Oct….

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I am pleased to send this message on the occasion of ‘International Children’s Day,’ marked this year under the theme, ‘A benevolent land that dazzles the world with Child-friendly environment -.’ A nation or a community of people will receive high recognition in the world through the love and care given by its people or…

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In any society, elders are the most valuable human resource. They acquire knowledge through life experiences. Since ancient times People of the East have placed the elders in a high stature in the society as well as within the family unit providing them the due respect. Sri Lankans within their extended family system have given…

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