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President Maithripala Sirisena says attention should be paid on ensuring speedy justice to the people who seek the assistance of the judiciary. He added that we have also to consider the cost incurred to those who seek legal redress. The President made these remarks at the launching ceremony of the book “Yali Mevena Aparadayak (A…

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  We will fulfill our duties and responsibilities with honesty towards all the citizens of the country as well as for the future generation to build a prosperous country with a strong economy, while strengthening national reconciliation in the country and ensuring a non-recurrence of the past events that led to the conflict, stated President…

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Mr. Upali Delton Samaraweera sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Uva Provincial Council Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, Lands, Animal Products and Clean Water Fishing. He was sworn in today (Dec. 03) at the President’s Office in the Parliament complex. Mr. Samaraweera who is an UNP Member of Parliament from Badulla District, was the…

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Mr. Kankanithanthri Chithrasiri and Mr. Nalin Jayalath sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena, as a Supreme Court Judge and Acting Chairman of the Court of Appeal respectively, today (Dec. 03) at the President’s Office in the Parliament complex. Secretary to the President Mr. P B Abeykoon was also present at this occasion.    

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President Maithripala Sirisena thanked all the Government and Opposition Members of the Parliament who contributed to passing the 2016 Budget in Parliament today (02). The second reading of the 2016 Budget was passed in Parliament with a majority of 107 votes. The President also visited the parliament today to hear the second reading debate on the budget.

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Sri Lanka today (Dec. 01) after participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – 2015 held in  Malta and the United Nations Conference on Climate Change – 2015 held in France. At the CHOGM, he handed over the position of Chair in Office of Commonwealth to Maltese Prime…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who left for France to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, arrived inCharles de Gaulle Airport in France today (Nov. 29). The President was warmly welcomed by the Sri Lankan Ambassador in France and the relevant officials at the airport.   The leaders of the member countries of the United Nations will…

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The Commonwealth Youth Council conferred Award of Appreciation on President Maithripala Sirisena in recognition of his outstanding support and contribution to the Young People in the Commonwealth. The award was presented to the President by Mr.Ahmed Adamu – Chairperson of Youth Council in, Malta. Siromi Wathsala Samarakoon,Tharika Dileepani ,Mohomed Husni, are also present.

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President Maithripala Sirisena met Prime Ministers of Canada and Australia on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta today (November 28). President Sirisena congratulated Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull for their electoral victories in Canada and Australia respectively. During his meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, President Sirisena recalled the  excellent bilateral…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who participated in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Malta, will leave for France tomorrow (Nov. 29) to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change – 2015. The conference will be held in Le Bourget, France form 30th of November to 11th of December, 2015. This is the 21st Conference of the…

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British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed deep appreciation for the steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena in the last 10 months to strengthen democratic values, human rights and reconciliation. He said Britain is ready to provide additional assistance to Sri Lanka to carry forward these tasks. President Sirisena and PM Cameron held a bilateral discussion…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said he is fully satisfied with the accomplishment of goals set at the last CHOGM in Colombo during the period of last two years when Sri Lanka was the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth. Addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta today (November 27), he said that the progress made in areas…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Malta this morning (Nov. 26) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – 2015, to be held at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu from November 27-29. He was accompanied by Madam Jayanthi Sirisena and several officials. President Sirisena, who is the current Chair-in-Office in the Commonwealth, was received at the Malta…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left for Malta this morning (Nov. 26) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (GHOGM) – 2015, to be held at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu from November 27-29. Ministers, Mangala Samaraweera and Sagala Ratnayake have already arrived in Valetta, Malta to participate in CHOGM Foreign Ministers Meeting and Economic Forum respectively. President Sirisena, who…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Finance Minister to reinstate the reduced tax on beer less than 5% alcohol content. The tax on low alcohol beer was reduced in the budget 2016 recently to avoid discrepancy of tax in the importation of beers. The President has given this instruction, paying attention on the possibility to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena appointed three Directors for special projects and a special project officer today (Nov. 25) at the Presidential Secretariat. Accordingly, Mr. Jagath Pushpakumara received his appointment as the Uva Province Project Director while Mr. Erick Prasanna Weerawardena was appointed as the Project Director of Central Province. Mr. Shantha Bandara received the appointment as…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says persons who accomplished the revolution can defeat the counter-revolution. “We should make an attempt on what we should do at present and for what we do for the future by not forgetting the memories of November Revolution”, he added. The President made these remarks at the launching ceremony of the book ‘Great November Revolution’, written…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the contribution of the state sector as well as private sector in the programs to achieve the progress in the field of renewable energy, is essential. He pointed out that Sri Lanka a great potential to generate renewable energy, given abundance of natural resources in the country. “It is essential to encourage and inspire the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the aim of the new government is to end the competition for school admissions of children soon. He said the new government’s objective is to develop human and physical resources by providing similar privileges and facilities to all the schools. He added the government has allocated a huge amount of funds…

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U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power commended the commitment of the Sri Lankan government for a sustainable reconciliation during past ten months. She made these remarks when she called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (Nov. 23) at the Presidential Secretariat. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also participated in this meeting. Ms. Power said the new government is…

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A special Commemorative Stamp and First Day Cover issued to mark the 125th anniversary of the Great Russian play writer Anton Chekhov’s visit to Sri Lanka under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (23). Mr. Alexander Karchava, Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka presented the Commemorative Stamp and First Day Cover to the President….

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President Maithripala Sirisena planted a Na tree in the garden of the official residence of the British High Commissioner (Westminister House) to mark his last week as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office before he departs for CHOGM 2015 in Malta. President Sirisena held discussions with the British High Commissioner-James Dauris, regarding the this week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the…

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“There is no such a great character in the world history other than Mahatma Gandhi who scarified his power without keeping it to himself”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. “We can never forget his philosophy about nonviolence, democracy and equality. It gives a very valuable example for political leaders today”, he added. The President made these remarks at the…

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The reconstruction works of the Bernard Aluvihare Stadium in Matale at a cost of 240 million rupees commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (22). The Stadium will comprise of a 400 meter track, 25 meter long swimming pool, indoor stadium and many other sporting facilities. Construction work will be carried out under the guidance…

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President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a statue of Weera Keppetipola near the Matale Public Library to mark the Weera Keppetipola’s 197th birth anniversary. The ceremony was organized by the Matale Keppetipola Foundation. The statue was built to commemorate this prominent leader of the 1818 Uva- Wellassa Uprising against the British colonial government. Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, State Minister Wasantha…

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  The government is expected to take steps to conduct a Buddhist Council at the beginning of the next year for the development of Buddha Sasana of the country, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President further said that the initiatives will be taken in this regard under the guidance and advice of Sanaga Nayaka thero’ of the Tri…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the new government has allocated the largest ever fund for education from the budget of 2016, while previous governments could never allocate this much for education from their annual budgets. He said this amount is four times bigger than the fund allocation for education by former governments during last few decades….

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would make the required political, economic and social transformations in the country. He made these remarks at a ceremony held today (Nov. 21) to west the new post office complex, bus stand and public market, built in Imaduwa, with people, under the program to develop Imaduwa Town. “Even as a ten months old…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today (19) declared open newly built Atavisi Buddha Mandiraya and Bodhi Prakaraya at Sirisugataramaya, Seeduwa. The President engaged in religious observances at the Sirisugataramaya and after offering  Atapirikara to the Chief Incumbent of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara Thero declared open the Atavisi Buddha Mandiraya and Bodhi Prakaraya…

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President Maithripala Sirisena scrutinized the budget proposals for 2016 at the Presidential Secretariat today (19). Senior government leaders attended this meeting where the draft budget proposals were discussed in detail with the President. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, Governor of the Central Bank…

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The new government has identified the need of increasing the allocation of funds for the scientific researches annually as well as the need of providing sufficient physical and human resources for research purposes,  President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out, adding that the funds allocated for the scientific researches and the assistance given by the government in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presented a special cabinet paper to today’s (Nov 18) cabinet meeting regarding the abolition of executive presidency and introducing a new electoral system for its approval, thus fulfilling a pledge given in the Presidential election manifesto, under the theme “A Compassionate Maithri Governance-A Stable Country”. He  was the opposition common Candidate at…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says every action in relevant to Geneva Proposals will be taken in accordance with the Constitution of Sri Lanka. The President was speaking at the second phase of the all party meeting held today (Nov. 17) at the Presidential Secretariat. He said the all party meeting will be held according to a…

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President Maithripala Sirisena will present a special cabinet paper to tomorrow’s cabinet meeting regarding the abolishment of executive presidency and introduce a new electoral system. Announcing this, he said, “It is my expectation to introduce a new electoral system which is responsible to the Parliament, abolish executive presidency and transfer the powers of the President to the Parliament and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena granted approval to appointment new members who have been recommended by the Constitutional Council, for four commissions. The four commissions are; Election Commission, National Procurement Commission, Delimitation Commission and Finance Commission. Accordingly, Mahinda Deshapriya has been appointed as the Chairman of Election Commission. The members of the commission include N. G. Abeysekara…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says though he is fully prepared to ban the sale of liquor and cancel liquor licenses as the President of the country, but the challenge faced by the entire world is whether drugs, that has become a major social force could be banned outright. He pointed out that every country, from the strongest countries with…

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President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi on her historic landslide victory in the elections. The President also referred to her fearless campaigning for democracy in Myanmar for decades. The bilateral, religious, cultural and trade relations between our two countries are existing for over hundreds of years, he said….

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The Annual Katina Pooja of Colombo International Vipassana Meditation Centre was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and his family on November 15. President Sirisena also took part in the Dharma Deshanaya and other religious activities held at the Vipassana Meditation Centre. The President also declared open the museum which was established in…

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  “The true development of the humans is not the development achieved in technology, but become physically and mentally healthy humans”, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President made these remarks at the inauguration of the exhibition and series of lectures being held at the BMICH in line with the World Diabetes Day today (Nov.14). He participated in the…

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  President Maithripala Sirisena says as a nation that has undergone much suffering due to terrorism, Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns terrorist attacks in Paris. Issuing a message of condolence, the President states the international community must unite to collectively combat the menace of terrorism and extremism. Following is the full text of the message issued by the President; HE…

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It is time to utilize the knowledge and technical knowhow of Sri Lankan intellectuals who work abroad, to develop knowledge of the people of the country and enhance the research activities in the country, says President Maithripala Sirisena. The President was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of two days workshop for university students on the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena pledged that he would do everything possible to introduce a new system of governance by abolishing the Executive Presidency as desired by late Venerable Maduluwave Sobitha Thero. The President made this pledge participating in the cremation ceremony of the Venerable Maaduluwaawe Sobhita Thero with full State Honors, at the Parliament Grounds in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, today…

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Supreme Court Judge, Priyasad Depp was sworn in as Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (Oct. 27). High Court Judge Sriyani de Livera Tennakoon was also sworn in as an Appeal Court Judge.  President’s Secretary P. B. Abeykoon was present on the occasion.

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that solutions to the matters regarding the resettlement in the North and East must be provided while giving priority to practical issues pertaining to the resettlement process. The President gave these instructions at a special discussion on Northern and Eastern resettlement programme held at the Presidential Secretariat today (11). President Sirisena…

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Mr. Sagala Ratnayake has been sworn in as the Minister of Law and Order and Mr.D.M. Swaminathan was sworn in as Minister of Prison Reforms before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (11). Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon also was present at this occasion. The two ministers will take charge of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena visited the proposed site of the Manelwatte Nagananda International Buddhist University at Bollegala in Kelaniya today (November 10) to inspect the progress of the construction work. This international university is being built on the model of the ancient Nalanda University in India, which is considered to be the oldest Buddhist higher education…

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Deepavali is celebrated in a grand manner by the Hindus throughout the world and it also has significance to the other communities as it symbolizes the victory of righteousness over malevolence. The eternal truth we see in this Festival of Lights is that since ancient times the human civilization had an ardent desire to make the world a…

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President Maithripala Sirisena headed a discussion on the National Food Production Program held today (Nov. 09) at the President’s House. The National Food Production Program was initiated according to a concept of the President to make the country self-sufficient with food which are currently imported but can be locally produced, using every possible inch of…

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The whole nation is deeply saddened to hear of the demise of the Most Venerable Maduluwave Sobitha Thera. He was well respected by not only Buddhist community, but also every citizen of this country those belonged to different communities and religions.  The people of Sri Lanka will never forget Venerable Maduluwave Sobitha Thera and his…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is not ready to keep farmers of this country unsatisfied,  as a politician who grew with the farming community and understand their tears and joys. The President said that he is always with the farming community  according to his conscience and the Government will take every possible step to…

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