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President Maithripala Sirisena who is in New York to participate in the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly met Pakistani Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister of Malta Mr. Joseph Muscat yesterday (Sep. 26) at UN Headquarters. During the meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, attention was paid on political matters pertaining to two…

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka.

The new President of Sri Lanka Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has won the trust of entire world, says UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Lot of countries have come forward to give helping hand to Sri Lanka’s way forward, he added. The UN Secretary General made these remarks at a special meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena at the UN Headquarters…

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The 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commenced today (Sep. 25) at the UN Headquarters in New York. Inaugurating the session for 2015, the summit on Sustainable Development was begun with the key note address by the Pope Francis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Presidents of the two host countries as well as representatives…

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By fulfilling the President’s promise to provide solutions to the issues of Weli-Oya farming community a water filter was offered to them yesterday (Sep. 24) by Commander Security Forces Wanni, Major General Boniface Perera. President Maithripala Sirisena made an observation visit to Weli-Oya colony in July to seek about the issues faced by the farming community there. When…

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I am pleased to send this message of greetings on the occasion of the celebrations of Eid-Ul-Alha, the festival of Hajj by the Islamic community of Sri Lanka, together with their brethren the world over. The Festival of Hajj is the most important annual event of the Muslims in the world, in which they pray to emphasize the…

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German Foreign Minister Mr. Frank Walter Steinmeier says Germany would lead the European Union to revive the GSP+ Relief to Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister who is on an official visit in Sri Lanka stated that he would take action on that regard, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka. Mr. Steinmeier made…

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The government of Sri Lanka has declared September 21 St to 27th as Maritime & Naval Week. Marking the commencement of the Week a souvenir and a badge presented to the President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence today (Sep.21). These souvenirs were presented to the President Sirisena by Mr. Rohan Masakorala, President of…

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The national ceremony to mark International Coastal Clean-up Day which falls on the 3rd Saturday of September, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (Sep. 19) at the Galle Face Beach. Coastal Cleanup Day is dedicated to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas throughout the world. It purports to be the largest volunteer…

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Four ambassadors who were newly appointed to Sri Lanka presented credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena today (Sep. 18) at the Presidential Secretariat. The New ambassadors are from Icuador, Algeria, Norway and Turkey. Following are the ambassadors appointed; 1. Mr. Mentor Patricio VillagomezMerino – Ambassador of Ecuador 2. Mr. Hamza Yahia Cherif – Ambassador of Algeria 3. Mr….

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the international would have insisted on hard strictures and conditions on Sri Lanka in the Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, if not for the change of government in Presidential Election of January 8 this year. The indications were that the UN body would have named some people as perpetrators of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would open a discourse on enforcing of punishment for the convicts of heinous crimes. He says though he has powers to take a direct decision in that regard, he expects to inquire about the compliance of everybody in the Parliament as a country respects democracy. He stated, as a leader who respects the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that as a Government which is committed to follow the philosophy of the great Anagarika Dharmapala, will create an environment where the Sri Lankans can stand up in this modern world as a wise nation while giving priority to our heritage and culture. President Maithripala Sirisena made these observations participating in the main ceremony…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed officials to find immediate solutions to the problems faced by people live in Mahaweli zones. Today, people who live in these areas faced many difficulties when fulfilling their basicn needs and has many issues related to health and education fields too. The President also instructed the relevant officials to implement a special program to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he undertook the Ministry of Environment as no politician, irrespective of the divisions of parties, has fulfilled the responsibility for environmental conservation. He stated that 54 chemicals out of 97 chemicals that cause damage the Ozone Layer have been removed from use as a result of strict action taken by the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will appoint a special committee to look into issues pertaining to the Police Department. President Sirisena stated this during a discussion held with senior Police officers last afternoon, at the Senior Police Officers Mess. President Sirisena was warmly welcomed by the Senior Police Officers and this is the first…

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Even though, Sri Lanka has beautiful coastal areas, we are losing that beauty, due to the increasing coastal pollution in the country. The Government has taken steps to implement a national program  to clean up our  local beaches as a solution to this issue. The Inaugural ceremony of the national coastal cleaning program will be…

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President Maithripala Sirisena held a special discussion regarding the arrangements being placed to hold the annual  Dakshina  Dalada perehara of Somawathi Rajamaha Viharaya in a grand scale, at the Presidential Secretariat today (15). The President inquired about all the arrangements are in place to hold the annual  perehara of Somawathi Rajamaha Viharaya.  The Perahera will…

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Resident Coordinator of United Nations and UNDP Resident Representative, Sabinay Nandi said the UN Secretary General has assured to support the President and the Government of Sri Lanka with the United Nations technical assistance and contributions to advance reconciliation and inclusive development through dialogue for a sustainable solution to the longstanding ethnic grievances. The UN…

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Mr. Chamara Sampath Dassanayake has been appointed as Chief Minister of Uva Province. He was sworn-in, before the Governor of the Uva Province, Mr. M. P. Jayasinghe, in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (Sep. 15). Mr. Dassanayake who was a Member of the Uva Provincial Council since 2009, served…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would implement a program from next year to select the best farmers in provincial and national levels. He said he would take any possible action as a government to empower the farming community in the government’s program to build a self-sufficient country by making this country rich in agriculture again….

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It is the responsibility of the entire nation to use the philosophy of the great Anagarika Dharmapala to build the future of this country, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President further said that there are many lessons we can learn from the Anagarika Dharmapala’s philosophy which endeavored to build a good society while strengthening national…

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President Maithripala Sirisena directed the officials of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau to take action to immediately stop sand mining in Gampaha District. He further directed them to suspend all license issued for sand mining. The President made this direction, paying attention on the media reports on illegal sand mining in Gampaha District. He directed the Geological Survey and Mines…

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Ten new ministers for Western & North Western Provinces were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Official Residence of the President, today (14). Chief Minister of the Western province Isura Devapriya received the portfolios of Finance& Planning, Engineering Services, Law and Order, Local Government & Provincial Administration, Economic Promotions, Power & Energy, Environmental Affairs, Water Supply…

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A musical programme titled “Kapugeta Heththewai” to commemorate the legendry artist Gunadasa Kapuge was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH yesterday (11). The memorial concert was organized by the Gunadasa Kapuge Commemoration Committee and son of late Kapuge sang songs of him at the musical concert. Expressing his views at…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says he would not allow anybody to divide the country which was united by the valiant war heroes shedding their blood. If our war heroes wouldn’t have given their utmost commitment, knowledge, intelligence and experience for the country, we wouldn’t have secured the unity of the country, he added. He emphasized the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed relevant officials to present a work plan including proposals to minimize the use of polythene and plastics. He also advised them to present recommendations on low-cost alternatives for asbestos. The President gave these instructions at a discussion on the progress of the programs carried out under the Ministry of Mahaweili Development…

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Two Deputy Ministers of the new government took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (September 10). Mr. Anuradha Jayaratne sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Mr. Sarathi Dushmantha Mithrapala sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana.

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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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