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US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, said that the United States appreciates the firm steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to strengthen democracy and ensure transparency and accountability and promised the government all possible assistance to continue this process in the coming months and years. “We respect and value your work,” Mr Kerry said…

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I am pleased to send this message on the occasion of May Day – International Workers Day, expressing the solidarity of the working people of Sri Lanka with workers throughout the world. This occasion is celebrated by the workers of the world being the anniversary of a great struggle for the rights of the working…

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President Maithripala Sirisena handed over appointment letters to the members of a Special Presidential Task Force established for the recovery of illegally acquired state assets at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat today (30). The Task Force comprises of 13 members, and they are: Bimba Tillakaratne, H.M.L.T. Mudalige, H. Amarathunga, C.A.H.M. Wijerathna, A.K.D.D. Arandara,…

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President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that programs that focused on educating children on the negative effects of tobacco and alcohol should be further strengthened, and a special program will be implemented this year too to educate the public on the ill effects of tobacco and alcohol. “It is the school children who can take the message…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the greatest honuor we can pay to the great Anagarika Dharmapala is our firm commitment to build a good society using his philosophy and guidance shown to us throughout his lifetime. The President made these observations participating at the 82nd commemoration event of Anagarika Dharmapala at the Sri Lanka Mahabodhi…

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Four new Ambassadors and one High Commissioner presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (29). They are: Mr Amir Muharemi, Ambassador of Croatia, Mr Tareq Mubarak Bin Daineh, Ambassador of Bahrain, Mr Szilveszter Bus, Ambassador of Hungary, Mr Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France, Mr James Dauris, High Commissioner for the…

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The adoption of the 19th amendment to the constitution with two-thirds majority is a historic victory of Sri Lankan society says President Maithripala Sirisena. This victory is the result of a 37-year long struggle of all active citizens of Sri Lanka. The President thanks all stakeholders who contributed to this effort, including the Maha Sanga,…

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Second bill of the 19th amendment to the constitution was adopted in Parliament with an overwhelming majority today (April 28). Two hundred and fifteen (215) Members of Parliament (MPs) voted for the amendment while only one, MP Sarath Weerasekara voted against it. MP Ajith Kumara abstained the voting while seven Members of Parliament were absent….

President Maithripala Sirisena’s address to the Parliament during second reading of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, April 27, 2015.

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With the much awaited enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the people of Sri Lanka will experience the true meaning of ‘democracy and peace’, said President Maithripala Sirisena, after he began the second reading of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the Parliament today (27). The President went on to say the…

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Nominating a Prime Ministerial candidate in view of an election is politically illogical and injudicious. There had been no such practice in the election history of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, President Maithripala Sirisena said in Galle. The President was addressing Galle District SLFP Delegates’ Conference at Halle De Galle in Galle April 25, 2015….

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I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of lives and extensive damage to property following the devastating earthquake, which occurred in Nepal on April 25th. The Government and people of Sri Lanka join me in expressing deepest condolences to Your Excellency personally, the Government and people of Nepal, particularly the families of…

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His Holiness Pope Francis has said that he has not seen the simple livelihood and lawful status of the Sri Lankan President from any other leader. Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith during a special meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena mentioned that these were the comments made by the Pontiff. The meeting between the Catholic…

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Foreign envoys based in Sri Lanka hailed President Maithripala Sirisena’s total commitment to Good Governance and his determination to strengthen democracy despite major obstacles. The Ambassadors and High Commissioners who separately called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat during the last three days made this common observation. Those who called on the President included…

President Maithripala Sirisena’s special statement to the Nation, April 23, 2015.

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On this occasion that marks 100 days since my election as President, I think it is proper that I address you as your first servant, appointed by you. Following the results of the Presidential Election on January 8 this year, you gave me the opportunity of being sworn in as the Head of State or…

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President Maithripala Sirisena will make a special statement regarding the Government’s 100-day program, April 23, 2015 at 09:00 PM Sri Lanka time via all local electronic media. The video will be available on this site.

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Envoys of United States, United Kingdom and Germany extended fullest support to President Maithripala Sirisena’s policies to strengthen democracy and eliminate bribery and corruption. The Envoys called on President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon. They congratulated President on his successful implementation of several important programs under the 100-Day program of the new government….

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The Government gives priority to build a local economy based on agriculture, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He emphasized that the Government is bound to strengthen the public and the private sectors. The President said this while taking part at the Cargills “Sarubima Farmers’ Awards Ceremony” held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the advices and guidance given by the members of the Maha Sangha to the rulers of this country became a great strength to them. He emphasized that the present government also considers the advices and guidance of the Maha Sagha as noble. The President said that the government is committed…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the 100th birth anniversary celebration of the legendary musician Sunil Santha at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), yesterday (18). Sunil Shantha’s birthday fell on 14th April. A musical show titled ‘Olu Pipla’ organised to mark the 100th birth anniversary of this legendary musician was held at the BMICH.

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The New Rice Offering Ceremony, “Aluth sahal Kiri Ahara Pooja”, has been conducted at the Somawathie sacred site under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The farmers made a wish by offering the 1st portion of the harvest to the Lord Buddha for a bounty harvest in the forthcoming season. The president was also engaged…

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I am pleased to send this message of greetings and good wishes when the Sinhala and Tamil New Year is celebrated as all Sri Lankans come together in the joy of festivity. Nature’s new season of spring and the dawn of the New Year, marked by the transition of the Sun from the House of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena stresses that the government will accord pride of place to improve country’s agricultural sector as a significant part of the national economy. He highlighted that it is imperative to uplift life of the local farmers and entrepreneurs. A range of programmes is underway to get implemented soon to achieve this target. The…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the present government’s aim is to create a public service sans corruption, fraud and malpractices and political culture without family rule and nepotism. Majority of the people approved this policy at the recently concluded Presidential Election as it was pledged in the Election Manifesto. The President assured that he is committed…

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The World Health Organisation’s Sri Lanka Office organised a programme on April 10th to raise awareness among the public on food safety under the theme ‘From farm to plate’ to mark World Health Day which fell on April 7. President Maithripala Sirisena participated as the chief guest.

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President Maithripala Sirisena hosted a banquet for Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay at the President’s House in Fort, April 10, 2015.

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President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay pledged to enhance bilateral cooperation and establish air links between Paro and Colombo by Druk Air, the Bhutanese national Carrier. The two leaders agreed that Sri Lanka and Bhutan have a special relationship as the two countries are bound by common spiritual link of…

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Sri Lanka and Bhutan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today following bilateral discussions between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay at the Presidential Secretariat. Prime Minister Tobgay is currently on a three – day state visit to Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister of Bhutan presided…

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The selfless services rendered by Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero brought greater light to the Buddha Sasana, Said President Maithripala Sirisena. His acts of Dhamma portrayed a most efficient and esteemed personality, the President said. Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera earned the respect of the Maha Sangha by his tireless efforts towards unification…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the relevant clauses of 19th Amendment to the Constitution will be amended and it will presented to Parliament on April 20. He said Parliament would be dissolved after the passage of the 19th Amendment is passed. Speaking in Polonnaruwa this afternoon, he said that this would help to bring clarity to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says supplying of electricity to rural areas brings opportunity for children in villages to make use of new technical equipment. It gives them the opportunity to win the competitive world, he added. To supply the electricity to village is a huge investment for future generation, he added. The President was speaking at…

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to Sri Lanka yesterday (7) evening, after a successful State visit to Pakistan, during which the two countries pledged to strengthen bilateral relations and signed several agreements and MoUs to enhance cooperation. At the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, President Maithripala Sirisena paid a…

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Leaders of Sri Lanka and Pakistan pledged to move forward further strengthening the existing economic and commercial ties between the two countries. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said that his Government will take steps to enhance the bilateral relationship between the two nations to greater heights. “The Government of Sri Lanka is handling the country’s economy…

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Pakistan is a testimony to the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said addressing a joint press conference yesterday (April 6). Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan and Sri Lanka enjoy excellent relations, based on mutual respect and shared interests. Relations are…

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Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan Mr. Ayaz Sadiq and the Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz , called on President Maithripala Sirisena in Islamabad, Pakistan today. Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan Mr. Ayaz Sadiq in his discussion with President Sirisena pointed out the importance of…

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Attention has been drawn to implement a new programme to strengthen the economic ties between the business communities of Sri Lanka and Pakistan. When President Maithripala Sirisena met with Pakistan Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan to hold bilateral discussions today attention was drawn to strengthening the commercial ties between the two nations. The President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who is currently on a three-day state visit to Pakistan, and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  presided over the signing ceremony of six Memorandums of Understanding at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s House today. The memorandums of understanding (MoU) signed today are: 1) Cooperation between Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and Atomic Energy Authority…

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s tour of Pakistan commenced today strengthening relations between the two countries. Pakistan media gave a wide coverage for the arrival of President Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena commencing his official tour, left to Pakistan on a Sri Lankan Airline plane. The Presidential delegation touched down in Pakistan this afternoon. The President is scheduled…

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President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Pakistan this afternoon commencing a three-day state visit on the invitation of President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain. President Sirisena will hold bilateral discussions with the President , Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistani dignitaries. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are due to sign agreements aimed at strengthening the political…

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Easter stands out as the most important celebration for Christians, as it marks the conquest of death through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The festivities of Easter bring to a joyous conclusion the period of Lent, when Christians followed the traditions of repentance, self-sacrifice, charity and religious observances that recalled the suffering, agony and crucifixion…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalya’, offering the maiden rice gathered fresh from the field to the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya, this morning in Anuradhapura. Also known as Agra Sashya Sahala Mangalya, the almost ritualistic function has been an important function from the days of hydraulic civilisation in Sri Lanka. The objectives…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special discussion with regard to resettlement and providing land to the displaced people of Mannar at the Presidential Secretariat this evening. The lengthy discussion focused on identifying the lands. The President advised to use the land that are under the District Secretary’s purview, while emphasizing to pay special attention to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will personally look into the Bill relating to the establishment of the National Engineering Committee and will take all necessary steps to expedite the process. He made these observations participating as the Chief Guest at the National Engineering Conference 2015, held at the Hotel Galadari in Colombo. The President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that Sri Lanka’s national forest resource has been depleted because of certain politicians of the previous regime extending state patronage to the culprits who indulged in the destruction of forests. He said that the patriotic people of Sri Lanka have ended the era that had given way to massive environmental degradation…

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Expressing deep appreciation over the new government’s policies on improving human rights and strengthening democratic institutions, European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr David Daly, said the EU is seriously reevaluating the Sri Lanka’s request to grant the GSP+ concession once again for Sri Lanka exports to EU and to lift the restrictions imposed on…

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island this morning after completing a successful four-day State visit to China. President Maithripala, who arrived at the Beijing Airport in China, was received by a team of high-level Chinese officials headed by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Liu Jaincha. The visit led to the further strengthening of…

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The Health Ministry has newly recruited 2,738 to the Nurses, Supplementary and Para Medical Service. The handing over of their letters of appointment took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Temple Trees today (March 31). The recruitments have been made with the intention of further improving a quality health service for the…

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Sweden hopes to further enhance the existing economic and trade relations with Sri Lanka, Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven stated during the bilateral discussions this afternoon with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015, in Boao, Hainan Province, China. Prime Minister Löfven congratulated President Maithripala on his…

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Your Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, Honourable Yasuo Fukuda, Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia, Mr Zhou, Wenzhong, Secretary-General Boao Forum for Asia, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to participate in this August assembly, which brings together world leaders as well as the global business community upon…

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