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Four new deputy ministers were sworn in before the President Maithripala Sirisena today (10) at the President’s office. Their list is as follows.   1. Mr. Vijaya Dahanayake sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Public Order & Christian Affairs. 2. Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya  sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Local Government & Rural Development. 3. Mr. Thilanga…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that we must further develop our education policy with a comprehensive understanding about national and international requirements. “We should promote teaching different languages in schools, which is a principal requirement towards building harmony among communities. At the same time we must promote teaching of technological subjects,” the President said. He made these…

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The 20th Amendment to the Constitution which is presented introducing a new electoral system to accurate the current system is a responsibility to be fulfilled in this era, says President Maithripala Sirisena. Any action to destroy it, reverse it and prevent will be considered as an act against the people, he added. The President was…

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Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (June 8) at the Presidential Secretariat. The Army Chief and President Sirisena discussed about the cooperation and collaboration between the two countries on issues pertaining to regional security. They emphasized the importance of working with close cooperation to ensure mutual…

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Supreme Court Judge Mrs. Chandra Ekanayake was sworn in as the Acting Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (June 8) at Presidential Secretariat. The President made this appointment as the Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan is abroad. Chandra Ekanayake was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 2008….

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President Maithripala Sirisena says disciplined and respected political culture will be established in the country again. “The respected politician was gradually disappeared within a short span of two decades following the introduction of preferential voting system” he added. He made these remarks while participating at the 15th death anniversary commemoration of late Minister C.V Gunarathne…

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Laws will strictly be imposed to save the country from anti-social and undisciplined activities caused by illicit drugs, says President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out that to build a virtuous nation it is essential to enforce the law properly and it is as important as religious guidance in this process. The President made these remarks…

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A report prepared by environmental organizations on the controversial issue of the resettlement within Wilpattu Sanctuary boundaries was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (June 5) at Presidential Secretariat. At this occasion, President Sirisena assured that he would not let any person to damage the environment. He added he would take the final decision on…

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Ceremony to mark World Environment Day 2015 was held at Viharamahadevi Park, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena today (June 6). The ceremony themed ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’ was organized by Parisarika Jana Sansadaya in collaboration with Colombo Municipal Council, under the directions of State Ministry of Environment. An exhibition…

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President Maithripala Sirisena officially inaugurated the Scout Service and Public Relations Week of Sri Lanka Scout Association yesterday (June 5) at Presidential Secretariat. Many programs will be held island-wide during this week to build the team spirit, expose the talents of scouts and build relationship with the community. It is anticipated to raise funds for…

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“It was I who gave promises to people regarding abolishing Executive Presidency, strengthening of democracy and establishing good governance as well as amending the electoral system. Therefore, I am the one who is responsible for fulfilling those promises,” said President Maithripala Sirisena. I would not let any force or person to demolish the progressive steps…

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expressed appreciation for the initiatives taken by the Government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena towards peace and reconciliation in the country while protecting democratic rights of the people. In a telephone conversation with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (June 4), Mr. Ban Ki-Moon lauded the commitment displayed by…

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The fascinating relationship based on mutual harmony and coexistence between man and environment goes back to the beginning of the history itself. The World Environment Conference in 1972 decided to mark June 5 as World Environment Day to focus attention every year on the imperative need to protect and sustain the environment. Sri Lanka’s national…

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Several religious ceremonies was held due to Poson poya day at the sacred ground of Somawathiya yesterday(02). In the evening, The President visited Chief Incumbent Ven Pahamune Sri Sumangala thera of Somawathiya Viharaya and inquired thera’s health before consecrating the requisites at the sacred ground of Somawathiya. The President received blessings by community of Bhikkus…

Former Sri Lankan Health Minister and presidential candidate of the common opposition Maithripala Sirisena prays during an event in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Sirisena on Monday signed an agreement with opposition parties, trade unions and professional groups to scrap the country's powerful presidential system and carry out other democratic reforms if he beats incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and wins January's presidential election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Poson Day Message It is with great devotion that we, Buddhists of Sri Lanka, celebrate this Poson Poya Day that marks the arrival of Arahath Mihindu with the message of Buddhism through which we saw the rise of a great religious, cultural and social tradition. The arrival of Arahath Mahinda to our land 230 years…

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The World No Tobacco Day event was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (01) at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo. Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Ven. Alle Gunawansha Thero as well as other monks together with Dr.Rajitha Senaratne, Ministerial Secretary Professor R.B. Dissanayake and other Ministerial Secretaries, members of the…

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Appointment letters which included pension schemes were awarded to 40,000 Civil Defence Force members at an event held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirsisena last afternoon (31) at the Medirigiriya National School. The President was welcomed by the Civil Defence Force Director General Chandrathna Pallegama. A special guard of honour by the Civil Defence…

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One Cabinet Minister, three State Ministers and one Deputy Minister were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (29). Following are the Ministers and their portfolios: Cabinet Ministers Hon. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena –  Minister of Parliamentary Affairs State Ministers Hon. Pandu Bandaranayake- Minister of Public Administration and  Democratic Governance Hon. Ranjith…

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The 125th Birth Anniversary celebration of the Late Author Martin Wickremasinghe was held this aftenoon (29) with the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Colombo Archives Department auditorium. The President was welcomed to the event by the Late Martin Wickremasinghe’s eldest daughter Rupa Saparamadu. The event was attended by the Late Martin Wickremasinghe’s son…

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The Convener of The National Movement For a Just Society Ven.Maduluwawe Shobitha thera, presented President Maithripala Sirisena with their “Ten Point Proposal” this afternoon (29) at an event held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

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President Maithipala Sirisena made an emergency inspection visit to the JR Jayawardena Centre in Colombo 7 this morning (28) The centre, which comes under the purview of the Presidents Office was inspected by the President where he inquired about the current status of the centre and exchanged pleasantries with the staff. Presidential Secretary P.B. Abeykoon,…

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President participates in a religious ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Mahamevuna Asapuwa, Kundasale President Maithripala Sirisena today (May 28) participated in a religious ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Mahamevuna Bawana Asapuwa, Kundasale, Kandy built according to a concept of Ven. Kiribathgoda Kgananananda Thero In 2005, President Maithripala Sirisena, then as the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena declared open a recently constructed building and consecrated a hall to the temple this evening (27) at the Dematagoda Maha Visuddharama Temple. The President met with the Chief Incumbent Ven. Welimada Shantha thero and inquired after the thero’s health following which he consecrated requisites after engaging in religious observations. Chief Incumbent of…

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Head of the International Red Cross Organisation Cherine Pollini and Deputy Head Irfan Sujmani met with President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon (27) at the Presidents Office. Presidential Secretary Mr.P.B. Abeykoon was also present at the meeting.

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President Maithripala Sirisena says a special court will be set up to ensure speedy and proper justice in the case of brutal rape-murder of the school girl in Jaffna. “We cannot let such incidents to be happened ever in the future in the country,” he added. The President was speaking at a meeting with school…

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President Maithripala Sirisena met with murder victim Vithya’s Mother and Brother today (26) at the Jaffna Governors Official Residence. Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V.Vigneshwaran, Deputy Minister Vijayakala Maheshwaran and Member of Parliament Mavai Senathiraja joined the President at this meeting.  

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As part of a concept developed by President Maithripala Sirisena to felicitate school children, the second stage of the Sujatha Daruwo program was held this morning (26) at the Jaffna Vembadi girls school with the attendance of the President. School children from 17 Sinhala, Muslim, and Tamil schools in the North attended the event and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the felicitation ceremony of Dr. Milina Sumathipala which was held at the BMICH on the 25th of May. The ceremony also marked the 80th Birthday of Dr.Milina Sumathipala. Two books on the life story of Dr.Milina Sumathipala was launched and the first copies of which were presented to the President….

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President Maithripala Sirisena met with all the Government Agents in the Island today (25) at the Presidential office. This was the first time the President met with them since he took oaths as President. Here, The President focused on the administrative issues and development programs at district level. The President was briefed regarding the issues…

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The Warana magazines’ 25th anniversary publication and the book; ‘Buddhist concepts for modern society’ Presented to the President President Maithripala Sirisena was presented with the book “Buddhist concepts for modern society” written by Chief Incumbent of Hambanthota Sinhagiri Viharaya who is also a Lecturer at Suriyawewa National College Ven. Vitharandeniye Wajirawansa thera, at the Presidential Secretariat….

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President Maithripala Sirisena engaged in an emergency visit to monitor the Maduru Oya Reservoir yesterday (23rd). The President being the Minister in charge of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, attended to this issue soon as he was informed of the lack of proper maintenance of the reservoir. President also inspected the ancient dam and sluice…

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The President participated in several programs in the Polonnaruwa area before visiting one of his old friends who fought in World War II, Mr. Somawardhana Weerasinghe at his residence today(24). Mr. Siriwardena welcomed The President with tears of joy and recalled some memorable experiences they had back in the day.

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The President went to visit the Chief Incumbent of Dambulla Forest Hermitage, Ven. Maldeniye Jinalankara thera, who’s being treated at the General Hospital of Polonnaruwa this (24) afternoon. Even on previous occasions the President has checked on the health of the Chief Incumbent at times of illness and has personally made arrangements to full fill…

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President Maithripala Sirisena met with military members while he was on an observation tour of the Welikanda Security Forces Headquarters this morning (24). While the President was welcomed by Army Commander Lieutenant General Krishantha de Silva and Eastern Commander Major General Jagath Walgama, a special guard of honour was also organised to mark the occasion. To mark the attendance of…

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The Monaragala District Sri Lanka Freedom Party Convention was held in the chief presence of President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (23rd), at The Library Auditorium in Monaragala. Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priydarshana Yapa, Parliamentarians Jagath Pushpakumara, Sumeda G Jayasena, Vijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Ministers and other Provincial and Regional council…

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An event to launch 5 Behavior Change Communication Strategy Guides For Reproductive Health was held at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo last afternoon in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena last afternoon.

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The President presides over the International Bio Diversity Day celebrations Special commemorative event to mark the anniversary coinciding with the World Biodiversity Day celebrations was headed by the President Maithripala Sirisena this evening (22) at the Battaramulla Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry.

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The Sri Lankan Hotels Exhibition organised for the 10th occasion, was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (22) at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Here, the President took part in awarding scholarships to high performing students of the Sri Lanka Hotel School. Minister of Tourism and Sports Naveen Dissanayake as well as…

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The Sangha Nayake Thero of Guangzhou, China said that is fully confident that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Buddhist links between Sri Lanka and China would become stronger. This was stated when a 30-member Buddhist delegation from China headed by Most Ven Ming Sheng, the Sangha Nayake of Guangzhou in China and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to implement the beautification and maintaining process in the Colombo city and other urban areas without any backdrop. He stressed that it is compulsory to continue the concept of clean Colombo. The President gave the advices when he met the relevant officers who are responsible for the programme at…

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High level team of Malaysian entrepreneurs headed by Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Datu Seri Utama Samy Vellu called on President Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence today (May 21) and expressed interest in major joint ventures and investments in several areas. The team expressed interest in large-scale joint ventures such as Colombo unirail project, Colombo-Kandy…

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President Maithripala Sirisena was appointed as the Patron and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Scouts Movement. The Sri Lanka Scouts Association presented the titles to the President at a special event held at the Presidents Office this afternoon (20th). According to the constitution of its association, the head of state is appointed to these positions….

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President Maithripala Sirisena was presented with a review report on the hundred days progress today (20) at Presidential Secretariat. Deputy Minister of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva and Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister Charitha Rathwatte presided over the occasion. This report has been prepared based on goals achieved and promises mentioned…

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A meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and heads of media institutions and newspaper editors was held this morning (20) at the Presidential Palace. Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake was also present at this occasion.

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Special ceremony held for the National Heroes’ Day commemoration presided by President Maithripala Sirisena was held this evening(20) near The Heroes Monument in Sri Jayawardnapura Kotte. A minutes’ silence was observed to mark the remembrance of fallen heroes during the humanitarian operation. The event commenced with a floral tribute laid near the Heroes Monument by the President. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Defense Secretary B. M. U. D.Basnayaka, Field Marshall Sarath…

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Today we celebrate one of the most historical and significant days of the recent past. Today is the anniversary of the day in which we ended the most ruthless and barbaric terrorism that lasted 30 years, brought peace to the nation, protected the territorial integrity and sovereignty, and our national heritage. We all have bitter…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said though the damaged buildings, destroyed roads and other physical resources were being re-built there was no reconciliation process during the post-war period to rebuild the broken hearts and minds. “Therefore, as the new government we clearly state that our policy is that of development and reconciliation,” he said and added, “We…

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The Tri Forces’ personnel should be ready to engage in any kind of rescue operation similar to the one they participated in Nepal affected by the earthquake, President Maithripala Sirisena said. He made this observation to felicitate Sri Lanka’s Rescue and Relief contingent to Nepal at a ceremony at Temple Trees yesterday (May 18). President…

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A proposal, which includes recommendations for drafting a new National Policy on arts and culture, was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena today. A committee comprised of eminent personalities of art and culture has drafted the proposal. The proposal contains necessary steps that should be taken for the advancement of art and culture detailed under nine…

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President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Polonnaruwa District Conference held at Polonnaruwa “Buddhi Mandapaya” yesterday (May 17) asked SLFPers whether they thought it would be right on his part, if he used his Presidential powers to extend the term of office of Local Government bodies (Pradeshiya Sabhas). “I can extend the…

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