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According the political system of our country it is the people, who have the sole right to decide on the election of a Prime Minister, stated President Maithripala Sirisena. “Every eligible citizen has the opportunity to cast his or her vote for any party of their choice. Based on the winning party, the Prime Minister…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that major changes should take place within the National Education Policy, with emphasis on the need to provide proper guidance to children on vocational education. The President said he strongly believed that there should be a change in the thinking on the National Education Policy with new plans with regard to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says his objective is to create an era in which every section is operated freely and independently, without depending on politics. He said a system, in which people have to go after politicians to get their educational, health, social and infrastructural needs fulfilled has been established in the country. “The aim of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Local Government Elections would be held this year after the General Elections. He further said that there would be opportunity in future for voters to select their Local Government Ministers under the new ward system. He made these observations, speaking at the opening of the Rajitha Senaratne Playground and…

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A special delegation of the Indian Fishermen’s Organization met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, May 12, 2015. The discussion focused on the difficulties faced by the Indian Fishermen. The President who gave a patient hearing to their views told them that any problems could be resolved through discussion. He also stressed that the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the budgetary allocations for free health and education sectors will be increased up to five and six percent. He pointed out the Sri Lankan free health and education sectors receive the highest admiration from foreign countries. “The previous regime only allocated less than two percent for the free health service”, the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said not only the government of Sri Lanka but also the entire nation is grateful to Pakistan for the enormous assistance provided to Sri Lanka to defeat the terrorists. “Sri Lanka today stands as a peaceful unitary State because of your support,” he told the new High Commissioner of Pakistan for Sri…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said he is not reluctant to use the Executive Powers to the maximum level to protect the environment. The President made these comments delivering the keynote address of a seminar organized by the Law Students’ Environmental Society held yesterday (11) at the Law College, Hulftsdorp, Colombo. The President noted some politicians and…

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President Maithripala Sirisena instructed officials to take immediate action to find alternate places for those affected by the Miriyabedde landslide. Reports stated around 77 families were displaced following the landslide. President Maithripala questioned officials regarding steps taken to provide shelter to the landslide victims, instructed the officials to give resettlement priority and see that the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena commenced a discussion on the proposed electoral reforms at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (May 11). All the leaders of political parties that represent the parliament were present at this meeting. They held discussions on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution on electoral reforms. All decisions are to be presented for final…

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I wish to extend my felicitations on the resounding victory of the Conservative Party under your leadership at the Parliamentary General Elections that were just concluded and on your being appointed to the office of Prime Minister for a second term. I have no doubt that your able stewardship and experience will contribute to steer…

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President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a message of goodwill and best wishes to the newly appointed Mahanayaka Thera of the Asgiri Chapter, Most Ven Rajakeeya Panditha Galagama Dhammasiddhi Sri Dhammananda Aththadassi Thera states: The appointment of our new Mahanayaka Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, the 21st Mahanayaka Thera of that Chapter is venerated by the Buddhists…

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Sri Lanka on Saturday (09) celebrated the International Nurses Day, marking the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale who laid the foundation for professional nursing, and honored the country’s nurses. President Maithripala Sirisena said that the facilities in Nursing Schools will be developed in order to make them nursing universities. The President mentioned this while attending…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a Special Decree that prohibits clearing the surrounding area of Wilpattu National Park and allocating land. The Decree comes into force with immediate effect and applicable to the districts of Mannar and Vavuniya. The President ordered the Secretary, Ministry of Environment to take necessary steps regarding this matter immediately and informed…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the agenda of the country is more important than any political agenda. He said it should be decided whether we should be divided for power or united to build the country. The President was speaking at the opening of Magampura Ruhunu Uruma Museum today (May 9). The President pointed out…

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President Maithripala Sirisena headed the steering committee meeting of the Joint Drugs Prevention, a committee appointed to build a nation free of drugs, at the Presidential Secretariat, May 8, 2015. Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Government Officials including Ministry Secretaries and higher officials of police and defense forces also took part in…

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (7) revoked the agreement under which lands in Sampur were allocated for the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka to commence investment projects. These lands will be released for the resettlement of people who were displaced due to terrorist atrocities in the area. President Maithripala Sirisena signed the relevant Gazette Notification…

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Sri Lanka and Russia will enter into several new Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) to expand bilateral cooperation in several fields such as energy, trade and commerce, agriculture, education, judiciary and defense. This was discussed when Ambassador of Russia in Sri Lanka, Mr Alexander A Karchava, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said Upul Shantha Sannasgala has expressed social realities in a more detailed and clear manner through his books. He said that his book ‘Amma’ gives a vivid experience of rural poverty. “Sannasgala has attempted to express social reality in a more explicit manner without fear or favour to none,” the President said….

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that all necessary measures to ensure national security are being taken. He added that a series of steps were taken during last three months in this regard. The President pointed out that every stakeholders of national security should take care of their responsibilities at all circumstances. The president was speaking at…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that special attention should be paid to the reforms that should be carried out in the education sector under the current commercialized society. He believes that separating schools as Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim is not suitable in the current social context. The President made these remarks at a ceremony held at…

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Special Notice Members of Parliament Mr Kumara Welgama and Mr T.B Ekanayake visited the President’s House two weeks ago, had emphasized the need for a meeting with the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Two days later, Venerable Muruttettuwe Ananda Thero, Venerable Medagoda Abhayatissa Thero, Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero and others members of the Maha Sangha also…

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Protecting moral values along with the development of technology and the economy could be strengthened only through Buddhist philosophy, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President also said that the government plans to implement a national and international programme to impart a comprehensive knowledge of Buddhism to the people, especially the younger generation, to mold their…

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It is with the much tranquility of devotion that I send this message on the occasion of the Triple Festival of Vesak, which comes with the Buddha’s message of compassion to all beings. Having tarried through innumerable eras in Samsara to achieve the Tenfold Perfection, Vesak Day marks triple events in the life of the…

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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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