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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore Mr. K. Shanmugam called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. Praising the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts for development and reconciliation, he said that Singapore would continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka at international fora. Praising the efforts for reconciliation, Mr. Shanmugam said it…

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President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that his government will take every possible measure to eradicate the chronic kidney disease (CKD) that has become a challenge not only to the North Central Province, but also to the entire country. President Maithripala, speaking at a ceremony held at Mahasen Vidyalaya in Padaviya today (Feb. 23, 2015) under the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today (Feb. 22) assured that, as pledged during the Presidential Elections, an environment would be created where all communities can live in peace and harmony. The President made this pledge when he participated in a religious ceremony at the Kaduruwela Jummah Muslim Mosque. Chief of the Mosque, Moulavi Muthalif conducted special prayer…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special progress review meeting at the Presidential Secretariat on today, Feb. 20, 2015. The meeting was held to review the progress on the implementation of the government’s 100-day Programme and resource allocation and to receive the feedback from the senior government officials. Addressing the meeting, the President said the 100-day…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the officials of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to implement environment protection regulations impartially. The President issued this directive, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, while addressing officials of CEA at their headquarters in Battaramulla this (19) afternoon. “The duty and responsibility of all the…

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Sri Lanka and India signed four agreements/MoU during President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to India, Feb. 15-18, 2015. Mr. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power & Energy on behalf of Sri Lanka and Mr. Ratan Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy for India signed an agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear…

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Mrs. Sirisena with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Feb. 16, 2015.  The President is on a four-day state visit to India on an invitation of Prime Minister Modi and received a  ceremonial state welcome.

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President Maithripala Sirisena & Mrs. Sirisena paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s mausoleum at Rajghat, New Delhi, Feb. 16, 2015.

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj called on President Maithripala Sirisena this (16) morning in New Delhi.

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President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled an Avalokitheswara Bodhisathwa statue yesterday (15) afternoon at Sri Lankan High Commission office complex in New Delhi. The Avalokitheswara Bodhisathwa statue dating back to 8 Century BC was found at Veragala in Anuradhapura. This is a gold plated bronze statue and its feet situated in Lalithsana and Rajaleelasana postures. Bataliya Statue…

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President Maithripala Sirisena starting his four-day state visit to India, on an invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi this afternoon. Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Mr. P.Radhakrishnan and India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Mr. Y.K. Sinha along with senior…

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President Maithripala Sirisena left the island this (15) afternoon on a four-day state visit to India on the invitation of Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi. The President travelled on a regular scheduled commercial fight, UL-195 to New Delhi. Minister of External Affairs Mr. Mangala Samaraaweera (will join in New Delhi), Ministers Rajitha Senaratne,…

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Foreign Ambassadors and High Commissioners residing in Sri Lanka met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Feb. 13, 2015. Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ajith P Perera, Secretary the President and officials of Foreign Ministry were also present at this occasion.

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The Government and people of India are awaiting to welcome President Maithripala Sirisena, who will start his official visit to India this weekend, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said. While stating that all arrangements are in place to welcome the newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Modi expressed that President Maithripala’s official…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired the discussion this afternoon (12) at the President’s Office on the issues of Indian fishermen who involve in fisheries activities in Sri Lanka’s Sea Periphery. The Maithripala was also enlightened on many issues pertaining to the fisher folk in the North. The President pledged to focus attention to solve the problems…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special discussion at President’s Office today (12) on Prevention of drug abuse. Ven.Omalpe Sobitha Thero, Ven.Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Ven.Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Minister of Justice Hon.Vijedasa Rajapakse, Secretary to the President Mr.P.B.Abeykone, Defence Secretary Mr.U.D.Basnayake , IGP, Commanders of forces and Government Officers also took part in this discussion.

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A set of books including 2015 EPA almanac was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena today at President’s Secretariat. Mrs. Priyanka Epa Senevirathna handed over them to the President. This is the 160th edition. It served the people of Sri Lanka and thousands of astrologers astronomical purposes for more than one and half century.

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Justice Hema Kumudini Wickramasinghe took oaths as judge of the Court of Appeal at the Presidential Secretariat this (11) morning before President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and Secretary to the President Mr. P. B. Abeykoon were present at this occasion.

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President Maithripala has appointed Additional Solicitor General, President’s Counsel Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe as the new Director General of the Commission to Investigate allegations of Bribery or Corruption.  Mrs. Wickremasinghe received her letter of appointment from the President this morning.

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Health Ministry, which had remained one of the most corrupt institutions in the past, would be made one of the cleanest and transparent institutions in the country with the implementation of the new National Drug Policy Act. The President made these remarks at a meeting held with Nursing Service…

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The Nelum Pokuna Mawatha in Colombo 07 was renamed as Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha at an event held under the patronage of President Maithripala this (10) morning. A part of Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha was named Nelum Pokuna Mawatha by the previous Government on December 15, 2011, following the opening of the Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre….

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A Presidential Commission will be appointed within the coming week to probe into financial malpractices, corruption and frauds of the previous Government, President Maithripala stated at a public event held in Aralaganwila, Feb. 10, 2015. The President acknowledging the delay in investigating corruptions, said that he would now take steps in line with the powers…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the 50th anniversary celebration of the Polonnaruwa Royal College this (09) morning. Polonnaruwa Royal College is one of the alma maters of President Maithripala, where he gained his secondary education. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the President also planted a sapling at the school premises. During his visit to Polonnaruwa…

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The need of the hour is to meet our targets to the best of our abilities without wasting time, thinking of the challenges of tomorrow, President Maithripala Sirisena said. President Maithripala Sirisena was addressing a felicitation ceremony held at the Nittambuwa Public Grounds on Sunday (08) to express his gratitude to the people of Siyane…

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Attorney-at-Law Upul Jayasuriya has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Investments of Sri Lanka by President Maithripala Sirisena. A student of Royal College Colombo, Upul Jayasuriya joined the Attorney General’s Department as a state counsel in 1978. In 1978, he was also appointed as the First Legal Adviser of the Greater Colombo…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has pointed out that a major part of the pledges given to the people had been honoured within a short span of three weeks. The President who met the Government and Semi Government Trade Union Collective on Friday (06), emphatically mentioned that the main target of his Government was to restore all…

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Assistant Foreign Minister of China and Special Representative of the Chinese President, Mr. Liu Jian Chao, called on President Maithripala Sirisena this morning at his official residence in Colombo. Currently on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka, during the meeting, Mr. Chao conveyed the Chinese government’s congratulatory message on President Maithripala’s victory. The Chinese…

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President Maithripala Sirisena today met family members of Mr. Shantha Dodangoda, who was shot to death at Kahawatte on January 5 while preparing the stage for a public meeting for Presidential Election. Mr. Dodangoda was setting up a stage for a propaganda meeting of Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena offered his sympathy to Mr….

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the 67th Independence Day Celebrations at the Parliament Ground premises this (4) morning. More photographs here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maithripalasirisena/sets/72157650234495419/

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Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia U.S. Department of State, Mrs. Nisha Biswal, called on President Maithripala Sirisena  at the Presidential Secretariat, Feb. 2, 2015.

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Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka, Mr. Nobohito Hobo, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, Feb. 2, 2015.

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Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, who is on a three day official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Feb. 2, 2015.

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President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that all the people must unite with commitment to face the challenge of creating a drug-free Sri Lanka. The President pointed out that we must always attempt to do the difficult tasks rather than doing easy undertakings. He further said we must love challenges we have in life. He made these…

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President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday requested that the honorary title Athi Garu (His Excellency) or Uthumanan (Your Highness) which were commonly used over the past years to address Presidents, not be used with reference to him. He also asked not to use the term Aryawa when referring to his wife. He made these observations participating…

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Justice K. Sripavan, the senior judge in the Supreme Court took his oaths as the new Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Jan. 30, 2015.

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Criticism is more important than eulogy when taking forward a government chosen by you, President Maithripala Sirisena said. Instead of bringing governments to power from time to time and giving them the opportunity to act stubbornly what is more important is to work continuously with the government and lead them on the correct path. The…

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The President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Defence Minister assumed duties yesterday (Jan. 28) at the Defence Ministry in Colombo. Addressing the Ministry staff President mentioned that, more attention would be paid into the National Security while implementing a well-structured plan henceforth. Accordingly, every effort would…

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Celebrations to mark Sri Lanka’s 67th Independence Day will be held on February 4 at 8 am at the Parliamentary ground in Sri Jayawardanepura, Kotte. Under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. This year’s state ceremony will be held under the theme “Piripun Maubimak, -Abiman Heta Dinak” (a prosperous motherland-a dignifying tomorrow). Prior to the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said that the term of office of the President of Sri Lanka will be reduced to five years from the original six. “I insisted that the terms of the Presidency be reduced to four years, but the Committee of Constitutional Experts and political leaders did not agree with my demand,” the President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena assures the Moragahakanda Project will be completed as scheduled. It is a fulfilment of an expectation of the people in the North – Central Province. The President recalled that he laid the foundation for the project back in 2007, while functioning as the Minister of Mahaweli Development. However, within 48 hours of…

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All measure will be taken to provide every facility to treat kidney patients as well as to prevent kidney diseases, emphasised President Maithripala Sirisena. Concerning this matter, the Government will take every action on behalf of people, without bowing down to the dictates of multi-national companies or any other market force, he added. The President…

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