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President Maithripala Sirisena said as the Head of State he expects the Maha Sangha to take the lead in building a disciplined society rich in moral values. He made these observations at the ceremony to present the Scroll to the newly elected Mahanayaka of the Asgiriya chapter, Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thero at the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will overcome any challenge for the sake of the country and its people. He further said that he assumed duties as the President to meet all those challenges and, he has the strength and the ability to face these challenges. He made these observations addressing school children at the Rivisada Central College in Mawanella,…

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Retiring Sri Lankan Consul Dr Thomas Cheung called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (June 29) at the Presidential Secretariat to bid farewell. President thanks Dr Cheung for the services rendered during his 29 year long tenure as Sri Lanka Consul in Hong Kong. He made a special mention about assisting a housing project in Kolonnawa…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government expects to increase per capita income to 6000 American Dollars, within next five years. He said a comprehensive development will be formed in every field including investments and industries on this regard. The President was speaking at the occasion to deliver the benefits of Consolidated Gem Mining Projects of…

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The President stated he would take action to implement a program, enabling the officers leaving Navy to join government service on their interest. He pointed out these officers are in an age 40 or 45 which they can serve the country effectively with their knowledge and intelligence after ending a service of 20 or 22…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said there will be no compromise regarding the country’s national security and territorial integrity, since it is above all other things. He said that all are duty bound to protect and safeguard the motherland. That is nothing new to Sri Lankans as we all are prepared to protect the motherland when needed….

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Former President of India Abdul Kalam praised President Maithripala Sirisena and the present government for the strategies for increasing domestic food production, elimination of drug menace and environment protection. He made these observations when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (26). Former Indian President was warmly welcomed by the President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need for proper programme for solid waste which is a major threat to the environment. He pointed out that every state and private institution should fulfill their duties correctly on this issue. The President made these remarks yesterday (June 25) at the Progress Review Meeting of the Ministry of Mahaweli…

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Politicians should not waste public money for the banners and cutouts for their election campaigns. They should spend that money for the welfare of the people instead, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out that the politicians of the former governments used the money of state organizations to promote their personalities. They spent thousand billions…

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France is very eager to strengthen bilateral relations and economic cooperation with Sri Lanka in several areas such as trade, investment, tourism, fisheries, water purification, environment protection and curtailing drug smuggling. French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh said this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (June24) at the President’s Office. The Ambassador said the number…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed all the Secretaries to the Ministries to implement a National programme to increase national food production, to eradicate the drug menace and to protect the environment. He made these observations during a meeting with all the Secretaries to the Ministries at the Presidential Secretariat today (23). At this time, the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says development projects should be planned while ensuring the protection of the environment and wildlife. The President made these remarks at a meeting to review the progress of the Polonnaruwa District Development Committee, held yesterday (June 23) at the President’s Office. The discussions focused on the future development activities that should be…

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President Maithripala Sirisena condemned the terrorist attack on Afghanistan Parliament. Describing it as a heinous act of terrorism, he said reiterated the collective need to defeat terrorism and other threats to democracy. Full statement of the President: “I condemn the attack on the Parliament of Afghanistan, a fellow democracy in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation  (SAARC)…

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Though most people forget election promises after their electoral victory I will fulfill every promise I have given on freedom, fairness and social justice, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He pointed out that no state leader paid proper attention on ensuring social justice after their election even if they had given priority for physical development. By…

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The unveiling of the pinnacle of the newly constructed stupa at the historic Muhudu Maha Viharaya in Pothuvil in the East was held under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena today (June 20). The President met the President of All-island Amarapura Maha Sanga Sabha, chief prelate of the Sri Kalyanawansa Chapter Most Venerable Dodampahala…

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The new government has paid special attention to develop facilities at temples in rural areas and to provide more facilities for Bhikkhus in those areas, said President Maithripala Sirisena. He made these observations participating at the felicitation ceremony at the Sri Gunananda Buddhist Centre in Neluwa Today (19). The ceremony was organized to felicitate the…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the government would extend every possible assistance to the elected people’s representatives who work for the people, irrespective of their party politics. The President made this promise at Neluwa, where he handed over a newly constructed school auditorium to the students. The remote places in areas such as Neluwa and Galle…

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President Maithripala Sirisena declared open a new three-storied building complex at the Neluwa Divisional Secretariat today (19). The three-storied building complex, built at a cost of 500 Lakhs aiming to provide better facilities for the People in the area. The new building complex is equipped with modern facilities. The President after unveiling the plaque at…

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President Maithripala Sirisena assured that his government will take every possible measure to eradicate the drugs menace in the country to build a better society. The President further said that the rules and regulations related to alcohol and illicit drugs will be strictly imposed and a comprehensive programme will be implemented to protect school children…

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Rakitha Malewana, a student from Nalanda College in Colombo, who developed a new method to cure HIV/AIDS, called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (18) at the President’s Official Residence. President Sirisena congratulated the students who brightened the name of Motherland by discovering this new medicine. He also wished for his future endeavours and pledged to…

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Newly constructed Galle Face Roundabout was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (17). The new Galle Face Roundabout near the Presidential Secretariat comprises of a fountain and an illuminating system. This is an important location as few famous five star hotels in Sri Lanka are situated in the vicinity and a large number of…

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Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdul Azis Al Jammaz, who completed a seven-year long tenure in Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena to bid farewell today (June 17) at the Presidential Secretariat.

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President Maithripala Sirisena distributed financial payments as compensation to the families of persons who died or suffered disabilities in accidents in the gem mines belonged to the Gem and Jewellery Authority at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat today (June 17). President handed over the cash cheques as compensation payment for the families of…

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Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala who assumed duties as the 15th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (17). Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala met the President to inform that he assumed duties as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force. Commander of the Sri Lanka…

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The unveiling of the pinnacle of the newly constructed Stupa at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was held under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (16). The foundation stone of this Stupa was laid in 2014 by Most Ven. Professor Bellanwila Wimalarathene Thero. The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University patronized…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunathilaka as the new Chief of Defence Staff and Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala as the new Air Force Commander. The President handed over the letters of appointment to the new officers today (15) at the Presidential Secretariat. Mr. Kolitha Gunathilaka joined the Sri Lanka Air Force…

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The sacrifice made by Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike in the course of political and social transformation is again required by our country. I will be dedicated to make the changes required by country keeping even my life at stake, said President Maithripala Sirisena. “Every politician in world who made political transformations had to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says people of all communities in the country working together is the best foundation for reconciliation between the communities. The President further said that the development goals of the country could not be achieved only through developing physical resources. Citizens with high moral qualities and discipline is an essential factor for the…

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A group of Korean Bhikkhus including the Chief Incumbent of the Yeorae  Yaksasa Temple in Korea met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (11). During the meeting, the President recalled the long relationship between Sri Lanka and Korea and appreciated the assistance given by the Government of Korea for the development works of…

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A ceremony of unveiling of a pinnacle of the newly constructed Dagaba of the Sri Bimbarama temple in Kolamunne, Piliyandala was held today (June 11), under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President, immediately on visiting the temple, looked into the well-being of Chief Incumbent Ven. Kolamunne Sumanavansa Thero. He also offered Ata Pirikara…

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Former Prime Ministers, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and D. M. Jayaratne were appointed as Senior Political Advisors to the President. President Maithripala Sirisena made these appointments today (June 11) at Presidential Secretariat. Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who is currently a Member of Parliament  served as the Prime Minister from August 2000 to December 2001, during the regime of…

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President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that we could not delay resolving problems of the people under any circumstances. As well as, when serving people importance should not be given to the party politics. The responsibility of the people’s representatives is to commit themselves to fulfill the aspirations of all people in the country, the President further…

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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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