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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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President Maithripala Sirisena says that a comprehensive awareness campaign is needed to educate the public on kidney related diseases, which is a major health issue in the country. The President was speaking at the Kidney Disease Prevention Monitoring Committee meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, May 14, 2015. The President emphasized that it is a…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired the Kidney Disease Prevention Monitoring Committee meeting at the Presidential Secretariat, May 14, 2015. Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Ministers Rajitha Senarathne, Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa, Rauf Hakeem, P. Harrison, Prime Minister’s Secretary Mr Samana Ekanayake, other Ministerial Secretaries and other government officers were present at the discussion.

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The era in which the judiciary was politically influenced has been ended with consolidation its independence to the maximum, said President Maithripala Sirisena. The President said the Government has clearly portrayed the system of giving opportunity to everybody to enjoy the benefits of peace and democracy in the last three months. He recalled Chief Minister…

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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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