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Attention has been drawn to implement a new programme to strengthen the economic ties between the business communities of Sri Lanka and Pakistan. When President Maithripala Sirisena met with Pakistan Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan to hold bilateral discussions today attention was drawn to strengthening the commercial ties between the two nations. The President…

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President Maithripala Sirisena who is currently on a three-day state visit to Pakistan, and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  presided over the signing ceremony of six Memorandums of Understanding at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s House today. The memorandums of understanding (MoU) signed today are: 1) Cooperation between Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and Atomic Energy Authority…

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President Maithripala Sirisena’s tour of Pakistan commenced today strengthening relations between the two countries. Pakistan media gave a wide coverage for the arrival of President Maithripala Sirisena. President Sirisena commencing his official tour, left to Pakistan on a Sri Lankan Airline plane. The Presidential delegation touched down in Pakistan this afternoon. The President is scheduled…

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President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Pakistan this afternoon commencing a three-day state visit on the invitation of President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain. President Sirisena will hold bilateral discussions with the President , Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other Pakistani dignitaries. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are due to sign agreements aimed at strengthening the political…

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Easter stands out as the most important celebration for Christians, as it marks the conquest of death through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The festivities of Easter bring to a joyous conclusion the period of Lent, when Christians followed the traditions of repentance, self-sacrifice, charity and religious observances that recalled the suffering, agony and crucifixion…

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President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalya’, offering the maiden rice gathered fresh from the field to the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya, this morning in Anuradhapura. Also known as Agra Sashya Sahala Mangalya, the almost ritualistic function has been an important function from the days of hydraulic civilisation in Sri Lanka. The objectives…

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President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special discussion with regard to resettlement and providing land to the displaced people of Mannar at the Presidential Secretariat this evening. The lengthy discussion focused on identifying the lands. The President advised to use the land that are under the District Secretary’s purview, while emphasizing to pay special attention to…

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will personally look into the Bill relating to the establishment of the National Engineering Committee and will take all necessary steps to expedite the process. He made these observations participating as the Chief Guest at the National Engineering Conference 2015, held at the Hotel Galadari in Colombo. The President…

The President Presides over State Timber Corporation's 47th Year Celebration

President Maithripala Sirisena says that Sri Lanka’s national forest resource has been depleted because of certain politicians of the previous regime extending state patronage to the culprits who indulged in the destruction of forests. He said that the patriotic people of Sri Lanka have ended the era that had given way to massive environmental degradation…

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Expressing deep appreciation over the new government’s policies on improving human rights and strengthening democratic institutions, European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr David Daly, said the EU is seriously reevaluating the Sri Lanka’s request to grant the GSP+ concession once again for Sri Lanka exports to EU and to lift the restrictions imposed on…

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island this morning after completing a successful four-day State visit to China. President Maithripala, who arrived at the Beijing Airport in China, was received by a team of high-level Chinese officials headed by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Liu Jaincha. The visit led to the further strengthening of…

Health Care Appointments Mar 31 1

The Health Ministry has newly recruited 2,738 to the Nurses, Supplementary and Para Medical Service. The handing over of their letters of appointment took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Temple Trees today (March 31). The recruitments have been made with the intention of further improving a quality health service for the…

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Sweden hopes to further enhance the existing economic and trade relations with Sri Lanka, Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven stated during the bilateral discussions this afternoon with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015, in Boao, Hainan Province, China. Prime Minister Löfven congratulated President Maithripala on his…

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Your Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, Honourable Yasuo Fukuda, Chairman, Boao Forum for Asia, Mr Zhou, Wenzhong, Secretary-General Boao Forum for Asia, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to participate in this August assembly, which brings together world leaders as well as the global business community upon…

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President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Sanya, Hainan Province, China this (27) evening. He will address the Opening Plenary of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2015, tomorrow. Chinese President Xi Jinping will make the keynote address. Proposed in 1998 by Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines, Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister…

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Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday(26) afternoon at the Great Hall of the People and assured pledged Chinese government’s fullest support to the new government of Sri Lanka. The Chinese Premier further said China does not have relationship with individuals of different countries, but it has a policy of developing bilateral…

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The Government of China has agreed to provide funding to Sri Lanka to build a hospital with all the modern facilities to cater to patients with kidney diseases. When President Maithripala Sirisena met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing today to hold bilateral discussions with the…

President Accorded Grand Welcome in China Mar 26

Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan warmly welcomed President Maithripala Sirisena, Mrs Jayanthi Sirisena and the Sri Lankan delegation during the official welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 26, 2015. The President is on a four-day official visit to the People’s Republic of China. The…

President Arrives in China Mar 25

Mr Liu Jianchao, China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomes President Maithripala Sirisena as he arrived at Beijing International Airport commencing a four-day state visit on the invitation of President Xi Jinping, March 25, 2015.

Justice Chandra Acting CJ Mar 25

Justice (Mrs) Chandra Ekanayake was sworn-in as the Acting Chief Justice before the President today at the Presidential Secretariat. Secretary to the President Mr P.B.Abeykoon was present at the ceremony.

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President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for China this afternoon commencing a four-day state visit on the invitation of President of China Xi Jinping. The President, along with many other world leaders, is scheduled to attend the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015, which will be held in Boao, Hainan Province from March 26 to…

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Emir of the State of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and President Maithripala Sirisena agreed that there is immense potential for bilateral cooperation between the two countries. They identified the areas such as trade and commerce, investment, power and energy, gas and oil exploration, tourism and sports for future close cooperation between…

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President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the release of Indian fishermen who violated the maritime borders and are now in Sri Lankan custody. Fifty-four Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody will be released. Meanwhile the Indo – Lanka fisheries discussions that were at a standstill for nearly a year resumed in Chennai today.

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Emir of Qatar His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani presided over the signing ceremony of three memorandums of understanding between the two countries at the Presidential Secretariat today. The MoUs signed today are: MoU on cooperation in the field of sports. Signed on behalf of Sri Lanka – Minister of…

PC Romesh de Silva Mar 25

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva as Chairman of the Law Commission. Mr de Silva received his letter of appointment from the President today at the Presidential Secretariat. Minister of Justice Mr Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa and Secretary to the President Mr P.B. Abeykoon were present.

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President Maithripala Sirisena has condoled to the Singaporean Government on the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Sending a condolence message the President says Premier Lee Kuan Yew set an example to the world in building up the modern Singapore. He has also rendered a precious service to buildup world peace. President Maithripala…

Land March 23

“Every measure will be taken to resolve issues faced by people irrespective of their race or religion under my rule,” President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President said that as a new Government many steps have already been taken to resolve problems faced by people, adding that the Government is committed to building peace and reconciliation…

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President Maithripala Sirisena orders to suspend the newly made transfers of police officers with immediate effect. The President has instructed to make all police transfers under a special three-member committee comprising the President’s Secretary, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Law and Order and the Inspector General of Police.

Gen Sarath Fonseka Mar 22

President Maithripala Sirisena today (March 22) conferred General Sarath Fonseka, the former army commander, to the rank of Field Marshal, Sri Lanka’s highest military rank. President Maithripala Sirisena presided the ceremony held at the Defence Ministry ground. General Sarath Fonseka, the then army commander, led the Sri Lankan army to victory over the LTTE in…

Cabinet Expansion Mar 22

Eleven more Cabinet Ministers, five State Ministers and ten Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this (March 22) afternoon.   Cabinet Ministers 1. A.H.M. Fowzie – Minister of Disaster Management 2. S.B. Nawinne – Minister of Labour 3. Piyasena Gamage – Minister of Skill Development and Vocational Training…

Public Service Mar 20 1

Glad to climb up the ladder to Head of State, being a child brought up in a ‘Govi Janapada’ – President “Being a child who was brought up in a ‘Govi Janapada’ initiated by former Prime Minister late D. S. Senanayake, I am extremely happy I could climb up the ladder to be the Head…

Uththama Pooja Mar 21

President Maithripala Sirisena today launched a national nutrition program for pregnant mothers aimed at eradicating low-weight births in the country. The President launched the island-wide program ‘Uththama Pooja’ organized under the theme “Eradicating low-weight births from Sri Lanka” from Polonnaruwa. Addressing the event held at the Buddhi Mandapaya in Polonnaruwa, the President said his government…

Public Service Mar 20 1

The upcoming parliamentary elections will be an election where the independence of public service and impartiality will be guaranteed at the highest level, President Maithripala Sirisena said. “No government official will be allowed to be intimidated by political forces under my rule,” he said. The President said he is committed to secure the honour and…

Uma Oya Mar 20

President Maithripala Sirisena said the Cabinet subcommittee will be appointed to review the plans of Uma Oya multi-purpose development project, which has extensively been discussed lately. The President, who is also the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, has instructed the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Conservation to immediately provide a report on the…

Vietnam March 19

President Maithripala Sirisena said Vietnam’s rapid agricultural and industrial growth is a good example for other developing countries such as Sri Lanka to emulate. He said that Sri Lanka would like to follow the successful Vietnamese methods of utilization of modern technology to enhance agricultural growth. The President made these observations when the Vietnamese Ambassador,…

Newspaper Editor Meeting Mar 18

President Maithripala Sirisena said there is an imperative need to have a new approach to the “Tamil Diaspora”. He further added that many of them want to contribute to the country’s development. President Maithripala made these comments in his meeting with the newspaper editors and media heads at the Presidential Palace today (March 18). The…

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President Maithripala Sirisena launched construction work on the “Sobadam Piyasa”. The “Sobadam Piyasa” built at Robert Gunawardena Mawatha in Battaramulla to house the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment. The Ministry will be able to provide a streamlined and an efficient service to the people with the construction of this new building. The estimated cost…

AL Exam Toppers Mar 18

President Maithripala Sirisena congratulated the students who excelled in G.C.E Advanced Level examinations in 2014. The students who ranked the first, second and third places were felicitated by the President at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat today. The President said all students should be committed to utilize their knowledge and skills for the…

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Switzerland is willing to open a new chapter in bilateral relations with Sri Lanka and ready to extend its full support for a national reconciliation programme, says Mr Didier Burkhalter, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The visiting Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs made this pledge today when he…

Electoral Reform Mar 16

President Maithripala Sirisena, as a part of fulfilling his election manifesto promise, today met with the party leaders to seek their opinions and proposals to change the current preferential voting system. This meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat. President Maithripala stated that the peoples’ opposition has been drawn at present on the preferential voting…

President Wishes SLC Team March 15

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (15) congratulated the Sri Lankan cricket team, which has qualified for the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. During a video call via Skype, the President wished Captain Angelo Mathews luck in the next round of matches. The President also praised legendary batsman Kumar Sangakkara for becoming the first…

Drug Prevention March 16

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Commissioner General of Excise to take immediate action to close down the liquor shops existing within 500 meters of schools, temples and other religious places of worship, which has been established in violation of the rules of the Excise Ordinance Act. The President made this instruction at a meeting held…

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President Maithripala Sirisena hosted a banquet for visiting Indian Premier Mr Narendra Modi March 13, 2015. දිවයිනේ තෙදින සංචාරයේ නියුතු ඉන්දීය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝදි මහතාට ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා විසින් රාත්‍රී භෝජන සංග්‍රයක් පවත්වන ලදී. இந்திய பிரதமர் நரேந்திர மோதிக்கு ஜனாதிபதி மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன அவர்கள் விருந்து வழங்கி கௌரவித்தார். (Photos by: Sudath Silva)

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi worshiped the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, March 14, 2015. ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා සහ ඉන්දීය අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය නරේන්ද්‍ර මෝදී මහතා ඓතිහාසික ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බෝධිය වැඳ පුදා ගනිති. ஜனாதிபதி மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன மற்றும் இந்திய பிரதமர் நரேந்திர மோதி அனுராதபுரம் புனித ஜெய ஸ்ரீ மஹா பொதியை…

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a state visit, announced a special gesture of on arrival visas to Sri Lankans visiting India as a step to enhance people-to-people contacts. He said that the new visa system will come into effect on April 14, 2015, as a gift on the important occasion of Sinhala…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India stands ready to help Tricomalee become a regional petroleum hub. He said this while addressing the media after conclusion of the bilateral talks between India and Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo today. “We are not just looking at addressing problems. We are also focusing on new…

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President Maithripala Sirisena said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka and his own recent visit to India have turned a new page in cooperation between our two countries. The agreements that we have reached today on a wide range of cooperation that covers economic and trade relations, health, education, regional security,…

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Sri Lanka and India signed four memorandums of understanding at the Presidential Secretariat today. The signing ceremony coincided with the two-day state visit of Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka. The (MoU) memorandums of understanding signed today are: 1. Agreement between Sri Lanka and India on Exemption from Visa Requirement for holders…

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Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, who is on an official visit to ‪‎SriLanka‬, meets President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, March 13, 2015

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President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island this afternoon. The President was on a four-day official visit to the United Kingdom to participate in the Commonwealth Day observance. පොදු රාජ්‍ය මණ්ඩලීය සැමරුම් දින උළෙලට සහභාගීවීම සදහා බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ නිල සංචාරයක නිරත වු ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමා සිය සිව්දින නිල සංචාරය සාර්ථකව නිමාකර අද (12) පස්වරුවේ යළි…

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