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President receives grand welcome at Cambodian Royal Palace

[August 08 2019]

Cambodia stands firmly together with Sri Lanka in further cementing bilateral relations in economic, trade, social as well as the renaissance of Buddhism, His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boronmeath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia said. 

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President commenced state visit to Cambodia

[August 08 2019]

On an invitation extended by the Government of Cambodia, President Maithripala Sirisena began his four-day state visit to the Southeast Asian nation today (7) with the aim of further strengthening bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Cambodia.

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Those who did not attempt to bring forth laws to prevent terrorism now try to repeal the death sentence – President

[August 05 2019]

Certain segments who did not heed to the concerns of society to formulate stronger and tougher laws to eradicate terrorism in the aftermath of tragic incidents that took place on April 21st are now in a rush to bring laws to repeal the death punishment, President MaithripalaSirisena said.

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National Conference on Peace, Unity and Reconciliation under the patronage of President

[August 01 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes that the Religious leaders should take the lead in mending the hearts of the people that were broken in the tragic incident of April 21st. The President also said that politicians should fulfill their national responsibility in this regard leaving aside their narrow political agendas.

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Sri Lanka keen to expand defence cooperation with Japan – President

[July 26 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is very keen to expand defence cooperation with Japan. He said this when Japanese State Minister of Defence, Kenji Harada called on him at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today (July 26).

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Kalu Ganga project ready to perform its duties - President

[July 25 2019]

The Kalu Ganga project, the next huge reservoir of the Moragahakanda project can be completed by next month and can be bestowed with the people, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

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President congratulates new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

[July 25 2019]

Honourable Boris Johnson, Mp
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Excellency,
Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your assumption of office as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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'Sathviru Abhiman' felicitates War Heroes

[July 22 2019]

President President Maithripala Sirisena graced the 'Sathviru Abhiman' War Hero welfare programme at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, this evening (22 July 2019).

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President to attend 'Sathviru Abhiman' at Sugathadasa Stadium today

[July 22 2019]

The 'Sathviru Abhiman' welfare project dedicated for the tri-forces, police and Civil Security Department personnel will be held under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, today (22 July 2019).

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President attends special service to pay tribute to Easter Sunday victims

[July 22 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena attended a special service at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour in Colombo 7 today (21) to pay tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings on April 21st.

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World Bank assures the President of continuous assistance to Sri Lanka

[July 18 2019]

World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer said that the World Bank will increase assistance to Sri Lanka under three of its new operations.

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National Security Advisory Board appointed for national security

[July 10 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken measures to set up a National Security Advisory Board to look into the matters related to national security.

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Expedite relief for affected businesses following the Easter terrorist attack - President instructs relevant institutions

[July 05 2019]

The President emphasizes that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the tourism and allied sectors, which have been inactive since the Easter Sunday terror attack, to work together to rebuild the business community in a systematic and efficient manner.

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'Let's Stand Together for the Country' - fourth successful day in Monaragala

[July 04 2019]

Under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena the fifth phase of the 'Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu' (Let's Stand Together for the Country) programme got underway in Monaragala on July 1 in an attempt to provide swift and sustainable solutions for issues faced by the people in rural areas.

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I assumed this position not to safeguard anyone but to protect people and the country says President

[July 03 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena stated that he received the report of the Presidential Commission appointed to investigate alleged irregularities and fraud at SriLankan Air Lines and will reveal the truth to the public and Parliament in the near future.

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Unheeded to life threats, I lead the fight against drug menace for the future generation – President

[July 01 2019]

Those who did not give their slightest support for the battle against eradicating drug menace during last four and half years are now trying to vilify me in the face of tough action now taken against drug kingpins, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

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Curtain fall on National Drug prevention week tomorrow with President as the Chief Guest

[June 30 2019]

The island-wide National Drug Prevention Week under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena coinciding with the "International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking" saw the completion of its final day successfully today (30).

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President briefs Muslim envoys on rapid normality in security situation

[June 27 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena met with the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Muslim countries holding the membership of the Organization of Islam Countries (OIC) to discuss about the current security situation in the country at the Presidential Secretariat today (June 26).

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National Drug Prevention Week to enhance awareness in every sector of the socity

[June 25 2019]

 The National Drug Prevention Week from started on June 19 will continue until July 01. This was under the concept of President Maithripala Sirisena with the objective of further strengthening the drug prevention program in Sri Lanka and rallying all Sri Lankans for the program.

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President Commissions Navy's 4th Fast Attack Squadron

[June 23 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena commissioned the 4th Fast Attack Squadron of the Sri Lanka Navy as the 4th Fast Attack Flotilla during a Commissioning Ceremony held at the Trincomalee Naval Base, last evening (22 June 2019).

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President graces Navy Passing Out ceremony

[June 23 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena graced a Passing Out ceremony of the Sri Lanka Navy at the prestigious Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA) in Trincomalee, on Saturday (22 June 2019).

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President discusses issues of SL troops serving in UN Peace Keeping Forces

[June 21 2019]

Attention of the President was drawn to issues arise due to delays in clearances by the Human Rights Council (HRC) when dispatching Police and security forces personnel to United Nations Peace Keeping Missions.

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Sri Lanka- Russian leaders met

[June 17 2019]

A meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Russian President Vladimir Putin was held yesterday (15).

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President’s Message on Poson Poya Day

[June 16 2019]

Poson Poya witch falls on today marks the introduction Buddhism in Sri Lanka with the arrival of Arahath Mahinda 2,326 years ago.

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President Leaves for Tajikistan to attend Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia

[June 14 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Tajikistan to attend the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) scheduled to be held in Dushnabe.

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Final report of special three-member committee appointed by President to investigate Easter Sunday attacks on April 21 handed over to President

[June 11 2019]

The final report of the special three-member committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, to investigate Easter Sunday attacks on April 21, 2019 was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's Officials Residence, today (10).

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Leaders of Sri Lanka and India pledges to strengthen relations based on mutual trust and respect

[June 09 2019]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Colombo today on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions with the President at the President’s House in Colombo.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow…

[June 07 2019]

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow (09) on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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President commissions Navy's new ship "SLNS Gajabahu"

[June 07 2019]

The largest Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of the Sri Lanka Navy, P 626, acquired form US Government was commissioned as SLNS 'Gajabahu' by President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena during the Commissioning Ceremony held at the Colombo harbor, yesterday evening (06 June 2019).

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Ramazan Message

[June 05 2019]

I offer my warm wishes to the Islamic devotees who observe Ramazan, ceremony, held at the end of the period of one lunar month of fasting in accordance with Islam, a religion built on the strong pillars of trust, generosity, faith and fasting to depict sacrifice.

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Appeals on welfare of Civil Security Forces will be considered - President

[June 04 2019]

The possibility of introducing a pension scheme for the members who have completed 20 years of service in the Civil security forces or female members completing 22 years of service or the members of the civil security force who are fifty years old will be discussed with the ministry of finance and steps will be taken in the future regarding the matter, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Everyone should work together with mutual understanding and contribute to ensure peace

[June 04 2019]

If conflicts arise due to different ethnicities, the country will be doomed and all should work together with mutual understanding and contribute in ensuring the peace of the country, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Fourth phase of 'Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu' (Let's Stand Together for the Country) programme will commence tomorrow

[June 03 2019]

The fourth phase of the 'Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu' (Let's Stand Together for the Country) programme will be commenced in the Mullaitivu district, tomorrow.

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President emphasized that he will not allow bringing any foreign forces into the country under any condition

[June 02 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that he will not take any step to bring foreign forces into the country at any moment under any circumstance until he hold the office of President and further said that he will not allow any room in this regard.

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Media Interview with H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena by Indian journalists (May 31, 2019 - New Delhi)

[June 01 2019]

Particularly, I am very happy when I come to New Delhi and when I get an opportunity to meet you. And, you know that, I came to India for the swearing - in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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President meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

[May 31 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, today (31).

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New Air Force Commander appointed

[May 29 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Air Marshal D L Sumangala Dias as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force. According to President's media, the new Air Force Commander received his letter of appointment from the President at the President's Official Residence, today morning (May 29).

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President meets with few foreign envoys to discuss rapid normality in security situation and urges them to lift travel advisories

[May 28 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena met with few members of the diplomatic community on their request to discuss about the progress of the operations carried out by the security forces to strengthen security situation.

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The truthful and proud story of 30 - year war victory should be revealed to the future generation as well as to the world - President

[May 23 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says that it is a timely need to write the full story regarding the great heroic story of the thirty-year long war victory, in a manner the future generation also can read about the bravery of the great war heroes, patriotism and their great humanitarian nature.

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President presents 'Vishishta Seva Vibhushana'

[May 22 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena presented "Vishishta Seva Vibhushanaya (Distinguished Service Decoration)" medals to the senior officers in the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air-Force today (22nd) morning at the Presidential Secretariat.

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Motherland is at all times safeguarded due to the excellence & commitment of brave war heroes - President

[May 20 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Motherland is at all times safeguarded due to the excellence, commitment and sacrifice of the brave war heroes.

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President’s Vesak Message

[May 18 2019]

In the sixth Century B.C., born in the Kindom of Shakya of Bharath Deshaya, Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment at the shades of Bodhi at Budhdhagaya and passed away at the sacred Sal Uyana of Kusinara and this day of Vesak, Which is triply blessed by those sacred events of the Buddha, is celebrated with much devotion and faith.

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President returns after successful visit to China

[May 17 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island today (16) after successfully completing the brief official visit to China bringing many developmental benefits to the country while enhancing the cooperation regarding the national security of Sri Lanka.

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President meets the Prime Minister of China

[May 16 2019]

A meeting between president Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime minister of China Li Keqiang was held at Beijing today (15)

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Chinese President promises all possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its endeavour to strengthen national security by wiping out terrorism.

[May 15 2019]

Chinese President Xi Jinping today (14th) vowed to provide all possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its endeavour to strengthen national security by wiping out the scourge of terrorism.

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President requests all citizens not to be trapped by efforts by interested parties to create unrest in the country

[May 13 2019]

President requests all to engage in their daily activities as usual without getting deceived by the false and misleading statements by the interested groups.

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I will fulfil the responsibilities of building a peaceful country after eradicating terrorism from the Motherland - President

[May 11 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he was not affected by terrorism and that he would fulfill the responsibility of building a peaceful country after eradicating terrorism.

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‘We will not allow barbaric terrorists to divide the Sri Lankan nation’ – President emphasized in the East

[May 09 2019]

Under the new national security programme, all citizens have been guaranteed the right to live in a society free of fear and suspicion.

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While the security forces are destroying the extremist terrorism, the religious leaders holds the responsibility to ensure reconciliation in a multi ethnic country President

[May 07 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that within a short span of time the security forces will be firmly eradicating the extremist terrorism and that the religious leaders holds the responsibility of building reconciliation and understanding between all ethnic groups without letting the trust of the people of the country to fail.

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Political leadership is of extreme importance when fighting terrorism, says British State Minister for Security

[May 03 2019]

The British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace said the political leadership is extremely important to fight against terrorism with international connections.

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'Report of the three-member committee appointed to investigate regarding terrorist attacks will be opened for all' - President

[April 30 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says that after receiving the report of the three-member committee appointed to investigate the causes and background for the terrorist attacks, the content of that report will be opened for all the parties.

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President condemns dastardly attack and calls for restraint and patience Orders swift investigations to find culprits behind conspiracy

[April 21 2019]

President Maithripla Sirisena expressed his, shock, deep pain and dismay over the brutal attacks on places of religious worship and other civilian establishments.

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The New Year message of togetherness from multi-ethnic East

[April 18 2019]

A new meaning to communal harmony and coexistence emerged from the multi-ethnic Eastern Province on the eve of Aluth Avurudda, when an unparalleled integrated public service was launched in the District of Batticaloa from April 8 to 12, which concluded with President Maithripala Sirisena?s appeal for collective efforts towards progress.

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New Year Message

[April 14 2019]

Since sun and moon are the prime factor in sustenance of the life on earth. the people worshipped these planets with utmost devotion since ancient times. Considering the nature as divine was habitual practice of kings and the general public.

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President graces 'Presidential Media Awards 2018'

[April 11 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena graced the inaugural 'Presidential Media Awards 2018' as the chief guest at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, on Wednesday (10 April).

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Aim is to make Sri Lankan police service not only nationally but also internationally recognized service - President

[April 09 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says that during his tenure, he will take necessary steps to ensure that the Sri Lankan police service not only nationally but also internationally recognized service.

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The President goes to Parliament

[April 05 2019]

The expenditures of Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Environment was taken in to debate at the parliament today (4) and the President who went to the parliament made certain special remarks on those two subjects.

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Presidential Task Force on development of North and East Provinces meets

[April 05 2019]

The release of military acquired lands in the North and East has been accelerated following the establishment of the Special Task force for the development of North and East Province.

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'Bak Maha Divuruma' taken under President's leadership

[April 03 2019]

The 'Bak Maha Divuruma' (National Pledge to eradicate drug menace) was held at the Independence Square, today (03 March). This national initiative was taken as a part of the illicit drug prevention programme carried out under the directives of the President Maithripala Sirisena.

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Stern rules will be imposed against those who use and keep toxin drugs - the President

[April 03 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that severe rules will be imposed against those who import, sell, and keep toxin drugs.

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The operation against the illegal drugs will be carried on till a successful end despite any challenge, said the President

[April 01 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he took the battle against illegal drugs on his shoulders without considering the risk it has over his own life because he is determined to build an ethical country for the future generation and emphasized that he will carry on this crusade amidst any challenge.

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The proposal to include the Theravada Tripitaka into the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO presented

[March 24 2019]

The occasion of religious significance of presentation of the proposal to declare the Theravada Tripitaka, the sacred scripture of Buddhists, as a World Heritage as a Memory of the World to the UN Representative was held today (23) at the Maha Maluwa (Great Terrace) of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Media Statement

[March 22 2019]

Certain Sri Lankan media, quoting a media reports published in Singapore regarding an alleged statement made by a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, have published is a totally baseless report.

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President opens 'Methsiri Sevana' , the Kidney Patients Relief Service, Welfare and Research Centre

[March 22 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says due to the broad programmes launched within the past four years in preventing the kidney disease there is a reduction in the spread of kidney disease.

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Committee for technical aspects of inclusion of Teravada Tripitaka as a heritage in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register

[March 21 2019]

The President Maithripala Sirisena has taken measures to appoint a committee to advice the technical process of inclusion of Teravada Tripitaka in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

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President emphasized that he will fulfill the responsibility of protecting the Buddhist philosophy for future generations

[March 18 2019]

The 'Tripitakabhivandana' Week has been declared prior to the proposal made by Sri Lanka to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare the Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage, to create a Buddhist revival in the country as well as to provide knowledge to the younger generation regarding the Theravada Tripitaka, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

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President leaves for Kenya to attend UN Environment Assembly as a Special Guest

[March 13 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena left Colombo today (13) for Nairobi to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) held in Nairobi, Kenya as a Special Guest.

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Bigger role for Tri forces in anti drug campaign after April 3 President

[March 09 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena said after April 3 the Police and Tri Forces will have increased cooperation in the campaign for eradication of illicit drugs as well as in measures to control and strengthen rehabilitation process.

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Ranaviru Flag pinned on the President

[March 06 2019]

Symbolizing the commencement of the War Heroes' Commemoration Month - 2019, the first Ranaviru Flag was pinned on the President Maithripala Sirisena during a ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday (05 March).

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President’s Maha Shivarathri Message

[March 04 2019]

The exceptional ability of human beings to live as a single united family at a spiritual level despite the difference and external divisions due to various reasons, beliefs or ideologies is unique.

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Replicas of Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher & Missile produced by Sri Lanka for the first time presented to President

[February 28 2019]

Replicas of Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher and Missile launcher produced by Sri Lanka for the first time in the history were presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (26).

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'There is a reduction in spread of kidney disease due to strengthening of curing and prevention sectors in last 2 years' - President

[February 26 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena said that due to the broad programme launched within the past two years in preventing the kidney disease, which was a huge national tragedy, there is a reduction in the spread of kidney disease.

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President visits Gajaba Regiment HQ at Saliyapura

[February 26 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena made an observational tour of the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters at Saliyapura, Anuradhapura, today (Feb 25).

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A betterment of the effects of anti drugs campaign can be experienced by mid year, President

[February 22 2019]

Rs.423 million to conduct the Gramashakthi People's movement in the Southern province.President Sirisena says that betterment in the situation regarding the program against drugs carried on by the government can be experienced in the middle of this year.

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A National Fund will be established to protect children- President

[February 21 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says a National Fund will be established within the next two weeks to take action towards ensuring the protection of the children.

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A Systematic approach to build a positive future for the youth, President

[February 11 2019]

A Systematic approach will be taken to win the challenges in building positive future for the youth, President Maithripala Sirisena said. He made these remarks at the opening of the first National Career Guidance network centre held at Polonnaruwa today (8).

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Sri Lanka celebrates 71st Independence Day

[February 04 2019]

Today is the 71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka. The main Independence Day Parade was held at the Galle Face in Colombo under the patronage of HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, this morning.

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Independence Message of the President

[February 04 2019]

Sri Lanka, Which had been under the British rule for 133 years, gained independence on the 4th of February 1948, Each year, this day is celebrated with glory.

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President visits late Major Wasantha Dinesh Jayawickrema’s house

[February 03 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena condoles over the family and parents of Major Wasantha Dinesh Jayawickrema who sacrificed his life at the Mali operation attached to the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in Mali.

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President's condolence message

[January 29 2019]

I was deeply saddened and shocked by the news of two great sons of Sri Lanka sacrificing their lives while serving the mission of world peacekeeping. I pay my respect and honour to them as they died in the cause of world peace process to ensure the independence of mankind.

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Police Department will be transformed as a profession of intellectuals - President

[January 23 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena says necessary future steps will be taken by him as the Minister-in-Charge to make the Police Department a profession which is filled with intellectuals.

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'The Earth Watchman' program launched by President in Kilinochchi

[January 22 2019]

The Earth Watchmen project of planting 2 million trees island-wide parallel to the 2019 Cricket World Cup was launched by President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (21st) at the Agriculture Technology Institute, Kilinochchi.

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More than 1200 acres released in the North

[January 22 2019]

A total of 1201.88 acres of state and private land used by Army in Mullaittivu, Kilinochchi, Jaffna and Wanni districts, including Udayarkattu, and three other Army farms were released on Monday (21 January).

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Presidents of Sri Lanka and the Philippines held discussions

[January 17 2019]

The two heads of state have focused on establishing an economic council to revive economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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President’s Thaipongal Message

[January 15 2019]

I am extremely happy to convey my greeting to all the Hindus across the world celebrating Thai Pongal, the festival that expresses to the Sun God, the supreme provider of light, warmth, water and wind essential the agriculture, the lifeline to human sustenance.

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President instructs Police to take effective steps to curb drug trafficking

[January 11 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant authorities to deploy a systematic program to eliminate various drug smuggling activities targeting school children.

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MoU signed for the project for transplanting kidney and other organs of brain dead patients to patients needing organs.

[January 10 2019]

The memorandum of understanding was signed for the project of transplanting the organs and kidneys of patients who are brain dead to patients who nedd new organs at the President's office under the patronage of the President today (09th).

 

 

 

President completes four years in office

[January 09 2019]

President Maithripala Sirisena vested the new Laggala green town in the people yesterday, on the fourth anniversary of his being sworn in as head of state.

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Train carrying relief items from South to people in North reaches Kilinochchi

[January 02 2019]

The special train on a humanitarian mission, that carried relief items for the flood victims in the North, commenced its journey from Matara in the South on December 31, reached Kilinochchi Railway Station on January 01 around 2.30 p.m.

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President’s New Year Message

[January 01 2019]

The dawn of the new year is an occasion to recollect our achievements and failures as well gains and losses in the year that ended.

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