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Dhamma education will be streamlined - President

[March 06, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena said Dhamma education will be streamlined by the Government under the new budget proposals. An allowance will be paid to Daham Pasal teachers for their silent and volunteer service, he added.

President Sirisena said he always seeks the advice and guidance of the Maha Sangha when governing the country. “The Maha Sangha should pave the way for spiritual development”, he stated.

Addressing the gathering after opening the Asu Maha Srawaka Pasvisi Buddharaja Maha Viharaya at Rathganga Viharaya, Ratnapura yesterday (March 5) he said the preaching by the Maha Sangha is aimed at creating a disciplined and loyal society. The service of the Maha Sangha to the society is praiseworthy and admirable since they teach us ethics, social and moral values, he further stated.

"The Maha Sangha is totally dedicated to create valuable citizens with social and moral values," the President said.

National Drug Policy bill passed in Parliament

[March 06, 2015]

The National Medicine Regulatory Authority Bill, which was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday has been passed with amendments in parliament with a majority of 67 votes.


UN delays report on SL based on cooperation received from Govt.
- UN Rights Chief

[March 06, 2015]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein yesterday (5) said that the presentation of the implementation of UNHRC resolution 25/1 on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka be deferred until the 30th session of the Human Rights Council in September based on the assessment of the changing context in Sri Lanka, the broad signals of cooperation received from the Government, and the possibility that new information will become available for the report.


Cabinet suspends implementation of Port City project

[March 06, 2015]

The Cabinet approval was granted to suspend immediately the Chinese funded Colombo Port City Project, Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday (05) while addressing the weekly cabinet briefing.


Indian External Affairs Minister in Colombo ahead of Modi visit

[March 06, 2015]

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Sri Lanka on a two-day trip today (6) in preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit later this month.


Strong opportunities for UK retailers in Sri Lanka

[March 06, 2015]
2014 saw a remarkable growth of 36% in Sri Lanka’s exports to the UK, confirming the UK as Sri Lanka’s top export destination in Europe.


Pregnant mothers to get Rs.20, 000 allowance from March 21

[March 06, 2015]
The proposed Rs. 20,000 allowance for expectant mothers in the new government's interim budget will be paid from 21st March, 2015, which is part of the Government’s 100 days programme, Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said while addressing the weekly cabinet briefing held at the Government Information Department yesterday (March 5).


President commences National Drug Policy debate in parliament
No secret pact with any political party – President tells in East
Committed to strengthen free education – President
[March 04, 2015]
The debate on National Drugs Policy Bill got underway in Parliament today (04) by President Maithripala Sirisena.


[March 04, 2015]
While emphasizing that he has not signed any secret pact either with Tamil National Alliance or Muslim political parties as claimed by certain sections, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the only agreement he signed was with the people of this country.
[March 04, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that he is totally committed to strengthen the right to free education of all children in the country.
UN committed to assist the process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka – UN Under-Secretary
Ratmalana Airport to be used for more civilian transportation
Committed to resolve issues of every community equably – President says in Jaffna
[March 04, 2015]
The United Nations is encouraged by the new government of Sri Lanka's commitment to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights and it is committed to assisting in the process of accountability and reconciliation in the island nation UN Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman said.


[March 04, 2015]
The Government has drawn attention to utilize Ratmalana Airport for inland civil passenger transportation, Ports Shipping and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said.
[March 03, 2015]
When resolving issues, there is no differentiation as South or North and the government is fully committed resolve issues faced by people, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

March 03, 2015  |

* President to visit Northern and Eastern Provinces

* Sri Lanka asks UN, international community have faith in new government and support

* ‘No agreement detrimental to SL’s independence will be signed’ - President

* SL is among the significant successes of UNHRC - Kerry

March 02, 2015  |

* No agreement which adversely affect local businessmen will be signed - President

* CA dismisses Shashindra’s petition

* Guidance & advice of Maha Sangha needed for country’s progress - President

* Missing Persons Commission to expedite hearings before August

March 01, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka, China committed to strengthen all weather friendship

* Top UN official visiting Sri Lanka holds discussions with President

* Sri Lanka inflation drops significantly in February due to reduction in food prices

* Friendly foreign ties bring great rewards : Need for informed debate on 100-days - By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Sri Lanka condoles loss of lives in Afghanistan avalanches

February 27, 2015  |

* Strict control on mining & sand transportation - President

* Honest and clean politicians will make public institutes corruption free - President

* Government takes measures to prevent spread of renal disease

* Malaysia offers to introduce its successful industrialization model in Sri Lanka

February 26, 2015  |

* Three new heads of mission present credentials

* Business community join hand with National Kidney Fund

* South Africa to share reconciliation and nation building experience with Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka concerned over situation in Maldives

* “One should have determination, courage & commitment to win challenges of life” - President

* CB issues operating instructions on Special Interest Scheme for Senior Citizens

* End to market manipulation – Finance Minister

* Govt to introduce pension scheme for all workers

* Malaysia to invest in Colombo-Kandy Expressway

February 25, 2015  |

* World Bank reaffirms its commitment to support Sri Lanka

* Commercial exploration for natural gasses in Mannar Basin by 2018

* U.S. continues to assist demining in Sri Lanka

* Motorcycles for 3,500 field officers

February 24, 2015  |

* Singapore to extend fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka at international forums

* Rapid solution to protect people from natural disasters - President

* Singapore, and Sri Lanka see immense potential' for further expanding bilateral cooperation

* SL - SA Partnership Forum began in Colombo

* Sri Lanka, South Africa to sign two cooperation agreements

* Sri Lanka mulls future of Rajapakse's white elephants

* President promises to take all possible measures to eradicate kidney disease

February 23, 2015  |

* President pledges to ensure religious freedom in the country

* Singapore Foreign Minister due in Sri Lanka this week to boost ties

* BOI impresses Japanese investors in Singapore

* SLTDA, SLTPB to initiate Satellite Accounts System

February 21, 2015  |

* President reviews progress of the 100-day plan

* A new phase in Indo-Lanka relations Emerging focus on Non-alignment: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

* Over 4000 Indian devotees to attend Katchatheevu festival

February 20, 2015  |

* World Bank pledges support to government’s development drive

* Major General Chrishantha De Silva, new Army Commander

* Sri Lanka, hold discussions with IMF and World Bank on near-term economic outlook

* Entree fee to Delhi National Museum reduced for Sri Lankans

* Sri Lanka condemns brutal killing of 21 Egyptians in Libya

* Govt to present proposed constitutional reforms for public discussion

* Genetic Screening in Sri Lanka for first time

February 19, 2015  |

* President returns taking Indo – Lanka relations to new heights

* Implement environment regulations without any fear

* Missing Persons Commission to hold next public sittings in Trincomalee District

* Sri Lanka completes feasibility studies on a FTA with Bangladesh

* Committee to be set up to probe Colombo Port City project

February 18, 2015  |

* President returns after successful visit to India

* Wonderful to have President Maithripala Sirisena in India – PM Modi

* India takes pride in the strengthening of democracy in Sri Lanka - President Mukherjee

* China welcomes constant growth of relations between Sri Lanka and India

* UNHRC grants Right Chief's request for 'one time only ' deferral of the report on Sri Lanka

* Indian leaders congratulate President on his election victory

* Health Minister meets Indian Minister of State for Home

February 16, 2015  |

* India keen to make Sri Lanka a closest friend in economic affairs – PM Modi

* Maha Shiva Rathri signifies unity and harmony transcends all differences - President

* ‘We have already established a good beginning towards future progress’ - President

* President & Indian PM agree to take bilateral relations to a higher level

* Sri Lanka – India sign four agreements

* Grand welcome at Rashtrapathi Bhavan for President Sirisena

* President to meet Indian President, PM today

* Subjects under State Defence Ministry released

* Foreign Minister concludes successful visit to U.S.

* Chili cultivation revival program in A'pura

* Tourist arrivals post 6.6 % growth in Jan.

* Price control officers for each electorate

February 15, 2015  |

* President arrives in India

* President begins State visit to India

February 14, 2015  |

* President assures of domestic mechanism to probe alleged rights violations during conflict

* US an important stakeholder in Sri Lanka's economic development - FM


* US excited about 100-day plan - Secretary Kerry tells Samaraweera

* India eagerly awaits to welcome President Sirisena – Indian PM

* President wishes Cricket team

February 13, 2015  |

* Government to release 1,000 acres of lands in North

* Be patient during transition and support new government – Sri Lanka tells international community

* Cabinet approves proposal to set up an Anti-Corruption Secretariat

* Salary bonanza from February

February 12, 2015  |

* Misleading news with regard to President's website and social media accounts

* A National Policy to eradicate the drug menace

* Treasury bill auction oversubscribed

* New Director General of the Bribery Commission appointed

* Our visits in both directions show the importance we both place on reinvigorating our relationship - Swire

* Winds of change blowing over Lanka

February 11, 2015  |

* President pledges to create an effective health service

February 10, 2015  |

* Nelum Pokuna Mawatha regains Ananda Coomaraswamy name

* President to appoint commission to probe large scale corruption

* President thanks Indian President, looks forward elevating engagement

* New tax policy to benefit constructions sector

* Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka & UK discuss bilateral issues

* 9th contingent of SLA troops is scheduled to be deployed in Lebanon

* Sri Lanka's export trade sector recorded 6.2% growth rate

February 09, 2015  |

* We will make Sri Lanka one of the best countries in education – President in Polonnaruwa

* Execute today’s duty to face tomorrow’s challenges - President

* Time for Sri Lanka to return as a respected member of the international community - U.S.

* Govt to appoint committee to inquire land issue in North

* US commends positive steps taken by new government

* Interim budget passed

* National Hospital OPD services extended till 10.00 pm

* Govt to address issues in construction industry - Sajith

* Provisional annual exports rise by 7%

February 07, 2015  |

* India looks forward to Sri Lankan President's visit

* Sri Lanka calls on the UN for direct engagement with its industry sector

* No change of status or removal of camps from North North, State Defense Minister asserts

* MOVING WITH FREEDOM TO NATIONAL UNITY and the exposure of a Crooked Justice

* Japan to support to supply clean drinking water to people

February 06, 2015  |

* President invites China to invest more in Sri Lanka

* Special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation

* Sri Lanka’s new government hopes to revisit past on its own terms - NY Times

* Govt. to continue with Colombo Port City Project

* Cabinet approves the National Drug Policy

February 05, 2015  |

* President to visit India

* President meets Kahawatte victim’s family

* CA prevent KP from leaving the country

* Sri Lanka & China share excellent relations which have stood the test of time - President

* ‘All must unite to create a drug-free Sri Lanka’ - President

* US ready to help Sri Lanka realize true potential - Biswal

* Sri Lankan peace keeping troops in Haiti receive commendation from UN

February 04, 2015  |

* Indian President extends greetings to Sri Lanka on Independence Day

* Stronger bonds of national unity and eradication of poverty – President at Independence Day celebrations

* Modi wishes Sri Lanka on Independence Day

* Xi congratulates SL on 67th National Day

* Independence celebrated in a civilized political culture today - PM

* Queen Elizabeth II sends greetings to Sri Lanka

* India to expand list of duty free items to Sri Lanka under SAFTA

February 03, 2015  |

* Message

* Commonwealth values strengthened in Sri Lanka, says Commonwealth SG

February 02, 2015  |

* “I do not want to lead a luxurious life at the expense of public” - President

* Stage Set for 67th Independence Day Parade

* CB issues Rs. 12,000 mn Treasury bills

* Students to get free exercise books

* Army recruits Mullaitivu youths

February 01, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka, UK seek enhanced economic and technical cooperation

* Budget praised for efforts to boost exports

* Speaker calls for special parliament sitting to debate removal of CJ

* Commonwealth Secretary General arrives on a three-day visit

* Colombo Stock Exchange to educate pensioners on sustainable financial planning

* Government to resolve potable water problems in Batticaloa district soon

January 31, 2015  |

* UK encouraged by Sri Lanka's renewed desire for reconciliation and long-term peace

* New Chief Justice sworn in

* Statement on Peace to be made on Independence Day

* Elections Commissioner announces holding elections for two local bodies in North

* Canada welcomes reinstatement of Shirani as CJ

* Health Ministry orders pictographic warnings on cigarette packets from February 1

* IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURALLY FATAL - PM : President advised, removal flawed and illegal


* US Assistant Secretary to arrive in Sri Lanka Sunday

January 30, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka's new government already taken important measures to improve human rights - HRW

* Expense of presidential secretariat brought down to Rs. 2560 million from Rs 95,930 million

* EC offers Sri Lanka assistance in meeting regulatory requirements to lift EU fishing ban

* New MP sworn in to fill President's seat

January 29, 2015  |

* Dhanapala briefs UNHR Chief

* Swire travels to North

* Mini Budget today

* Two wind power projects to Northern Region

* Interim Budget 2015 brings an array of relief

* President Sirisena Assumes Duties as Minister of Defence

January 28, 2015  |

* Process of removing CJ Shirani Bandaranayake and appointing Mohan Peiris instead was null and void in law

* Peshala Jayaratne takes oaths as NCP Chief Minister

* All ranks, privileges and pension restored for former Army commander

* US President sees new hope in Lanka

* Criticism is more important than eulogy – President

* UK Minister Hugo Swire to visit Sri Lanka

* Economy grows by 7.7% in third quarter

* No change in Sri Lanka's liberal market policies with India, Minister assures

* Sri Lanka Telecom to offer CYREN cybersecurity solution

January 27, 2015  |

* Presidential term limited to five years - President

* Six new Governors sworn in

* Northern Province Chief Secretary appointed

* Independence Day celebrations at Parliament grounds

* President assures Moragahakanda Project completion

* Govt. has given priority to rule of law - Archbishop

* Sri Lanka aims to improve ties with India - Prime Minister

* India ready to take bilateral relationship to next level with new government of Sri Lanka – Indian HC

* Export earnings rise

January 26, 2015  |

* We were able to introduce a political culture that has won the attention of world leaders – President at Hingurakgoda

* Government officials’ respectful support is expected to take the country forward – President

* Every measure to be taken to prevent kidney diseases - President

* Committed to fulfill obligations toward children – President

* I am totally committed to serve the people - President

* President and Prime Minister meet people of Polonnaruwa

* Govt launches two housing projects to provide houses for 50,000 families

* Expansion of Katunayake airport with Japanese funds to continue

* Easing of ban on foreign tourists to North & East brings benefits

* No additional taxes to offset price reductions – Finance Minister

January 25, 2015  |

* As one who knows the pain and tears of the people, President has the strength to take country on correct path – Maha Sangha

* Missing Persons Commission seeks meeting with President on future proceedings

* President meets people of Pulathisipura

* Top European trade delegation in Sri Lanka to initiate US$ 8 million project

* EU to fund Euro 14 million housing project to resettle IDPs

* Arjun Mahendran appointed Governor of Central Bank

* MOVING AWAY FROM A STATE OF DISORDER: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 23, 2015  |

* Our children should be empowered in every aspect to conquer the universe – President

* President Sirisena condoles on death of Saudi King Abdullah

* Three new Governors sworn in

* Foreign companies not allowed mining gems in Sri Lanka

* HSZ roads reopened

* CSE named the 'Most Sustainable Growth Exchange in Asia' for 2014

* Government's anti-corruption committee to be headed by PM

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan committed to expand bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation

* Sri Lanka, Fiji looking to strengthen bilateral relations

* Govt to construct 50, 000 housing units within a year

* Committee to look into implementation of large scale development projects

January 22, 2015  |

* Fuel prices reduced

* Former Army commander given full amnesty by President

* More ministers sworn in

* Economy grows by 7.7% in third quarterca201501/20150122sl_india_exchange_fishermen_at_maritime_border.htm"> Sri Lanka, India exchange fishermen at maritime border

* Subjects under new ministries released

* Passports of Cabraal and Sajin seized

* Sri Lanka’s ‘rainbow revolution’

January 21, 2015  |

* Prime Minister seeks support of all MPs for government programs

* UNP MP arrested

* India commends initial steps taken by Sri Lanka for political reconciliation and inclusiveness

January 20, 2015  |

* The foremost responsibility of Govt. is to fulfill promises given to people - President

* Govt to introduce 19th Amendment to Constitution empowering independent commissions & judiciary - Premier

* Jaffna Int'l Trade Fair from 23-25 January

* Air China launches flights to Colombo

January 19, 2015  |

* Your responsibility is to restore lost image of the Public Service: President tells top bureaucrats

* President inaugurates Attorneys General Conference

* Secretaries appointed to new Ministries

* President pledges to develop country with national and religious reconciliation

* India aims to enhance and qualitatively improve ties with Sri Lanka

* Iran hopes to expand close cooperation with Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka committed to the development of strategic partnership with China

January 17, 2015  |

* President leads SLFP

* US Assistant Secretary calls to forge stronger bonds with Sri Lanka

* No special occurrence in North and East after election

* Be an example to people in character and service – President By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 16, 2015  |

* Orders to remove cut-outs and banners of President

* PM promises pragmatic cooperation with China

January 15, 2015  |

* Pope tweets in Sinhala and Tamil

* Pope leaves Sri Lanka for the Philippines

* Sri Lanka to release Indian fishermen and their boats as goodwill gesture for Thaipongal

* President appoints three Advisors

* Pope prays to find inspiration and strength to build a future of reconciliation, justice and peace

January 14, 2015  |

* President hopes for peace, unity & prosperity

* Joseph Vaz canonized as Sri Lanka’s first Saint

* UN chief congratulates President Maithripala Sirisena

* Jayantha Dhanapala takes over as Foreign Relations Advisor to President

* Central Bank issues a commemorative coin to mark Pope’s visit

* Harin Fernando sworn in as Chief Minister of Uva

* Central Bank issues a commemorative coin to mark Pope’s visit

* Harin Fernando sworn in as Chief Minister of Uva

January 13, 2015  |

* Pope Francis calls on President

* President welcomes blessings from the Pope

* Pope Francis blesses ‘those who serve the beloved people of Sri Lanka’

* For reconciliation & rebuilding process to succeed all must work together - Pope

* Holy Father arrives in Sri Lanka

* Smooth transition of power in Sri Lanka could boost investor confidence - Fitch

* India looks forward to a cordial, warm friendly relationship with Sri Lanka

* Island of Nice: Sri Lanka

* Russia and Japan congratulate President Sirisena

January 12, 2015  |

* Ministers should set example to public through conduct and behavior – President

* New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in: 27 Cabinet Ministers, 10 State Ministers and 8 Deputies

* Political Leadership and Public Service should set an example to country – President

* President invites all political parties to form a national government

* In Pictures: Religious leaders bless new President

* China hopes new government will carry forward its amicable policy forward

* Indian President congratulates new President

* New President will be the Chair-in-Office of Commonwealth

* Pakistan expresses solidarity with newly elected Government

* New Zealand welcomes orderly transition in Sri Lanka

* Singapore looks forward to further strengthen bilateral ties with Sri Lanka

January 10, 2015  |

* President Maithripala Sirisena pledges: A crusade for socio-economic and political transformatio

* Obama congratulates new President, commends outgoing President

* British PM wishes newly elected President every opportunity to lead a stable, prosperous, united country

* Indian PM invites new President for a visit at the earliest opportunity

* EU looks forward to working with new President

* UN welcomes constitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka

January 09, 2015  |

* New President sworn in

* India, US congratulate President - elect

* President bows to the people’s verdict

January 08, 2015  |

* Presidential Election 2015: Long queues, brisk Polling

* Voting for Presidential Poll begins

* Govt expresses concern over UN statement: Repeated calls for a free and fair election in Sri Lanka are misplaced

* President Rajapaksa condemns terrorist attack in Paris

January 07, 2015  |

* Elections Commissioner says all arrangements are in place for a free and fair election

* ICT, BPO SECTOR targets US$ 1B

* Tourist arrivals exceeds 1.5 million in 2014

* Special security programme for Presidential Election

* PAFFREL says postal voting peaceful

* Special transport services for voters

January 06, 2015  |

* President assures further strengthening of public service

January 05, 2015  |

* Govt will never allow any force to bring back dark era again - President

* Won’t divide country whatever groups were active to achieve narrow personal ends - President

* President looks into Polonnaruwa Flood victims needs

* Election campaign ends today

* Government to pay compensation to flood-affected farmers

January 04, 2015  |

* President asks Tamils not to be misled by false promises

* SL expresses displeasure over EU statement

* Pope, Vatican finalize trip arrangements

* Sri Lanka expects to maintain economic growth at 8% for next five years

* 'Momentum' - Jaffna, brings together eminent business leaders, professionals and academics from North

* India assists flood victims

* THE WRITING OF HISTORY IN 2015: By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

January 02, 2015  |

* Join hands to achieve the promised bright future - President Rajapaksa urges people of Jaffna

* Prepared to carry forward pro-people programme - President

* Inflation reached low single digit levels by end 2014

* More interest for senior citizens

January 01, 2015  |

* I will be more of a statesman than a politician – President

* Safeguard the Motherland we have built, and take it further to heights of world - winning achievements - President Rajapaksa

* Govt. will leave no room for territorial division - President

* Sri Lanka to reinstate granting Dual Citizenship

* UN to avoid holding meetings on Vesak Day

* UPFA criticizes UN Chief for wrongful inferences

* CSE records stellar performance in 2014

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