The President made these remarks addressing the 22nd National Conference of the All Ceylon Samurdhi Development, Agricultural Research and Production Assistants Union held at the Temple Tress, today
Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said that Sri Lanka has one of the best health systems in the world and because of that the country was able to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak here and cure the Chinese female tourist infected with the virus.
01 The agreement between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of Czech Republic for the prevention
A gathering of a few more than 250 tri-service personnel, headed by the Secretary Defence, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Navy and Air Force Commanders recently (18) took part in the globally conducted ‘CISM Day Run’ in Colombo.
Colonel Michael Fricke, the Military Attaché at the German Embassy in India made an official visit to the Naval Headquarters yesterday
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed all Provincial Councils and Local Authorities to suspend the imposition of any extra levy or raising any existing rates or taxes. Furthermore, these bodies have been requested to review the entire local authority rate and fees structure to simplify it within 30 days from to date
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to take measures to uplift local industries and encourage investors by removing obstructions.
The Committee on Public Accounts report on 844 institutions of State, Provincial Councils and Local Government for the Fiscal Year of 2018, was tabled in Parliament today (18th) by its Chairman, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna. That report consists of over 800 pages.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that his resolution is to transform Sri Lanka as the most favourable country for investments.
New Defence Attaché of the Embassy of People’s Republic of China, Senior Colonel Wan Dong made a visit to the Naval Headquarters recently
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the contribution by the Honganji Foundation led by the Most Ven. Ohtani Chohjun towards strengthening the relations between Sri Lanka and Japan over the decades has been monumental.
Hon. Minister, Douglas Devananda’s attention has been directed to improve the boat production factory at Karainagar, Jaffna with new technology for the benefit of the entire country. He said so when he made an observation tour recently to look into the affairs of the factory.
Sri Lankan students, currently enrolled at the People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), are organizing the Sri Lankan Cultural Week to promote Sri Lankan historic and cultural heritage among the international student community at the RUDN University.
Marriot Hotel – Islamabad and Pearl Continental Hotel – Rawalpindi with the support of Sri Lanka High Commission organized a Sri Lanka food festival on the 05 and 06 February 2020 in Islamabad and Rawalpindi in line with the 72nd anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka.
An exhibition of paintings was held recently at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi to coincide with the 72nd anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Mohamed Rizvi Hassen paid a courtesy call on Speaker of Parliament of Turkey Mustafa Sentop at his office in Ankara
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Ambassador Sugeeshwara Gunaratna paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussien, on 12 February at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia.
Turkey looks forward in sharing Sri Lanka’s experiences in combating terrorism and enhancing intelligence sharing in a combined effort to combat violent fundamental extremism.
Sri Lanka and Turkey concluded the negotiations of the “Elimination of Double Taxation with respect to taxes on income and the prevention of tax evasion and avoidance” from 21 to 24 January 2020 in Ankara.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met yesterday (17 February 2020) the visiting US Congressional delegation, comprising Mr. Ami Bera, MD, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Non-Proliferation and Representative Mr. George E.B. Holding, Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Budget Committee and Ethics Committee and two members of the Congressional Committee Staff.
The preliminary report of the 4- member Committee appointed to review the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact (MCC) was handed over to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday
Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held on 12.02.2020. Contribution of Sri Lanka for the arrears amounts recovery and loan concessionary package expected to be established in assistance for the reformation process of Somalia, using the internal resources with the contribution from the member countries of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Permanent Mission of SL to the UN’s together with the Sri Lankan community in the tri-state area of NYK celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of Independence »
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in association with the Sri Lankan community of the tri-State area of New York, celebrated the 72nd Anniversary of Independence on 9th February 2020 at the High School of Fashion Industries Auditorium in New York. The event was attended by an audience of over 700 persons.
The Japanese Government will ensure that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s scheduled visit to Japan will be successful and productive, assured Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama. He met with President Rajapaksa last evening
Afghanistan Ambassador to Sri Lanka M. Asharf Haidari pledged that Afghanistan would provide its assistance to Sri Lanka in countering drug trafficking in the South Asian region.
India assist’s to Central Province House Projects and new Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre »
Foundation Stones laid for India assisted projects in Central Province : Indian Housing Project at Vellai Oya Estate and New Auditorium for Thondaman Vocational Training Centre (TVTC), Hatton
Acting High Commissioner of India speaks about India’s recent strides in the renewable energy sector: Energy alternatives should be “available, affordable and accessible” »
Acting High Commissioner of India Mr. Vinod K. Jacob spoke about key milestones achieved by India in the renewable energy sector. He was speaking at the third edition of Renewable Energy Growth Forum - Sri Lanka Chapter - which was held in Taj Samudra recently.
At the Lotus Tower today, retired Major General Prasad Samarasinghe took up duties as Head of management. He had served in the capacity of Sri Lankan Army chief of staff until his retirement in 2015 after 35 years of service in the Sri Lankan Army.
An event organized to hand over the 33 students who were flown back from Wuhan in China, to their parents was held under the patronage of the Commander of Sri Lanka Army and Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at the Army Headquarters in Akuregoda recently.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom of Bahrain successfully co-ordinated Sri Lanka’s participation at the “Bahrain for All” festival held at Bahrain Bay from 06 to 07 February 2020.
A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and representatives of Progressive Trade Union Federation held at the President’s House in Fort recently
President of the Republic of Guinia-Bissau, Umaro Cissoko Embalo, accompanied by Ms. Suzi Barbosa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau who made a brief visit to Sri Lanka this morning en route to Spain called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.
Once more extension of beach clean-up drive of the Sri Lanka Navy, mooted in view of conservation of beaches around the island, was successfully carried out at several beaches in the Eastern, Southern, North Central and South Eastern Naval Areas, on 10th, 15th and 16th February 2020.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the progress of Port City Colombo yesterday (16). Attention was drawn to the plan of the Port City during the National Law Conference held under the patronage of President Rajapaksa recently.
Colonel David Ashman, the Defence Adviser at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka met the Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Merril Wickramasinghe recently
A National Salaries Commission has been established to provide guidance and assistance to the Government in formulating and executing a National Salaries Policy. The Commission has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in accordance with the powers vested upon him under the Article 33 of the Constitution.
Israel is willing to assist Sri Lanka to digitalise its state sector while strengthening military ties, sharing intelligence and offer more training opportunities for Sri Lanka Police and Tri Forces personnel.
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has facilitated the Paddy Marketing Board (PMB) to purchase over 3,268,600 kilos of paddy worth of over Rs. 163,430,000 during last two weeks.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made an unannounced visited the Welikada prison in the evening, recently. President Rajapaksa engaged in casual conversation with the prisoners. A majority of these prisoners have been imprisoned for using narcotic substances.
Veteran musician Jagath Wickramasinghe has been named Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) chairman. Wickramasinghe, a musical Sangeet Visharad, went on to study at the Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow, India.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.
From this year onwards, the Department of Examinations has decided to use online application form for exams such as the Ordinary Level, Advanced Level and the Grade Five Scholarship Test. Through this, the students could be given a more effective and safer service.
The Ministry of Passenger Transport will soon be launching a smart card for quick train travel and an e-ticketing system for seat reservation in trains. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has submitted a Memorandum to the Cabinet requesting its approval to implement these two facilities.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa advised to expedite the surveying of the land units during a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat.
International Military Sports Council (CISM) Day Run is organized annually by member countries of the International Military Sports Council to celebrate its anniversary worldwide. It is in this backdrop, the Sri Lanka Navy is organizing the CISM Day Run – 2020 which is scheduled to be flagged off at the Galle Face Green on 18th February 2020 at 5.30 a.m., with the attendance of tri-service personnel and distinguished invitees.
The University Grants Commission (USC) on Higher Education Technology and Innovation Minister Bandula Gunawardena has appointed a seven-member Inquiry Committee headed by a former Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka to suggest adequate relief to victims of ragging and to introduce appropriate measures to prevent ragging.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed yesterday the need to reform the country's education system in order to achieve rapid economic growth. The President spoke during a meeting yesterday at the President's Office with officials from the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka (UGC) and University Vice Chancellors (VCs).
The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) had unanimously approved the selection of MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the general secretary of the new UNP-led alliance MP Sujeewa Senasinghe said a while ago.
Two more events of the Navy’s beach cleaning programme were conducted in the Northern and Southern Naval Commands on 05th and 07th February 2020.
An Observation Board for imported teledramas and films was appointed by Information and Communication Technology, Higher Education, Technology and Innovations Minister Bandula Gunawardane at a ceremony held at the Ministry recently.
SL has an important role to play in maintaining peace and stability in the region- Pakistani Air Force Chief »
Pakistan Air Force Chief Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said Sri Lanka had an important role to play in maintaining peace and stability in the region and pledged to support strengthening intelligence sharing.
Karu Jayasuriya says he is ready to say goodbye to the Speaker's post and urged the people to nominate people for the next five years to be elected Honorable Members of Parliament. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has visited the Malwatte and Asgiriya chief prelates this morning to present to the Mahanayakes the original of his biography.
The newly constructed seven-storey building at Ananda College, Colombo was vested with the students by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today (07). It is a historic occasion that the first and only Executive President produced by Ananda College declared open this new building.
The programme to employ unemployed undergraduates will accept application forms until 20th of February.
Afghan Minister of Finance Mohammed Humayon Qayoumi called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s residence yesterday
The visiting Sri Lankan delegation, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Secretary Defence and Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army soon after the inaugural sessions of the ‘DEFEXPO-2020’ in Lucknow, took a keen interest in watching a large segment of exhibits on show in the ‘Defence Research and Development Organization’ section in the Exhibition, a wing quite identical to Sri Lanka’s Branch operating in the Ministry of Defence and the Army and several other exhibition sites.
The age limit for applying under the Government’s programme to employ unemployed graduates has now been increased to 45 years. Previously, the age limit was set at 35 years.
On the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of independence of Sri Lanka, Minister of Foreign Relations, Dinesh Gunawardena hosted a High Tea for resident and non-resident envoys accredited to Sri Lanka on 04 February 2020 at the Ministry of Foreign Relations.
As instructed by the Ministry of Finance on January 31, 2020 pending formal amendment to the Inland Revenue Act No. 24 of 2017, WHT on any payments (including interest, dividends rent etc.) made to any resident person and PAYE on any employment receipts to any resident or non-resident individual is removed with effect from January 01, 2020.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is leaving today for New Delhi on a state visit to India at the invitation of his Indian Premier Narendra Modi from 7 to 11 February. This is Rajapaksa's first foreign visit following assuming duties as Prime Minister last November.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gifted a consignment of world renowned Ceylon Black Tea to the Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan to be sent to those affected by the Coronavirus. Ambassador Xueyuan deeply appreciated the gesture.
Co-Cabinet spokesperson, Minister of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said the government has decided to implement an accelerated development project to upgrade the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Harbor as a major commercial port.
The visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation, now in Sri Lanka, began his itinerary on Wednesday (5), paying a courtesy call on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva at the Navy Headquarters.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's proposal to provide government jobs for all unemployed graduates, stated today Co-Cabinet Media Spokesman Information & Communications Technology, Higher Education, and Minister of Technology & Innovation Dr Bandula Gunawardane.
The Indian Navy Ship (INS) ‘Jamuna’ arrived at the port of Colombo today (06th February 2020) and she was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions.
Considered as one of the main community-oriented projects in the peninsula that has been launched in the most recent times, the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) on Sunday (2) on the eve of the National Independence Day held four ceremonies to distribute a record 411 number of push bicycles among needy students in the Jaffna peninsula.
01.Management of archaeological heritages of Rajagala archaeological complex.
It has been unveiled that there are 593 places of archaeologically importance in the shrine
Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, the Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (05 Feb2020). He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Tazeena Mujahid. The Air Chief Marshal and his wife along with their entourage were received at the Bandaranaike International Airport commander of tha Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Sumangala Dias and Mrs Prabavi Dias.
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations celebrates the 72nd Anniversary of Independence in New York »
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York celebrated Sri Lanka’s 72nd Anniversary of Independence by hosting an evening reception for a large number of foreign diplomats and representatives of the Sri Lanka Community in the tri-state area, civil society, media and artistes on 4th February 2020 at the Mission premises.
An APP is going to be launched for the delivery of packages in every province with the partnership of the Sri Lanka Post and Sri Lanka Telecom under the concept of His Excellency the President’s concept of creating an efficient and productive environment in the public institutions.
Hon Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa cordially received the visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation on Wednesday (5) when the latter arrived at the Prime Minister’s office for a courtesy audience.
Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov of the Russian Federation currently in Sri Lanka on a goodwill tour at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army yesterday
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged the expansion of friendship and cooperation relations with Sri Lanka, highlighted today the Caribbean country's foreign ministry site.
A location reportedly has been designated as an' Agitation Location' near the Galle Face Green, Colombo. In the recent past, it has been a common sight that continuous protest protests during Colombo disturb the public.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today reiterated in parliament (05) that the daily wage of Rs. 1000 for plantation sector estate workers will come into effect as of 1 March 2020. The Prime Minister made this statement in response to a question placed by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake,
The Union Cabinet has granted ex-post facto dispensation to Alliance Air, a 100 percent subsidiary of Air India, to fly on international sectors between India and Sri Lanka.
Members of the Public Accounts Committee (COPA) and the Public Enterprises Committee (COPE) have been named, the Parliament's Communications Department says. On the meeting held at 24 January 2020, the Committee of Selection named 16 members to the COPA in compliance with Parliament's provisions of Standing Order 119(1).
The Government is making arrangements to provide 10 essential commodities to low-income families at concessional rates as announced yesterday in Parliament by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
SriLankan Airlines is rationalizing its services to China in accordance with current market conditions as per its long-held commercial policies, with a temporary reduction of frequencies to several cities. This is to better reflect present passenger demand in the wake of a significant reduction in the number of Chinese travelers venturing overseas following the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus epidemic.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be answering the questions that Members of Parliament have posed today.
The Parliament Communication Department said that Saman Rathnapriya Silva was sworn in as a Member of Parliament today in the presence of Parliament Speaker KaruJayasuriya.
While preserving the right of every citizen for a secured life, freedom of expression and thinking, we will leave no room for extremist organizations that pave way for terrorism, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.
HE the President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in parallel with the 72nd National Independence Day through the Ministry of Defence has declared a week-long general amnesty period for Tri Service absentees to receive discharge or rejoin to continue their national service to the country, effective from 5 February 2020 to 12 February 2020.
Sri Lanka is a Unitary State. It is a free, sovereign, independent and democratic Republic.On this occasion when we celebrate 72 years of Independence after nearly 500 years of imperialist colonial rule, I address you as the Head of the State with a pledge to further strengthen your freedom. I pay tribute to all Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay and Burgher leaders who dedicated themselves to achieving and ensuring this Independence.
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Amidst fluttering Sri Lanka Army flags, military formalities, including a colourful Guard of Honour and a prestigious Guard Turnout presented a red carpet reception to the visiting Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army,
The 72nd anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence was celebrated this this year, centered on the magnificent edifice that was built to commemorate Sri Lanka’s gaining of independence from the British in 1948, The Independence Square.
On the sidelines of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations, the Sri Lanka Navy accorded a 25-Gun Salute to the nation today, 04th February 2020, at the Lighthouse premises in Colombo Fort, by 12.00 noon.
Google celebrated Sri Lanka's 72nd Independence Day today with a Google Doodle featuring the lion and three colors of the national flag. Google periodically changes its doodle to mark a historic occasion.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa commended the SriLankan Airlines crew who flew to Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus to bring back Sri Lankan students.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the development process and environmental protection should go hand in hand for the betterment of the country and the future generations.
All arrangements have been made to celebrate Sri Lanka's 72nd National Independence Day tomorrow at Independence Square in Colombo. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will preside over the National Independence Day celebrations under the theme ' A Secured Nation – A Prosperous Country.
The visiting Russian Federation’s Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces, General of the Army, Oleg Salyukov, just a few hours after his arrival on Monday (3) morning called on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the office of the Ministry of Defence.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered a comprehensive investigation into reports of allegations over financial irregularities said to have committed during the deal between SriLankan Airlines and Airbus SE for the purchase of aircrafts.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in partnership with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden arranged the participation of Sri Lankan Destination Management Companies (DMCs) at Advenur 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania
The Consulate General with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Sri Lanka, under the Economic Diplomacy Program, conducted a one month advertising campaign displaying posters on Metro trains in Toronto.
The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra welcomed the delegation led by Sam Watson, General Manager of the Australian Organising Committee of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, who visited the Sri Lanka High Commission on 30 January 2020 along with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Trophy.
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Senior Advisor on Economic Affairs to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal who was on a visit to the United Kingdom called on the Minister of State for International Trade The Rt Hon Conor Burns MP on 28 January 2020.
General Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation, a combat veteran with 45 years in service and decorated with orders and 9 medals will arrive in Sri Lanka today
There are currently no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Sri Lanka as the Chinese national who contracted the disease was tested negative according to the latest medical reports yesterday, health authorities announced.