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I won’t influence any entrepreneur but will support their development - President

[May 22, 2015]

President Maithripala Sirisena says he would not try to unduly influence any business or entrepreneur in the way some previous politicians of the Government did, but will give support for the development of business.

“We expect only the tax and other payments due to the government from the entrepreneurs after they become successful in their business. I do not want any benefit or remuneration from them,” he said.

The President was speaking at the opening of 10th Sri Lanka Hotel Exhibition held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) today (May 22).



China-Lanka Buddhist links to flourish under Maithripala leadership - Chinese Sangha Nayake Thero
[May 22, 2015]

The Sangha Nayake Thero of Guangzhou, China said that is fully confident that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Buddhist links between Sri Lanka and China would become stronger.


President instructs continue Colombo beautification
[May 22, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to implement the beautification and maintaining process in the Colombo city and other urban areas without any backdrop.


War Heroes are those worthy of honor - President
[May 21, 2015]
Today we are enjoying the freedom and solidarity in our country with territorial integrity accomplish by the commitments of the War Heroes.


War Heroes Book Mark presented to President
[May 21, 2015]
A book mark issued to mark War Heroes Remembrance Month was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena by the President of the Ranaviru Seva Authority, Mrs. Anoma Fonseka today (May 21) at President’s Residence.


President takes oath as Chief Scout
[May 21, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena took oaths as Chief Scout of Sri Lanka & Patron of the Scouts Guild yesterday (May 20) at a special ceremony held at the President’s Office.


Malaysia interested in major joint ventures
[May 21, 2015]
High level team of Malaysian entrepreneurs headed by Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Datu Seri Utama Samy Vellu called on President Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence today (May 21) and expressed interest in major joint ventures and investments in several areas.


People are pleased we have honoured their mandate - President
“Excessive powers curtailed and will continue good governance”

War Heroes laid foundation for national unity & harmony - PM

Sri Lanka hosts forum on international humanitarian law
[May 20, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena said the government has fulfilled the mandate given by the people in large measure to the satisfaction of the people and the policy of good governance would be continued in the coming years.


[May 20, 2015]
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says War Heroes who eliminated terrorism that engulfed our country for a longtime laid the basic foundation to build national unity and harmony.
[May 20, 2015]
The sixth annual South Asian Regional Conference on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is being held in Colombo from 19-21 May 2015.
Our policy is that of development and reconciliation - President
“We never let the brutal terrorism to be arisen in this country again”

President praises Tri Forces' personnel

Positive step towards good governance – Asgiriya Prelate
[May 19, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena said though the damaged buildings, destroyed roads and other physical resources were being re-built there was no reconciliation process during the post-war period to rebuild the broken hearts and minds.


[May 19, 2015]
The Tri Forces' personnel should be ready to engage in any kind of rescue operation similar to the one they participated in Nepal affected by the earthquake, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
[May 19, 2015]
The reduction of the legal immunity offered to the President and making him answerable to Courts on human rights cases is a positive step towards good governance, said Most Ven. Galagama Aththadassi Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter.
A new National Policy on art & culture to be formulated soon

No room will be left for misuse of power – President

Await the Sound of Carlton Music
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake
[May 18, 2015]
A proposal which includes recommendations for drafting a new National Policy on art and culture presented to President Maithripala Sirisena today (18).


[May 18, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Polonnaruwa District Conference held at Polonnaruwa “Buddhi Mandapaya” ...
[May 18, 2015]
The choruses of corruption allegations that are being sung each day have little of soft and touching music in them.

May 18, 2015  |

* Constitutional Council within next two weeks

* Jaffna’s first Intl Buddhist Conference this week

May 15, 2015  |

* Era in which judiciary was politically influenced ended - President

* Speaker endorsed certificate of 19th amendment to Constitution

* Cabinet Subcommittee to look into proposed electoral system

* Tamil refugees in TN return home

* London Mayor is to lead a business delegation to Sri Lanka

* Govt. aim is to regain SL’s position as a responsible & respected member of international community - Foreign Minister

May 14, 2015  |

* The Prime Minister is the people’s choice - President

* Major changes needed in National Education Policy - President

* Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attack in Karachi

* China congratulates new Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera

May 13, 2015  |

* End the era of political interference - President

* Local Government Elections after General Elections – President

* Political parties should get rid of obstacles prevent brotherhood among communities - President

* Budgetary allocations for health & education will be increased - President

* Indian fishermen’s delegation meets President

May 12, 2015  |

* President thanks Pakistan for invaluable support given to end the fight against terrorists

* Executive Powers will be utilized to protect environment - President

* President instructs immediate resettlement of Miriyabedde victims

* President holds discussion on proposed electoral reforms

May 11, 2015  |

* President congratulates British PM on his election victory

* President orders halt to deforestation & Land clearing around Wilpattu National Park

* Mahanayaka Theras advise invaluable - President

* Lanka condoles on Pakistan Helicopter crash

May 08, 2015  |

* Country’s agenda is most important – President

* President revokes Sampur land agreement

* Australia lauds Lankan initiatives to prevent illegal migrants

* Over 1600 Tamil Teacher Assistants recruited today

May 07, 2015  |

* Meeting between President Sirisena & Former President concludes

* Russia and Sri Lanka to ink new MoUs for cooperation

* Sannasgala expresses social realities in detailed manner - President

* Indo-Ceylon Economic Dialogue tomorrow

May 06, 2015  |

* I will not breach trust placed in me - President

* Four teams to be appointed to missing persons' commission for investigations

* Pakistan PM for strong economic ties with Sri Lanka

May 05, 2015  |

* Buddhist teachings help strengthen moral values - President

* Problems of Sri Lanka are clearly going to be solved by Sri Lankans - John Kerry

* Distribution of voters’ lists from next month

* More facilities for Anuradhapura pilgrims

May 03, 2015  |

* Vesak a great blessing at a time we are building a society with co-existence, equality & justice to all - President

May 02, 2015  |

* US for stronger partnership with Sri Lanka - John Kerry

May 01, 2015  |

* President calls forworking people to show oftheir commitment to Good Governance

April 30, 2015  |

* Educating children on negative effects of tobacco & alcohol should be further strengthened – President

* Special Presidential Task Force for recovery of illegally acquired state assets

* US applauds the vision of the new Govt.

* Guidance given by Anagarika Dharmapala helps to build a better society – President

April 29, 2015  |

* President directs solve drinking water problem of North

* Five new envoys present credentials

* 19A to the Constitution passed in Parliament

* A Cabinet Sub Committee to instruct the DIG of the PFFID

* PM thanks those contributed 19A

April 28, 2015  |

* President thanks all who contributed to pass 19th Amendment

* Nineteenth amendment adopted

* 60% of allegations were levelled against LTTE - Missing Persons Commission

* If passed, 19A will come into effect from April 30 - PM

* US Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka rediscovers itself

* China offers Sichuan province World Tourism Fair Free for Sri Lanka

April 27, 2015  |

* President urges all MPs to support 19A for the benefit of future generations

* Designating a Prime Ministerial candidate politically illogical - President

* May inherent resolve & courage of people of Nepal overcome this tragedy & rebuild their lives - President

* President hands over copy of 19th amendment to Mahanayakas

* Nineteenth amendment to constitution in Parliament today

April 24, 2015  |

* Hundred Days Programme very successful – PM

* Right to Information draft Bill to be presented to Parliment

* 'I was elected not to enjoy the glory of Presidency' - President

* President Sirisena offers biggest ever funding for health – DG, Health Services

* Foreign diplomats hail President Sirisena’s commitment to Good Governance

* The new Govt. & its 100 day programme

* Fullest support to President’s people-friendly actions - Catholic Bishops’ Conference

April 23, 2015  |

* “Vote unanimously for 19A” - President’s call to MPs “Let us all be responsible and accountable”

April 22, 2015  |

* President appoints officials to state-owned institutions

* Western Ambassadors expresses high appreciation over 100 day program success

* SLFP & UNP should work together as a Govt. for the benefit of people - President

April 21, 2015  |

* Peshala Jayaratne appointed as SLFP organizer for Polonnaruwa

* Turkish business delegation to visit Sri Lanka

* Parliament adjourned until Monday

* Govt’s priority to build local economy based on Agriculture - President

* Lanka's Export Sector records five percent growth

* Practicing Buddhism leads way to Good Governance – Ven. Sobitha Thera

April 20, 2015  |

* President directs reinstating RDA, BOI workers

* Advices & guidance given by Maha Sangha to rulers were great strength to them - President

April 17, 2015  |

* Probes into five mega deals over; AG can act now – Presidential aide - by Shamindra Ferdinando

* Sri Lanka at UN-Habitat session today

* Indian e-Tourist Visa applications for Lankans

* SpeciaProbes into five mega deals over; AG can act now – Presidential aide - by Shamindra Ferdinando

* Special bus & train services to return to Colombo

April 16, 2015  |

* Britain supports Sri Lanka in addressing past issues – Cameron

* President patronizes in offering new rice at Somawathie

April 15, 2015  |

* Country’s first Open Air Zoo opens on Friday

* Wesak week declared

* President at New Year oil anointing ceremony

April 14, 2015  |

* On-arrival visa for Sri Lankans visiting India

* SL’s new leader has a tough job: restore democracy & pacify major powers - TIME

April 10, 2015  |

* Bhutan and Sri Lanka friendship based on common spiritual link of Buddhism

* Devotees in large numbers pay last respects to Mahanayake

* Special bus service for New Year begins

* What is special in this New Year is spread of festivity amidst commitment to good governance - President

* Sri Lanka- Bhutan sign MoU to enhance bilateral relations

April 09, 2015  |

* Amended 19 A in Parliament on April 20; dissolution to follow - President

* Sri Lanka’s New Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe - Time

* Bhutan PM arrives in Sri Lanka

* State funeral for Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera

* Sri Lanka Tourism enters screen-based marketing

* Sri Lankans evacuated from Yemen

* President, PM in special discussion

* Most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thero brought greater light to Buddha Sasana - President

April 08, 2015  |

* Task performed by Govt in 88 days is satisfactory - PM

* President returns after successful state visit to Pakistan

* Electricity supply to villages brings opportunity for rural children to win world - President

April 07, 2015  |

* UN Assistant Secretary-General extends support to SL on a wide range of issues

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to strengthen business ties

* Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly discusses the concept of national govt. with President Sirisena

* President Sirisena’s visit testifies to strong bonds between Lanka & Pakistan - Nawaz Sharif

* Sri Lanka & Pakistan leaders pledge to strengthen bilateral relations

* Buddhist Chief Prelate of Asgiriya Chapter passes away

April 05, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka’s brand value to reach US$ 79 b in 2015

* Tourist arrivals up in March

* Sri Lanka high on lists of places to visit in 2015 - Mail Online

* President arrives in Pakistan

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan sign agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation

* Lanka, Pakistani leaders to hold bilateral talks

April 05, 2015  |

* President attends Easter celebrations

* Spirit of Easter shows path for our own advancement as a nation - President

* President to leave for Pakistan

* Farmers’ lives should be made prosperous & dignified at any cost - President

April 02, 2015  |

* Forest resources destroyed in recent past with state patronage - President

* Govt. committed to strengthen local engineers - President at the National Engineering Conference 2015

* Colombo-Talaimannar train services resumes today

* UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

* China offers over $1 bln in grants to Sri Lanka without any conditions

* Presidential pardon for Udaya

* Drug prices to be regulated

April 01, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka Tourism Strategy - China 2015 launched

* Inflation drops further in March

* Special development project for Galle

March 31, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka invited to join Budapest Cybercrime Convention – ICTA

* President returns after successful visit to China

* President hands over health sector appointment letters

* EU considers GSP+ and lifting of fish products ban

March 30, 2015  |

* One thousand acres for Jaffna resettlement

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

* Unemployment rate decreases

March 28, 2015  |

* Asian enterprise is a key driver in global economic development – President at Boao Forum

* First free Wi-Fi zone opened today

March 27, 2015  |

* China, SL leaders reiterates all weather friendship

* China, SL leaders reiterates all weather friendship

* Lanka to get DCD & Melamine test machine

* Loan scheme to revive small rice mills

* China affirms fullest cooperation to new Sri Lankan Govt's initiatives

* Committee to probe CMC housing problems

March 26, 2015  |

* China, Sri Lanka sign agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation

* China's aid to build a new hospital for kidney patients

* SL-China Friendship Association welcomes President’s state visit to China

* Govt commences formal process to regain EU's GSP Plus facility

* Warm welcome for President Sirisena in Beijing

March 25, 2015  |

* President left for China

* 19th Amendment bill tabled in Parliament

* President appoints Ministries’ Secretaries

March 24, 2015  |

* Emir of Qatar and President Sirisena express commitment for strong bilateral ties

* Sri Lanka and Qatar sign three agreements

* Lee Kuan Yew, an iconic figure who left an indelible mark globally - President

* Emir of Qatar to arrive in Sri Lanka today

* Sri Lanka achieves most MDG targets well ahead of schedule - MDG Country report

* Dual citizenship reintroduced

* Mahapola bursary increased

March 23, 2015  |

* ‘Every measure to be taken to resolve problems of the people’ - President says in Jaffna

* Glad to climb up ladder to Head of State, being a child brought up in a ‘Govi Janapada’ - President

* It is a privilege to bestow first ever Field Marshal rank to General Sarath Fonseka - President

* Japan helps improve Mannar schools

March 22, 2015  |

* New Ministers sworn in

* National nutrition program for pregnant mothers launched

* U.S. delegation encouraged by Sri Lanka's progress in religious freedom since election

* Cabinet Sub-committee to be appointed to review Uma Oya multipurpose project

* Sri Lanka, Pakistan to expand cooperation on eradicating drug trafficking, disaster management

* President to participate in Asian-African Conference in Indonesia next month

* President places Sirisena imprint in political leadership "Constitutional changes take precedence over polls"- By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

March 20, 2015  |

* Sri Lanka budget proposals positive for large spirit makers - Fitch

* EU trade delegation to arrive in Sri Lanka next week to discuss GSP Plus

* ICT revenue expected to top US$ 1b in 2015

* Independence of public service & impartiality will be guaranteed at highest level - President

March 19, 2015  |

* Laws against terrorist financing and money laundering to be strengthened

* President praises Vietnam’s rapid agricultural growth

* President launches construction work of Sobadam Piyasa

* Recent developments in Sri Lanka have created new openings and opportunities – Indian FM

* Sri Lanka to formulate a National Agriculture Policy

* CB maintains policy rates, expecting economic growth to continue

March 18, 2015  |

* Constitutional reforms first, dissolution later - President

* We should look at Tamil Diaspora through a new angle - President

* President congratulates GCE AL toppers

* Switzerland ready to support Sri Lanka's national reconciliation

* Sri Lanka condemns bomb attacks on Pakistan churches

March 17, 2015  |

* President seeks opinions and proposals to change preferential voting system

* Gazette on reforms published

* Committee appointed to develop livelihood programs for ex-LTTE cadre

* Constitutional status for Bribery Commission

* Japan grants Rs.10mn for water & sanitation for Nuwara Eliya

March 166, 2015  |

* Cabinet approves 19th Amendment to Constitution for government reforms

* President appointed as chairman of UPFA

* President congratulates Sri Lankan cricket team for World Cup

* Missing persons commission to hand in interim report to President Wednesday

* Indian PM Modi concludes visit to Sri Lanka

March 14, 2015  |

* Indian PM flags off Talaimannar train service

* Jaffna spreading message of peace to the world – Indian PM

* Welcome to Modi - fitting finish to success at Commonwealth: On My Watch - by Lucien Rajakarunanayake

*** Indian PM asks Tail political leaders to be patient with new government

* Indian PM to visit North

* Unity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka paramount to India: Indian PM

March 13, 2015  |

On arrival visas for Sri Lankans visiting India - Prime Minister Modi

* India will help to make Trinco a Regional Petroleum Hub - Prime Minister Modi

* A new page in Indo-Lanka cooperation - President Sirisena

*** Indian PM arrives

* Housing loans to 50, 000 families

* President promises to set up a domestic war crimes inquiry within a month

* Sri Lanka and India sign four bilateral agreements

March 12, 2015  |

* President returns after successful visit to London

* President has an audience with Queen

* President orders release of 86 Indian fishermen

Commonwealth SG commends government’s initiatives to resolve issues of every Sri Lankans

* Dedicated to fulfill people’s expectations - President

* A'pura to get 100 percent electrification

March 111, 2015  |

* Sanga creates history with 4th successive century in World Cup

* President visits London Buddhist Viharaya

** UK willing to assist Sri Lanka in every sphere – British PM

* Opportunity for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka - UN

* PM names a committee to probe Treasury Bond issue

* Foreign Minister discusses proposed constitutional reforms with British Foreign Secretary

* Busy schedule awaits Indian Prime Minister during his visit to Sri Lanka

* Free Wi-Fi facilities at 100 railway stations

* I embark on my first visit to Sri Lanka with great joy and confidence – PM Modi

March 100, 2015  |

* President attends Commonwealth Observance Day

* Our foreign policy focuses on gaining support of all countries - President

* ‘I truly believe President Sirisena can help to heal deep wounds of war & rebuild the country’ - British Prime Minister

** Tourist arrivals up in February

* “Don’t look at Sri Lanka through Tamil prism” - Minister Champika Ranawaka

March 099, 2015  |

* President arrives in London on a four-day Official Visit

* President to appoint Committee to probe alleged malpractices on Treasury Bonds

* Indian PM tweets about SL visit

* China ready to push strategic cooperative partnership with Sri Lanka to a new level

* President appoints Commission of Inquiry to probe corruption and abuse of power

* Lanka-Pakistan bilateral ties will be further strengthened - Hakeem

** UK retailers eager to buy more from Lanka

* Special task force to eliminate violence against women

March 08, 2015  |

* President leaves for London to attend the Commonwealth Day celebrations

* International Women's Day Message

* Indian Minister discusses fishermen issue with PM, concludes visit

* Nonalignment's new relevance for developing world: Sri Lanka has a role of significance By Lucien Rajakarunanayake

March 07, 2015  |

* President to leave for London today

* President Maithripala Sirisena to attend Commonwealth Day celebrations

** Indian Prime Minister to open reconstructed Thalaimannar rail line during Sri Lankan visit

* Dr. Nonis appointed Presidential Advisor

* India, Sri Lanka partnership must progress - Suhsma Swaraj

*>* Indian External Affairs Minister calls on President

March 06, 2015  |

* Dhamma education will be streamlined - President

* National Drug Policy bill passed in Parliament

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

** Cabinet suspends implementation of Port City project

March 05, 2015  |

* Indian External Affairs Minister in Colombo ahead of Modi visit

*>* Strong opportunities for UK retailers in Sri Lanka

March 04, 2015  |

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

* 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

* 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

March 033, 2015  |

* Committed to resolve issues of every community equably – President says in Jaffna

*>* 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 25255, 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 211, 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 0303, 2015  |

* Message

* Commonwealth values strengthened in Sri Lanka, says Commonwealth SG

February 022, 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 0101, 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 31311, 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 2727, 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 q 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 1616, 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 1313, 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 12122, 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 022, 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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