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Education system should be changed to suit knowledge-based economy - President

[June 30, 2015]

President Maithripala Sirisena said educational system should be reformed to ensure that the students triumph in the world of competitive technology. He pointed out that our educational policies should be changed to suit the knowledge –based economy.

The President was speaking at the annual prize giving ceremony of Ibbagamuwa Madya Maha Vidyalaya today (June30).

President Sirisena, who arrived in Ibbagamuwa Madya Maha Vidyalaya this morning was ceremoniously received and escorted to the auditorium by the children of the school.

The President stated special attention should be paid on the skill development to create competent people required by the knowledge-based economy. He added he would take action to produce skillful citizens by giving proper vocational education to the students who are unable to enter universities for higher education.

He further stated he would take every action to build a good, disciplined and moral society within the country, adding that the new government will impose strict laws and regulations in this regard.


Economy grows by 6.4% in 1st quarter 2015

[June 30, 2015]

The Sri Lankan economy expanded by 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, with positive contributions from all three key sectors of the economy,the Central Bank said.

The Services sector and the Industry sector grew by 7.5 per cent and 6.5per cent, respectively, while the Agriculture sector displayed strong signs of recovery. Going forward, the prospects of improved performance in advanced economies along with low inflation and low market interest rates are expected to benefit domestic economic activity.

In the external sector, proceeds from the International Sovereign Bond, Sri Lanka Development Bonds, foreign currency swap arrangement with the Reserve Bank of India and regular inflows in the form of earnings from the export of goods and services, including tourism as well as workers’ remittances, improved the country’s foreign reserves.


‘It is the responsibility of all of us to eliminate fear & mistrust among every community’

- President at Iftar Ceremony

[June 30, 2015]
“It is the responsibility of all of usis to eliminate the fear and mistrust among every community and to build trust between them”, said President Maithripala Sirisenaparticipating in the Iftar Ceremony at Temple Trees yesterday (29).


A great responsibility lies on SL Navy to safeguard our society from drug menace - President
[June 29, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena says that a great responsibility lies on Sri Lanka Navy to safeguard our society from drug menace while fulfilling their responsibilities towards the national security.


No compromise on national security - President
[June 29, 2015]

President Maithripala Sirisena said there will be no compromise regarding the country’s national security and territorial integrity, since it is above all other things. He said that all are duty bound to protect and safeguard the motherland. That is nothing new to Sri Lankans as we all are prepared to protect the motherland when needed.


Government expects increase per capita income to 6000 American Dollars, within next five years - President
[June 29, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government expects to increase per capita income to 6000 American Dollars, within next five years.


Hong Kong SL Consul to assist hospitals in Sri Lanka
[June 29, 2015]
Retiring Sri Lankan Consul Dr Thomas Cheung called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (June 29) at the Presidential Secretariat to bid farewell.


Sri Lanka wins 2nd test to level series
[June 29, 2015]
Dimuth Karunaratne scored 50 and opener Kithruwan Liyanage 34 and skipper Angelo Mathews an unbeaten 44 as Sri Lanka scored 153 for 3 wickets in the second innings to win the 2nd tst against Pakistan.


Parliament Dissolved

Parliamentary polls on August 17
Nominations to be called from July 6 to 13

Former Indian President Kalam commend progress in Sri Lanka

No truth in reports of President meeting former President

[June 27, 2015]
Ending weeks of speculation, President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament last night.


[June 26, 2015]
Former President of India Abdul Kalam praised President Maithripala Sirisena and the present government for the strategies for increasing domestic food production, elimination of drug menace and environment protection.
[June 26, 2015]
There is no truth in the report published by a section of media that there was a meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Speaker’s residence yesterday (June 25).
Politicians shouldn’t waste public money for banners & cutouts - President

France to increase economic cooperation with Sri Lanka

Development projects should be planned ensuring environment & wildlife protection - President

[June 24, 2015]
Politicians should not waste public money for the banners and cutouts for their election campaigns. They should spend that money for the welfare of the people instead, said President Maithripala Sirisena.


[June 24, 2015]
France is very eager to strengthen bilateral relations and economic cooperation with Sri Lanka in several areas such as trade, investment, tourism, fisheries, water purification, environment protection and curtailing drug smuggling.
[June 24, 2015]

President Maithripala Sirisena says development projects should be planned while ensuring the protection of the environment and wildlife. 

President instructs to implement a national progrmme for food production,eradicate drug menace & to protect environment

Gazette on 20A is only a guideline for new electoral system - President

Common policy to check corruption in Ministries and halt personal agendas - President

[June 23, 2015]

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed all the Secretaries to the Ministriesto implement a Nationala progrmme to increasenational food production, to eradicate the drug menace and to protect the environment. 


[June 23, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena says the gazette notification related to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is only a guideline to a new electoral system.
[June 23, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena said that there would be a sound national policy under which all ministries have to function and the common national policies of a country need not change every time with the change of government.
President thanks Netherland for assisting health sector in Sri Lanka

There can be only one leader in a country - President

I will fulfill every promise given on freedom, fairness and social justice – President

[June 23, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena thanked the Netherlands for continuous assistance given to improve the health sector in Sri Lanka. He made a special reference to two modern hospitals being constructed in Hambantota and Nuwaraeliya with the Netherland’s assistance.


[June 22, 2015]
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said there cannot be two leaders in a country.

“A country should be governed by one leader and he should be allowed to run its administration” the President said addressing an SLFP meeting in Nuwara Eliya yesterday.
[June 22, 2015]
Though most people forget election promises after their electoral victory I will fulfill every promise I have given on freedom, fairness and social justice, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

June 23, 2015  |

* President thanks Netherland for assisting health sector in Sri Lanka

June 22, 2015  |

* President unveils pinnacle of Stupa at MuhuduMahaViharaya

* I will fulfill every promise given on freedom, fairness and social justice – President

* There can be only one leader in a country - President

June 19, 2015  |

* Elected members who work for the public will be assisted irrespective of party politics - President

* Govt. attention to develop facilities at temples in rural areas – President

June 18, 2015  |

* President congratulates Nalandian Student Rakitha Malewana, who discovers a new method to cure HIV/AIDS

* Gazette Notification on 20th Amendment released

* President declares open Galle Face Roundabout

* Maximum efforts to crack down the drug menace – President

June 17, 2015  |

* A model of reconciliation for Myanmar

* Ambassador of Saudi Arabia bids farewell

* President distributes compensation payments to families of gem mine accident victims

* Suneth Nilanga Hendavitarana appointed as SLFP organizer for Devinuwara Seat

* New Air force commander called on President Sirisena

June 16, 2015  |

* Will march forward with people to give them the change they seek - President

* A panel discussion on 19A today

June 15, 2015  |

* Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunathilaka appinted Chief of Defence Staff

June 12, 2015  |

* Communities working together is foundation for reconciliation - President

* Freedom given to people must also be extended to journalists &artistes - President

June 11, 2015  |

* Four new Deputy Ministers sworn in

* Top priority to solve people's problems

* Korean Bhikkhus meet President

* Ratnasiri Wickremanayake & D. M. Jayaratne appointed as Senior Political Advisors to President

June 10, 2015  |

* Majority for national government – LMD/TNS nationwide poll

June 09, 2015  |

* Cabinet approves proposal on 20th Amendment to Constitution

* ‘Our education policy must be developed to match national and international requirements’ – President

June 08, 2015  |

* Justice Chandra Ekanayake sworn in as Acting CJ

* Disciplined & respected political culture will be established in country again - President

* Pakistan Army Chief calls on President

* Laws will strictly be imposed to save country from immoral & undisciplined activities - President

* Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution is a responsibility to be fulfilled in this era - President

June 06, 2015  |

* President participates in World Environment Day celebration at Viharamahadevi Park

* President inaugurates Scout Service & Public Relations Week

June 05, 2015  |

* Ban Ki Moon appreciates Govt’s initiatives towards peace & reconciliation

* Report on Wilpattu resettlement presented to President

* New amendments to laws to prevent destruction of forests & environment - President

* Sri Lanka celebrates International Day of Vesak

June 04, 2015  |

* President opens Swarnapali Bodhi Praakaraya

* Sri Lanka in Guinness record initiative in tea plucking

* Pope appoints new Bishop of Trincomalee

June 03, 2015  |

* President Sirisena moved Sri Lanka on path to reconciliation - US

* President at Mihintale on Poson Day

June 02, 2015  |

* President participates in Sadahm Yathra at Dimbulgala

* Buddha’s teachings led us to be a righteous member among comity of nations - President

* President participates in religious activities at Somawathi

June 01, 2015  |

* Need for a social discourse on capital punishment - President

* Security Forces will never be used as political pawns - President

* Broad people’s movement against tobacco a priority - President

May 29, 2015  |

* President participates in 10th anniversary of Mahamevuna Asapuwa, Kundasale

* New Ministers sworn in

* President visits J.R. Jayewardene Centre

May 28, 2015  |

* Korea - Sri Lanka close links bound by Buddhist affinity

* Red Cross role in rehabilitation, health and sanitary is laudable - President

May 27, 2015  |

* Act to compel private sector employers to grant pay hike

* Faiszer Mustapha, legal advisor to President

May 26, 2015  |

* Special court to ensure speedy justice for brutal murder of Jaffna school girl - President

* Children should remember elderly parents’ sacrifices – President

* Protection of environment & natural resources everyone’s responsibility – President

* District Secretaries praise President for ban on Glyphosate

May 25, 2015  |

* New National Security Plan to be formulated - President

* President inspects Maduru Oya Reservoir work

May 22, 2015  |

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

* China-Lanka Buddhist links to flourish under Maithripala leadership - Chinese Sangha Nayake Thero

* President instructs continue Colombo beautification

May 21, 2015  |

* War Heroes are those worthy of honor - President

* War Heroes Book Mark presented to President

* President takes oath as Chief Scout

* Malaysia interested in major joint ventures

May 20, 2015  |

* People are pleased we have honoured their mandate - President

* War Heroes laid foundation for national unity & harmony - PM

* Sri Lanka hosts forum on international humanitarian law

May 19, 2015  |

* Our policy is that of development and reconciliation - President

* President praises Tri Forces' personnel

* Positive step towards good governance – Asgiriya Prelate

May 18, 2015  |

* 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

* 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

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