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President wants pharmaceutical supplies streamlined leaving middlemen out

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reviewed the production, import and distribution of pharmaceutical supplies during a discussion with the Chairmen of the two State Pharmaceutical Corporations held at the Presidential Secretariat today (21). Replying to a query by the President as to how the medicines supply in the country is structured, Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation Consultant…

COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund continues with ITUKAMA brand name

The COVID- 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund now operates under the brand name ‘ITUKAMA’. The Fund now has been renamed ‘ITUKAMA – COVID 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’. The branding was done in order to attract more local and foreign benefactors. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established the Fund on March 23rd. The President’s Fund…

Balance of the COVID – 19 Fund reaches Rs. 1128 million

The staff of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has handed over Rs.2, 205,448.89 to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (20).  Minister Dulas Alahapperuma also present on this occasion. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera donated his full salary for the month of May to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Attorney General…

President calls on Ven.Kotugoda Dhammawasa Mahanayake Thero

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited Dharmapalarama Vihara in Mount Lavinia and called on the Chief Incumbent Uththarithara Mahanayake Aggamaha Panditha Mahopadhyaya Ven. Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero today(May 20). President inquired into the health condition of the Nayake Thera and engaged in pleasantries. Ven. Kotugoda Dhammawasa Mahanayake Thero and Mahasanga chanted pirith to bless the President. President Rajapaksa…

President’s speech at National Ranaviru Day Commemorations

Full text of the speech made by His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the National Ranaviru Day commemorations on May 19th 2020. Reverend Maha Sanga representing Maha Nayaka Theros and Anu Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters, Amarapura and Ramannya Nikayas, His Eminence Cardinal, Hindu Kurukkal leader, Islam Mowlawi, Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, former…

President’s Ranaviru Day Message

 I write this message with utmost contentment and pride to pay homage to the valiant war heroes who defeated separatist terrorism and brought peace and harmony to the country. The greatest tribute for war heroes is making the aspirations of all communities who represented the ultimate aim of the war that was concluded in victory on May 19,…

I do not expect State bodies to do politics instead of developing themselves – President

“I do not expect the state entities to engage in politics; what they need to do is to develop themselves; they should generate incomes; increase efficiency and productivity; minimize unnecessary expenditures and wastage. The State enterprises are run on the hard earned money of the toiling people of this country. Therefore, Public Sector organizations should…

Foreign Ministry and Foreign Missions contribute to COVID-19 Fund

The Ministry of Foreign Relations handed over Rs. 27.7 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (May 14th), raised through the network of Sri Lanka Missions overseas, to support COVID-19 Health Care and Social Security Fund. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha handed over the cheque to the President, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh…

‘Reorganize tertiary education so as to provide jobs for graduates’ -President tells University Chiefs

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the higher education system should be designed in such a way that would enable graduates to find employment opportunities speedily, who entre the labour market upon completion of their university education. Whatever the definitions given to university education, if young people leaving the universities cannot find jobs there must be…