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The Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov met with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (14). The Minister who started his diplomatic career at the Soviet Embassy in Sri Lanka was delighted with Sri Lanka’s transformation since his time in the Island. He was also very happy with the fruitful discussion he had…

We too want to be economically strong – President tells China

“Sri Lanka is a small country. Fortunately or not, it is geographically placed in a most strategic location. As a result, the country has to face many political challenges. The only way to overcome them is to be economically strong. The economic independence will ensure political independence”, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told the visiting Foreign Minister…

Japan keenly interested in investing in Sri Lanka in several sectors

Measures will be taken to further strengthen long-standing bilateral relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, Japanese State Minister for Regional Revitalization Kozo Yamamoto said. Minister Yamamoto made these remarks when he paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (13). Sri Lanka is secured and stable under the current government.…

Plans to promote tourism to accelerate economic growth

–      USD 10 billion target by 2025 –      Will not hesitate to take necessary decisions President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed officials to plan a target-based strategy to promote the tourism industry in Sri Lanka. Increasing income from tourism  to USD 10 billion by 2025, the  industry can play the leading role in economic growth, President said during a meeting with…

Be cautious about various forms of invisible forces – Anunayaka of Malwatta Chapter advises the President

Maha Nayaka Theros invoked blessings on the President President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called on Maha Nayaka of Malwatta Chapter Most. Ven. Thibbtuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero this morning (11) after paying homage to the sacred Tooth Relic. Later, the President also called on Anunayaka Thero of Malwatta Chapter Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thero. The prelate commended the way…

President pays homage to the sacred Tooth Relic

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and paid homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic today (11). President was welcomed by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara at the premises. Following religious rituals President engaged in cordial discussions with the devotees. Ministers Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Keheliya Rambukwella, S. B. Dissanayake, Lohan Ratwatte, Dilum Amunugama, Ananda Aluthgamage…

President emphasized the need to prevent brain drain to achieve rapid development

Expanded opportunities for secondary and higher education Border opportunities for higher education while protecting free education Convert higher education sector into a foreign exchange earner   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized the need of preventing brain drain to achieve rapid development in the country ‘If the Government as well as the private sector can ensure that…

Annual Kelani Duruthu Maha Perahera held under the patronage of President

The annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera held in a grand scale under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, yesterday (09). President Rajapaksa placed the Relics Casket on the tusker before the annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera paraded the streets. Ministers and MPs including Chamal Rajapaksa, Prasanna Ranatunga, Sisira Jayakody, Indika Anuruddha, Prasanna Ranaweera and the…

No tear gas or water cannon: undergrads welcomed to President’s Office to discuss  grievances

A large number of university students launched a protest march today (09) making six demands including  an increase in Mahapola scholarship grants. The protest was staged in front of the President’s Office. Upon receiving information regarding the protest the President instructed the security officials to allow the university students into the President’s Office without any…

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