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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…

People wanted a new leadership to put country on right track – President

–      Highly efficient & profitable public institutions –     Make youth ready for jobs when they reach the age of 20 –      Solutions for unemployment through tourism, plantation and agro sectors The President says that what the people wanted at the Presidential election was a leadership to guide the country on the right path, but not a person called Gotabaya…

President makes an observation visit to Colombo National Hospital…

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a sudden observational visit to the National Hospital in Colombo, today (09). The President visited the OPD building complex of the National Hospital and inquired about the activities at the OPD while engaging in cordial discussions with the patients. President Rajapaksa asked patients regarding their villages where they came from and…

Singapore Law & Home Affairs Minister called on President

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam who was on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa . President and Minister Shanmugam broadly discussed on a range of issues of importance to the two countries. The discussions  that took place at the Presidential Secretariat mainly centered on improving bilateral…

President Gotabaya Commiserates with PM Scott

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in telephone conversation with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his empathy to Australians as they battle one of the worst bushfires in history. Bushfires in Australia at this time of the year are quite a natural occurrence. However, the extent of the damage and the rage of the fires this…