Category: Press

MAHAWELI LAND OWNERSHIP: DREAM COME TRUE

by Sugeeswara Senadhira Rambanda stated this minutes after receiving the land deed for the 5-acre land extent given to him 30 years ago. He, together with his sons and daughters and their spouses were present at the ‘Randiyawara’ ceremony to hand over land deeds to the Mahaweli settlers, held at the Maguldamana School grounds at…

Reconciliation pitfalls

By Sugeeswara Senadhira The task of balancing the sensitivities in the South and North is indeed a tightrope walk. This unenviable mission of President Maithripala Sirisena was aptly described by Venerable Kollupitiye Sangharakkitha Thera of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara at the ‘Aaloka Pooja’ to invoke blessings on the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for…

Foreign policy of a sovereign nation

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Last week’s Iran visit of President Maithripala Sirisena underlined the fact that Sri Lankan foreign policy is not decided in Washington, London, New Delhi or Beijing, but in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, the official capital of the country. Sri Lankan foreign policy has been drafted on twin pillars of the Asia-centric middle path…

‘Gramashakthi’ to battle real poverty

  by Sugeeswara Senadhira   The recent revelation of alarmingly high malnutrition rate among children of Sri Lanka is indeed an eye-opener for economic policy planners, some of whom were complacent with the achievement of impressive progress in extreme poverty reduction and the success of reducing the proportion of the population in poverty bracket to…

CONTINUATION OF POLICY OF FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL

by Sugeeswara Senadhira President Maithripala Sirisena paid a brief, but highly result oriented visit to Iran last week. He held talks on bilateral issues and regional and international affairs with President Hassan Rouhani. They agreed to enhance bilateral ties and boost trade and economic cooperation in many fields between the two countries. The main thrust…

Towards 2020 and beyond

Sugeeswara Senadhira “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep” – Robert Frost President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the new sessions of Parliament last week said, the last three years has demonstrated that the country is still lacking in political and social maturity that…

Commonwealth makes compelling call for free and inclusive trade

  President Maithripala Sirisena with Britain’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox in London.   Each Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) has a distinctive character and makes its own special contribution to advancing Commonwealth cooperation and collective action by the governments and people of the member states to build resilience, and to…

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