Month: May 2020

President visits sacred Somawathi temple

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited sacred Somawathi temple premises yesterday (May 30) to engage in religious observances seeking blessing for both citizens and the country. The President paid homage to the Chief Incumbent Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thero in order to obtain blessings. Consequently, President Rajapaksa took part in the Kapruka offerings to Somawathi stupa. In…

The balance of Itukama COVID – 19 Fund exceeds Rs. 1213 million

Following institute and personal donations along with direct deposits, the Itukama COVID-19 Healthcare and Security Fund reached Rs. 1213mn. Rs 25mn donated by the government employees in the Central Province were handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the governor of the North Central Province Mahipala Herath at the Presidential Secretariat today(May 29). Meanwhile, the…

Curfew imposed in Nuwara Eliya tomorrow

Full day curfew will be in force in the district of Nuwara Eliya tomorrow, Saturday May 30th. As per the announcement issued yesterday, Thursday May 28th an island-wide curfew will be effective on Sunday, May 31st. The conditions specified in the previous announcement with regard to the implementation of curfew from Monday, June 01st onwards…

New Indian HC calls on President

The newly appointed Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (29). He presented his credential to President via a video conferencing ceremony on 14th May marking a historic moment in Sri Lanka’s diplomatic relations. During the discussion that followed both…

Address by President at virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID – 19 and beyond’

Address by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from the Presidential Secretariat at the virtual ‘High – Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID – 19 and beyond’  organized by the Prime Ministers of Canada, Jamaica and the UN Secretary General on May 28th, 2020. Excellencies, I thank the Prime Ministers of Canada and…

President Rajapaksa pays last respects to late Minister Thondaman

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid his last respects to the remains of Leader of the Ceylon Worker’s Congress (CWC) and Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development, Arumugam Thondaman, today (28). The remains of late Minister Thondaman were brought to the Parliamentary complex this morning from his residence in Battaramulla. President Rajapaksa who arrived at…

Updated curfew announcement

Curfew will be effective in the island till Saturday, June 6th and afterwards as follows: Curfew will be in force island-wide on Sunday, May 31st.   Curfew will be effective in all the districts from Monday, June 01st to Wednesday, June 3rd only between 10.00pm to 4.00am daily as before.   Curfew will be in…

New mechanism to repatriate Sri Lankans

A new mechanism is to be formulated to repatriate Sri Lankans who are stranded or faced with various difficulties in the wake of COVID – 19 pandemic. The nature of the new system will be decided at a meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow. Flights in June to bring back Sri Lankans home will be…

Proposal to reopen airports for tourists from 1st August

All measures will be based on international and local health guidelines No COVID-19 infected was reported from the community since April 30th Hotels and restaurants registered with the Tourism Authority to open first The Task Force Committee entrusted with COVID – 19 control proposed to President to reopen airports for foreign tourists from 1st August…