Month: May 2020

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…

COVID – 19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1 billion …

The Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd has donated Rs.50 million to COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom, Rohan Fernando handed over the cheque for this sum to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat, today (15). The Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel, Nalin Perera and other members…

We cannot allow irrational laws to impede our economy – President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that irrational laws should not obstruct the policies formulated to achieve the economic objectives of the people. The President stated this during a discussion with officials and ministry secretaries attached to the Plantation Industry sector at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (May 14).The meeting was called to find solutions to a number…

President calls on banking sector to think out of the box to achieve economic revival

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the banking sector to deviate from conventional thinking and practice to support the country’s striving to rebuild the economy badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘The government was able to keep the corona virus under control. The biggest challenge we face right now is to rebuild the collapsed economy. It will…