Month: August 2020

Providing jobs for poorest of the poor begins on  September 02

Job recipients  giving cash or any kind of bribe to any party will be a disqualification  The Programme of providing 100,000 employment opportunities aimed at eradicating poverty will commence on September 02. The objective of the Programme is to empower those who live in absolute poverty with no formal education and skills through the Multi-Purpose Development Task…

‘Will not move backwards. Cost of living will be reduced by adhering to policy decisions already made’

– President tells Cabinet Sub Committee meeting on Cost of Living   Vegetables and coconuts directly to consumers…   Economic centers to be streamlined under a correct methodology…   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasizes that appropriate measures will be taken to reduce the cost of living by implementing the decisions already taken while adhering to a…

Area of authority of two governors changed

The provincial governor of the North-Western province, A.J.M. Muzammil was appointed as the governor of Uwa province and took his oaths before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today(August 31). Raja Kollure the new Provincial Governor for North-Western province was sworn in before the President.

President inspects Altair Commercial and Residential building

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inspected the Altair Commercial and Residential building which is under construction before Beira lake, yesterday(August 31). Following its completion Altair building will be among the galaxy of tallest buildings in the Colombo city limits. The construction of the building commenced in 2012 in the 2.5-acre land adjacent to the Beira lake. The…

Kotte annual perahera concludes under President’s patronage

Annual Dalada Maha perahera of the ancient Sri Jaywardanapura Kotte Rajamaha Vihara travelled the streets yesterday(August 29) and concluded the ceremony for this year. The sacred casket was carried to the vihara palace by Minister Namal Rajapaksa. Mahanayake of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sanga Sabha, Most Ven. Iththapane Dhammalankara Maha thero made the…

We will fulfill needs of the people without harming environment – President says in Lankagama

Rehabilitation of Neluwa – Lankagama road to be completed within 90 days No harm should be caused to forest reserve and ecosystem Permanent bridge replacing hanging bridge 2100 plants to be added to the reserve President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reiterates his intention to fulfill the needs of the people without causing harm to the environment. During…

Standard Chartered Bank donates USD 500,000 to ITUKAMA COVID 19 fund

Standard Chartered Bank contributed to the ITUKAMA COVID 19 healthcare and security fund an amount of USD 500,000(Rs 92.5 million) at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday(August 28). Chief Executive Officer of the Standard Chartered Bank Bingumal Thewarathanthri symbolically handed over the cheque to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Standard Chartered Bank made this contribution in support of…

First poppy flower pinned on President to commemorate Remembrance Day

The first Poppy flower to commemorate Remembrance Day was pinned on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (August 28). Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Major General Upul Perera pinned the poppy flower on President Rajapaksa. In remembrance of all the martyrs who laid down their lives in the World Wars, Sri…

President envisages reducing foreign exchange spent on fish imports

Ship building by local firms Protein requirement in rural areas to be met from freshwater fish Export of ornamental fish to be encouraged Artificial fish breeding centers within sea boundaries President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says plans should be mooted from several directions to reduce the foreign exchange spent annual on fish import. The Government annually spends…

Find a sustainable solution to human-elephant conflict within 2 years – President tells officials

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa directed officials to devise a sustainable solution to human-elephant conflict within 2 years’ time. The problem of intrusion of elephants into human settlements in several districts has been discussed for nearly 40 years. Although various solutions have been implemented, the problem remains unresolved. President emphasized that finding a quick and durable solution…