Month: January 2021

President appoints CoI to investigate entire gamut of HR probes and findings

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 3-member Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary actions on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences. The Extraordinary Gazette notification pertaining to this was issued…

Farmers permitted to carry on traditional cultivation until issues resolved…

Permanent solution to wild elephant problem… Commence all stalled development work in schools island-wide immediately…. Vedikachchiya villagers to get new houses Fence to be erected to prevent damages caused by deer to crops Water to cultivate both Seasons Vocational training opportunities in the district to be expanded   –      President decided at “Discussion with the…

We will create an education system that protects dignity of labour – President

BCI Degree admissions commence President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says a new education system that will protect the dignity of labour and aimed at creating a skilled society  will be introduced in the new normal environment. A National Education Policy has already been formulated to achieve rapid development as well as to meet expected economic goals in…

“Park & Ride”: bus service to ease traffic congestion launched under President’s patronage

The first phase of the Park & Ride bus service was inaugurated at the Makumbura Multimodal Transport Center, Kottawa today (Jan. 15) in the presence of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a solution to the heavy traffic congestion surrounding Colombo city limits. The “Park & Ride” aims to minimize the number of automobiles travelling to and…

“Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace” convenes with President’s participation

The 13th Executive Council Meeting of the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace was held with the participation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Sri Sambodhi Viharaya in Colombo 7 today (14). After the World War II, the Russian and Mongolian Buddhist leaders focused on the need for an international Buddhist organization aimed at promoting unity. Consequently,…

Thai Pongal Message

Thai Pongal, also known as the Festival of Harvest, is one of the foremost religious and cultural festivals celebrated by Tamils around the globe. It signifies paying gratitude to the Sun, on which farmers rely for a bountiful harvest and the traditional way of life tied to agriculture and Mother Nature. Tamils who live by…

ECT will not be sold or leased – President tells Trade Union reps

No investment will infringe country’s sovereignty and independence SLPA to manage after investment Trade Unions too have the opportunity to submit proposals President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured representatives of Port Trade Unions that the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port will not be sold or leased. The previous administration had agreed to sell the East…

Sri Lanka – Bangladesh agree to promote maritime cooperation

The newly appointed High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka Tareq Md. Ariful Islam representing presented his credentials to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning (11). During the ensuing discussion, explaining the current economic situation in Sri Lanka and the steps taken by the Government to contain the…