Month: January 2021

“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…

We changed the political culture of forgetting village after winning power

No political witch hunt; only strict adherence to law: will not entertain lumpen politics – President says in Lathugala Policy decision to allow cultivation without hindrance Officials must visit villages Every village to see sustainable development President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the political culture of forgetting the village after winning power has been changed. The problems…

President appoints 18-member De-Regulation Commission to simplify existing laws

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed 18-member De-Regulation Commission for the Simplification of the Existing Laws and Regulations in the interest of the people. The Commission is co-chaired by former Secretary to the President and Principal Advisor to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Chairman of John Keells Group Mr. Krishan Balendra. Other members of the…

India ready to give its COVID vaccine to Sri Lanka – External Affairs Minister Jaishankar tells President

Agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations Priority areas identified India is ready to give priority to Sri Lanka when supplying to other countries the vaccine now being produced by India to treat COVID 19 virus, the External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar told President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Arrived yesterday in the country for a…

Commencing duties in new year President meets Ministers, MPs and staff

Commencing duties in the new year President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met the ministers, members of Parliament and his staff at the Presidential Secretariat today (1). Mingling with the gathering, President Rajapaksa said that it is necessary to work with optimism, determination and commitment to achieve the aspirations of the people while being conscious about the challenges…

New Year Message

The dawn of the New Year motivates us to move towards a new meaningful height in life while providing opportunity to clearly understand the challenges we face at each passing moment. We welcome the year 2021 with positive attitudes, determination and absolute commitment. No sooner than we commenced the journey towards prosperity that we had…