President Maithripala Sirisena in a letter addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday said that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan remained a strong advocate for the norms, values and principles of the United Nations Charter and stood firmly as a voice for peace, human rights, dignity and the conscience of humanity, even following his departure from the post of Secretary General.
By the end of 2017, the government has generated 700,000 income sources including 430,000 direct employments, self-employments and foreign workers, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday. The Prime Minister also said that during the two year span from 2015 to 2017, the number of employees receiving pension or EPF schemes have increased from 7.8 million to 8.2 million.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also said that the government’s target is to decrease the total debt of the country to 60% of the Gross Domestic Product by 2025.The Premier made these observations speaking at the ceremony held to handover government appointments to 4,100 graduates as development officers, under the graduate scheme. The ceremony was held at Temple Trees last evening.
Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena, National Policies and Economic Affairs State Minister Niroshan Perera, UNP MPs Hesha Vithana and MP Kavinda Jayawardena also participated in the event. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe observed that the present government had to take numerous unpopular decisions owing to the debt ridden country that it had to shoulder in 2015.
The “State Photography Awards Ceremony 2018 “was held at Nelum Pokuna Theatre under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (19th). The National Association of Photographers, the Art Council of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs and Department of Cultural Affairs jointly holds this Ceremony with the purpose of popularizing the art of photography and enhance the high quality and good taste of photography.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the current government is committed to protect fundamental rights of the people by giving them maximum power and ensuring democracy.Speaking at an event in Kegalle yesterday, the Prime Minister said the current government is working for the benefit of the people and launched many development projects and programs throughout the country within three years of its office to enrich the people's lives.
President Maithripala Sirisena says that he looks forward to working closely with you to further develop our historic friendship and partnership and find avenues to deepening the cooperation between the two nations of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
On August 24 President Maithripala Sirisena will inaugurate Stage II of the Wayamba Ela Project. Under this scheme, waters from the Mahaweli will be diverted from the Eastern Province to the Northern Province.Launched in 2016 by President Sirisena, the aim of the project is to provide farmers in the area with an adequate supply of water during the Yala and Maha seasons.
Racism and religious intolerance will not be accommodated again, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said.PM Wickremesinghe observed that some people are unfortunately spreading racism and religious animosity without nurturing empathy and kindness.
At present a mega development project is being implemented to fulfill the water needs of the people in the Wayamba Province, ending a long term sorrowful story water shortage, under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena. Even though various irrigation projects were implemented in the country, the people living in the Wayamba Province faced many difficulties as all the governments power failed to provide a solution for their water issue.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is no use of claiming 'Sinhala Buddhist' to obtain the votes without preserving the ancient historic Buddhist temples to tell the world about their glory.The Prime Minister said the present government has spent Rs. 2.5 billion for the conservation of Buddhist and Archaeological sites during the three years since 2015. In contrast, the last government from 2012 to 2014 had only spent Rs. 1.1 billion, he said.