President Maithripala Sirisena says that the people who engaged in strike actions should think about the rights of the innocent public of the country in a similar manner they think about their privileges with a sense of humanity.He made these remarks participating in a ceremony held at the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo, on last Thurs day (09th) adding that it is not the government that is suffering from strikes but the innocent people of the country.
President Maithripala Sirisena asked the newly appointed ambassadors and high commissioners to serve the interests of the country with utmost dedication and commitment while serving abroad representing Sri Lanka.
President Maithripala Sirisena opened the ‘Bosath Mapiya Sevana’ built in Ethagama, Kalutara, to provide shelter to the parents who sacrificed their children for the benefit of Buddha Sasanaya, yesterday (08th). This centre was built according to a concept of the Chief Incumbent of the Payagala Malegoda Sri Pushparama Vihara and the Bentota Walallawita Region Chief Sanganayaka Ven. Malegoda Nanda Thero.
The new faculty building of the Applied Sciences Faculty of the Eastern University was vested with the students and the construction of the new auditorium of the University was commenced under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena .The President who visited the University was warmly welcomed by the students.The President who unveiled the commemoration plaque joined the event of starting of the construction works of the new auditorium.The amount spent on the faculty building composed with all the facilities was Rs.410 million. The amount estimated to be spent on the new auditorium is Rs.784 million.
The Thurunu Diriya loan scheme, designed to empower young entrepreneurs, was launched by the Bank of Ceylon with the assistance of the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office. Loans were granted to three young entrepreneurs of the North Western Province under the loan scheme.
A special Sports Fund was launched by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with an initial allocation of Rs. 50 million in association with the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees yesterday. It will target high-performance athletes who have a realistic chance of winning medals at international sporting events for the country.
The country would become victorious when Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are achieved, President Maithripala Sirisena said. He invited all, including political leaders, academics, private sector employees, entrepreneurs and schoolchildren to join in attaining these goals.
He was participating in the launching ceremony of the ‘National Sustainability Discourse’ held at the BMICH, on Monday.The first draft of the Vision 2030 document was presented to the President by Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Chairman Prof. Mohan Munasinghe.
The National Sustainability Discourse is in operation efficiently to obtain the ideas of all. This would be implemented in all provinces. Through this process, the public will get an opportunity to identify issues and engage in dialogue.
The objective of this programme is to prepare a plan to determine long-term economic, social and environmental goals over the next 12 years while displaying the capabilities of Sri Lanka. It is targeted to engage young people, academics and professionals in this discourse. The report will be updated according to the feedback.
President Sirisena also launched the website of the National Sustainability Discourse. Those interested can join this dialogue through a mobile App. The website is www.nsd.lk The President presented two proposals to the National Sustainability Discourse. They are on finding a viable solution to the human-elephant conflict and finding solutions to issues arisen due to animals destroying over 32 percent of the country’s food production.
The Supreme Court has determined that two Clauses of the Office for Reparations Bill are inconsistent with the Constitution, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament yesterday. The Speaker, making an announcement at the commencement of the sittings, said that the SC in its determination sent to Parliament after concluding the hearing of two petitions challenging the Bill has stated that Clause 27(a) and 27 (a) iii are inconsistent with the Constitution.