The Rajapaksa regime borrowed $1320 million from the Chinese government for the construction of the Hambantota Port, but the Port Authority or the government did not have the ability to bring in ships to this port, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister was making a Special Statement in Parliament yesterday on the New York Times investigative report.
A discussion on the issues regarding Gem and Jewelry industry was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s office yesterday (5th).President was briefed about the issues faced by industrialists and businessmen.During the discussion, the issues arisen due to the 15% of import tax and the adverse effects resulted on that was discussed and several proposals of National Gem and Jewelry Authority were presented to the President.
President Maithripala Sirisena said the bilateral relations between the United States and Sri Lanka are nourished by our shared commitment to democratic values and fundamental freedoms.The President stated this in his message of congratulations to President Donald Trump on the Us Independence Day on July 4.
President Sirisena stated that the bilateral ties have been nurtured by the people of the two countries who have been at the forefront of strengthening bonds between US and Sri Lanka even prior to our two nations establishing diplomatic relations in 1948.
Following is the full message:
His Excellency Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
As the United States of America celebrates its Independence Day on the 4lh of July, I am joined by the Government and people of Sri Lanka, in congratulating you, the Government and the people of your great country.
Bilateral relations between the United States and Sri Lanka are nourished by our shared commitment to democratic values and fundamental freedoms, and have been nurtured by our peoples who have been at the forefront of strengthening bonds between our countries even prior to our two nations establishing diplomatic relations in 1948. As the United States and Sri Lanka mark 70 years of diplomatic relations this year, our strong partnership based on shared values and common objectives is all in compassing and well placed to grow ever stronger.
On this day of celebration, please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your happiness and wellbeing, and for the continued progress and prosperity of the American people.
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The Parliamentary debate on the National Audit Bill will be taken up today (July 05) after being postponed for several times. The National Audit Bill is a key pledge of the Good Governance government which was to be adopted within the first 100 days of coming into power.
The Criminal Investigations Department will conduct an investigation on the recent allegations made by the New York Times’ report, based on Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake’s complaint. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that Deputy Minister Ramanayake initially lodged the complaint at the police and the case was later transferred to the CID.
President Maithripala Sirisena says an appropriate programme should be implemented to manage conducting private tuition classes on Poya days and Sundays, with the aim of building better future generation by providing them with Dhamma education.
President Maithripala Sirisena donated an artificial limb to N.G. Vinitha Damayanthi, who was born without a limb, a student of Siripura Central College studying at Grade 10, fulfilling a request made by her to the President asking the assistance of him to get an artificial limb, at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (03th).
President Maithripala Sirisena paid his last respects to the late veteran vocalist Athula Soamasiri at a private funeral parlour yesterday. The President also condoled with Somasiri’s family members, relatives, artistes and fans who were present.
President Maithripala Sirisena paid his last respects to the late veteran film actor, director and producer Roy de Silva at a private funeral parlour in Borella, yesterday. The President also condoled with Roy de Silva’s wife Sumana Amarasinghe, friends and relatives.
A special discussion was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's Official Residence in Colombo yesterday (2nd July) on the steps that should be taken to protect local fruit farmers.