Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will depart to Hanoi, Vietnam tomorrow (10) on a three-day official to attend the World Economic Forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (WEF ASEAN).The World Economic Forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is slated for Sept. 11-13 in Hanoi, where 1,000 delegates from 43 countries and regions will focus their discussions on five key topics.
The UNP’s next generation of leaders are being groomed to take the party forward and formulate a plan for Sri Lanka till 2030, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced.Addressing the 72nd anniversary celebrations of the UNP held at its headquarters in Sirikotha on Thursday (6), the Prime Minister stressed, it is important to strengthen the party from the village level.
President says that the current government has entered into a program to eradicate the dependent mentality of the people and build a free nation President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government has entered into a sustainable development approach which would eradicate the dependent mentality, enabling our people to build a nation which can stand on its own feet.
President Maithripala Sirisena says today there is unnecessary concern in the country regarding the Presidential election and further said that even though some made statements that there will be a presidential election early, he is not ready in any way to hold a presidential election before it is due. President Sirisena also pointed out that he alone could decide on holding such election.He made these remarks addressing the SLFP Nivitigala Bala Mandala meeting held at the Nivitigala public fair premises, yesterday (08th).
The Constitutional Council (CC) instructed IGP Pujith Jayasundera and National Police Commission Chairman P.H. Manatunga to settle differences between the two parties within two weeks. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who is also the Constitutional Council Chairman, summoned the two parties to Parliament yesterday for a special meeting to iron out the disagreements between them.
A select committee has been appointed to study and recommend ways and means of ensuring ethnic and religious harmony in Sri Lanka, Parliament was informed yesterday. Deputy Speaker Ananda Wijesiri who was in the Chair said the select committee would be headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and include the deputy speaker, Opposition Leader R. Sampathan, Rauff Hakeem, D. M. Swaminathan, Susil Premajayantha, Dinesh Gunawardene, C. B. Ratnayake, Vijitha Herath, Douglas Devananda, Selvam Adekaranathan, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Gayantha Karunatilleke, Mano Ganesan, Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Ali Zahir Mawlana, John Amaratunga, Thalatha Athukorala and Ranjith Madduma Bandara.
The reconstruction works of the ancient 'Gini Petti Palama' (match box bridge) in Polonnaruwa commenced today (07) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The match box bridge, built in the beginning of the Govi Janapada agriculture settlement program, was built, facilitating water flow from the North canal which carries water to thousands of acres of paddy fields. The recent dilapidation of this bridge has caused many difficulties to the paddy farmers in the area.
Later, under the instructions of the President the officers of the Irrigation Department reconstructed the damaged areas of the bridge swiftly to restore the water supply to the farmers. The President also engaged in an observational tour of the site and promised to the people to take swift actions to rebuild the bridge. Fulfilling that pledge steps have been taken to construct the bridge at a cost of Rs. 250 million.
President Maithripala Sirisena says the laws to give stern punishments will be implemented in the future against the people who engage in ragging incidents while properly implementing the Prohibition of Ragging Act.The President further said that this could not be allowed to happen in universities destroying the future of the university students and said that the government will launch a special programme to safeguard the quality of university education.
Representatives from international donor agencies to Sri Lanka are ready to extend their full support to the President’s effort to reach the goals of development and reconciliation. They expressed this at a discussion held between them and President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s residence recently.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday queried as to how a party which failed to hold a successful protest could run a country. “No protest can defeat a legally elected government,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that he has groomed the next set of leaders who would take the United National Party forward adding that it was time for the party to look to the future beyond the 2020 elections.“I have groomed the next line of leaders who would take on the party as it is time for the party to now think of its future beyond the 2020 elections,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the 72nd anniversary of the party at its headquarters in Sirikotha. The Prime Minister referring to the failed attempt by the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) to hold its ‘Jana Balaya’ which was hailed as an attempt to topple the government, said that the party lost what little support it had from the people whilst the media has lost its credibility for giving it amplified publicity.