President presents Air tickets for the students participating in the 12th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco President Maithripala Sirisena presented air tickets to the six students of the Medical Education Unit of Rajarata University who are participating in the 12th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco at the President’s office yesterday (4th).
Political opponents have got the space to organise protests in Colombo because of freedom and democracy prevailing in the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.The Premier responding to a question by Joint Opposition (JO) Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardena said in Parliament yesterday that the JO is free to hold its ‘Janabalaya Kolambata’ protest in a manner that did not disturb the day to day work of the people.
“Tomorrow (5) is not a public holiday.A large number of students and employees are coming to Colombo. Public transport should not be disrupted. That is the only concern that we have raised,” he noted.
The Prime Minister also noted that the MPs must not be obstructed from attending Parliament, adding that it is a right of the MPs provided in the Parliamentary Powers and Privileges Act. “Police can act if this law is violated.They need not wait for our instructions,” he added.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who visited the ancient Kirivehra on his birthday (Sep 3) and obtained blessings.Chief incumbent of Kirivehra Ven. Thalagala Gnanendra Thero and the mahasangha engaged in religious rituals and invoked blessings to the President.
President Maithripala Sirisena concluded a two-day bilateral visit to Nepal, last Sunday and announced that Sri Lanka would support the Lumbini Master Plan, which aimed at conserving the historic site and improving its facilities for pilgrims. The President was in Nepal to attend the fourth BIMSTEC Summit held from August 30 to 31.
He made the announcement during bilateral talks with Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, which was followed by an official banquet in honour at Shital Nivas, last Saturday. Earlier that day, the President and the delegation visited Lumbini, which was the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha Gautama. Over 50,000 Sri Lankans visit Lumbini, annually. During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed bilateral exchanges that had taken place during the past few years. The Nepali President expressed her gratitude to Sri Lanka for assisting in handling the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake that devastated the country, particularly in reconstruction efforts at the Anand Kutir and the Rato Machindranath temples in Kathmandu. The leaders also discussed the possibility of marketting a ‘Buddhist Circuit’ as an initiative to boost tourism between the countries, and from outside the region.
President Sirisena congratulated the Government of Nepal on the successful conclusion of the BIMSTEC Summit and as the BIMSTEC’s new chair, sought the cooperation of Nepal in operationalising the Kathmandu Declaration. During the meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli, the President highlighted the importance of strengthening economic relations between the two countries, and the Nepali Prime Minister said that the Sri Lanka-Nepal Joint Commission would be held early, to carry forward the ideas discussed.
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the island on Sunday, after attending the fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit that recently concluded in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A National Awards Ceremony to recognise the State Institutions with a high level of performance will be held at the Parliament Complex at 10 a.m. tomorrow with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as the Chief Guests.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that according to Police reports the recorded crimes in the country have decreased by 35% while the number of cleared cases have increased by 20% during the year 2017.The Prime Minister was speaking at the 152nd Police Anniversary Celebrations held at Police Park Grounds yesterday .
The Prime Minister, while commending Sri Lanka Police for the achievement, pointed out that of the 35,971 reported incidents of crime, 79% of the cases have been solved in 2017.He further pointed out that in 2014, the number of crimes reported amounted to 50,962.
e also encouraged IGP Pujith Jayasundara to increase the crime solving rate to an 80% or more in the coming year.Prime Minister Wickremesinghe further said that Cabinet approval will soon be granted for the establishment of the Police and Criminal Justice Studies University which was the brainchild of the former Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka.
The Prime Minister also said that he has already given instructions to Law and Order Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara and the Prime Minister’s Secretary to hold a discussion with the respective officers and Police Commission Chairman to solve the remaining issues of Police officers in the service.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said today there was no move to cancel the parliamentary sessions scheduled for September 5 and 6. “There are reports that I have been advised to call off the parliamentary sessions to be on September 5 and 6. Neither the President nor anyone else has advised me to do so. The party leaders have not taken any such decision either,” he said.
The Chairman of the Peoples Bank Hemasiri Fernando assumed duties as the Chief of the staff of the President this morning. Before assumed the duties he received the letter of appointment from the President Maithripala sirisena.
The Gauthama Buddha Airport in Lumbini, Nepal is to be developed as an International Airport with modern facilities to enable Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees to fly there directly on pilgrimage to places of workshop in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.
Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari disclosed this during official discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena when he called on her at the Presidential Palace after attending the BIMSTEC Conference on Saturday afternoon.