President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to leave for Nepal today (28th) on an official visit to participate in the BIMSTEC Summit. The fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 30 - 31 August. Nepal is the current chair of BIMSTEC.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, in accordance with Section 4 (12) of the Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017, has appointed a five-member committee. The Committee appointed to make recommendations to hold provincial elections will be chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
President Maithripala Sirisena says there is no differentiation or discrimination in the development of the country and the responsibility of delivering development benefits for the people living in the Northern and Eastern provinces will be fulfilled.
The unveiling of the Chetiya Pinnacle of the Bokkawela Sri Gnananda Buddhist Centre in Kandy was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday.President Sirisena, who visited the vihara, engaged in religious activities and obtained the blessings of the Maha Sangha.
President Maithripala Sirisena says that the present government has taken steps to establish a strong foundation for the free and fair elections in the country through the 19th amendment to the constitution while ending the corruption that prevailed in the election system of the country before 8th of January, 2015.
India has agreed to increase its investment in the development oriented projects in Sri Lanka.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made these remarks during bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of the two-day Indian Ocean Conference 2018, at the Sheraton Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam yesterday.Minister Swaraj further said that India is keen to extend further assistance to develop the housing, ports and airports sectors in Sri Lanka.
Biggest wealth we can give to the world is the Buddhist philosophy President Maithripala Sirisena told the lay traditional Buddhist officials who successfully conducted traditional Kandy Esala Perahera.Receiving the Sannasa (Scroll) on the successful conclusion of the annual Kandy Esala Perahera from Diyawadana Nilame Nelanga Dela Bandara the President add that our country, which is the center for the Theravada Buddhism delivers the message of Buddhist heritage and culture to the world through this historic Esala Pera.
In keeping with traditional customs, Diyawadana Nilame (Custodian) of the Sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa Nilanga Dela Bandara, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Devales, presented the traditional communication of the successful conclusion of the Kandy Esala Perahera (Sannasa) to the Head of State, President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s House in Kandy yesterday.
President Maithripala Sirisena has advised the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board to expedite the rehabilitation of drug addicts. There are over 65,000 people in the country who are addicted to drugs, according to Director of the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention Dr. Samantha Kumara Kithalawaarachchi. He says that 3000 persons out of that 65,000 has been decided to be encamped and rehabilitated at one time