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President due to leave for SAARC Summit today
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:32

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to leave for Kathmandu, Nepal today to attend the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit scheduled for November 26 and 27.

The two day SAARC Summit will be attended by the Heads of States of the South Asian Region. 

 

 
Sanda Hiru Seya Sacred Relics depositing ceremony under President’s patronage tomorrow
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:46

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The concluding ceremony for depositing of omniscient Sacred Relics at the hemispherical dome of the Sanda Hiru Seya Stupa will be held tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Sanda Hiru Seya was constructed on the direction of President Rajapaksa in appreciation of the noble service rendered by the Armed Forces and Police to defeat terrorism and bring lasting peace to the country.

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Presidential poll on January 8
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:43

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The Presidential election will be held on January 8, 2015 (Thursday), Election Department sources stated yesterday.

Nominations for the Presidential election will be received until December 8, 2014, the sources added. 

 

 
A prosperous future for all children
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:35

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The government is ready to build a prosperous future for all children in all parts of the country ranging from the coastal areas to Colombo 7, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Emphasising that children should be redeemed from the slum mentality, the President said everybody should join hands to ensure a bright future for all children in this country.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa a very happy birthday and the blessings of the Triple Gem.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:23

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa turns 69 today. Many events including religious ceremonies, blood donation campaigns, dana, meritorious acts and charity events have been organised throughout the country to mark the occasion with Hambantota, the President’s birth place being the focal point of the ceremonies.

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BRICS countries should raise their voice in global economic governance - Chinese President
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:12

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AUSTRALIA: The BRICS countries should actively participate in international multilateral cooperation and raise their voice in global economic governance, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Saturday.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with other leaders of the BRICS countries on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty (G20) summit.

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LANKA FOR BRICS TYPE SAARC BANK
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:23

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Sri Lanka will support a SAARC bank on the lines of the USD 100-billion New Development Bank (NDB), announced by the BRICS grouping -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- in July.

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Nov 10 to 16: National Poison Prevention Week
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 09:44

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The National Poison Prevention Week will be held until November 16. The focus of the week which began on November 10, is preventing poisoning related to agricultural activities. Agro chemicals are one of the main factors which contribute to the increase in Non Communicable Diseases, Health Education Bureau sources said.

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2015 Budget Highlights
Friday, 07 November 2014 10:21
 

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* Special allowance of university academics, doctors and judicial service employees to be increased. Pension and insurance scheme for trishaw drivers.

* Proposal made to increase the minimum salary of a private sector employee to Rs. 10,000 by 2015. Rs. 500 allowance to be added each month and the EPF payment from the employer to be increased up to 14%.

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D. A. Rajapaksa, great politician who valued example rather than advice D. A. Rajapaksa commemorative ceremony to be held today
Monday, 03 November 2014 10:48
 
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Some of the present day politicians display inborn talents and skills. Professors, lecturers, attorneys-at-law as well as graduates, artistes and entrepreneurs are representing the masses as Members of Parliament. On the Government side as well as the Opposition a large number of members are recognized intellectuals. Such great men and women of Sri Lanka hold responsible positions in local authorities too. If this human resource were to be properly managed and they were to extend their cooperation to His Excellency the President, it would not be a dream to take this country to be the wonder of the world or at least of Asia. But the sad fact is that this virtue is very hard to come across. Most of our elites have forgotten the fact that 'example is more valuable than the advice'.

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Govt. ensured peaceful environment for education - Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:39

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Children today have the opportunities to pursue their studies without any fear or suspicion and achieve their targets in life under the tenure of the present government, said Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. "During the time of terrorism in the North and East, the education of tens of thousand of schoolchildren was in jeopardy," he said.

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EVERYBODY GETS A RAISE!
Monday, 27 October 2014 10:16

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday presented a historic people-friendly development oriented Budget 2015 unveiling proposals that brought relief to all folk, the highlight of which was a wage increase ranging from Rs. 3,500 to Rs. 15,000 making the lowest rank employee of the public service receive a minimum monthly income of Rs. 30,000. The minimum basic salary of a public servant will be raised to Rs.15,000.
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will present the 2015 Budget in Parliament tomorrow
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:32

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will present the 2015 Budget in Parliament tomorrow in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning. Here the President is seen making the final touches to the Budget speech at President’s House, in association with Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera last morning. 

 

 
A SAGA REBORN President flags off Yal Devi
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:38
 
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on board the Yal Devi greets the large crowd standing near the rail tracks.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa ceremonially inaugurated the Yal Devi train service which resumed its journey to Jaffna after a lapse of 24 years.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photograph with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa
Friday, 26 September 2014 12:23
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photograph with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, during the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on September 23. Official White House Photo

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photograph with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, during the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on September 23. Official White House Phot

 

 
President completes fourth year
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:32

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa who placed the country on a rapid development track after stamping out ruthless terrorism, will complete his fourth year, in his second term in office today.

President Rajapaksa was elected for the second time as the Executive President with a majority of 1.8 million votes in 2010. He was sworn in for the second term after a landslide victory at the November 19, 2010 Presidential election.

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President to issue letters of appointment to 5,000 nursing students
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:16

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over appointment letters to 5,000 nursing students at 10 a.m. today at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, the ceremony will be held with the participation of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and many others.
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Death of former Silumina Chief Editor Karunadasa Sooriaarachchi
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:07

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Former Chief Editor of Silumina newspaper and veteran journalist Karunadasa Sooriaarachchi better known as Kasuri passed away at the Colombo National Hospital yesterday. Kasuri was serving as a Consultant Editor of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House). He started his career as a teacher and joined the Divaina newspaper of the Upali Newspapers Company and subsequently was appointed Deputy Editor of the Divaina. He also served as Chief Editor of Navaliya newspaper before joining Lake House as the Chief Editor of the Silumina newspaper.

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SANCTIFYING MALALA: THE NOBEL PRIZE AND MORAL ALIBIS
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:19

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There were two recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize this year – the rather less known Kailish Satyarthi and near celebrity cherished Malala Yousafzai. In awarding the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee deftly ignored the perceived frontrunner, Pope Francis. Il Papa will have to wait his turn.

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Economic Census To Identify Sri Lanka’s Informal Sector
Monday, 10 November 2014 15:22
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Sri Lanka’s first ever comprehensive economic census is currently being conducted by t he government’s main data collection organization, the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) with the main objective of identifying the informal economy among others.

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Media Secy, police spokesman concerned over ‘hasty coverage’ Koslanda landslide tragedy
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:06

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Media Secretary Charitha Herath yesterday cited recent media coverage of the Koslanda landslide tragedy as a glaring example of inadequacy on the part of both print and electronic media.

Herath alleged a section of the media had been in such an inordinate hurry that unsubstantiated casualty figures were given wide publicity. Responding to a query by The Island, Herath asserted that in spite of having the state-of-the-art equipment, the media hadn’t enhanced its capacity to verify facts.

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More funds for women, child welfare
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:43

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The Child Development and Women's Affairs Ministry has been allocated Rs. 700 million in addition to the Budgetary allocation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the betterment of women and children, Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said.

He said so addressing a ceremony to distribute instruments for music and dancing to Maithri Vidyalaya in Padaviya at Rs. 150,000 under the minister's patronage at the school premises recently.

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President orders all to action stations soon as tragedy struck President also condoles...
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:36

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the relevant officials to take appropriate measures to provide relief to the people affected by the landslide at Haldummulla, Koslanda, Miriyabedda.

No sooner the news broke about the tragic situation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Uva Province Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa and instructed them to carefully study the situation and take immediate measures to provide relief to those affected by the unfortunate incident.

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Huge potential for Thai investment in Sri Lanka
Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:51

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There is huge potential and tremendous opportunities for Thais to invest in Sri Lanka, which is a free and open economy with several attractive incentives, including tax holidays of up to 12 years; to create a business friendly environment for foreign investors, states the Bangkok Post Asia Focus in its October 20 issue.

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President launches Divi Neguma Phase 6 today
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:15

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement of the Divi Neguma National Program Phase Six at the auspicious time of 10.07 a.m. today. A program to plant vegetable seeds. fruit, coconut, herbal and other plants will also take place in 14,022 Grama Seva Divisions parallel to this event.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa tells 69th Session of the UN General Assembly DE-POLITICISE UN; UN SYSTEMS AND MECHANISMS MUST STOP BEING HOSTAGE
Friday, 26 September 2014 12:28
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen addressing the opening session of the 69th United Nations General Assembly general debate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Picture by Sudath SilvaThe following is the full text of the address made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

I congratulate Your Excellency Sam Kutesa on being elected as the President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Honourable Minister of Mass Media & InformationDr. Keheliya Rambukwella
Honourable Minister of Mass Media & Information
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