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We welcome Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka - President
Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:12


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he has extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka when he met him at the swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi in May 2014, and that he is welcome to visit Sri Lanka at an early date.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspected the Kimbulawela model paddy fields at Sri Jayawardenepura
Friday, 08 August 2014 10:07


President Mahinda Rajapaksa who inspected the Kimbulawela model paddy fields at Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte, where traditional local rice varieties are being cultivated using only organic fertilizer, is seen being greeted by farmers on Tuesday.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made an inspection tour of the construction site of the "Knowledge Park"
Thursday, 07 August 2014 13:53


President Mahinda Rajapaksa made an inspection tour of the construction site of the “Knowledge Park” at Pettah yesterday morning. The construction work is being carried out on the 25 acre land of the former Tripoli Market. The first phase of the construction has been completed covering a 12 acre area. The project was launched on the directives of Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. The complete cost is estimated to be around 7 million US dollars. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Transport Ministry Secretary Dhammika Perera and Urban Development Authority Chairman Nimal Perera were also present on the occasion. 

President and First Lady with Dinidu Yashen : The boy who was abducted
Monday, 04 August 2014 10:10


President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa with Dinidu Yashen, 4, of Meegalawa at Temple Trees yesterday. The boy was abducted and later found dumped by a road in Galgamuwa.

President decided to name the road after the late artiste Premakeerthi de Alwis
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:33


President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday unveiled the plaque naming the road leading to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Premakeerthi de Alwis Mawatha after the late veteran broadcaster, lyricist and media personality. The Colombo Municipal Council through the intervention of the President decided to name the road after the late artiste, considering a request made by the Premakeerthi de Alwis Commemoration Committee. Upon arrival at the venue, President Rajapaksa was received by renowned vocalist Victor Ratnayake. The President also viewed the exhibition organised by the Committee tracing the career and life story of Premakeerthi de Alwis. Here Nirmala de Alwis, widow of Premakeerthi de Alwis presenting the first copy of the book Premakeethi authoured by her, as a biography of her husband.

President congratulates Indonesia’s President-elect
Monday, 28 July 2014 11:24


President Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned the newly elected President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo to congratulate him on his victory at the recently concluded Presidential elections.

‘Social conciliation should be present at all levels’
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:26


Social conciliation is an aspect that should be present in every field, community and public service,” Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said.

“It should be present at all levels.

“There should be village-to-village social conciliation, province-to -province conciliation and so on,” the minister said.

“Social conciliation should not be confined to making ethnic communities come together. It is an all -encompassing activity that should take place at all levels,” he said.

Pura Neguma to develop 22 local government agencies
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:51


Twenty two local government agencies in the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam and Monaragala districts have been selected for development under the Pura Neguma project, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

Awarding of ‘Asi Disi’ Media Scholarships – 2013/2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:55


The ceremonial awarding of scholarships for the awardees selected for the year 2013/2014 under “Asi Disi’ Media Scholarship programme will be held on 17th July, 2014 at 1.00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information under the patronage of Hon. Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Mass Media and Information and Mr. Charitha Herath, Secretary to the Ministry. This scholarship programme has been initiated with the intention of empowering all journalists with knowledge and experience in creating a developed media culture in keeping with the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ National Integrated Development Plan.

President commissions SLNS Mihikatha and Rathnadeepa
Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:06


Immigration and Border Protection Minister of Australia Scott Morrison said Sri Lanka and Australia are in strong partnership in preventing illegal human smuggling to Australia.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa commissioned the two vessels gifted by Australia -- SLNS Mihikatha and SLNS Rathnadeepa -- at a colourful ceremony at Colombo Port yesterday.

South Africa's Deputy President, paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:20

altSouth Africa’s Deputy President, Special Envoy to Sri Lanka and the Deputy President of the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last evening.

New National Identity Cards to all by 2016
Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:39

altThe Commissioner of the Dept. of Registration of Persons R.M.S.Sarath Kumara speaking at a press conference held at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development on Wednesday (02) said that initial action is being taken to issue new National Identity Cards to all before end of 2016.

President opens Lankan High Commission in Seychelles
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:24


President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on a state visit to the Seychelles, opened the Sri Lankan High Commission in Seychelles on Saturday. The High Commission is located at the Capital City Building in Independence Avenue, Victoria.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2014
Friday, 27 June 2014 09:41


Colombo University Journalism Unit Head Prof Ajantha Hapuarchchi will attend 'Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2014' from June 30 to July 2 in Bonn, Germany. More than 2,500 participants from 130 countries have confirmed participation in the forum. She has been invited to take part in this event as a main speaker by the Deutsche Welle media organiser and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Economic census to be conducted
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:25


Officials of the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) will conduct an economic census in 2013/14 considering the structural changes that have taken place in Sri Lanka, as in many developed countries.

Vatican confirms Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka
Monday, 04 August 2014 10:01


The Press office of the Holy See has announced the dates for the Holy Father Pope Francis 1’s, scheduled Apostolic trip to Sri Lanka. “Welcomimg the invitation from the Civil Authorities and of the Bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic voyage to Sri Lanka from January 12 to 15 and to the Philippines from January 15 to 19, 2015”, the official announcement stated.

President's Scout Parchment Awards ceremony held at the BMICH
Thursday, 31 July 2014 09:22


President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the Chief Scout was the chief guest at the President’s Scout Parchment Awards ceremony held at the BMICH. President’s Scouts Award is the highest achievement to a scout who has to qualify before his 18th birthday. Picture shows the President giving away the awards. Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena, Scouts Commissioner General Prof. Nimal de Silva were also present.

President conveys greetings for 20th Commonwealth Games
Friday, 25 July 2014 08:53

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Chair in Office of the Commonwealth, has conveyed his warm greetings and wishes to the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Prince Tunku Imran for the success of the 20th Commonwealth Games that got underway in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday.

"These Games are a unique feature in the Commonwealth calendar, bringing together athletes from across its regions into one arena," President Rajapaksa said in the message.

ANCL ties up with SLBC to launch Dinamina City FM
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:29


The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, the 'Paththara Mahagedera' created history yesterday joining hands with Radio Ceylon - Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation - the 'Vidyuth Mahagedera' to launch the Dinamina City FM 89.6/89.8 news channel.

Updated knowledge a must in the media field - Keheliya
Friday, 18 July 2014 13:00

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The Mass Media and Information Ministry always assists media personnel to upgrade their knowledge since updated knowledge is a must to attain perfection in the field, Mass Media and Information minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

The minister was addressing the ceremonial awarding of scholarships to journalists under the Media Scholarship program at the Mass Media and Information Ministry Auditorium yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, the minister said that the Asi Disi media scholarship program is carried out annually by the Mass Media and Information Ministry aiming to equip journalists with knowledge and experience to facilitate a system of ethical media reporting in accordance with the Mahinda Chinthana National development plan.

The government always stands for assisting media personnel to gather the latest knowledge in the field. In keeping with the Mahinda Chinthana, the government assists

media personnel to upgrade their knowledge. Moreover, the knowledge of media personnel should be upgraded and updated so as to be perfect media personnel , Minister rambukwella said.

Mass Media and Information Ministry SecretaryDr. Charitha Herath said the Asi Disi scholarship program is carried out with the objective of developing three sectors such as training, ethics and regulation. Accordingly, the project is to encourage and to provide opportunities for journalists to improve their professional skills through training programs to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Over 100 journalists serving in recognised electronic and print media institutions on full-time or part-time basis as well as freelance journalists, have been selected to award scholarships under this program. The journalists may select Post Graduate Courses, short and long term Certificate Courses and Diploma Courses conducted by local Universities and government higher education and training institutions under this scholarship scheme.

Payments for course fees will be made by the Mass Media and Information Ministry subject to a maximum of Rs. 100,000 on the basis of non-recovery under this annual scholarship program.

Sri Lanka to digitalize TV broadcasting Charitha Herath
Monday, 14 July 2014 10:11


In the midst of the digital revolution, the digitization of terrestrial television broadcasting has become a worldwide trend. Broadcasters are now turning to digital technologies to reduce their operating costs and offer enhanced services to the public. Television broadcasting is a universal service and is an important infrastructure, which most people rely on as a source of information. It is therefore essential to make television more accessible to people in order to allow Sri Lanka to keep pace with the rest of the world.
President asks Eran for report on Ministry Secretaries on Private Company Boards
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:41


President Mahinda Rajapaksa who visited Parliament yesterday requested UNP National List MP Eran Wickremaratne to provide him with a report in which Ministry Secretaries serving in Director Boards of private companies are mentioned.

We should be proud of our country's achievements - President
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 12:45


We should be proud of our country's achievements in the field of development. The giant development strides that Sri Lanka has made in all spheres amply proves that we can achieve our goals if we work together as one big family, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka’s inflation falls to 2.8% in June - Central Bank
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:11


Sri Lanka’s inflation continues to remain in single digit for the 65th consecutive month at 2.8% in June, states the Central Bank. The rate decreased to 2.8% last month on yearon- year. It stood at 3.2% in May this year. “It is noteworthy to mention that inflation continues to remain in single digit level for the 65th consecutive month in June 2014,” the Central Bank said in a statement.

Sri Lanka, Seychelles sign six agreements
Monday, 30 June 2014 11:18


Sri Lanka and Seychelles signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission on cooperation before Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and James Michel at the State House in Victoria.

Maldivian President tells President Rajapaksa We do not approve of external pressure, will always support Sri Lanka
Friday, 27 June 2014 09:36

"Our two countries have been very good neighbours for a long time. We do not approve of undue external pressure over countries. That is why the Maldives will consistently support Sri Lanka at international fora. We will continue to do so shoulder to shoulder with Sri Lanka," Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said during a bilateral discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa held at President's Office in Male on Wednesday.

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Honourable Minister of Mass Media & InformationDr. Keheliya Rambukwella
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