Japan donates laptops to IT students

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena handed over laptops to software engineering students at a function held at the Temple Trees yesterday (February 29).

Japanese IT University has provided free laptops to software engineering students of newly-established Lanka Nippon BizTech Institute (LNBTI), with the contribution of funds from Japan.

The Prime Minister attended the ceremony and handed over laptops to several students marking the importance of this significance gesture to bridge the digital gap and his LNBTI’s unwavering commitment to enhancing student access to technology.

Acting Japanese ambassador, Katsuki Kotaro and the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayake handed over la MORE >>

UN Population Fund to assist Sri Lanka to modernize statistical system to move towards digital economy

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia Pacific Regional Director Pio Smith called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple today (February 29).

The Prime Minister thanked the UNFPA for the support extended during the last 50 years to several areas including the plans to modernize Sri Lanka’s statistical system and upgrading of population data system.

The UPFPA Regional Director assured continuous support to upgrade data systems to move towards the digital economy. He expressed interest in assisting programmes to enhance collaboration at the national level and advocate for the rights of women and girls. He said he visited Kilinochchi yesterday to assess the issues faced by communities at gr MORE >>

Romania and Sri Lanka to cooperate in new areas

Rumanian Ambassador Doamna Steluța Arhire called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (February 26).

Prime Minister Gunawardena and Romanian Ambassador held discussions on the long standing bilateral relations between the two countries and the steps to be taken to enter into economic cooperation and investment in new spheres. The Prime Minister urged Romania to consider investments and cooperation in education, agriculture, railways, IT, cyber security and tourism sectors.

Ambassador Arhire, expressing happiness over the four fold growth of bilateral trade to US$ 127 million last year added that her country would sign an agreement with Sri Lanka to avoid double taxation so that trade  MORE >>

’Dharma Deepani’ series of live Dharma sermons organized by the Prime Minister’s Office on every Poya Day on National Television, (9.00 am to 10.00 am) brought by the sponsorship of Maliban Company which was telecasted from Temple Trees.

The Navam Poya Day sermon was delivered by the Chief Prelate of Atuladassana Buddhist Center at Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07, Anunayaka of Amarapura Sri Saddhammavansa Mahanikaya, Thripitakacharya Ven. Borella ,Atula Anunayaka Thera. MORE >>

A Supreme Court decision has not yet been delivered in Sinhala. - Prime Minister

Let’s prevent attempts to push Sinhala to the heap of abandoned languages..

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that it is most regrettable that not a single Supreme Court verdict has been delivered in Sinhala so far. He also emphasized the imperative need to prevent the attempts by interested parties to push Sinha la into the pile of abandoned and extinct languages.

He stated this at the International Mother Language Day event organized by the National Language Education and Training Institute of the Ministry of Public Administration, the Official Language Commission, the Official Language Department and Sinhala Studies Department of Ruhunu University held on 21.02.2024 at the Sri Lanka Foundation, C MORE >>

Vietnam to share digital agriculture expertise with Sri Lanka

Vietnam Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Minh Hoan Le called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (February 21). They discussed on close bilateral ties and ways and means of enhancing cooperation in many spheres, especially on rural development and social empowerment.

Vietnam Minister thanked Sri Lanka for the support extended during the Vietnamese liberation movement. He said Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to recognize Vietnam immediately after its independence and unification.

The Prime Minister congratulated Vietnam for the success of rapid economic development after gaining independence after a valiant freedom struggle. He praised the innovative  MORE >>

Iran and Sri Lanka to expand development cooperation, trade and investment

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and visiting Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held discussion on expanding close bilateral ties and development cooperation, trade and investment at the Temple Trees today (February 20).

The Prime Minister thanked Iran for the assistance provided for the Uma Oya hydro-electricity project which will add an additional 120 Megawatts of power to the electricity grid. The Uma Oya Project, in addition to generation of electricity, provides 145 million cubic meters of water to irrigate 50,000 acres of dry land.

Expressing satisfaction over the successful project, Iranian Foreign Minister said Iran is keen to collaborate with Sri Lanka on future projects us MORE >>

PM urges FAO to support introduction of new tech to rural agriculture

Director General of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dr Qu Dongyu called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (February 19).

The Prime Minister, while thanking the Food and Agriculture Organization for the assistance provided to agriculture and the rural economic development over the years and urged the FAO to consider further assistance to plans for introducing new technology for agricultural and fisheries sectors.

He made a special mention about setting up water pumps with solar panels for energy generation for rural farming. FAO Director General said such projects have been introduced in Africa and FAO would consider such a project in Sri Lanka.< MORE >>

Take special care to avoid unfair decisions in public service… - Prime Minister

Instead of delaying, perform duties quickly.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena adivised new appointees to the public service to take special care to avoid unfair decisions in public service and instructed them to work efficiently and quickly instead of procrastinating their duties. He pointed out these facts at the function to handover appointment letters to 250 new recruits who passed the limited competitive examination in the services of Sri Lanka Administrative Service –Grade3, Sri Lanka Scientific Service –Grade 3, Management Service Supra Grade, Sri Lanka Government Librarian Service –Grade 3 on 19.02.2024 (today) at Temple Trees with the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Speaking on th MORE >>

“State banks should be protected as national assets” - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that state banks are national assets and they should be protected. He said this at a discussion with trade union representatives which was held at Temple Trees on 16.02.2024 under his patronage of Prime Minister.

Trade Union activities and institutional issues were discussed at length during this discussion.

The representatives of the trade unions presented many points regarding the restructuring of institutions, alternative proposals on preservation and maintenance of institutions.

Speaking on this occasion the Prime Minister stated that;

"We are of the opinion that these state banks should be preserved as a national resource. There is no any MORE >>

The Dasa Paramita Perahara Festival at the Thimbirigasayaya Athuladassana Buddhist Centre, Colombo is gazetted as a state-sponsored perahara.

The relevant gazette was presented by the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to the chief incumbent Ven. Borella Athula Thera today (2024.02.16) at Temple Trees.

State Minister Sisira Jayakodi, Member of Parliament Yadamini Gunawardena, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Mahesh Gammanpila, Colombo Government Agent, K.G. Wijesiri were present on this occasion. MORE >>

Prime Minister and Swiss envoy discuss bilateral cooperation and investments

Swiss Ambassador Dr Siri Walt called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (February 16).

The Prime Minister thanked Switzerland for the support extended for debt restructuring arrangements at the Paris Club during negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and briefed the Ambassador about the reforms and restructuring as well as the actions taken for speedy reconciliation.

Ambassador Dr Walt congratulated the government for the success in the economic recovery process. She assured the fullest support to Sri Lanka for peace, stability and reconciliation programmes.

Premier Gunawardena urged Switzerland to consider setting up pharmaceutical plants as joint ven MORE >>