Sri Lanka, a centre of gravity for economic growth – JICA President

JICA to commence new development projects in Sri Lanka

President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Dr. Tanaka Akihito, described Sri Lanka as a centre of gravity of global economic development and JICA would continuously assist development and reforms agenda of Sri Lanka. He said this during a discussion with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo on today (February 14).

The Prime Minister thanked Dr Akihito for the support extended to Sri Lanka for decades since JICA became a member of Sri Lanka Aid Consortium in 1968. He urged JICA to consider new projects for rural development, rural road construction, empowerment of small and medium sector farmers and entrepreneurs. MORE >>

D. B. Jayatilaka, a great leader to emulate by the young - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Today we are enjoying the freedom won by sacrifices of our national heroes...

The Prime Minister mentioned that we are enjoying the freedom won by sacrifices of our national heroes and further he said that Sir D. B. Jayatilaka is a character to be studied and emulated.He expressed these views at the event of unveiling the statue of National Hero Sir D. B. Jayathilaka at Waragoda, Kelaniya today, 13th February 2024.

The statue of the national hero Sir Don Baron Jayathilaka which was built in his birthplace Kelaniya Waragoda was unveiled by the Prime Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena, to mark the 156th birth anniversary.

Speaking on this occasion the Prime Minister stated that;
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PM discusses the need for amending marriages ordinance to ensure rights of Muslim women

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with Muslim women delegation headed by former Minister Farial Ashraff at the Temple Trees today (February 12).

The delegation, which included several Muslim lawyers stated that the Preamble of Marriage Ordinance Act 19 0f 1908 has excluded Muslim women from the marriage laws and it is essential to amend it to ensure that Muslim women also enjoy similar rights as other communities. The Prime Minister agreed to the need for amending the outdated ordinance.

The Muslim women delegation included Hyshyama Hamin, Hasanah Cegu Isadeen, Fathima Sabra Zahid, Fathima Amana and Sithy Ermiza Tegal, Legal Adviser to the Prime Minister Dr. Jayathissa De Kostha Additional Sec MORE >>

PM praises young chess champion

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena congratulated L M Susal de Silva, who won the under 18 Chess Gold Medal at Asian Youth Championship 2024 held in United Arab Emirates. The youth champion met the Prime Minister at the PM Office on February 9.

The Prime Minister lauded Susal’s achievement and offered best wishes for his sporting future.

Susal’s mother, President of Youth Circle of Sri Lanka, Mahim Dissanayake and Sanasa officials Thusith Weerawardane and Saliya Silva were also present on this occasion.

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200 renovated busses back on CTB fleet

The Central Board of Transport (CTB) passenger bus fleet has been increased by adding 200 renovated busses at a simple function held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (09/02/2024) near Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Road, adjacent to the Parliament complex.

These busses were discarded and taken out of service earlier. They were fully renovated under a concept of Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena. Engineers and technicians from 107 C.T.B depots and 11 regional work stations throughout the island have renovated these buses with the aim of further strengthening the CTB bus fleet.

State Ministers Sisira Jayakodi, Chamara Sampath Dasanayake, Member of P MORE >>

Commitment to achieve the betterment of our society and future generations through excellence in education… - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The powerful influence of education on the lives of individuals and the destinies of nations should never be forgotten…

Central Board of Secondary Education Gulf Sahodaya (CBSE Gulf Sahodaya) of International school principals in Middle East and western Asia was held today (7) in Colombo.

Speaking on this occasion the Prime Minister stated that
In the past three decades, this organization of dedicated school principals has made great progress in fostering the quality of education so that the youth who can be entrusted with the responsibility of our society can attain their future aspirations.

Education is the basic foundation for the progress and prosperity of any society. Leaders, in MORE >>

The land deed received today is a strong weapon for all of you to step into the future development of the country - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinresh Gunawardena stated that the inheritance of a land deed is a strong weapon for all the people to enhance their role in the future development of the country. He expressed this view at the national ceremony of awarding ten thousand land deeds under the first phase of the Urumaya program implemented for securing the land rights of the people which was held today at the Rangiri Dambulu Stadium under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The government has planned to grant free deeds to two hundred thousand (200000) farming families under the Urumaya programme.

Two billion rupees have been allocated in this year’s budget proposals for the implementation of the Urumaya program, MORE >>

Buddhist religious pooja to commemorate the 76th Independence Day was held at Sridharmakeertiramaya in Kollupitiya this morning under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

First Prime Minister D S Senanayake held poojas on February 4, 1948 at this temple and that tradition has been continued every year since then.

The Mhasangha, State Minister Ashoka Priyantha, MP Yadamini Gunawardena, former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration Pradeep Yasaratne and Secretary to the Ministry of Buddasasana, Somaratne Widanapathirana were also present on this occasion. MORE >>

Independence Day Message

Our ancestors created a proud history for us. As their children and grandchildren, we should bequeath it meaningfully to the next generation.

Today we celebrate the 76th year of independence of our nation, which has been nourished by intellect and sacrifice of blood and sweat in the struggles faced from time to time due to foreign and imperialist invasions.

From the national liberation struggles of 1818 and 1848 and the revolutionary struggles spearheaded by religious and lay national leaders we gained independence in 1948. Let us remember them with pride at this moment.

Even after that independence, the people’s movement of 1956, the full freedom obtained by the republic constitution of 19 MORE >>

International support to expand export by enhancing rural agriculture and livestock production

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and international partner CIGAR, which is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources will launch a new program this year in Sri Lanka to mark the 40th anniversary of productive partnership.

This was stated by CGIAR Executive Manging Director Ms Ismahane Elouafi and IWMI Director General Dr mark Smith,who called on Prime Minister at the Temple Trees today (Feb 2).

The Prime Minister urged the delegation to look into new areas to enhance agriculture production, fisheries and poultry to enhance exports as well as nutrition intake of rural population.

CGIAR Executive MD said that CGIAR will con MORE >>

ILO to assist introduction of dispute resolution mechanism to public service

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena requested the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to assist the government’s initiative to introduce a dispute prevention and resolution mechanism to public service. He made this request when ILO Country Director Joni Simpson called on the Prime Minister at the Temple Trees today (Feb 1) together with United Nations Resident Coordinator Marc-André Franche.

The delegation thanked the Prime Minister for the initiative taken in this regard and obtaining the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers for the proposal. They assured the prime minister fullest support to implement the proposed mechanism this would not only result in resolving dispute but also prevention of disputes in future th MORE >>

Prime Minister launches strategies to promote inclusive sustainable businesses to achieve SDGs in Sri Lanka

ESCAP extends fullest support to Sri Lanka to achieve SDGs – UN Under Secretary General Armida Alisjahbana

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena launched the new strategies to promote inclusive sustainable businesses to achieve SDGs in Sri Lanka at the Temple Trees today (January 31) in the presence of UN Under Secretary General Armida Alisjahbana, who is also the Executive Director of ESCAP.

After the launch, Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka’s vision for new Sri Lanka cannot be achieved without developing and promoting sustainable businesses. “Businesses today hold immense power not just as engines of economic growth, but also as agents of positive change,” he said.

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Political differences should be limited to political debates. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Polonnaruwa.

Public servants must support the political leadership.

The Prime Minister mentioned that political differences should be limited only to political debates and the public servants should provide fullest support to the political leadership. He expressed these views at a meeting held on the multi-sector integrated mechanism for empowering rural economic revitalization centers to ensure food security and nutrition, under “New Village - New Country” National Integrated Development Program, Polonnaruwa District Progress Review Meeting at the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat Auditorium today (29.01.2024).

Speaking on this occasion the Prime Minister said;

“We built up the country with great conf MORE >>