’Dharma Deepani’ series of Dharma sermons held at Temple Trees, which is organized by the Prime Minister’s Office, and sponsored by the Maliban Company, telecasted live on Jathika Rupavahini on every Full Moon Poya Day (from 9.00 am to 10.00 am).

Sermon on the Medin Poya Day was delivered by,

Saddharma Keerthy, Sri Thripitakacharya Most Ven. Malegoda Nanda Thera, Chief Incumbent of Malegoda Sri Pushparamaya, Kongoda Gangaramaya, and Yomogida Buddhist Centre in Japan, Director, Committee Member of Malegoda Sirinandana Thripitaka Dharmayathana Maha Pirivena, Chief Registrar of the Northern Region of Beruwala Sasanarakshaka Balamandalaya, Chief Sangha Nayaka of Bentara Walallavita Korala of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dharma Maha Sangha Sabha.

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Agreement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide further financial assistance to Sri Lanka... - Prime Minister

Sri Lanka qualifying for the next steps of the IMF agreement is a victory for the whole country...
Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to provide further financial assistance to Sri Lanka, and that Sri Lanka qualifying for the next steps of the IMF agreement is a victory for the whole country. He made these comments today (22.03.2024) while attending the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new surgical ward complex at the Avissawella Base Hospital, which is constructed on a proposal made by Member of Parliament Yadamini Ginawardena.

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Water is life. There is no alternative to that.

The unparalleled expertise of our ancestors on water management has amazed the world. They took care not to leave even a single drop of water fell from the sky to be flowed to the sea without making use of it. They have protected and managed the water sources and water cascades with their utmost effort in order to preserve for future generations.

Protection and conservation of water resources has become a major challenge in the face of current globalization and rapid urbanization. The world today is on the brink of a drinking water crisis. The next world war will be for water unless we secure watersheds and watercourses, and preserve the drinking water produced at a great cost.

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The Women’s Rights Act, which includes a special commission for women for the first time in history, will soon be presented to the Parliament.. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister stated that a Women’s Rights Act, which includes a special commission for women for the first time in history, will soon be presented to the Parliament. He said this at the occasion of Colombo District Women’s Day commemoration ceremony “Colompura Liya Abhiman 2024” held today (21.03.2024) at the Colombo District Secretariat.

Presenting awards and certificates to the best female entrepreneurs of the district, distribution of essential materials to pregnant mothers and presenting awards and certificates to Women Development Officers took place at this occasion.

The Prime Minister commented as follows at this occasion –

Creating hope and happiness for all Sinhal MORE >>

Prime Minister discusses progress of debt-restructuring with IMF Executive Director and facilitators

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with Dr Krihsnamurthy Subramanian, Executive Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the Temple Trees in Colombo on March 19.

Dr Subramanium briefed the progress of the agreed programme and stated that IMF Board of Directors would decide on providing further assistance to Sri Lanka at the next Board Meeting scheduled for June 2024.

The Prime Minister briefed the IMF Executive Director about the measures taken and explained the progress of the welfare scheme under which the monetary assistance to the weaker segment of the society.

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Golden Inmediens 2023 Entrepreneurship Gold Awards for 60 Indigenous Medicine Entrepreneurs...

The Golden Inmediens 2023 Entrepreneurship Gold Award ceremony for the entrepreneurs in the field of indigenous medicine was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 19.03.2024 at Waters Edge, Battaramulla.

According to the concept of State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Sisira Jayakodi, this entrepreneurship award ceremony was organized for the appreciation of entrepreneurs in the field of indigenous medicine, and promoting them both locally and internationally, by the Sri Lanka Ayurveda Promotion Private Company under the guidance of the State Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, Department of Ayurveda, and Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation.

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Prime Minister praises Microsoft’s support for education and social benefit sectors

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena expressed appreciation over the Microsoft’s contributions to Sri Lanka’s digital infrastructure development in general and to the education and social benefit spheres in particular. He stated this when a top delegation headed by President of Microsoft India and South Asia, Puneet Chandok called on him at the Temple Trees in Colombo on March 19.

Mr Chndlok briefed the Prime Minister on Microsoft’s journey in Sri Lanka for the past two decades, focusing on the milestones achieved, investments made, and the overall impact on the local economy, technology sector, and societal benefits.

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Let us enter into a targeted development process in 2024 by preventing waste and corruption - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The country is developed with collaboration and unity. If the country is developed, its benefits will be for you and for your children..

He made these comments while attending the occasion of the opening of the four-storey building of the Udugama Base Hospital, and the first phase of the three storey building which is being constructed in Niyagama Divisional Hospital on 18.03.2024.

This new four storey building is constructed in the Udugama Base Hospital at a cost of 400 million Rupees by the Primary Healthcare-System-Strengthening Project under World Bank assistance and allocations of the Southern Province, and in this building consists of the accident and emergency unit and the forensic medicine unit on the  MORE >>

New Pakistani High Commissioner calls on Prime Minister

New Pakistani High Commissioner Major General (Retd.) Faheem Ul Aziz called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees on March 15.

The High Commissioner thanked the Prime Minister for his felicitations and best wishes sent to newly-elected Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The Prime Minister thanked Pakistan for supporting Sri Lanka at international forums and for extending training facilities to the members of Sri Lankan armed forces.

He discussed the possibility of expanding bilateral ties in economic spheres, investments, tourism and industries.

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A special discussion with all District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries of the island under the theme ’Prelude to a strong future – 2024’ was held today (15) at the Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo, under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe and with the participation of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Five major programmes proposed in the 2024 budget were taken for discussion.

Accordingly, a lengthy discussion with the government officials who were present on issues regarding the programmes of Aswesuma programme, “Urumaya” - distribution of freehold deeds, the decentralized budget, and “Kandukara Dashakaya” (Decade of upcountry) programme and how those programmes should be implemented.

President Ranil Wickramasinghe also addressed this occasion.

Prime Minister commented as follows –

As public officials, you are a group of people who have come forward with a number of experiences. A group of experienced government officials have gathered in this place. It should also b MORE >>

PM meets Grama Niladhari TUs

A special discussion between the Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and the Grama Niladhari Trade Unions was held on 14.03.2024 at Temple Trees.

In this discussion, attention was paid to the proposed service minute for the Grama Niladhari service, salary anomalies and maintaining the professional dignity of the Grama Niladhari officers.

State Minister Ashoka Priyantha, Member of Parliament Yadamini Gunawardena, and trade union representatives participated in this event.

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’International Buddhist Conference Hall’ built in Kelaniya Vidyalankara Pirivena.

The fully fledged International Buddhist Conference Hall at Kelaniya Vidyalayankara Pirivena was constructed by the National Physical Planning Department at a cost of 170 million when Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was holding the portfolio of the Minister of Urban Development.

Later, due to issues with several related organisations, there was a problematic situation in using the center. A preliminary discussion on bringing it back to operational level was held recently (14.03.2024) at the Kelaniya Vidyalankara Pirivena under the guidance of Ven. Welamitiyawe Gnanarathana Thera, Parivenadhipathi of Vidyalankara Pirivena, Kelaniya, and under the patronage of Prime Minister.

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The concept of increasing productivity through collective efforts that exists in the private sector will be introduced to the public sector... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister made these comments today (14.03.2024) while attending the opening of the “Nila Piyasa” housing complex built in Mahara - Kelaniya.

The Prime Minister further commented as follows –

“An efficient and productive public service should be established for the proper maintenance of a state. It is crucial to recruit the officers with suitable qualifications to the public service as well as attaching them after being trained properly and providing them not only with salaries and allowances but also facilities to get a continuous motivated service.

This programme of providing facilities to government officials was initially implemented in distant areas. A large amount of money  MORE >>

A meeting between the Prime Minister and the Bishop of Chilaw

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met His Eminence Dr. Don Wimal Siri Jayasuriya, the fourth Bishop of Chilaw Diocese, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Cathedral on 12.03.2024.

Rev. Don Wimal Siri was appointed as the fourth Bishop of Chilaw diocese in last December.

State Ministers Arundika Fernando, Ashoka Priyantha, and Member of Parliament Yadamini Gunawardena were present on this occasion.

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The Prime Minister visits Navadankulam Kanishta Vidyalaya, Puttalam and St. Mary’s College, Chilaw.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena visited Navadankulama Kanishta Vidyalaya and St. Mary’s College, Chilaw, on the way to attend the opening of the new Mundalama Divisional Secretariat in Puttalam on 12.03.2024, and met the students of those two schools and had a friendly conversation with them.

The Prime Minister later donated books for the libraries of those schools.

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An allowance to government officials with the purpose of meeting development goals... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Divisional Secretaries empowered to direct school leavers to information technology and vocational training...

The Prime Minister mentioned this today (12.03.2024) at the occasion of opening of the new building of Mundalam Divisional Secretariat, Puttalam.

The Prime Minister at the occasion commented as follows-

The Divisional Secretariat should be the centre for the service to be rendered by the government and government departments to address the problems of the people.

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Business Centre of Colombo Port City, a testament to our ambitious vision of making Sri Lanka a thriving business hub - Prime Minister

Divisional Secretaries empowered to direct school leavers to information technology and vocational training...

The Prime Minister mentioned this today (12.03.2024) at the occasion of opening of the new building of Mundalam Divisional Secretariat, Puttalam.

The Prime Minister at the occasion commented as follows-

The Divisional Secretariat should be the centre for the service to be rendered by the government and government departments to address the problems of the people.

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When wonders of information technology changing the world, Korea is bringing technology to our schools. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

It is the responsibility of our school students to obtain its maximum benefits.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, officially awarded the 5 smart classrooms fully equipped with computers donated by the Saemaul Foundation of Korea to 5 schools in Sabaragamuwa Province and Central Province at a function held at the Temple Trees today (March 11).

The Saemaul Foudation, under its Digital Saemal Program has donated computers and equipment worth 36.5 million rupees for the smart classrooms of St. Joseph Girls School, Gampola, Naminaoya Central College, Ginigathena Central College, Godakawela Kularathna School, and Ranwala Maha Naga School.
In his speech, the Prime Minister commented;

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