Royal College Colombo hails the President and the Prime Minister.

A special ceremony was organized by the students of Royal College Colombo to felicitate President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena –the old Royalists on 22.02.2023.

Ministers Vidura Wickramanayake, Kanchana Wijesekera, State Ministers Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Anuradha Jayaratne, Members of Parliament Rauf Hakeem, Gevidu Kumaratunga, Priyankara Jayaratne, Duminda Dissanayake, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Dilan Perera, Yadamini Gunawardena, Kavinda Jayawardana , Nipuna Ranawaka were among those present at the occasion. MORE >>

If you take a loan and do not invest properly, you will have to pay the price painfully - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that we would have to pay back the loan most painfully if we do not invest them properly. Addressing the gathering at the inauguration of "Ran Palassa" solid waste recycling center together with a renewable electricity project at Kaduwela Municipal Council on 21.02.2023, he added that overcoming a challenge requires planning and confidence. Similarly, one should have the strength to dedicate himself towards the achievement of that goal. The need of renewable electricity is immensely felt by the whole world including our country. We have been talking about this for a long time and that transformation should take place in no time.

“Although we have been steadily moving forward in the pro MORE >>

For the national unity

Sinhala and Tamil alphabet books compiled by the Official Languages Department were presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 21.02.2023 in Parliament on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.

All Members of Parliament have been given these books. State Minister Sivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan also took part in this event. MORE >>

International Mother Language Day is celebrated under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

International Mother Language Day organized by the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka was held at Independence Square, Colombo today (21) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

International Mother Language Day is celebrated on February 21st every year, with the aim of establishing peace, promoting multilingualism and protecting mother languages around the world.

This year’s national celebration was jointly organized by the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Education, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Scout Association.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners of many countries including Bangladesh High C MORE >>

JAICA to resume ongoing projects no sooner the IMF package on debt restructuring finalized

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena urged the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) to recommence all the ongoing projects that are temporarily halted due to fiscal issues.
He made this request when JAICA Director General for South Asia, Ito Teruyuki called on him on Monday (20). Mr Teruyuki assured the Prime Minister that JAICA projects would be resumed no sooner the debt restructuring programme is finalized by the International Monetary Fund.

US$ 2.5 billion worth 12 JAICA projects have been temporarily halted due to the fiscal crisis. JAICA delegation expressed satisfaction over the progress in debt restructuring plans, in which Japan also played a major role.

The Prime Minister thanked JAICA D MORE >>

Do not look at conventional rules when fulfilling expectations of farmers - Prime Minister instructs officials

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said it is essential to purchase paddy at a reasonable price from the farmers in order to implement the program for providing subsidies to the lower-income families in the country.

He said this at a discussion held at the Prime Minister’s Office on purchase of paddy and distribution of rice. The issues pertaining to paddy purchase, its present position, the needs for reforms in the social security data system, production of agricultural crops were discussed at the meeting. It was revealed that harvesting has been completed in many districts and purchase of paddy would be commenced by next week.

It was decided to solve the problems with regard to restructuring of the social pr MORE >>

’Tooth Relic of Buddha’, an illustrated volume on the history of the sacred tooth relic of Gauthama Buddha, written by Dr Dharmaratne Herath was launched at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees on Thursday (16).

Anunayake of Matwathu Chapter, Ven Niyangoda Wijithasiri Nayake Thera, Anunayake of Asgiri Chapter Ven Anamaduwe Dhammasiddhi Thera, Mahanayake of Kotte Sangha Sabhawa, Ven Itthapane Dhammalankara Thera, Minister of Buddhasasana and Culture, Vidura Wickremenayake, Yadamini Gunawardena MP, Prime Minister’s Secretary Anura Dissanayake, Chief Custodian Nilanga Dela and Ambassadors and High Commissioners were among the dignitaries who were at the launching. MORE >>

Prime Minister unveils War Memorial at KDU

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the people of Sri Lanka will always be grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation, its sovereignty and territorial integrity and to keep us free to defend our values and protect our way of life. He said this after unveiling a War Memorial at the Kotalawala Defence University on February 17.

Sri Lanka, nurtured by the teachings of the Gautama Buddha believes in peace, compassion and tranquility. It is not in our nature to seek out wars and conflicts, he said and added that but whenever they have come, when adversaries have left us no alternative, our brave armed forces have stood ready to take the risks and pay the ultimate price.

The Prime  MORE >>

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a productive discussion with representatives of IndustriALL Global Union, which represents powerful Trade Unions in more than 100 countries at the Temple Trees today (Feb 15).

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Atle Hoie, General Secretary 0f IndustriALL Global Union, Praveen Rao, Coordinator, South Asia Regional Office of IndustriALL Global Union, Leslie Devendra, General Secretary, Sri Lanka NIdahas Sevaka Sangamaya, Anton Marcus, General Secretary, FTZ&GSEU, Dilakson, Admin Coordinator, FTZ&GSEU, Palitha Athukorala, President, NUSS, Ranjan Perera, NUSS, Swasthika Arulingam, UFL and Sujeewa Amarasinghe, UF took part in the discussion. MORE >>

We do not allow any damage or tampering to Article 09 of the Constitution. The article 09 is an achievement resulted from historical path taken by the Maha Sangha. We need to protect such a strength incorporated in our constitution for the purpose of preserving Buddhism -Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The Prime Minister declared that any damage or tampering to Article 9 of the Constitution would not be allowed and that right should be protected for the purpose of preserving Buddhism. He said this at the conferment ceremony of the twelfth Srimath Maha Nayake Eknaligoda Vihara sect of Sri Lanka Amarapura Chapter to Most Venerable Karannagoda Senananda Nayaka Thera held at Siddharthodaya Piriwen Vihara, Karangoda, Ratnapura on 14.02.2023.

He further said that “the order to throw down the flag of the British Emperor could be given because of the power of the Buddhist monks as displayed in the freedom struggle. Venerable Wariyapola Thera had done that because the colonial rulers broke their own promise. I would like to recall MORE >>

Lithuanian transport service to recruit 600 truck drivers for trans-Europe services

Seeks Prime Minister’s assistance for speedy recruitment
A leading transport service in Lithuania plans to recruit 600 truck drivers for its trans-Europe services and sought Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s intervention for speedy training process for selected drivers.

This request was made by Dana Janerikaite, Senior Director of Manvesta in Lithuania who called on Prime Minister Gunawardena at the Temple Trees on February 13. She said the company plans to recruit 600 truck drivers but could select only 109 persons with good driving skills and basic English knowledge.

“We pay a monthly salary of SL Rs one million to work in our trans-Europe truck services. We have contracts for transport of lu MORE >>

Japanese Ambassador plants a Ruk sapling at Sithawaka Botanic Garden to mark Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence anniversary

In the presence of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Ambassador of Japan Mizukoshi Hideaki planted a Ruk sapling at Sithawaka Wet Zone Botanic Garden to mark Sri Lanka’s 75th Independence anniversary and to commemorate 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka. MP Yadamini Gunawardena, Japanese Embassy officials and Hiroyuki Shimotori, Director Shimokikaku co, Ltd, who established Japanese Language Center in Sithawaka were also present on this occasion. MORE >>

Mathsuri Japanese Language Center in Sithawaka opened

Free Japanese language and culture education to youths
Mathsuri Japanese Language Center in Sithawaka opened by Prime Minister Dinesh Guunawardena and Ambassador of Japan Mizukoshi Hideaki at Sithawaka in Avissawella on Saturday (11).

Mr Hiroyuki Shimotori, Director Shimokikaku co, Ltd. In Japan has established this Center to educate youths in Japanese language and culture to youths free of charge. He also assured that qualified youths would be provided employment in Japan.

Prime Minister Gunawardena expressed confidence that this Center would be highly beneficial to the youths of the entire district. He thanked the Japanese Ambassador, Mr Hiroyuki Shimotori for their initiatives to set up this Center in MORE >>

Sri Lanka provides humanitarian aid to earthquake victims

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a special discussion regarding the provision of humanitarian aid for the earthquake-affected people in Turkey and Syria. On the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the meeting was held at the Temple Trees on 09.02.2023 to discuss early assistance to earthquake victims.
The provision of essential requirements including manpower resources by government institutions, non-government institutions, and the private sector was discussed at the occasion.
It was planned to provide a  MORE >>

ඉන්දියානු සාගර සම්පත්වලින් ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිලාභ ලබාගැනීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහ ඉන්දියාව එක්ව කටයුතු කළ යුතු බව අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා පවසයි.

අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේ 2023.02.08 දින කොළඹ ටාජ් සමුද්‍රා හෝටලයේ දී ඉන්දියානු අලෙවි නියෝජිතවරුන් පන්සියය පනස් දෙනෙකුගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් පැවැති tata steel සහ tata tiscon ගනුදෙනුකරුවන්ගේ වාර්ෂික සමුළුවේ සමාරම්භක අවස්ථාවට එක්වෙමිනි.

ඉන්දියානු සාගරය හරහා වැටී ඇති ගෝලීය මුහුදු වෙළෙඳ මාර් MORE >>

The Chairman of the Global Green Growth Council (GGGI), the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, meets the Prime Minister

Chair of the Global Green Growth Council, former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon met Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (07).

Mr. Ban Ki-moon said that he is satisfied with Sri Lanka’s initiatives in environment-friendly programmes and will support the country’s renewable energy sector, public transport sector, electricity generation projects and street lights systems powered by solar energy.

The Prime Minister submitted the new energy plan to be implemented within the next ten years in Sri Lanka to Mr. Ban Ki-moon at the occasion.

Ministers Ali Sabri, Bandula Gunawardena, Nasir Ahmed, Yadamini Gunawardena MP, Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura MORE >>

Maldivian and Pakistani Foreign Ministers call on Prime Minister Gunawardena to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdulla Shahid and State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena separately at the Temple Trees in Colombo during their visit to represent their countries at the 75th Independence Anniversary celebrations. They discussed whole range of areas of bilateral relations and corporation and exchanged views on regional and international affairs during the discussions.

Prime Minister Gunawardena thanked the Ministers for their visit and said that such high level exchanges would result in further strengthening of bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

Maldivian Foreign Minister said the two countries could enhance cooperati MORE >>

South Asian countries fully endorse Sri Lanka’s proposal to set up a Climate Change University

Bhutan Minister of Education and Skills Development Jai Bir Rai called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (6) and held detailed discussion on bilateral relations, potential for investments and regional issues.

The Prime Minister referred to historic religious and cultural relations between the two countries and said the efforts must be made to enhance trade, investments and tourism.

Minister Jai Bir Rai thanked Sri Lanka for providing scholarships to Bhutanese students to study medicine, engineers, information technology and other courses of in premier universities. He also expressed willingness to send Bhutanese teachers and educationists to the South Asian Teacher Education Develop MORE >>