Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne bid farewell to the nation with state honours…

The eulogy given by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, when the last rites of Dr A. T. Ariyaratne, the founder of »Sarvodaya’ were performed with state honours at the Independence Square, Colombo on 20.04.2024 -

"The demise of Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, whom we remember with respect, has left a huge gap in the nation.

Everyone all over the country as well as internationally has united to share this grief.

Mr. A.T. Ariyaratne is receiving the state honours today as a result of the uniqueness of his life.

Mr. Ariyaratne’s life was completely committed to the welfare of the people. The mission he accomplished to bring happiness to the lives of the people who were sufferin MORE >>

Constructing gunpowder warehouses in villages cannot be accepted. - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the establishment of gunpowder warehouses in villages despite public protest is unacceptable.

The Prime Minister expressed these views while attending the Sitawaka Pradesheeya Coordinating Committee meeting. The Prime Minister further commented that the proposal presented to the Sitawaka Coordination Committee to establish a warehouse for gunpowder and explosives used for stone quarrying which had been stored in several police stations in Hanwella, Diddeniya villages cannot be approved. The Prime Minister said that such activities should not be carried out as the storage of explosives in areas where people live can create unnecessary fear and disturbance among the public. Also, reg MORE >>

Immediate steps will be taken to boost the business community in Pamunuwa, and Maharagama ... - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena mentioned this when the Maharagama Divisional Coordination Committee met on 18.04.2024 under his Chairmanship.

The Prime Minister said that special business activities took place in Pamunwa and Maharagama areas during the New Year season and that he thanks all the businessmen who engaged in successful business activities as well as the police and other parties for maintaining the peace and creating a reliable environment in the Pamunwa market and Maharagama city for trading.

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"We need everyone’s support and participation to implement the new programme that is being carried out by the President and the government to make the pro MORE >>

Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne is a noble son of Sri Lanka – Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena paid his last respects to the remains of Sarvodaya leader Dr A T Ariyaratne at the Sarvodaya Headquarters. He signed the Book of Condolences after sympathising with family members of the late ’ Sarvodaya’ leader.

Addressing the media, Prime Minister stated that Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne is a noble son of Sri Lanka who has implemented an altruistic noble movement based on human virtues throughout the country.

His death is a huge loss for the entire nation, he said adding that the great example he set by going from village to village throughout the country is eternal.

“The exemplary process brought forward with several generations was a new approach not MORE >>

State honours for late Dr A T Ariyaratne

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena instructed Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Administration and Provisional Councils Pradeep Yasaratne to make arrangements to provide state honours for the funeral of late Dr A T Ariyaratne.

The Prime Minister held a discussion with the President and the officials of Sarvodaya on the funeral arrangements.

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The actual owners of the New Year are our children

Sinhala and Hindu New Year or Surya Mangalyaya (Solar Festival) is the greatest cultural festival of Sri Lanka.

Giving priority to auspicious rituals and religious activities, preserving the customary traditions, working together with the same purpose at the same moment in the same auspicious time cannot be seen in the cultures of any other country in the world.

Our ancestors who dealt with nature everyday made it even more realistic in the New Year customs. As their descendants, we do not need to be taught again and again about food security, thrift, self-belonging and unity. What requires is, to implement them.

The service rendered by the farmers to produce food for the country in the face of t MORE >>

The National Oil Anointing Ceremony was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena...

National oil anointing ceremony of Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival was held today (15) at Wattala Hendala Purana Rajamaha Vihara under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The Ministry of Indigenous Medicine organized this national event and on the auspicious time of 10.17 a.m, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was anointed by Ven Higgoda Chandima Nayaka Thera, Chief Incumbent of Wattala Hendala Rajamaha Viharaya.

The Maha Sangha anointed the people who attended the state ceremony.

The Prime Minister offered his best wishes to the people for their good health as expected from the oil anointing ceremony.

The Ministry had taken steps to provide Sinhala New Year Alm MORE >>

Eid-ul-Fitr Message

Since the ancient past, the Islamic people have been devotedly practicing their religious rites and rituals during the Ramadan, helping others, and giving exemplary meaning to the cultural and religious diversity of the country.

I take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the active contribution of the Sri Lankan Muslim community to the country’s governance process, business sector, education, various professional fields, and fields of sports and culture.

I further expect the kind commitment and sacrifices made by the Muslim community to achieve extremely difficult goals during this period to continue with added strength in this period significant to you.

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!
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Korea to provide assistance to education, health, renewable energy and employment ops as a result of PM’s visit – Korean Ambassador

Ambassador of Republic of Korea, Ms Miyon Lee called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardna at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo today (April 10) to discuss follow up actions on the decisions taken at the discussions held during the Prime Minister’s visit to Korea last week.

Prime Minister held discussions with Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Han Duck-soo, Speaker of National Assembly Kim Jin-pyo, Governor of Gyengsangbuk-do Province Lee Cheol-woo and former Secretary General of the United Nation and current President and Chair of Green Growth Institute, Ban Ki-moon.

During these discussions, Korea agreed to increase support to Sri Lanka in several sectors including education, health, renewabl MORE >>

Remedial measures will be taken to remove difficulties faced by elderly artistes… - Prime Minister

The Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that remedies will be taken to cope with difficulties faced by elderly artistes. He made these comments while participating in the ceremony held at Temple Trees (08.04.2024) to enrol artistes who have newly applied for the retirement programme for aged artists that is implemented by the Tower Hall Theater Foundation, and presenting them gifts for the New Year.

So far, a monthly retirement allowance of Rs.7,500/- has been given to 102 selected elderly artistes. The Board of Trustees of the Tower Hall Theater Foundation, which has met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Chairman of the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, has decided to increase the said allowance to MORE >>

“Violence is not in our politics. The government accepted this challenge by committing to a non-violent political victory”. - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that violence is not in their politics, and the government accepted this challenge by committing to a non-violent political victory. He made these comments during the programme for the distribution of incubators with the view of strengthening the rural economy and uplifting small-scale poultry farm owners, held on 07.04.2024 at Mavittara, Piliyandala, at Wilfred Senanayake Stadium, Homagama.

“One and a half years ago, the people of the whole country were very courageous in the face of the economic crisis. We have never thought that the country could face such a crisis in our lifetime. We had heard that our elders faced such a situation during the Second World War. At that time, our pea MORE >>

The delegation of Vietnam Communist Party youth organizations, who visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of the Youth Conference of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP Youth), met with the leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, at Kandy on 06.04.2024, after visiting the Temple of Tooth Relic.

Deputy Secretary of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna MP Yadamini Gunawardena, Ambassador of Vietnam Ho Thi Thanh Truc, President of the youth organization of MEP Samantha Gamage, and the representatives of the youth organization of MEP participated in this event.

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Korean job opportunities in new fields as a result of the meeting between the PMs of Korea and Sri Lanka

The meeting between Korean Prime Minister Han Duck Soo and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was held on 04.04.2024 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Seoul.

The Korean Prime Minister stated at the meeting that many new job opportunities will be opened for Sri Lanka.

In addition to the labour force that provides jobs for agriculture, construction and other industries in his country, the Korean Prime Minister also mentioned the possibility of providing new jobs for health services and professional services.

The Korean Prime Minister said that his country, as a member of the Paris Club, will always stand therein for Sri Lanka, which is recovering from the recent financial crisis, to suc MORE >>

Ban Ki-moon appreciates growing close partnership between GGGI and Sri Lanka

During the discussion held between Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena inSeoul, Chairman of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Ban Ki-moon expressed appreciation over the close partnership with Sri Lanka and assured efforts to reinforce the longstanding amicable relations between Sri Lanka and GGGI and to explore opportunities to fortify bilateral ties across various sectors.

“The Government of Sri Lanka is in the process of transitioning to a greener, inclusive, and more resilient economy through interventions on renewable energy, sustainable transport, and creating our cities greener,” Prime Minister Gunawardena said in his talks with the former Secretary General of the United Nations in Seoul on April 4.
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PM and Korean Speaker exchange views

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, who is on an official visit to South Korea, met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jin Pyo today (04.04.2024).

They discussed the ways and means of enhancing exchanges between the two legislatures.

Sri Lankan delegation included State Ministers Piyal Nishantha, Anupama Pasqual, MPs Yadamini Gunawardena, Rajika Wickramasinghe, Muditha de Soysa, Jagath Kumara, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Korea Savitri Panabokke, and Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake.

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Many benefits to a number of sectors in Sri Lanka as a result of PM’s visit to Korea

Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-du Province of the Republic of South Korea, Lee Cheol Woo met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 03.04.2024 at the Governor’s office, in Andong in Gyeongsangbuk-du.

The Provincial Government agreed to offer many benefits for education and higher education, agriculture, fisheries, women and rural development in Sri Lanka during the talks. They also discussed the potential for launching investment projects too.

The agreements were reached on providing more smart classrooms for schools, information technology equipment for vocational training institutes for school leavers who do not enrol for higher education, increasing opportunities for university entrance, incre MORE >>