Sri Lanka declares a day of mourning

The government declared tomorrow (May 21) a Day of Mourning in view of the demise of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The Ministry of Public Administration instructed to fly the national flag at half mast in government institutions.

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The Prime Minister expresses his condolences on the sudden death of Iranian President...

His Excellency Mohammed Mokhber
Vice President of Islamic Republic of Iran
Excellency,

I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of His Excellency President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign minister Hossein Amir-abdollahian in a tragic helicopter crash.

The late President’s services for the people of Iran as well as to strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka are legendary. In fact His Excellency Ebrahim Raisi’s last foreign visit was to Sri Lanka to inaugurate the Iran-assisted Uma Oya hydroelectricity-cum-irrigation project, which is immensely beneficial to the people of Sri Lanka.

During his visit I closely interacted with him and I was highly impressed by his sincere visi MORE >>

National War Heroes Day Commemorated under the patronage of the Prime Minister..

The 15th National War Heroes Day, commemoration to honour the war heroes, who sacrificed their lives to protect the unity of the motherland, was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (19.05.2024) in front of the National War Memorial at Sri Jayawardenapura Parliament Grounds.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, State Minister of Defense Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, Chief of Defense Staff General Shavendra Silva, Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Tennakoon, Former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Na MORE >>

The Vesak programmes of the Buddhist Congress are officially released.

The Vesak Volume and the official logo of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress was brought out today (19.05.2024) at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The Prime Minister commenting at the event -

"The Buddhist Congress bequeaths the great Buddhist path that Gautama the Buddha bequeathed to us not only to the people of our country but also to the whole world.

This year’s Vesak festival is further strengthened by such programmes organized in this manner.

The leadership given while uniting all to make the objectives and programmes of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, which were fostered by the most senior and strongest Buddhist leaders of this countr MORE >>

New Dagoba(stupa) in Morontuduwa Nivesarama Purana Viharaya unveiled.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena unveiled the pinnacle of newly built dagoba in Siri Nivesarama Purana Viharaya in Nanduwa, Polhena, Morontuduwa and bequeathed it to the Sambuddha order on 18 May (18.05.2024).

This dagoba, which was a deficiency of this templethat has a long history of more than a hundred years, and was built by the financial donations of journalist Mr. J.T. Silva, Ms. A.V. Sagarika de Silva and Mrs. Sunethra Madurawala.

A large gathering including Venerable Maha Sangha with the invitation of Eheliyagoda Amara Jyoti Thera, chief incumbent of the temple, and Kalutara District Parliamentarians Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Sanjeewa Edirimanna, participated in this event.

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The presentation of credentials with the honorary title of ’Agga Maha Panditha’ awarded by the State of Burma to Ven. Dr. Pannila Sri Ananda Thera, Chief Incumbent of Attanagalla Rajamaha Viharaya, was carried out today (18.05.2024) at the Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Maha Sangha including Dimbul Kumbure Sri Wimaladhamma Thera, former Presidents Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Ministers including Nimal Siripala de Silva, State Ministers including Lasantha Alagiyawanna, MPs of the ruling party Wajira Abeywardena, Yadamini Gunawardena and MPs of the opposition including Patali Champika Ranawaka, Vijitha Herath and many devotees participated in this event.

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Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishanker, founder of Art of Living Foundation held a discussion with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (May 18).

The Gurudev said his foundation plans to set up free educational centers in Sri Lanka for skills development of youths. He also expressed interest in establishing an Ayurvedic research institution. The foundation has established two orphanage in Batticaloa and Wellawaya.

Governor of East, Senthil Thondaman, MPs Jayantha Weerasinghe and Yadamini Gunawardena, Dr N Ramanujam, Vinod Moonasinghe and Madhu Rao and leading members of Art of Living Foundation were present on this occasion.

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Age old Thai-Sri Lanka Buddhist ties has reached a new high - Prime Minister...

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said with the introduction of ordination of a large group of Thai Buddhists as Buddhist monks on Vesak Full Moon day next week, adding that the religious ties that existed for centuries will reach a new high. He said this when Thai Ambassador Paitoon Mahapannaporn called on him at the Temple Trees in Colombo on May 17.

The Prime Minister extended his good wishes to Thai Prime Minister and the newly appointed Foreign Minister at this meeting. He reiterated the long-standing and cordial ties between the two countries, which were bounded by Buddhist affinity.

The Ambassador said the new Free Trade Agreement would give a boost to economic ties between the two countries. He said a h MORE >>

The electricity bill can be reduced in the next two months. - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

To preserve the identity and culture of a country, teach children about our heritage. - MP Sarath Weerasekera

All Divisional Secretariats of Colombo District have taken steps to organise Vesak zones to celebrate Vesak in a grand manner coordinating with government and non-governmental organizations, Buddhist organizations and businessmen, with a series of discussions to be held in that regard and one of them was held today (17.05.2024) at the Kolonnawa Divisional Secretariat.

The Prime Minister speaking at the discussion stated -

“Electricity bill should be reduced. We are talking about that within the government. Now we are in the edge of reducing the electricity bill and it can be implemented MORE >>

’45 Under 45’ Leadership Excellence Awards for young Executive Officers and Entrepreneurs

The ’45 Under 45’ Entrepreneurship Excellence Awards Ceremony was held on 16.05.2024 at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The aim of the award ceremony was to further encourage talented young entrepreneurs who have achieved successful results in a short period of time by adopting innovative methods.

Awards were presented to 56 young executive officers and entrepreneurs.

A special award was presented to late Dr. A T Ariyaratne, the founder of Sarvodaya movement and it was received by Mrs. Nita Ariyaratne.

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Dharma Shakti Puja Vesak festival of brotherhood in Batticaloa this year..

The Dharma Shakti Puja Vesak festival of community brotherhood organized by the General Conference for the Preservation of National Heritage will be held in Batticaloa this year in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, and Batticaloa Civil Organizations.

For that purpose, Procession from Colombo to Batticaloa to taking sacred relics commenced the journey today (14.05.2024) from Polwatta Dharimakirthyarama temple and the relics disposition was held at the main hall of Temple Trees and left for Batticaloa.

On the next 23rd and 24th, several events including the disposition of sacred relics, Sil programme in Batticaloa city, Vesak Pandals a MORE >>

The following decisions were taken at the meeting of the National Operations Room Committee held at the Prime Minister’s Office

Utilize Galle, Kurunegala Technology Park buildings for a useful purposes - The National Operations Room advises the Ministry of Investment Promotion

It has been advised to the Ministry of Investment Promotion in the National Operations Room discussions to prepare a plan to make proper use of the buildings constructed in the Technology Parks by the Techno Park Company in Kurunegala and Galle Districts.

The problems of the development projects and the methods of expediting those projects were discussed by the National Operation Room headed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake.

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Prime Minister calls for increasing economic and religious ties with Myanmar…

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said there is huge potential for further increasing trade, economic and Buddhist ties between Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

He said this when Myanmar Charge d’ Affairs Lei Yi Win called on him at the Temple Trees today (May 16).

The Prime Minister said that economic and trade relations in many areas such as gem and jewellery, tea and coconut trade, minerals, tourism with especial emphasis on Buddhist tourism could be strengthened. He also suggested barter trade on tea and coconut as Myanmar is keen to export coconut to Sri Lanka for processing and re-exporting to third countries.

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An International Nurses Day celebration was held today (12.05.2024) under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees...

For this celebration, organized by the Public Service United Nurses’ Union, its President and Chancellor of the University of Colombo Ven. Murutthettuwe Ananda Thera, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Health Ramesh Pathirana, State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Sisira Jayakody, Members of Parliament Vajira Abeywardena, Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Palitha Mahipala and many officials and nurses representing the Nurses Union participated.

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Prime Minister intervenes to solve the garbage problem in Beruwala ....

A special discussion was held at the Parliament Complex on 09.05.2024 to solve the serious health problem that has arisen by dumping of the waste collected in the Beruwala Municipal Council area in a land in Vattimirajapura village. For the discussion held on request made by MP Imtiaz Bakir Makar to the Prime Minister in the Parliament, State Minister of Fisheries Piyal Nishantha, officials of the Ministry of Local Government, Beruwala Divisional Secretary, Beruwala Municipal Council officials as well as the representatives of all relevant institutions such as the Urban Development Authority, Police, National Health Institute, Provincial Council Waste Management Authority, and Central Environment Authority were also called.

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Verite Research presents Blueprint for ’Blueprint for a Rational Government’ to PM

Verite Research presented its Blueprint for ‘Blueprint for a Rational Government to Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (May 10).

Presenting its Blueprint, Virite Executive Director Nishan de Mel said the proposal contains how all the duties, functions, institutions, and laws in Sri Lanka can be structured and organized in an efficient and effective manner.

It draws on the work of the acclaimed 1988 Administrative Reform Commission as well as exemplary international practices, to design a highly functional structure for organising government and all its activities in Sri Lanka. The design of this Blueprint is based on minimising two significant problems that can arise in the MORE >>

The following decisions were taken at the meeting of the National Operations Room Committee held at the Prime Minister’s Office

Steps are taken to resume the project of construction of the building of Civil Appellate High Court, Matale, which has been temporarily suspended...

The deadline for completion of the Kandy City Wastewater Management Project is extended to 31st December...

The National Operations Room Committee of the Prime Minister’s Office that met at Temple Trees under the chairmanship of Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake has decided to resume the project for construction of the Matale Civil Appellate High Court building immediately.

This decision was taken to avoid possible financial loss to the government after considering the issues that may arise due to the continued suspension of this pr MORE >>