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 >>

නිදහස් ලංකාවේ පළමු අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා පලමු නිදහස් දින අඹ පැළයක් රෝපණය කළ කොල්ලුපිටිය ශ්‍රී ධර්මකීර්ත්‍යාරාමයේ දී වත්මන් අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා ගේ සහභාගීත්වයෙන් සැමරුම් උත්සවයක්.

1948 පෙබරවාරි මස 4 වැනි දින නිදහස ලැබීමෙන් පසුව එවකට අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය ඩී එස් සේනානායක මහතා මෙම විහාරස්ථානයට පැමිණ ආගමික වතාවත් සිදු කොට අඹ පැළයක් රෝපණය කොට තිබේ. එතැන් සිට මේ දක්වා සෑම වර්ෂයකම මෙම නිදහස් දින සැමරුම ජනාධිපතිවරුන්ගේ සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරුන්ගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන් අඛණ්ඩව සිදු කර ඇත.
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වැසීයාමට ආසන්නව තිබූ වැල්ලවත්ත වෛශාඛ්‍යා විද්‍යාලයට සිවුමහල් ගොඩනැගිල්ලක්...

වැල්ලවත්ත වෛශාඛ්‍යා බාලිකා විද්‍යාලයේ නව සිවුමහල් ගොඩනැගිල්ලක් සඳහා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් 2023.01.27 දින ඉඳි කිරීම් ආරම්භ විය.

වසර 60 ක් පුරා අඛණ්ඩව පවත්වාගෙන ආ මෙම පාසලේ අධ්‍යාපන කටයුතු වසර කිහිපයක සිට අඩාල වීම හේතුවෙන් පාසල වැසී යාමේ තර්ජනයකට මුහුණ  MORE >>

Nepal and Bangladesh foreign ministers emphasize importance of regional cooperation

Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and Nepal, Dr A.K. Abdul Momen and Dr Bimala Rai Paudyal respectively called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees during their visit to Sri Lanka to attend the 75th Independence Anniversary.

The two Ministers emphasize importance of regional cooperation in South Asia. They pointed out that the South Asian countries can learn from the experiences of each other and said the closer cooperation is hampered by the current deadlock in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Nepal Foreign Minister Dr Paudyal referred to historic religious and cultural relations between the two countries and said air connectivity which is limited to Colombo and Kathm MORE >>

Japanese Minister praises Sri Lanka’s commitment to Indian Ocean peace and maritime security.

Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Takei Shunsuke called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (03) at the Temple Trees to discuss cooperation between the two countries and areas of possible future cooperation.

Mr Shunsuke, who has arrived in Colombo to participate at the 75th Independence Day celebrations, offered warm greetings to Sri Lanka on this important milestone. The Prime Minister thanked the State Minister for the Japanese long-standing assistance to Sri Lanka. Japan has provided US $ 3 million humanitarian assistance last year to procure essential medicines and food through UNICEF and the World Food Programme.

Premier Gunawardena briefed the Japanese Minister on the efforts made to face MORE >>

Independence Day Message

Today we celebrate a most significant milestone, the 75th anniversary of independence from Colonial rule.

Vast majority of us celebrate this occasion to acknowledge our privilege of being born in a free Sri Lanka and proud to unfurl our national flag to mark this momentous landmark. This is also an occasion to reflect on the pangs of the anguish suffered by those who were born before February 4, 1948 living in subjugation under colonial rule and the struggles carried out by our ancestors to win freedom for us.

Sri Lanka’s revulsion of foreign domination and the spirit to resist began on the 2nd March 1815 itself when Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Thera removed the British flag when it was hoisted few hours before MORE >>

“Slave Island” is no more….

The Secretary to the Prime Minister has instructed to issue a gazette notification regarding the name of the area which has been known as Slave Island in English until now, as Kompagngna Veediya in the three main languages used in the country.

The Secretary to the Prime Minister Mr. Anura Dissanayake has informed the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Councils, the Postmaster General and the Commissioner of Colombo Municipal Council regarding this decision which has been taken on the advice of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in line with the 75th commemoration of Independence.

Accordingly, road signs, postal usage, assessment and names of voters a MORE >>

’FREEDOM STRUGGLES OF SRI LANKA; Lessons Learned and the Way Forward’ presented to Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Prof C M Madduma Bandara presented a copy of his researched volume titled, ’FREEDOM STRUGGLES OF SRI LANKA; Lessons Learned and the Way Forward’ to Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at te Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo today (31).

This book was completed on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Great Rebellion against British colonial rule in UvaWellassa in 1818 and shows how Sri Lanka which had been an independent government for over 2000 years, lost its independence due to the oppression by the imperialists. This book highlights a strong argument that compensation should be paid for the horrible crimes committed against humanity during that period.

Speaking at this occasion Prime Minister Di MORE >>

කිසිම රාජ්‍ය ආයතනයක් වහල දාන්න තීරණ අරගෙන නැහැ.. -අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා

රටේ වත්මන් ආර්ථික, සමාජීය තත්වයන් පිළිබඳ වෘත්තීය සමිති නියෝජිතයින් සමග 2023.01.30 දින අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේදී සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්වෙමින් අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා මේ බව සඳහන් කළේය.

මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක් වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා..
වෘත්තීය සමිති වල අදහස් ගැඹුරින් සාකච්ඡා කරලා ඉද MORE >>

Tourism industry is the one that could give strongest help to Sri Lankan economy. Prime Minister suggest appointing honorary consuls to promote

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the tourism industry is the one that can give strongest help to Sri Lankan economy and called on the stakeholders to take innovative steps for its growth. He said tourism can generate the vital foreign exchange to the country.

Speaking at the golden jubilee of the Blue Oceanic Beach Hotel of the Jetwing Hotels in Negombo, he stressed the need for the government to build a network of honorary consuls and representatives abroad to introduce and promote "Destination Sri Lanka" in in collaboration with the stakeholders of tourism industry and the hospitality sector. The services of honorary consuls will not incur any expenditure to Sri Lanka as there are many friends of Sri Lanka abroad who  MORE >>

Political will to speed up reforms is appreciable – IMF Executive Director Dr Subramanian

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Director Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian said the political will displayed by the Sri Lankan leadership to speed up reforms and implement difficult tax increases in order to revive the economy is highly appreciable.

Dr Subramanian, who called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo today (26) said almost all the requirements for the IMF relief package for Sri Lanka have been completed and the moment the final assurances from major lending countries is completed, the process would be finalised.

“We will bat for you,” IMF Executive Director said using cricket jargon. “We play forward with a straight drive for you and whenever MORE >>

The officers from all over the country have come together to rebuild the country and make it self-sufficient in food. - Prime Minister

The Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that officers from all over the country have come together today to rebuild the country and move towards a land that is self-sufficient in food.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the headquarters building of the National Association of Agricultural Research Officers at Thalapathpitiya, Maharagama today (25), he stressed that everyone has to express gratitude to the Agricultural Research Officers for their untiring effort to make ensure food security in the country. “To make our country self-sufficient in food and rice, the agricultural research officers are traveling through villages across the country. They were the ones who enabled us to add new approaches, explore the best pra MORE >>

Prime Minister call upon new SLAS officers to shoulder a new path to deliver aspirations of Mother Lanka

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena called upon the young batch of public servants to shoulder a new path to deliver aspirations of Mother Lanka. Pointing out that the public service has been accused of corruption, waste, idling and duplication of work, he urged the talented and skilled young bureaucrats to focus on socioeconomic development of the Sri Lankan society.

Addressing the Convocation of SLIDA School of Postgraduate Studies at BMICH today (January 25) the Prime Minister urged the passing out graduands and SLIDA academics to focus on the most criticized drawbacks that needs to be addressed and rectify the Sri Lanka’s Administrative Service.

“Corruption, Waste, and Idling have been top of the accusat MORE >>

Prime Minister calls upon the Muslim community to enrich the noble traditions of the community to strengthen harmony as Sri Lankans

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena called upon the Muslim leaders to continue the noble traditions of the Muslim Community to strengthen harmony as Sri Lankans and contributing significantly to the Motherland. He sated this in a Foreword to the publication to mark the centenary celebrations of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference (BMICH) hall today (19).

While President Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Chief Guest at the centenary, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunewardena attended the ceremony for a short period and congratulated ACJU leaders on their centenary celebrations.

“The ACJU, the Council of Islam Religious Scholars of Sri Lanka has rendered a yeoman  MORE >>

We will support Sri Lanka in whatever way we can – Indian Minister Jaishankar assures Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held fruitful talks on a wide range of bilateral issues, joint projects and India’s assistance to Sri Lanka.

When the Indian Minister called on him at the Temple Trees today (Jan 20), the Prime Minister thanked India for assuring the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Indian would extend fullest cooperation for the proposed IMF package for Sri Lanka. The IMF wanted such assurances from creditors for providing a USD 2.9 billion bridge loan to Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister also thanked India for the US$ 4 billion loan readjustment when the economic crisis in Sri Lanka started last year and the continued assistance MORE >>

ආර්ථික පරිහානියට වඩා සංස්කෘතික පරිහානිය හානිකරයි....- අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ ’සංකථන මණ්ඩපයේ ’දී විද්වත්හු පවසති

’සංකථන මණ්ඩපය’ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ සංකල්පයක් අනුව පෝෂිත සමාජයක් බිහි කිරීම උදෙසා අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය කාර්යාලය මෙහෙයවන නවමු වැඩසටහනක් පසුගියදා ආරම්භ විය.
මෙවර තේමාව වූයේ ’ඩබ්ලිව්. ඒ. සිල්වා නිර්මාණ විමසුම යි’
එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වූ අග්‍රාමාත්‍යවරයා
විවිධ ක්ෂේත්‍ර  MORE >>