Active preparations are underway to launch the national anti-corruption programme, Media Minister and Government Chief Whip Gayantha Karunathilaka told the Daily News yesterday.
His Holiness Pope Francis was welcomed on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime MinisterÂ Ranil Wickremesinghe, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, First Lady Jayanthi Pushpakumari and other delegates with the PresidentialÂ entourage.Â Pictures by President’s Media Unit and Sudath Nishantha.
President Maithripala Sirisena appointed 27 Cabinet Ministers, 10 State Ministers and eight Deputy Ministers at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday, where the parliamentarians took oaths.
The Pope is here, and the new Cabinet is sworn in and there couldn’t be better tidings this New Year, 2015. Both events are of momentous import, in different but also parallel ways. Pope Francis 1 is known as the People’s Pope, a humble servant of God who chose as his papal moniker Francis, to honour St. Francis of Assisi whose followers are said to have ‘celebrated and venerated poverty’ in their day.
President Maithripala Sirisena took oaths before senior most Supreme Court Judge K. Siripavan while UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in as Prime Minister on Friday at Independence Square.