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 The ‘Bhu Abhimani, Haritha Harasara Pranama Ulela’ organized by the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) with the aim of creating eco-friendly country was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, yesterday (18).

During this event, the President presented felicitation awards to the officers in recognition of their great contribution for the protection of the environment.
The President also unveiled the flag which was created to represent the identity of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau.
State Minister of Environment Ajith Mannaperuma, Secretary to the President Udaya.R.Senevirathne, Secretary of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissnanayake,Chairmen of Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Asela Iddawela, Director- General Dr.C.H.E.R.Siriwardhana and others were present in this event.

 President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Singapore government should make a clear statement about its policy regarding the handing over the responsible person for the Central Bank bond issue to the Sri Lankan government.

Speaking at the launch of the National Action Plan for the eradicatinon of bribery and corruption today morning (18th) at Colombo, President Sirisena said he had discussed with the Singapore Prime Minister in this regard.
Speaking at the event, President Sirirsena said that the main theme in his election manifesto was the elimination of bribery and corruption as expected by the people who vote for him on the 8th of January, 2015. During the last four years, the President said that he took tough decisions that no any other government had taken before.
The Presidential Commission appointed to Investigate into the biggest robbery in the history of the Central Bank, has made the people aware and the public opinion was in support of this inquiry . The officials who were conducting these investigations had to face various challenges and problems, he said, I consider it a pathetic situation in the state administration.
Speaking at the event, President said that the biggest challenge for better governance in the country is the corruption in frauds, and all parties that love the country should be united. No one is interested in finding solutions to the realities of the country, but in the face of such a background, one does not speak openly, President said.
Thus the President further stated that, even though in order to eradicate bribery and corruption a clear program is being conducted in the country at present, there is a problematic situation in carrying out the legal process against the accusers. In a government service which is very methodical there should be a clear legal process against who have done wrong and the bribery and corruption should be properly punished in order to build an ethical country.
The five year national plan for eradicating bribery and corruption was presented to the President by the chairmen of the Commission for Bribery and corruption. The motive of drafting this active plan is to bring sustainable development with an economical, societal, cultural, and environmental stability. For over a year, the bribery, corruption, and punishments related to profits and losses and other punishments and weak laws and regulations that are related to them, and facts regarding the orders and acts are being recommended by the cabinet and the five year national action plan is being drafted including new rules and regulations. Restraining bribery and corruption, developing value systems of all the government institutes, amending punishments and legal policies, are the most important facts which have become the base in drafting this national program and there were 40 rounds of discussions, organized by the commission of bribery and corruption to discuss with all levels of experts, foreign specialists, and the public.
The most honorable Tri Nikaya Maha Sangha, and priests of other religions, Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasooriya, leader of the opposition Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, and ministers, Secretary to the President Udaya. R. Senevirathne, and government officers, Attorney General Jayantha Jayasooriya, and experts of the field of law, Ambassador for United States of America Alaina. B.Telpity, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka and other foreign representatives, and the chairmen of commission for bribery and corruption and directors and other officers were present in this event.

 ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week has been declared from tomorrow (March 16) to March 23rd, to mark the occasion of initiating the process in order to declare the Theravada Tripitaka, the sacred scripture of Buddhists, as a World Heritage.

The National ceremony to announce the proposal made by Sri Lanka to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare the Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage, with the assistance of all the Buddhist countries in the world, will be held under the patronage of Maha Sangha including the Maha Nayaka Theros of the Tri-Nikayas and with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Maha Maluwa (Great Terrace) of the premises of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic on March 23.
The Theravada Tripitaka was declared as a National Heritage of Sri Lanka by President Maithripala Sirisena on January 5, 2019 at the Aluviharaya Temple in Matale. The effort taken by the President Sirisena to declare the Theravada Tripitaka as a World Heritage has been appreciated by the Maha Sangha including all the Buddhists around the world.
The Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Ministry of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with other Ministries have organized many religious programmes to mark the ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week and a request has made to the public to hoist the Buddhist flags in all the state institutions, private institutions, houses, vehicles and roads.
‘Tripitakabhiwandana week’ program will be conducted a Sound Offerings from 6.00 pm to 6.15 pm in the week in Island wide. Meanwhile, the Tripitakabhiwandana, along with the Sacred Relics, was organized simultaneously in several Buddhist religious places throughout the country.
On the 16th of March, the Tripitakabhiwandana Week will be held at the police divisional level based on the Pindapatha Alms giving and the various religious programs based on Sri Lankan temples abroad.
On Sunday, March 17th, a program is to be implemented to construct Sunday Damma Schools building in 226 temples selected for the children studying Dhamma education under the trees. On March 18th, Island wide, religious programs will be held and various programs will be organized based on non-governmental organizations on Tuesday, 19th March.
On March 20th, the Poya Day, the ‘Janapathi Sadaham Yaththra’ program will be conducted and on the same day arrangements will be made to inform the public about the Tripitaka Dharma offering at Temples Island wide.
Thursday, March 21st, Presidential Secretariat and all Governor’s Offices jointly organise alms giving programs. Various religious programs including alms giving by all state institutions will be held on Friday, March 22nd. On the 23rd of March, the national festival will take place at the historical Dalada Maligawa, concluding the Tripitakabhiwandana week.

 President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, yesterday (13)on a four-day Official Visit to Kenya to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) held in Nairobi , received a grand welcome at the Airport.

The President including the Sri Lankan delegation was warmly received by a Kenyan special delegation.
The Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Ababu Namwamba, the Cabinet Secretary and the Kenyan Minister of Water & Sanitation Simon Kiprono Chelugui and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya Sunil de Silva and others were participated on this occasion.
The President participates in this Assembly on an invitation extended by the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.
High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya Sunil de Silva pointed out that as the Minister of Environment in Sri Lanka and as a leader who took many important decisions towards protecting the environment, the President’s participation in this conference is significant.
The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly will be held under the theme ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries will attend the Conference.

 President Maithripala Sirisena left Colombo today (13) for Nairobi to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) held in Nairobi, Kenya as a Special Guest. 

The President participates in this Assembly on an invitation extended by the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.
The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly, which commenced on March 11, will continue until March 15 in Nairobi under the theme ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’.
President Sirisena is scheduled to address the Assembly tomorrow.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries will attend the Conference.
UNEA-4 will address: environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss, life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; and innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.
During his four-day official visit to Kenya the President will meet the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.
Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Kenya dates back to the year 1970. Both countries are members of the Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), IORA and G77.
At the political and diplomatic level, Sri Lanka and Kenya have been maintaining close and cordial links over the years. The two countries are rooted by shared values, aspirations, and common interest to overcome the challenges of development.
At present, Sri Lankans are working in Kenya mainly in the fields of clothing industry, horticulture, hydroelectricity and automotive industry.

 The launching of the official badge of the 100th Anniversary Jamboree of the Matara District Scout Association and pinning the first badge on the Chief Scout of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was held at the President’s Official Residence, today (12). 

The Advisor of the Matara District Scout Association, Deputy Minister Bhuddhika Pathirana pinned the badge on the President.
The celebration of the 100th Anniversary Jamboree will be held from 1st to 5th May 2019 and the website related to this event was launched by the President.
The Boy Scouts Commissioner for Matara district V.G. Indika Prasanna, Assistant Boy Scout Commissioner Sanjaya Kumara, Deputy President of the Celebrations Committee of the 100th Anniversary Jamboree, Padamakumara Dias Samaraweera, Secretary Thirunda Thushaka Liyanagunewardena, and other members were present in this event.

 minister lakehouse visit

Media Minister Ruwan Wijewardene visited Lake House 8th of march for a discussion with the senior management and Trade Union representatives. Wijewardene viewing the portraits of his grandfather and Lake House founder late D.R. Wijewardene and his father, former Lake House Chairman Ranjith Wijewardene. Picture by Chinthana Kumarasinghe

 minister SLRC

Minister of Mass Media Ruwan Wijewardena paid an inspection visit to the Rupavahini Corporation yesterday. Here SLRC Chairperson Inoka Sathyangani receives the Minister Ruwan Wijewardena. This is his first after assuming office.

Mr. Sunil Samaraweera, the newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media inaugurated his duties ceremonially at the Ministry premises during the early hours, today (08).

Additional Secretary (Administration) to the Ministry of Mass Media, Mrs. Ramani Gunawardhane, the Director General of Government Information, Mr. Nalaka Kaluwewa along with heads of the institutions coming under the Ministry as well as higher officials of the Ministry were present at the occasion.

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 ‘Bakmaha Divruma’ anti-drug pledge by school children on April 3

Confiscated drugs to be destroyed on April 1
President Maithripala Sirisena outlined the new programmes in his campaign against illicit drugs. They include an anti-drug pledge by all the school children on April 3. It is named as ‘Bakmaha Divuruma’.
Furthermore, the large stocks of drugs confiscated at recent raids will be dissolved and chemically destroyed under scientific methods in the presence of magistrates and judiciary officers at Katunayake on April 1.


Addressing heads of media institutions, editors of newspapers and directors electronic media institutions at the President’s House yesterday (March 6), the President said the campaign against drug smuggling has produced excellent results during the last three months since he took over the Police under his wing. He thanked the Police, Narcotics Bureau, Special Task Force, Coast Guards, Customs and Excise Departments for producing good results in anti-drug raids and detections.
Answering a question, President Sirisena said that he had not changed his mind about carrying out capital punishment against repeated drug smugglers who continue to indulge in drugs smuggling and distribution while in prison. He said that those who are against capital punishment should understand the catastrophe caused to the young generation by these criminals.
The President said the police and other agencies have done a good job even without sophisticated technical equipment for drugs detection and promised that the best available technical equipment will be purchased shortly. Already quotations have been called from the United States and Israel, the manufacturers of most sophisticated equipment.
He said early steps would be taken to recruit more policemen, especially Tamil speaking policemen to be posted to Tamil speaking areas. Immediately, 2,500 police personnel will be recruited. The President also referred to the grievances of women constables and said he would look into their issues pertaining to promotions and transfers.

 The Government is providing NOK 60 million over a period of three years for mine action in Sri Lanka, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.“Sri Lanka has been heavily contaminated by landmines, but the country is now approaching its goal of becoming mine-free. This year, Norway holds the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty, and intends to help Sri Lanka achieve this important goal”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide.

State Secretary Marianne Hagen announced Norway’s contribution at a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo (05). With the help of national and international organisations, Sri Lanka has carried out extensive mine clearance activities. In December 2018, 94 % of the mined areas had been cleared. Norway’s contribution will support the vital efforts the authorities are making in this area.
‘Mine clearance efforts are an important part of the reconciliation process, and mean that families who were forced to leave their homes during the war can return home safely’, Ms Eriksen Søreide said. Supporting mine action is part of Norway’s obligations under the Mine Ban Treaty, which was adopted in Oslo in 1997. In 2018, the Government provided NOK 325 million for mine clearance efforts in 18 countries. This level of funding will be maintained in 2019. This is also in line with Norway’s new humanitarian strategy.
The funding provided by Norway will be channelled through two mine clearance organisations that have working in the country for a long time: the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and the HALO Trust. Norway’s main focus is on humanitarian minee to protect civilians.

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