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 The State Christmas Festival 2018 under the theme ‘Birth of the Lord-Splendor of Christmas’ was held President Maithripala Sirisena participating as the Chief Guest, in Mannar, yesterday (16).

The State Christmas Festival was colourful with various items including Christmas carols and the President also presented awards and certificates to the winners of the competitions held in parallel to the State Christmas Festival 2018.
Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka Archbishop Pierre Nguyên Van Tot, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka Most Rev. Dr. Winston S. Fernando, Bishop of Mannar Most Rev. Dr.Emmanuel Fernando, Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray and Catholic devotees participated on this occasion.

 The Sri Lankan hearing impaired cricketers, who won the Deaf ICC T-20 cricket world cup, met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, 14th December.

The tournament which was organized for the first time held in Delhi, India. The President who appreciated the talents of the Sri Lankan players extended his best wishes and President Sirisena had taken steps to provide financial donation for this cricket team prior to they leave for the tournament .
The President of the Sri Lanka Deaf Cricket Association, Anula Ranjani, coaches Jayalath Aponso and Ushantha Gunaratne also participated on this occasion.


 The State Timber Corporation won the gold medal for the national business section at the National Business Excellence Award 2018 which is organized by the National Chamber of Commerce. President Maithripala Sirisena received the award as the subject minister at the President’s office yesterday(12).

This is the third time where the State Timber Corporation has won this award and the President appreciated their services.
The chairmen of State Timber Corporation Shantha Bandara presented this award to the President while the acting director M.Y.T. Pawara Kumara officers were present at this event.
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“Harvest 2018” organized by the Minister of Agriculture with the intention to build a modern culture in agriculture is opened by President Maithripala Sirisena to at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference (BMICH) yesterday (11).

This exhibition is held for the public from 11- 16 from 9.00 a.m to 9.00 p.m and it is comprised of exhibition stalls, food stalls, fruits and vegetable stalls, and many other sections.
A number of local and foreign institutes are gathering in this exhibition and the key objectives of this exhibition are to introduce modern technological methods used for the development of agriculture to the Sri Lankan farmer community and it is expected to create a great demand for the vegetables and fruits cultivated in the Island in the foreign countries.
The President opened the exhibition and engaged in a friendly conversation with the office bearers.
Mahinda Amaraweera, Duminda Dissanayake, and the Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture K.D.S. Ruwanchandra and other officers were present in this event.

In view of producing the skilled youth required for the labor market which is being rapidly transformed with the modern technology, the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training has been provided the opportunity to follow the full-time and part-time vocational training courses, with free of charge for the students who sat for the G.C.E. (O/L).

This will assist to obtain vocational education, from National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) certificates levels up to technology degrees. Today the awareness notices has been distributed to the students who sat for the G.C.E. O /L.

Therefore, Ministry requires to apply applications from government approved and government registered training institutions located island wide. From this 2057 courses can be applied under 28 vocational trades.

For further information contact website and the Telephone No: 011-2081808

The “Wedasa 2018” medical exhibition organized due to the completion of 25 years for the faculty of Medicine University of Sri Jayawardenapura was opened under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo (BMICH) today (04).

The ceremony organized by the Shathi Foundation to invoke merits to more than thousand national heroes including Weera Keppetipola who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle in Uva Wellassa which commemorates its 200thAnniversary was held at Seruwila Buddhist Centre, Colombo 7 under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (25).

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