President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island yesterday (08) after completing a successful State visit to Indonesia. Prior to the state visit, the President attended the Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders’ Summit at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widoda. The visit helped strengthening the foreign relations and bringing many developmental benefits to the country.

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Although in Sri Lanka, women are significantly empowered in many ways than their counterparts in the rest of South Asia, their role in domestic and household work has resulted in limitations being imposed on their contribution to the economy.
While being conscious of her role as a wife and a mother, it goes without saying that the woman of today has the capacity and the potential to play a greater role economically, socially and spiritually. As a nation, we must be able to set the stage for her to be accepted, acknowledged and recognised within a wider context; one in which we can truly assure her of an equal position and the rightful place in our society.
It is the obligation of the society and the government to ensure that women in Sri Lanka are able to aspire to the kind of empowerment women all over the world have experienced in modern times.
My hope is that the theme of this year's International Women's Day will encourage and facilitate the Sri Lankan woman, towards truly fulfilling the role required of her within a greater economic and a social framework at a national level.
This International Women's Day, may every Sri Lankan woman find the strength within her to successfully overcome challenges and emerge as a confident stake holder of Sri Lanka's common future.

The senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, Priyasad Depp was sworn in as the new Chief Justice before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence,today (March 02).
Justice Priyasad Depp held the office of the Solicitor General from 2007 to 2011 and became a judge of teh Supreme Court in 2011. He had fulfilled his duties as the Acting Chief Justice several times.
Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakhse Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon, and family members of Justice Priyasad Depp participated in this swearing in ceremony.

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President Maithripala Sirisena signed the historic gazette notification proclaiming 82 brave sons of Motherland, who were named as traitors by the British Government for fighting for the freedom of the Motherland, as patriotic national heroes, at the Magul Maduwa (The Royal Audience Hall) in Kandy, March (01).
Even though it is a national responsibility to revoke the Gazette issued by the British Government declaring the national heroes as the traitors, it was neglected to fulfill that responsibility for nearly two hundred years.
Accordingly, the President signed the gazette notification giving the due honour and respect to those heroes, on March 02, the day that marks the completion of 202 years since signing of the Kandyan Convention 1815.
The event was held under the theme “Uththamabiwandana”.
President Sirisena addressing the huge gathering said that is an important day for the Sri Lankan Buddhist Community, which rectify a sad and tragic error in the history of our country.
The President expressed his appreciation over fulfilling this task which should have been done earlier. He added that we should recall with honour and respect our brave war heroes who sacrificed their lives during the 30-year battle against the terrorists, in a similar way we recalled the brave sons of Motherland who fought during the freedom struggle.
President Sirisena further said that the Cabinet approval has been granted to re-implement the Upcountry Rural Rehabilitation Commission (Udarata Gami Punaruththapana Commission) again aiming to streamline the development of the activities of upcountry as a result of the guidance given by the Maha Sangha of the Tri-Nikaya including the Anunayake Theros of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters.
When the members of the Maha Sangha brought to the President’s attention that there are certain issues relating to lands belonging to the Sri Dalada Maligawa, President Sirisena promised to take immediate measures to rectify those issues.
The President signed the gazette notification amid the Seth Pirith chanting of the Maha Sangha. Subsequently, President Sirisena posed for a group photograph with the Maha Sangha, Ministers and MPs.
The President also paid floral tributes to the Statue of the Wariyapola Sri Sumangala Thera as well as to the Monument of the Keppetipola Maha Nilame at the premises of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Later he joined the “Uththamabiwandana” national ceremony.
During the event delivering a special sermon by the Anunayake Theros of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters, appreciated the President as a leader who is created by the history.
The Maha Sangha of the Tri-Nikaya including the Anunayake Theros of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters,Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Gayantha Karunathilaka, Lakshman Kiriella, S.B.Disanayaka, Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavitana, Governor of the Central Province, Niluka Ekanayake, Chief Minister, Sarath Ekanayake and many others participated in this event.

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The historic ceremony to declare about 82 heroes of the 1818 Uva-Wellassa Rebellion, who were sentenced to the capital punishment and were expatriated, as patriots will be held today (1st Mar.) in Kandy under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President will sign the gazette declaring these 82 heroes of the 1818 rebellion as patriots at this historic ceremony named ‘Uththamaabhiwandana’, which is organized by the Department of Government Information. It will be held at 4.00 p.m. at the Magul Maduwa in Kandy.

Chief Prelates of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters, Ven. Maha Sangha, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ministers, Parliamentarians, and the family members of the heroes of 1818 rebellion will participate at this event.

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