The first flag of War Heroes Commemoration Month was pinned on President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (May 04) by declaring the National War Heroes Commemoration Month – 2017.
President Maithripala Sirisena says the country should import only essential goods and added that the government would implement required plan of action after a research is carried out on all imported food and other goods.
The government will seek high standards in media in Sri Lanka through the establishment of an independent media commission said Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Deputy Minister Karu Paranawithana addressing world press freedom day conference in Jakarta yesterday (03).
The environmental program ‘Parisaraya Pujaniyai’ (the Environment is Sacred), organized together with the International Vesak Festival to be held in the sacred premises of the Daladamaligawa in the historic city of Kandy, was launched Yesterday (May 2) at the sacred temple of tooth relic under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The ‘Mahaweli Prathiba’ Cultural Festival organized to portray the artistic talents of children of Mahaweli Zones held in a grand scale under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, yesterday (April 27).
According to a concept of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Mahaweli Cultural Unit and the Mahaweli Centre jointly organized the ‘Mahaweli Prathiba’ Cultural Festival with the aim of enhancing artistic talents of school children in Mahaweli Zones.Identification of artistic abilities, providing guidance to enhance artistic talents, promoting cultural events to promote and preserve Sri Lankan identity, creating a stage for the children of Mahaweli Zones to present their talents locally as well as internationally, are among the long term objectives of this event.This time the ‘Mahaweli Prathiba’ Cultural Festival was held with the participation of over 850 children in Mahaweli Zones, and it comprised of colourful competitions, singing, dancing and announcing competitions, debates, essay reading, the arts, writing lyrics and short drama competitions.The President presented awards and certificates to students who showed outstanding performance in competitions.Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa, Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Mr. Udaya R. Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Director General of the Mahaweli Authority, Anura Dissanayake, Director of the Mahaweli Centre, Aruna Prasad, Ambassadors, artistes and dignitaries were present at this event.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on a four day official visit to India called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House yesterday. Picture shows the Indian Prime Minister receiving his Sri Lankan counterpart.
The 15 th and 16 th phases of the “Ranaviru Dudaru Scholarship Programme” initiated to provide financial support for the education of needy children of the deceased/disabled personnel of Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and Civil Defense Force were implemented under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (25).
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe commencing his official visit arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, India last evening (25th April).