President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is very happy that RTI became a reality during his tenure and said that this will greatly help to maintain accuracy and accountability.
He made these comments today (17Th Feb) at the official ceremony granting the Right to Information to the public. President said that RTI is all about transparency and we passed the RTI act as we want every act of the government to be transparent and accurate.
Minister of Parliamentary reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the discussion about RTI was first started by late Minister Dharmasiri Senanayaka. Minister said that rather than criticizing the RTI act it would be better if shortcomings can be shown to strengthen the act.
Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Karunarathna Paranavithana requested people not to spread wrong ideas about RTI but use it for the betterment of the people.
Director General Department of Government Information Dr.Ranga Kalansooriya said that we need proactive disclosure of information and added that they are planning to select the best website and award prizes.
The public can audit the officers of the state with the RTI. The hand book for information officers will be issued end of March said the Advisor to the Minister on the RTI act PiyatissaRanasinghe.
China’s Top Travel magazine named Sri Lankan Airlines the Best Airline in South Asia at the 10th Annual Top Travel Awards, recognizing Sri Lankan’s continuous efforts at expanding travel between China and Sri Lanka.
As imported rice volumes began feeding into domestic retail and wholesale channels, Minister of Industry and Commerce began making surprise visits to learn about the market status first-hand on the eve of 15 February.
A flag hoisting ceremony at the Toronto City Hall on 4th February and a cultural event on 5th February were held to celebrate the 69th anniversary of independence of Sri Lanka, in Toronto by the Consulate General in Toronto.
President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will fulfill its responsibility of protecting and nourishing Buddhism in a more realistic and practical manner not limiting it to written words about the place of Buddhism in the Constitution.
He made these remarks participating in a religious ceremony to unveil the 36-foot high Samadhi Buddha Statue at Nape Sri Bodhirukkarama Viharaya in Kegalle,on15th Feb.
The religious ceremony was held under the guidance of the AnuNayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera and with the participation of 500 Mahasangha.
The President who arrived at the Sri Bodhirukkarama Viharaya engaged in religious observances and secured blessings. Later he joined in unveiling the Samadhi Buddha Statue.
AnuNayaka of the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera unveiled the Samadhi Buddha Statue and the President unveiled the plaque. The President also unveiled the plaque for the five Devales at the temple.
A Sandalwood sapling was planted in the premises of the temple to mark the President’s visit to the temple.
The President presented a memento to philanthropist Mr. Gemunu Jayasuriya, who provided financial assistance to build the Samadhi Buddha Statue.
President Sirisena presented a memento to the Chief Incumbent of the temple, Ven. Mampita Hemaloka Nayaka Thera and he also presented a memento to the President.
Later, the President offered Atapirikara to the Malwatta Chapter Most Venerable Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera.
Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Chief Minister Mahipala Herath, Former Minister, Athauda Seneviratne, State Minister,Champika Premadasa, Deputy Minister, Dushmantha Mithrapala, Thusitha Wijemanne, MP, Provincial Councilor, Harsha Siyambalapitiya, SLFP Chief Organiser of Dedigama electorate, Kithsiri Wijetunga and many others participated at this occasion.
The Blood Bank at the Army Hospital has introduced a new 'Gel Card Technology' for facilitating blood grouping and compatibility testing for patients. The new method which came into effect at the army's premier medical facility from 01sf of February had been introduced to expedite procedures and in keeping with technology presently being used by blood banks in developed countries.