President Maithripala Sirisena says all must unite to fulfill the national responsibility on the National Tree Planting Week by planting at least a one tree in every house.The President pointed out that the main factor which determine the survival of our future is the forest cover of our country and all the citizens, including the politicians, public servants and the school children should join hands with the National Tree Planting programme to preserve a secure environment for our future generation.
He made these remarks participating in the progress review meeting of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment held at the Ministry auditorium, on Monday (17th).The Ministry of Environment will take steps under the guidance of the President to implement a broad programme to plant 3 million plants across the country and during this meeting it was discussed in detail.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the government has focused attention on programs to enhance early childhood development and primary education and will open pre-school education centers and day care centers under these programs.
Speaking at the opening of Santhi Children's home in Rakwana constructed by Bodhiraja Foundation headed by Sangha Nayaka of Southern Province Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thera Monday evening, the Prime Minister despite having to face various problems, the government increased money allocated for social welfare.
President Maithripala Sirisena says that at the outset the Parliament must be an example of efficiency as a country that is moving towards the development goals. The efficiency of the Parliament has an impact on the efficiency of the public service and when achieving the development targets the efficiency of all these sectors are important. The President made these remarks participating in the inaugural ceremony of the EvalColombo2018 held in Colombo, yesterday (17th).
President Maithripala Sirisena says all must fulfill their respective duties to preserve the Ozone Layer, which is a wonderful creation of the nature to ensure the survival of the earth and its creatures.He made these remarks addressing the National Ozone day celebration held at the BMICH,yesterday (17th).
Despite various economic difficulties and constraints, the government has been able to steer the country forward by providing extensive relief measures to the people.The next step envisaged by the government is to increase foreign exchange earnings by developing industries and enterprises and totally rid the country of its immense debt burden, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a meeting after distributing Samurdhi relief among 5,400 families at the Edward Playground, Matale on September 15.Last week, another 3,000 families received Samurdhi relief at a meeting presided by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Prime Minister said during the last three years the Unity Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena has doubled the amount of monetary relief granted to Samrudhi recipients and offered the Samurdhi entitlement to a large number of new families. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said since 1995, new families had not been included in the Samurdhi benefit scheme.“In 1995, they were able to grant Samurdhi relief because the UNP government had built a strong economy. Since 1977, the garment industry, tourism and industrial zone projects recorded a massive development. As a result, the Treasury had enough funds to pay the Samurdhi relief under the UNP government,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister said when they took over the government in 2015, the country was englifed in an enormous debt.“The country’s income was insufficient to even to pay back interest on loans. The former President called a Presidential election two yeas before schedule because he feared the imminent economic crash facing the government,” the Prime Minister said.He said at the last election they took the responsibility of mending the country’s economy and they had kept that promise during the last three years.
“However, they could not achieve the expected targets in 2017 because they had to contend with floods in the South,the collapse of the Meetotamulla garbage mountain and several other national calamities. The price of coconuts sky-rocketed in the local market. The people blamed the government for these unexpected calamites and it faced defeat at the Local Government elections,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.
“Allthough some clamoured for a postponement of local elections, they did not do so because they valued and protected democratic rights of the people,” he said.The Prime Minister said despite the electoral setback, he was confident of saving the country through the pragmatic steps taken by the government. “In 2019, our foreign debt will stand at 4,000 million dollars. Thereafter, they would be able to resolve this situation and more forward,” the Prime Minister said.
It is the responsibility of every citizen to control pollution of the marine environment of Sri Lanka. Every citizen should recognise the seriousness of the mammoth task of protecting nature and conserving the environment, President Maitripala Sirisena said in Galle.
The country has achieved macroeconomic stability and by 2025 it will put behind the debt burden which the country has been grappling with all these years, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured at the closing ceremony of the Sri Lanka ‘Economic Summit’ organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo last Friday.
Sri Lanka, being one of the countries which have ensured the right to information of the public, possesses the third best Right to Information Act in the world.Accordingly, the Government has focused its attention to declare the period from 21st to 28th September as the Information Week to make aware the public of using the right to information for the public welfare to coincide with the International Day of Right to Information which falls on 28th September while naming the year 2018 as 'Year of Public Awareness'.
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday revealed that he had severely admonished officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Attorney General for constantly taking military officers into custody, remanding them for a short period and then releasing them, even though there had been no prosecutions so far.
Addressing newspaper editors and heads of media institutions at President’s House yesterday, President Sirisena said that since investigations began in 2015, not a single case had been filed against military suspects arrested in connection with the Lasantha Wickrematunge assassination case, the Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction case, the Keith Noyahr abduction and assault case and the abduction of 11 Tamil youth.
“I received a copy of the IGP’s latest progress report on these investigations into the attacks on journalists and so on, and I found that not a single prosecution had been filed so far since 2015,” he told editors at the breakfast meeting. “The former second in command of the Army was arrested and remanded for five months, but no case was filed,” the President added, referring to the former Director of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, Amal Karunasekera.
The Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the economic stalwarts in the Asian region must focus on geopolitics in the region since the Asia will become the centre of the new global economy with the changes taking place in the next two decades, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday(13th).