President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the relevant sections to immediately start work to erect 2500 K.M new elephant fences covering all the jungle areas. President Sirisena gave these instructions at a meeting held in President’s office regarding maintaining elephant fences.
The government will spend between Rs. 160 billion to Rs. 200 billion within the current and next year to bring about a development revolution in the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickemesinghe said at Kelebokka, Panwila yesterday.
President Maithripala Sirisena says that the government will work towards providing every facility to develop the religious education which is a timely need.The President said that the religious education is essential to be successful in life as a person. He said this at a religious event held in Tissamaharma ancient Uddakandara Raja Maha Viharaya yesterday (30th).
This religious event was held to offer the Saddharma Keerthi Sri Revatha and deputy chief sanghanayaka title of Ruhunu Magampattuwa of Shyampali wansa maha nikaya Malwathu Chapter to the Chief Incumbent of Uddakandara Raja Maha Viharaya Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera.
The President who went to the temple today obtained blessings after engaging in religious observances.The President opened the golden pillar and the golden fence of the temple. The commemoration plaque of the building of the new Dhamma school was unveiled by the president.
The President, addressing the audience further mentioned that through the Buddhist Renaissance Fund started by the government for the development of temples and shrines, a broad program is conducted towards developing temples with insufficient fcacilities. President said that the highest sponsorship will be provided by the government to strengthen the Buddhasasana, including developing temples, providing facilities for maintenance of the dignity of Buddhist monks, propagation of dhamma, and religious programs.President appreciated the services rendered by Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera for the sasana as well as for the nation by using his who expert knowledge in the disciplinary code and religious code. Chief Incumbent of ancient Uddakandara Raja Maha Vihara, Registrar of Thissmaharama Shasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya, justice of Peace Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera entered the sasana on 8th of November 1987. Since then he was offering a unique service towards the progress of the temple and has obtained a lot of experience on religious diplomacy travelling in countries like Japan, India, Thailand and Malaysia.
The Vijinipatha was presented to the Deputy Chief Sanghanayaka by the President.The Land deed of ancient Uddakandara Raja Maha Vihara was presented to Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera by the President. Ven. Denagama Dhammadassi Thera also presented a souvenir to the President.
Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Anunayaka Maha Thero of Maha Viharavanshika Shyampali Nikaya Malwatta Chapter presided over the function. Chief incumbent in Tissamaharama and sandagiri Rajamaha Viharya and Chief Sanga Nayaka of Hambanthota distrct including Matara Kandabadapattuwa, Most Ven. Dewalegama Dhammasena Nayaka Maha thero and Mahasangha were present in this event. Minister Sajith Premadasa and other ministers and devotees were present in this event
The medal winners of the 2018 Junior Asian Athletics Championship held in Geegfu, Japan met with President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s office yesterday (29th). The Sri Lankan medal winners were successful in winning 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals while the President who appreciated their talents, offered them best wishes for their sports career in the future.
A special Parliament Committee headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is to be appointed to come up with a series of proposals to build national unity.Speaker Jayasuriya, addressing the media at the end of a conference on National and Religious Reconciliation attended by multi-religious representatives at the Parliament complex yesterday, said the Committee would take the opinions of the religious leaders, intellectuals and the public and present a realistic and practical set of proposals to improve ethnic and religious co-existence in the country.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while defending Chinese investment in the Hambantota Port yesterday said this project with 15 industries, will transform the Hambantota district.Delivering the key note address at the Saman Kelegama Memorial Conference at the Taj Samudra yesterday, the Prime Minister said, “A lot has been written about how we were forced to give it up but I always thought that we held the cards. Since I was in charge of negotiations, Minister (Malik Samarawickrema) was there, we discussed it with Chinese Prime Minister Lee and President Xi.
Pakistan Joint Chief of Defence Staff, General Zubair Mahamood Hayat who is on a four day visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s Residence in Polonnaruwa and engaged in a friendly conversation yesterday.
President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour of the construction site of the National Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, which is a gift from China, yesterday (28th). This New Hospital is being built as the largest kidney hospital in South Asia, at a cost of Rs. 1.2 billion, fulfilling a long term aspirations of the President to provide services for kidney patients.
The Parliament is doing their best to hold the provincial Council elections as soon as possible, stated both the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha.
The Government plans to release Rs. 10 billion in development finance to the private sector, particularly targeted at large-scale companies willing to expand their businesses overseas and improve competitiveness, an upbeat Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced this Tuesday.