President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday took serious exception to a top Buddhist monk urging former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to take over the country as a Hitler-type military dictator. President Sirisena said as a Buddhist he had the highest respect for the clergy, but could not agree with a senior monk of the Asgiriya chapter who invited Rajapaksa to “be a Hitler, take the military and take power.”
Parliament yesterday unanimously passed the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (Special Provisions) Bill with amendments. The Bill provides for the absorption of medical students registered with the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.
Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said that they were ready to provide required technical assistance in utilizing satellite technology to reduce the impact of climate change on Sri Lanka’s rice production.
The book “Hela Wari Purawatha” published by the Mahaweli Centre including the facts ranging from the starting of Sri Lankan Irrigation to Moragahakanda Development Project was presented to President Maithripala Sirisena at President’s office yesterday(19th). The book is composed as a collection of contribution of 25 erudite authors who hold expertise of relevant fields of subjects.
Commander Christine Ribbe, the Commanding Officer of French naval ship ‘Surcouf’ which arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (18th June), called on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Naval Headquarters. During this cordial meeting they shared a couple of views on matters of professional interest and exchanged mementoes to signify this occasion.
The losses incurred by government institutions last year is over Rs. 50 billion, Speaker of the House Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday.He pointed out that these funds could have been used for the welfare of the public or economic development, if proper public finance management was carried out by these institutes.
British Minister of State for Trade and Investment Greg Hands yesterday said Britain will explore investment avenues in the construction of rural bridges and hospitals in Sri Lanka. The British Minister of State expressed these views when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in London.
President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Government is paying close attention to save children from various menaces in society, and all the parties should support in this regard to the Government unconditionally. The Daruwan Surakimu (Let’s Protect Children) National Programme is a prominent step towards that vision, the President said that adding the main objective of this programme is to build a prosperous future for the children while ensuring their safety, education and health.