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The President handed over letters of appointments to three new electorate organizers of the SLFP.

President Maithripala Sirisena handed over letters of appointments to three new electorate organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for Balapitiya, Akmeemana and Rathgama electorates of the Galle district, at the Presidential Secretariat today.

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90 percent of the population in the Anuradhapura District will be provided drinking water by pipelines by 2019.

Minister Rauf Hakeem says drinking water will be supplied to 90 percent of the population in the Anuradhapura District by pipelines by 2019. He was speaking at the Parliamentary debate today. The debate was focused on country's economic situation.

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Prime Minister reiterates that the government does not have any intension of privatizing any government organization.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe reiterated that the government does not have any intension of privatizing any government organization. He further said the organizations which underperform will be revived with the support the funds from private sector. Mr. Wickremasinghe made these remarks while addressing the parliament today. He further said the government is not ready to mortgage the future generation under any circumstances.

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Prime Minister says Sri Lanka will not agree to any condition put forward by the UN Human Rights Council to harm the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the present government will not leave room never to damage the sovereignty of the nation under any circumstances. Mr. Wickremasinghe also said Sri Lanka will not agree to any condition put forward by the UN Human Rights Council to harm the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.

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89 citizens who rendered noble service to the motherland have been honored with national awards.

President Maithripala Sirisena accorded National Honors to 89 distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement. 
 
The Investiture Ceremony of conferring National Honours on distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement, held yesterday at the Nelum Pokuna Theater, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
 
These awards were bestowed on the most distinguished persons who have made outstanding contributions to the country and its advancement.
 
At this ceremony, held after 12 years, the President presented national honours to 89 persons lauding their individual contributions in many spheres.
 
The highest honor conferred for exceptionally outstanding and most distinguished service to the nation was conferred on music maestro late Pandith Amaradewa.
 
The Sri Lanka Ranjana which is awarded to non-nationals for distinguished service of a highly meritorious nature to Sri Lanka in general was awarded to Dr. Sarath D. Gunapala and Siddhartha Kaul.
 
Ten Deshamanya awards were conferred in recognition of distinguished service of a highly meritorious nature to the nation. The awardees were Abbasally Akbar, Prof. Colvin Goonaratna, Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, Nandadasa Rajapaksha, Prof. Kingsley Muthumuni de Silva, Latha Walpola Mineka Presantha Wickramasingha, Prof. Priyani Soysa, Amaradasa Gunawardana and Tissa Devendra.
 
Nine Deshabandu awards were conferred for distinguished service of a meritorious nature to the nation. Deivanayagam Eassuwaren, Doctor Lakshman Weerasena, Leslie Shelton Devendra, Captain M. G. Kularatne, Susanthika Jayasingha, Ranjan Madugalle, Shan Wickremesinghe, Dr. Pabilis Silva and W. K. H. Wegapitiya were the recipients.
 
Eleven Vidyajothi awards were conferred on prof. Nimal Senanayake, Dr. Bandula Wijayarathna, Doctor Colvin Samarasinghe, Prof. Harendra de Silva, Prof. T. K. Nimal Padmasena, Prof. Errol Radcliffe Jansz, Prof.Lal Chandrasena, Prof. M. W. J. G. Mendis, Prof. M. M. R. Waas Jayasekara, Prof. Sarath Kotagama and Prof. Tissa Vitarana.
 
In addition, 22 Kala Keerthi awards, seven Sri Lanka Shikamani awards, ten Vidyanidhi awards, thirteen Kalashuri awards, two Sri Lankathilaka awards and two Veera Prathapa awards were conferred.
 
According to the act of the National Honours – 1986, the awardees of these national honours are selected out of the nominations presented by individuals and public organizations. The nominations are also inspected by an intellectual panel. Ninety persons were selected out of 426 applications forwarded for this year’s award ceremony.
 
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Ministers were among those participated in this ceremony.

Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana has commenced a series of foreign visit to invite the foreign delegates to the international Vesak festival to be held in Sri Lanka.

Minister of Justice and Buddha Shasana Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa has commenced a series of foreign visit to invite the foreign delegates to the international Vesak festival to be held in Sri Lanka in May. Minister will take a special message from President Maithripala Sirisena to invite these delegates. Minister is scheduled to visit Vietnam, Nepal, Laos and Myanmar during this session. Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa will meet the state leaders of these countries and officially invite them for the international Vesak festival.
 
Meanwhile, ministry of Buddha Shasana is making all necessary arrangements in Sri Lanka to celebrate the international Vesak festival in a grand scale. 

China says it will extend an unconditional support to strengthen Sri Lankan armed forces.


The Minister of Defense and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China General Chang Wanquan who is on a official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the official residence of the President. The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China thanked for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka.

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State Minister Niroshan Perera says the government has implemented a number of programmes to build up new Sri Lanka.


State Minister Niroshan Perera says the government has implemented a number of significant programmes to build up new Sri Lanka. It has also expanded investment opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs under the economic restructuring programme.

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The Defence Minister of China calls on the President.


The Minister of Defense and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China General Chang Wanquan who is on a official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the official residence of the President. The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China thanked for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka.

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4 agreements signed with the Norwegian government to improve fisheries sector.

4 agreements have been signed with the Norwegian government to improve fisheries sector. The documents were signed with the presence of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and a delegation from the Norwegian government. Addressing the gathering Minister Amaraweera said that the fisheries sector will be developed at 3 phases under the new agreements.

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