President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Suwarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Friday to attend the Asia Corporation Dialogue (ACD) Summit that brings together 34 nations in the Asian region. The President was accompanied by First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena and they were received at the airport by Thai Minister of Culture, Vira Rojpojchanarat, as the representative of the Royal Thai Government and Ambassador Kshenuka Seneviratne and the staff members of the Sri Lanka Embassy.
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Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this regard, the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in the region in a decisive manner, Sri Lanka announced.
With five out of eight countries in SAARC already expressing their intention to stay away from the planned summit in Islamabad, Pakistan too announced the Summit will be postponed and blamed it on India for 'derailing' it.
The continuity of the 30 years old SAARC is also in question with the ceasefire that prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir since 2004 coming to a virtual end.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York amidst tight security as the city suffered a major security threat with an explosive device going off on the previous day injuring 29 persons, last Sunday (18). He was received at the Loews Regency Hotel by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to UN, Dr. Rohan Perera, Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Washington, Prasad Kariyawasam and other officials.
Speaking at the event, President Sirisena questioned those who criticize him and the government what would have been the situation of the country if the 8 January transformation had not taken place.
A week after the UN Secretary General visiting Jaffna, President Maithripala Sirisena who was invited to the 200th anniversary celebration of Jaffna Central College on Friday (9) said the decisions that should be taken regarding the development of the country cannot be postponed under any circumstances. If that happened the people of the country will suffer from poverty, the President pointed out while adding that the swift measures will be taken to ensure the carrying out of the development work of the North without any delay.
President Maithripala Sirisena who celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday is all set to make a 'controversial' statement today at Maligapitiya stadium situated at the foot of the Elephant Rock, as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party celebrates its 65th Birthday.
President Sirisena who was busy sorting out his party matters had to put those aside as outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Sri Lanka on 31 August.
President Maithripala Sirisena was scheduled to visit Polonnaruwa last Thursday (25) to commence many programmes. All relevant government officials had already reached Polonnaruwa to make the necessary arrangements and were in for a shocker when the officials from President's Secretariat informed that President Sirisena has cancelled all engagements planned.
President's Polonnaruwa programmes included laying of the foundation stone for the Polonnaruwa new museum building, library and new Kachcheri (District Secretariat) buildings and declaring open the newly constructed Polonnaruwa District National Stadium.
As the unity government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe completed one year, President Sirisena who is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) took measures to appoint 40 new electoral and district organizers removing popular yet, rebellious former organizers from their posts.
This was described by many as a move to fuel already soured relations between Rajapaksa and Sirisena camps within the SLFP and as would lead to a split in the party. Following this move, those who are in the Joint Opposition openly backing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, they will not attend party's 65th Convention to be held on 4 September in Kurunegala.
However, what caught the attention of many was the strong comeback of President Sirisena who threatened to reveal 'secrets' if anyone attempted to create a new political party.
President Maithripala Sirisena is all set to drive forward his party on a different path as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is planning to celebrate its 65th anniversary more splendidly and proudly on 4 September in Kurunegala.
President Maithripala Sirisena who met a group of students, academic staff and parents of Jaffna University last Friday (4) at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, requested the students to engage in studies without any fear and suspicion as the security and safety of the university has been assured.
Some 24 years ago, in 1992, then Parliamentarian of Hambantota launched his second major political move against then UNP regime led by President R. Premadasa by organizing a Pada Yathra which ran for over 18 days where masses he gathered marched from Colombo to Kataragama.
This was after he went to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva to complain against the abductions taking place under the then government of President Premadasa after obtaining a list of those reported missing during the bloody crackdown against the JVP, from NGOs and sent it to Amnesty International. Not stopping at that Rajapaksa decided to go personally to Geneva to attend the Human Rights Council meeting to lobby for action against the Premadasa Government.
Last week with the re-launch of www.manthri.lk, which keeps track of the performance of Members of Parliament (MPs) in a scientific way, Verite Research an independent think tank who operates the website revealed the voters, how their elected members have performed in the new Parliament that came into power after 17 August 2015.
Last week, fans of the Nuga Sevana programme in Rupavahini witnessed US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, preparing a polos embula –local spicy with guidance and tips from none other than Sri Lanka's celebrity Master Chef Dr. Pubilis Silva of Mount Lavinia Hotel.
President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated his pledge to uphold the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country above anything else stressing that he will not allow any foreign Court, Judge or organization to meddle in the country\'s internal affairs relating to governance or the Judiciary. The President, in a clear statement at the 70th National Upasampada Vinayakarma (Higher Ordination) ceremony of the Sri Lank Ramanna Maha Nikaya at the Town Hall Playground in Panadura on Friday (8) emphasized that for as long as he was in office he would leave no space for any attempt to bring in foreign judges or establish foreign courts here in the country to examine alleged human rights violations during the closing stages of the war, irrespective of certain remarks made to the contrary by certain individuals, recently.
President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, 29 June morning during a kidney disease programme held in Girandurukotte in the Badulla District said he had decided to appoint a new Governor to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) within a few hours.
Few hours later, he arrived at the CBSL, in an apparent unannounced visit, only to be flanked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after a few minutes. The drama that followed is still unfolding as the CBSL which is deeply committed to contributing to the prosperity of Sri Lanka is left without a head.
President Maithripala Sirisena was the Chief Guest at an event, marking the 74th Birth Anniversary of the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, organized by the All-Island Youth Abstinence Organization at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on 21 June.
Ever since the 100-day trial period ended and UNP-SLFP joined hands to form a unity government despite the fact that they stand poles apart when it comes to ideologies, policies and principles, each step President Maithripala Sirisena took was a test. A test of integrity, a test of trust, a test of patience, a test of strength and there were instances of litmus tests.
President Maithripala Sirisena was in his Chamber at Parliament Complex on Thursday (9) observing each member as the vote on the No-Confidence Motion against country's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was taken through a division called for by name.
Last Wednesday (1) President Maithripala Sirisena was enjoying a dance recital at a newly opened resort owned by the Shangri-La Five Star Hotel Company in Mirijjawila, Hambantota when a straw thatched hut built at the dancing zone caught fire during a fireworks event.
With flood waters receding gradually after affecting more than 300,000 persons, the political arena is once again heating up with allegations mounting against Yahapalana Government by the factions who supported it into power. Interestingly, the week ended with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and several key ministers including the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Foreign Affairs being away from the country.
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