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Will UN let Maithri to go slow?  
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2016-09-04

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.

Maithri in trouble over burqa: plans stern action  
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2016-08-28

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.

Why Maithri suddenly went to India after Matara Rally?  
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2016-08-21

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.

Crucial times ahead as UN Chief plans hush-hush visit to Sri Lanka  
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2016-08-14

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. 

Wiggy on ‘dirty’ mission as PM Ranil plans to seal deal with China?  
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2016-08-07

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.

Why Maithri summoned Mahinda loyalists to his residence   
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2016-07-31

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. 

Irate Ranil rings Maithri in London  
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2016-07-24

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.

Is USA planning to loosen its grip on Sri Lanka?  
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2016-07-17

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.

Will Maithri succumb to international pressure?   
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2016-07-10

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.

Has beginning of the end arrived?   
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2016-07-03

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. 

Dark Clouds Loom over Unity Govt   
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2016-06-26

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.

Maithri caught between Ranil and SLFP  
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2016-06-19

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.

Will Maithri be able to save face for Ranil?   
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2016-06-12

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. 

What is the mission that Maithri gave Ranil?  
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2016-06-05

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.

A top bureaucrat preventing action against crooks   
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2016-05-29

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.

Govt makes another blunder: Saudi Prince with deep pockets given cold shoulder  
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2016-05-22

While others were engaged in an argument on the good and the bad of commemorating 'war victory' on 18 May 2009 and remembering fallen heroes, the members of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force and Police commemorated their fallen colleagues in a unique manner by once again coming to the rescue of civilians braving inclement weather.
The country was hit by worst ever natural disaster since the tsunami and with many areas in Colombo and Gampaha Districts marooned by floods with the Kelani River spilling over after 27 years.

Honeymoon ends: Showdown begins  
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2016-05-15

Corruption is one of the factors that promotes political violence and other forms of human rights abuses. Sri Lanka went through such a stage during the previous administration. The people reacted strongly against corruption by changing the corrupt administration by the power of the ballot in January 2015 at the presidential election and again at the parliamentary election in August 2016.

Civil Society back on warpath against ‘yahapalanaya’  
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2016-05-08

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized on making a full swing against corrupt politicians and to ensure good governance will be achieved, though not overnight, but eventually as he was determined to lay the foundation for that and commit the next four years in office giving priority to this endeavour.

Will President Maithri finally put his foot down?  
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2016-05-01

Today will be the D-day. For the country and for many prominent figures in the political and administrative sphere as all political parties set to show their power as Sri Lanka too celebrates May Day despite deviating far from its true spirit of commemorating the Haymarket riots, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886 or the legal recognition of the 8-hour work day. 

Who’s facing President Maithri’s axe?   
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2016-04-24

President Maithripala Sirisenain at his home town Polonnaruwa addressing his people to greet them for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year said that he will not allow so-called economic experts to burden the public with increased taxes.
He added that some experts are not aware of the suffering of the people and he will ask such experts to go home. President was commenting on the media reports that the government plans to increase VAT, which is an indirect tax which affects you more if you belong to low income groups.

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