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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yahapalana Government lead by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, seems to have taken a complete U-turn in its foreign policy adopted over a year ago, with the latter taking up his maiden visit to China last week to negotiate inking several strategic economic agreements.
With multiple explosions taking centre-stage in the world arena posing a terrorist threat globally, a suicide jacket that surfaced amongst other explosives in Chavakachcheri last Wednesday (30) was creating a political conundrum here in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrated his 67th birthday last week having President Maithripala Sirisena by his side while the Yahapalana Government was juggling two power crises; on one hand generating power and on the other securing political power.
The dry weather prevailing as a result of the heat wave developing across Indian Ocean by Friday, stopped power generation in all hydropower plants across the country, while the government was struggling to breathe some life into the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant. As a precautionary measure, the government said it will take over three privately-owned diesel power plants and the Cabinet last week granted its approval for it. However, another Cabinet memorandum presented to purchase emergency power from various other private sources had to be wrapped up due to protest by some ministers.
Last week was important because of two historic events. First was when Sri Lanka completed 20 years of becoming World Champions in One Day International (ODI) Cricket by beating Australia at Lahore in 1996. Second was, the general public ... .. .
President Maithripala Sirisena called a special meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera ahead of last week's Cabinet .. .. .
Twenty six new Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) District and Electoral Organizers were appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena earlier last week, replacing .. .. .
The Head of the State and his Foreign Minister seem to stand poles apart when it comes to getting foreign expertise in the process of investigating .. .. ..
The presence of certain controversial individuals in the close proximity of President Maithripala Sirisena on few occasions during his historic State visit to Germany .. .. .
President Maithripala Sirisena seems to want to put an end to the indignities he suffered over the past one year, when he insisted that he knows how to lead his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to victory in the coming Local Government .. .. ..
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