National Operations Room Committee Decisions - Prime Minister’s Office

Many decisions from the National Operations Room Committee to quicken the delivery of the benefits of the development projects to people ...

The National Operating Room Committee, chaired by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Mr. Anura Dissanayake, which met at Temple Trees recently, took many decisions to deliver the benefits of the development projects to the people as soon as possible.

The development projects in the infrastructure, public facilities projects and education sectors under the provisions of the Asian Development Bank were discussed at length. He also specifically discussed the delay in the construction of the Moragolla hydropower plant, which started as a solution to the rapidly increasing el MORE >>

Prime Minister’s greetings on Russian National Day

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena congratulated the Russian Ambassador Levan S. Dzhagaryan on the National Day of Russia and described Russia as a true friend, when the Ambassador called on him at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (June 12).

The Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister and stated that his country is fully committed to further expanding relationship and cooperation with Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister recalled his discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who visited Sri Lanka when he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2020 and impressed with the work of the Russian-Lankan Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

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Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the education authorities have been instructed to regularize the educational activities of the children in the areas that were affected by the recent bad weather conditions.

The Prime Minister mentioned this while distributing school equipment and dry food items to children affected by the disaster (11.06.2024).

The distribution of school equipment and dry food items to the affected children due to the disaster situation was done at Hanwella Church, Puwakpitiya Purwaramaya, and Avissawella Subhadrarama Pirivena under the patronage of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister stressed that it is the responsibility of the adults to ensure that nothing obstructs the children’s education, and that school cleaning and renovation work has already started with the participation of local administration and line institutions.

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In the school classroom, an environment should be created for children to learn confidently and happily... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister made these comments while attending the occasion of opening of the auditorium and indoor stadium of Kottawa North Dharmapala Vidyalaya, today (10.06.2024).

The Prime Minister addressing the event commented that –

The name Dharmapala is the life of a nation. Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya has been established more than a hundred years ago and the great nationalist-thinking of Dharmapala is carried forward by the children who join the school. The children who leave of the school become citizens who can join the process of complete knowledge that can take ownership of the nation. I know very well the demands made by our parents for a long time to bring this institution to a success. I prefer the s MORE >>

No matter how much we talk about development, most people still travel in buses... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

An induction program was held today (2024.06.09) at the Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena under the approved recruitment and promotion procedure of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) staff.

The Prime Minister commented-

"In 1957, Hon. Philip Gunawardena established the government under the leadership of Hon. Bandaranaike to nationalize private bus companies to establish the CTB and Mr. Philip Gunawardena presented that bill to the Parliament. At that time, there was a big debate in the parliament that we should take it piece by piece. However Mr. Philip Gunawardena insisted that under the theme they should be taken in a single day. The depot employees throughout Sri Lanka occup MORE >>

Prime Minister meets European Union delegation

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with the European Union Exploratory Mission (ExM) of the EU Election Observatory Mission (EOM) at the Temple Trees today (June 7).

The delegation discussed issues pertaining to forthcoming elections in Sri Lanka and explained the EU’s methods of election monitoring after entering into an agreement with the government and the Election Commission.

When they said that there were rumours regarding the next election, the Prime Minister stated that the Constitutional Provision was very clear on the Presidential Election and already the Election Commission has made an announcement with this regard. He assured that elections will be held in accordance with the c MORE >>

Vietnam Ambassador bids farewell

The Vietnam Ambassador Thi Thanh Truc paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo on Thursday (June 6).

The Prime Minister thanked her for the contribution made to strengthen bilateral relations during her tenure and wished her well in her future endeavours.

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Maldives and Sri Lanka to enter into new treaties to increase economic cooperation

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives, Moosa Zameer called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees in Colombo today (June 6).

During the meeting, they exchanged views on strengthening existing areas, and exploring new avenues of cooperation, particularly on trade, investment, education and culture.

Minister Zameer said his country is very keen to expand relations with Sri Lanka and the proposed bilateral treaties and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) would help to further strengthen economic cooperation between Maldives and Sri Lanka. It is proposed to sign a Investment Protection Treaty, Double Tax Avoidance Agreement and to facilitate remittances by Sri Lankans employed in the Maldiv MORE >>

Prime Minister discusses trade and investment growth with Mauritius

Mauritius for Sri Lanka’s entry to Small Island Developing States

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with Mauritius High Commissioner Haymandoyal Dillum about the expansion of trade and investment relations between the two countries. He urged to explore possibility of investments in new areas including power and energy, during a discussion held with the High Commissioner when the latter called on him at the Temple Trees today (June 5).

They discussed close collaboration in multilateral organizations such as Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), of which both are founder members and African Union in which Mauritius is a member and Sri Lanka obtained Observer Status.

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Greek Ambassador calls on Prime Minister

Ms. Aliki Koutsomitopoulou, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) Aliki Koutsomitopoulou called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees today (June 5).

The Prime Minister and the Ambassador discussed about bilateral relations, trade and investment promotion, maritime issues and seafarer employment. Both Greece and Sri Lanka faced similar economic crisis situations and they exchanged ideas about reform methods under taken to come out of the crisis.

The Prime Minister requested Ambassador Koutsomitopoulou to explore possibility of increasing employment for seafarers in Greek ships and she has consented to discus with shipping companies. The Ambassador is concurrently accredited to Sri Lan MORE >>

Raipiyel Tennakoon Vidyalaya should not be closed... -Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said.

Government officials should have a sense to understand people’s problems...

The Prime Minister mentioned this when the Maharagama Regional Coordination Committee met today (06.05.2024) under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

"Government officials should have the sense to understand the problems of the public. That is why you have been provided a good training. It has to be matured since then when dealing with those problems. If the same problem comes again and again, it shows lack of interest.

In addition to general services, many projects worth millions are currently being implemented throughout the Maharagama Electorate, as in infrastructure and educational, cultural, MORE >>

The special statement made by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in the Parliament on 05.06.2024 congratulating Mr. Narendra Modi who became the Prime Minister of India for the third time

"Dear Deputy Speaker, I stand up today to congratulate the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Modi, on his victory for the third time through people’s vote and parliamentary democracy in India, where the strength of working together with all other sectors has been built over a long period of time as a friendly neighbour.

Mr. Narendra Modi has won today as the Prime Minister of India and formed the government for the third consecutive time sending a huge message to the world.

Moreover, the Prime Minister of India, the giant of parliamentary democracy, and the country that represents the largest population in the world today is of extreme significance.

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The cabinet memorandum submitted by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on 06.03.2024 has been approved for providing relief to the people who have been affected by the Southwest monsoon situation.

Accordingly, to submit a status report within two weeks on the damage caused due to the bad weather condition, and to immediately implement a programme to repair the damaged public infrastructure systems with the full contribution of each responsible Ministry by deploying the armed forces and the civilian supervisory force. Cabinet has also approved the recommendations to implement an immediate program.

As a result of the weather changes that are developing unexpectedly with the activation of the Southwest monsoon this year, thousands of families have become temporarily destitute due to heavy rains in many districts of the island where it caused landslides, tree falls, floods and severe damage to public infrastructure systems MORE >>

Prime Minister visits rain affected areas.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena visited several areas affected due to heavy rains and floods today (June 3).

He met the people affected by the rains in areas including Avissawella and Puwakpitiya.

Parliamentarian Yadamini Gunawardena and officials accompanied the Prime Minister.

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To produce exemplary citizens, the new generation should follow the path shown by Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The 82nd birthday celebration of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, which was organized by Kotte Naga Vihara, and in line with that the awarding of certificates go or creative Vesak greeting card design competition, which was conducted among Dhamma Schools, organized by Naga Vihara Youth Organization, under the guidance of the Prime Minister’s Office, in collaboration with the Colombo District Secretariat, was held on 30.05.2024 at the Temple Trees.

The Prime Minister at the event commented that-

"We all remember Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera as an eminent monk who has awakened our nation. For the sake of the country, for the sake of Sambuddha order, for our language and culture, we recall the exemplary path MORE >>

Commemorative stamp to mark IWMI’s 40 years of partnership with Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau of the Postal Department issued a Commemorative Stamp and First Day Cover to mark the International Water Management Institute’s 40 years of partnership with Sri Lanka.

The first Commemorative Stamp and First Day Cover was ceremonially presented to Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardana at the IWMI Headquarters at Pelawatte, Shrijayawardenepura today (May 29).

Addressing the function, Dr Simi Kamal, Chair, IWMI Board of Governors said that IWMI has broadened its focus on irrigation management to major issues of integrated water resource management at river basin and national levels and this evolution is reflected in its programmes in Sri Lanka.

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