The 82 birthday celeration of Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha Thera and awarding certificates for Vesak greeting card designs...

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 of creative Vesak greeting card designing 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.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena participated as the chief guest in this event, which was held under the patronage of Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, Chancellor of the University of Colombo, and direction of Ven. Kotahene Narada Thera, Viharadhikari of Naga Vihara.
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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).

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation, Saman Pandikorala, Dr Simi Kamal, Chair, IWMI Board of Governors, Dr Mark Smith, IWMI Director General, Dr P. Ramanujam, Special Advisor and Postmaster General S.R.W.M.R.P. Sathkumara were present on this occasion.

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A Democratic government or a parliament will not allow the country to be unrest by irresponsible statements... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Presidential election will be held according to the constitution.

Any political decision will not be taken depending on crowds. We will not be panicked or reversed. Will move on...

The Prime Minister made these comments while attending the opening of the Martin Wickramasinghe Hall of Life section at the National Library and Documentation Services Board today (29.05.2024).

The Prime Minister at the event commented that -

"Today is a special day, our great author Martin Wickramasinghe made a renaissance to the pride of our country’s literature as well as to language and social science. At the time of handing over the literary works in the collection of Martin Wickramasinghe to  MORE >>

A new concept for creating entrepreneurs who can make new efforts... - Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Boosting the rural economy is a primary objective of the government...

Another phase of the program for the distribution of incubators aimed at strengthening the rural economy and uplifting small-scale poultry farm owners was held on 28.05.2024 at Kolonnawa Divisional Secretariat under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Through an incubator, which is provided under the assistance of the Chinese government, direct income sources will be opened for five families and many families in the villages related to those families will get its indirect benefits. The objective of this program is to improve income generation, improve nutrition of families, improve general egg production in the country, and  MORE >>

Business opportunities with credit facilities for five hundred thousand new female entrepreneurs in the Divisional Secretariat Divisions...

Measures to increase the total egg production of the country by increasing the poultry farming industry at the rural level...

5000 people in Seethawaka area benefited from the program for distribution of incubators...

Another phase of the program for the distribution of incubators aimed at strengthening the rural economy and uplifting the small-scale poultry farm owners was held today (28.05.2024) at Seethawaka Pradeshiya Sabha under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

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The greatest gift we can give to the world is Theravada Buddhism...

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena visited the ’Sambuddhathva Jayanti Mandiraya’, Tummulla, Colombo, where a wealth of books, including the Pali Cannon, are kept for the said purpose.

This building is built on a land given by Hon Dinesh Gunawardena through the Urban Development Authority when he was serving as the Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development in 2010.

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A programme to present dry rations and essential items to pregnant women was held at the Temple Trees today (May 23).

The funds for this was donated by Ven Karadetiyana Gunarathana There’s, Chief Incumbent of Lankaramaya in Singapore.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, MPs Jayantha Weerasinghe, Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to Ministry of Public Administration Pradeep Yasaratne and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Harsha Wijewardene took part in this event.

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’Dharma Deepani the series of Dharma sermons which is telecasted live on Rupavahini on every full moon Poya day, and organized by the Prime Minister’s Office, sponsored by the Maliban Company, was held at the Temple Trees (from 9.00 am to 10.00 am).

Sermon on the Vesak Poya Day was delivered by;

Ven. Dr. Maitipe Wimalasara Thera, Secretary of the World Buddhist Sangha Federation, Parivenadhipathi of Parama Dhammachethiya Pirivena, Ratmalana.

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Vesak Message

Vesak Poya day is the most sacred day to the Buddhist people who celebrate the birth, enlightenment and the mahaparinibbana of the Buddha. Since ancient times, Sri Lankans celebrate it with boundless joy of venerating the Buddha.

After a difficult period due to natural calamities, pandemic and economic downturn, Sri Lankan people have the opportunity to celebrate the Vesak festival in a grand scale this year.

The nature of the world is changing day by day. At present, the ways of life that were expected by us in the past are collapsing. Because of this, we are entering a period where many people around the world are travelling to Buddhist countries to find the essence of Buddhism, which explains the nature of l MORE >>

Tlhree-wheelers from all over the island come together to demonstrate the wonder of Vesak...

The installation of Buddhist flags on a thousand three-wheelers for marking the Vesak festival, which was carried out according to the concept of Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, Chief Incumbent of Dharmayatana, commenced today (22.05.2024) at Bauddaloka Mawatha, Colombo, under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The Prime Minister commented at the event -

"Under the guidance of Ven. Elle Gunawamsa Thera, Chief Incumbent of Dharmayatana Viharaya, donated Buddhist flags to thousands of travelling vehicles and to be displayed the Buddhist flag throughout city of Colombo.

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State Vesak Festival inaugurates under the patronage of Prime Minister...

The Archaeological Exhibition opens in line with the festival.

The State Vesak festival was inaugurated with the blessing of the Maha Sangha, under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, with the participation of foreign envoys including Ambassadors, Ministers and MPs, and government officials today (21.05.2024) at Dharmaraja Piriven Temple in Matale.

Maha Sangha of three sects ( nikayas) including Ven. Niyangoda Vijitasiri Thera Anu Nayaka of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya of Malwathu Chapter, Ven. Anamaduve Dhammadassi Thera Anu Nayaka of the Shyamopali Maha Nikaya of Asgiri Chapter, Ven. Enderamulle Amaramoli Tissa Thera, Maha Nayaka of Ariyawansa Saddhamma Yuththika Chapter of Amarapura Nikaya, Ven MORE >>

We are currently passing a very difficult period no matter who takes over the government or who rules the country.- Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

The Prime Minister mentioned this on 20.05.2024 at Sri Bodhirukkarama Maha Viharaya at Poojapitiya, Divanawatta, attending the unveiling of the Meth Bosath statue built with the financial contribution of Member of Parliament Gunathilaka Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister speaking at the event stated that -

"The British rulers took over our country by force. We were deprived of our identity and our freedom. Due to the great fight that our rural leaders and leaders in the upcountry started that day, our country was able to continue the journey towards independence.

Sri Lanka has the pride of a country that has regained independence. A country should be rebuilt from there. We need to raise our heads aga MORE >>

Sri Lanka declares a day of mourning

The government declared tomorrow (May 21) a Day of Mourning in view of the demise of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

The Ministry of Public Administration instructed to fly the national flag at half mast in government institutions.

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The Prime Minister expresses his condolences on the sudden death of Iranian President...

His Excellency Mohammed Mokhber
Vice President of Islamic Republic of Iran
Excellency,

I am deeply saddened to learn about the demise of His Excellency President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign minister Hossein Amir-abdollahian in a tragic helicopter crash.

The late President’s services for the people of Iran as well as to strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka are legendary. In fact His Excellency Ebrahim Raisi’s last foreign visit was to Sri Lanka to inaugurate the Iran-assisted Uma Oya hydroelectricity-cum-irrigation project, which is immensely beneficial to the people of Sri Lanka.

During his visit I closely interacted with him and I was highly impressed by his sincere visi MORE >>