Portugal is interested in improving relationships with Sri Lanka further, Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, said when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa for discussions at Temple Trees yesterday.
During the discussion with the President, Prime Minister Coelho said Portugal wanted "deeper relations" not only in the economic sector but also in the cultural and political areas as well.
Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday launched a National Nutrition Walk and Exhibition to raise awareness among the general public on improving nutrition for better health.
National Nutrition Walk and Exhibition held this morning at the Industrial Technology Institute was organized by the National Nutrition Secretariat and Industrial Technology Institute.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that teachers should have a positive mentality to provide a better education to the children. As such he instructed the Education Minister and the Provincial Chief Ministers to implement a streamlined programme to upgrade the welfare of the teachers.
The President gave these instructions at a special discussion with Chief Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (July 17). The President attributed the dearth of teachers in certain Provinces to the lack of a streamlined welfare programme. He emphasized the need to grant transfers to teachers at the end of the year. Transfers during the middle of the year will impede the education and examinations of the students. The need for recruitment of teachers based on schools was stressed. Provincial Chief Ministers hold the portfolio of education in their premises.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the era in which the people were waiting for flour stocks from abroad has ended and the people have today adopted a habit of consuming more rice instead of flour based products.
"There was an era in the country where people were waiting for flour to eat bread," he said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the present Government’s policy and belief are to provide a better public service by strengthening public service. The President mentioned this while declared opening the Customs Headquarters building.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the new Headquarters building of the Customs Department last morning (July 14) amidst religious blessings. The state of the art new building, "Export Centre" which will work 24 hours, 365 days to speed up clearance of exports has 12 stories. More than 10 thousand million rupees has been spent to construct the building.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open a new shopping complex “Arcade Indepence Square” at the Independence Square in the posh neighborhood of the capital Colombo, last evening (13).
The "ArcadeIndependent Square " was constructed by converting the old office complex wich was the home to several state offices, including the Auditor General's Department into an upmarket shopping mall under the Phase two of the Independence Square Renovation Project.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to increase the amount allocated for agricultural loans for the farmers up to Rs. 4 billion.President Rajapaksa has made this decision at a meeting held in the Presidential Secretariat on Friday in response to a request made by farmer organizations.
Accordingly, the funds will be released to the relevant banks to issue loans to the farmers.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this morning at the Port of Colombo, ceremonially commissioned the “Mihikatha” and “Rathnadeepa” patrol boats that were gifted by the Australian Government to Sri Lanka.
Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Mr. Scott Morrison also participated in the ceremony. The two patrol boats were gifted as a gesture of goodwill to the Sri Lanka Navy.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday (05th July) handed over 104 houses constructed under the "Api Wenuwen Api" project in Anuradhapura District to the families of security forces during a function held at Ruwanweli Central College grounds in Horowpatana.President symbolically handed over two houses to the families of Corporal late U. D. D. Amerasooriya and to Lance Corporal K. C. Karunaratne.
Two new high commissioners and three new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
Mr. Grahame Morton presented, High Commissioner of New Zealand
Ms. Zahiya Zareer , High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives
Mr. Hassan Mahmoud Mohammad Al-Jawameh , Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Ms. Pema Choden , Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bhutan
Mr. Sabit Subasic , Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on a state visit to Seychelles declared open the Sri Lankan High Commission in Seychelles (28). The High Commission is located at Capital City Building in Independence Avenue, Victoria.Sri Lanka and Seychelles established formal diplomatic relations in 1988. The first resident mission office which was opened today was set up in December 2013. Mr. Rajatha Piyatissa has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s first High Commissioner in Seychelles. Marking the official opening of the Mission President Rajapaksa unveiled the plaque and lighted the traditional oil lamp.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Seychelles President James A. Michel during bilateral discussions at the State House in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, (28) agreed to strengthen already exiting bilateral relations while expanding cooperation into new areas.
President Rajapaksa concluding the two-day state visit to Maldives arrived in Seychelles yesterday.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa after concluding a successful two-day state visit to Maldives arrived in Pointe Larue Seychelles International Airport this evening (27). First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa is accompanying the President.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, currently on a state visit to Maldives and President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom presided over the signing ceremony of three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) yesterday at the President’s Office in Male.
The agreement between the health sectors in two countries were signed by the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris and Maldivian Minister of Health and Gender Dr. Mariyam Shakeela. The agreement was to exchange specialists and trained staff, training of nurses and provision of consultation services.
"You are the first visiting Head of State to visit Male after I assumed duties as the President,” President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said during the ceremony to welcome President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “It is an honor for me to welcome you. I am very pleased for this opportunity.”