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No room for Casinos- President Rajapaksa

President Rajapaksa has emphatically mentioned that there is no room for the introduction of casinos.  The President highlighted that although permission has been granted for the construction of luxury hotels, the establishment of casinos had not approved. Opportunities have been afforded for foreign entrepreneurs to invest in Sri Lanka. Accordingly a star hotel will be coming up along D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha in Colombo. The President made these remarks at a meeting with editors of national newspapers and representatives of the print and electronic media at Temple Trees this morning (24 April).

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The President declares open the Manmunai Bridge linking Batticaloa and Ampara Districts

President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the newly constructed Manmunai Bridge in Batticaloa this afternoon (19 April) marking another milestone in the country’s development. It connects the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts. This new bridge across Batticaloa lagoon on Colombo-Batticaloa A4 road via Pothuvil has been constructed at a cost of 1,870 million rupees fulfilling a long felt need of the people in the Eastern Province.

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5550 farmer families in Mahaweli B and C Zones receive land deeds

5550 farmer families in Mahaweli B and C Zones received ownership deeds today (April 19) at a ceremony held at Girandurukotte under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President handed over the land deeds for the Mahaweli farmers under the 3rd stage of the National Programme of Presentation of Land Deeds. The programme is implemented according to a pledge given by the President in response to a request made by Mahaweli farmers at a meeting held at Dehiattakandiya. The distribution of these lands among the farmer families commenced on the 31st of December last year.

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President pays obeisance to Jaya Sri Mahabodhi and other sacred sites in Anuradhapura

President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid obeisance to the historic Jaya Sri Mahabodhi and obtained blessings for the New Year this morning on 18 April.

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Sacrilegious to Buddhism: Asgiriya Mahanayaka Thera hands over an appeal to the President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa worshipped at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy this morning (April 18) and received blessings for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.  The President participated in many religious observances before the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Sri Lanka’s First Family celebrates traditional New Year at Carton House

When the entire country is gripped in a happy and festive mood, Sri Lankans celebrated the traditional ‘Aluth Avurudda’- Sinhala and Hindu New Year which marks the transit of the sun from the house of ‘Meena Rashiya’ to the house of the ‘Mesha Rashiya’. According to the reports, Sinhala and Tamil people throughout the country enthusiastically got ready to celebrate it in usual grand style. This is the fifth National New Year the whole country is celebrating in an environment of peace and tranquility since the total eradication of terrorism.

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President Rajapaksa felicitates World T20 Cricket Champions

President Mahinda Rajapaksa felicitated the ICC WorldT20 Cricket Cup winning Sri Lankan national team at the Temple Trees on Tuesday night (08 April).

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The National New Rice Festival holds in Anuradhapura under President’s patronage

The National New Rice Festival (Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya) - 2014 was held near the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The New Rice Festival or the ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya’ is considered as thousands of years old ancient tradition which was launched with the arrival of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi to the island.

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School appliances for war hero children

Schoolchildren of war heroes in Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kegalle districts were donated with School appliances at a function held at Deyata Kirula MoD site premises in Kuliyapitiya on the 23rd February.

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Colombo gets Multimillion Rupee Facelift  - Town Hall Square Development Project completed

The newly renovated Town Hall Square including the Viharamahadevi Park, and the rehabilitated road network in the Colombo city were vested with the public today (19th February) at a function held at the historic Colombo Town Hall.

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