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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Victor & the Vanquish - Programs to mark one year completion of Sirisena presidency

Colombo, 08 January, (

A series of programs will be held today (Jan. 08) to mark the one year completion of the democratic governance, established under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. In the meantime former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he would congratulate President Maithripala Sirisena on the election victory on January 08.

The organizers of the programs to mark the one year completion of the democratic governance, established under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena has listed as the main national ceremony on this regard is the one that will be held at 2.00pm at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, according to the President’s Media Division.

The key note address of this ceremony will be made by Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of the pioneer of the Indian independence struggle Mahathma Gandhi. Mr Gandhi, a civil servant and a diplomat, served as Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, ministers, diplomats, intellectuals and artists will participate in this ceremony.

The academic book ‘One Nation – Great Power’, published to mark this historic occasion will also be launched during this ceremony.

In addition, a special religious program will be held tomorrow at 7.00am at the historical Kalutara Bodhi to bless President Sirisena, the government and the people of the country. The land of the Kalutara Bodhi will be handed over to the Board of Custodians of the Kalutara Bodhi through a charter.

A ceremony to mark the 117th birth anniversary of late Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike will be held tomorrow at 9.00am at the Bandaranaike statue in Galle Face, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The President is also scheduled to visit the Kotte Sri Naga Viharaya to pay a floral tribute to the late Most Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thero.

The President will launch the “Tell the President” and “Janapathi Hadabima” programs at 11.00 a.m. at the President’s House in Colombo tomorrow. Citizens can submit their complaints and grievances through the “Tell the President” program.

President Sirisena will declare open the Development Evaluation Office at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow. The office was built to review the development activities that have commenced across the country and to check whether the advices and guidance given by the President for the betterment of the people, are properly implemented.

An all-night Pirith chanting will be held at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow to mark the President’s completion of one year term in office.

On January 09 the President will address the Parliament at 10.30 a.m. and on the same day from 6.30 p.m to 8.00 p.m a Culture Show will be held at the Independence Square premises.

In addition to the above mentioned activities a photographic exhibition titled “ Janapathi Abhimangalawasara Seya Samaruma” will be held at the Arcade Independence Square, Colombo to mark the President’s completion of one year term in office, a PMD statement said.

However the Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa when making a statement said that “I was defeated at the last Presidential election. However, I would certainly congratulate President Sirisena on the election victory. But, I’m unsatisfied with the work of Yahapalanaya government.”

He made the observation as he met reporters after paying homage to the Tooth Relic at Dalada Maligawa in Kandy this morning.

While responding to a question on reports that there is a move to arrest several key former government members, he said, “This is their government. They can arrest as much as they desire.” He also pointed out that ‘they’ are obliged to do what diaspora wanted.

“Some people wanted me out of the party,” the former President said. However, he vowed that he will never leave the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

- Asian Tribune -

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