The President, addressing the 71st National Day celebrations says, at present we should resolve to make Sri Lanka a prosperous nation in Asia that cannot be overpowered.

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Addressing the 71st National Day celebrations held at Galle Face Green this morning, President Maithripala Sirisena said, at present, we should resolve to make Sri Lanka a prosperous nation in Asia that cannot be overpowered. He pointed to the necessity to give priority in building a “Blue-Green Economy”, whilst taking the country towards alleviating poverty. He further stated, to prevent “political collapse”, an electoral system that ensures “checks and balances” needs to be introduced, to strengthen Parliament.
The President stated, it is not acceptable to establish a national government by increasing the number of ministerial portfolios and increasing benefits for people’s representatives.
The President also stated, when elections are not held properly, it poses a threat to democracy.

The President stated, what we need today is not “bogus communalism”, but a “far-sighted vision of integrity”. The President noted, violence came to a full-stop in 2015, but it is a question mark on how far we have come in the process of eradicating corruption.
There is a scarcity of honest politicians, for this purpose.

The President further stated, a mechanism based on “competency” needs to be introduced to manage the Public Service.
He observed, the efficiency of public servants is very low. However, the public servants themselves cannot be held at fault, as they need to be given proper leadership.

In his speech, the President highly appreciated the heroes of the battle field, who dedicated themselves in eradicating terrorism, a decade ago.
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The Premier – on the 71st National Day – extends an invitation to all citizens to join hands in building a robust economy, a stable government, and thereby a prosperous nation.
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, in his National Day message says, while celebrating our country’s liberation from long years of foreign rule, ‘Independence Day’ is the ideal opportunity to inspire public discourse and social activism, for a more broad-based “National Independence” that transcends ethnic and religious biases.

The Premier extended an invitation to all citizens to join hands in building a robust economy, a stable government, and thereby a prosperous nation, so that all citizens can enjoy freedom in its truest sense, in living in a socially and politically developed society.
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World leaders felicitate Sri Lanka on its National Day.
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Queen Elizabeth the Second of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, together with a number of world leaders has felicitated President Maithripala Sirisena, on Sri Lanka’s 71st National Day.
Her Majesty, the Queen, felicitated all Sri Lankans, wishing good fortune, joy, and prosperity to all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, issuing a message of felicitation said, the respect and heartfelt friendships maintained between the people of Russia and Sri Lanka will be taken forward, and bilateral cooperation between the two countries will be further enhanced, to attain the people’s aspirations.

President of India: Ram Nath Kovind, in his message noted, amongst neighbouring brotherly nations, the relationship between Sri Lanka and India has been maintained throughout our long histories, and he expresses confidence that these relations will continue into the future, on a much stronger degree.
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518 prison inmates freed to mark Independence Day.
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518 prison inmates were freed to mark the 71st Independence Day celebrations of the country.
Speaking to the SLBC, Media spokesman of the Department of Prisons: Thushara Upuldeniya said, the group comprises inmates serving prison terms for minor offences. In addition, the sentence of another group serving their term for minor offences was reduced by seven days per year.

The release of prisoners took place today, in all prisons in the island.

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