Home / Healthcare/ President says 90% of population supports battle against drugs

President says 90% of population supports battle against drugs

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 30 July 2019 00:11


President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said he is not alone in the battle against drug smuggling and 90% of the population in the country is standing with him in this journey.

When some people responded against his decision to impose the death penalty for drug smugglers, it indirectly benefitted criminals, drug smugglers and corrupt people, he said, addressing a ceremony held in Ratnapura.

President Sirisena said that he takes all decisions needed to create a better country for the future generation and further said that all politicians, public servants and intellectuals should come forward to fulfil the respective duties towards the motherland, the President Media Division said in a media release. 

This ceremony was held to launch the ‘Sabaragamuwa Lassanai’ program.

The President unveiled the name board titled ‘Sabaragamuwa Lassanai’ using a remote control. The book compiled in this regard was presented to the President by the Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Dhamma Dissanayake.

The President also launched the ‘Kithula-Kithula’ website and the ‘Sip Thathu’ website which contained information on schools in the Sabaragamuwa Province.

It was decided to provide financial sponsorship for selected 100 families to build their own houses under the ‘Ape Gedara Lassanai’ housing project implemented by the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and during this ceremony the President symbolically handed over documents in this regard to those house recipients.

A souvenir gift was also presented to President Sirisena at this event. After that, the President also visited the Kithul production based exhibition as well.

Ven. Maha Sanga, Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan, Uva Province Governor Marshal Perera, Dushmantha Mithrapala, Dunesh Gankanda, SLFP organiser Athula Kumara Rahubaddha and provincial political representatives, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council General Secretary K.D.M. Malani and other public officials were also present on this occasion.

President Sirisena handed over the fifth floor building of the Eheliyagoda General Hospital and the 120-bed ward complex to the public today under the ‘Sabaragamuwa Lassanai’ program. The President also vested in the public the new Bhikkhu ward complex constructed by two donors in the Eheliyagoda area and the X-ray section constructed by a businessman.

The President handed over the development work to the public and had a friendly visit with the staff while inspecting the hospital.

Then, the President also presented awards of appreciation to the donors who contributed to the development activities.

The President also presented an award of appreciation to former Medical Superintendent Dr. Shantha Abeywickrama who pioneered the historical development of the Eheliyagoda Base Hospital.

The President also declared open the Teachers Home built at Siri Saman Vidyalaya, Talawitiya at a cost of Rs. 15.89 million under the ‘Langama pasala – hodama pasala’ program. In addition, the Library, Mathematic Lab and Science Lab also handed over to the students by President today.

The President was warmly welcomed by the students and the President unveiled the plaque and handed over the construction work to the students.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Autocatalytic descent from plural democracy to supremacist authoritarianism

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

In a few days, Sri Lanka will celebrate its 72nd year of independence from colonialism. But behind the pomp and pageant of that celebration is a sad reality of an autocatalytic process – a small initial event triggering a chain reaction that evolve

Trump destroying brand USA: Implications for Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

There is an old adage that ‘politics and tourism’ has a positive correlation. Many have tried to disprove this aspect but the relationship is coming out very strongly, the latest case study to the world being in the United States. Trump cost $4.

Freedom! Freedom! Where art thou?

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. In the name of freedom – the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor. The definition of freedom is, the condition of

Development project information: Public expectations and their right to know

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Infrastructure development will be at the centre-stage during the next five years, irrespective of which mainstream political party will be in power. This writer has previously had articles published in the Daily FT on building regulations, infrastr

Columnists More