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Dhammika to be next SLPP presidential candidate?

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Well-known businessman and MP Dhammika Perera would be the next presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), several social media reports said.

These reports are being circulated when the President is out of the country.  The President, who is in the US, will return on September 21.

The SLPP has resumed its political campaign by broadcasting advertisements on TV channels and on social media platforms.

It was reported that Dhammika’s name has been proposed since a political party which has received his financial aid in the past has begun severely criticizing the SLPP.

Mr. Perera is also regarded as a casino mogul in Sri Lanka.

Presidential candidate’s associate’s wife promotes Dhammika

Meanwhile, it was reported that the campaign to promote Mr. Perera has been taken over by the wife of an associate of another businessman who is preparing to run as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

They played a key role in the campaign of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the election.

It was also reported that she is a leading figure in a media company of a brother of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

A political orphan

Dhammika Perera was brought into politics by businessman Dilith Jayaweera. It is said that when Dhammika was brought into politics, he was first promised to be given the position of finance minister, then to nominate him as prime minister and then to make him a presidential candidate.

It is now an open secret that Dilith helped Dhammika get a National List MP position as well as an appointment as the Investment Promotion Minister.

Dhammika has today become a political orphan with Dilith also gearing up to become a presidential candidate.

Ranil & Basil hold discussion

Meanwhile, a special discussion was held between President Wickremesinghe and SLPP founder Basil Rajapaksa recently where there were crucial talks regarding the upcoming elections.

During the meeting, it has been discussed about holding the General Elections earlier.

Mr. Rajapaksa has briefed the President about the results of a survey conducted at the district level about expected results of a general election.

He has explained in detail about the result if they face the general election together as an alliance and the result if they contest as individual parties.

A final decision has not been taken whether the general election or the presidential election will be held first, but it is said that a decision has been taken to hold the election with better advantage first.

Accordingly, unconfirmed sources said that one of the two main elections will be announced by next March.

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President pays final respects to late Dr. Ariyaratne & Palitha Thewarapperuma (Pics)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (April 19) paid his final respects to the late social activist and founder of the Sarvodaya movement, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne as well as to former UNP Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma.Visiting the Moratuwa Sarvodaya Headquarters where Mr. Ariyaratne was laid to rest, the President offered his final respects and left a condolence note. He also shared condolences with the grieving family members. 

The President also paid his last respects and extended condolences to the grieving family and local community at the residence Palitha Thewarapperuma, in Yatadolawatte, Matugama.

UNP Chairman MP Wajira Abeywardena and several others attended the event.

(Pics : PMD)


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Flu & diarrhea cases among children on the rise

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Health Authorities have warned of a rise of diarrhea and flu cases among children after the New Year period.
Consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised parents to immediately seek medical attention if their children have been suffering from fever continuously for 3-4 days.

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Fortified rice distribution initiative commences

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The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for school students, commenced today, (19) at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.

In an effort to reduce iron deficiency among school children, fortified rice is provided for school meals. This distribution will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan, Director General for the Partnership Secretariat for World Food Programme Co-operation (PSWFPC), which operates under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

As planned, the distribution of 735 metric tons of rice to provincial-level schools commenced today as part of the first phase and will continue tomorrow (20). This rice stock is being delivered to schools under the supervision of officials from the respective Provincial Departments of Education and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

Meanwhile, Director General for the PSWFPC, Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan stated that 378.835 metric tons of dhal, 412.08 metric tons of sunflower cooking oil, and 300 metric tons of dates will be distributed to schools following the start of the new school term on May 19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has implemented measures to provide a main meal at school for all students in grades 1-5 across the country. Following nutritionists’ recommendations, students receive breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. daily before engaging in educational activities.

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Active Generation,’ the 2024 school meal program aims to reduce nutritional problems among students, increase daily school attendance, foster good eating and health habits, contribute to the improvement of educational achievement levels, and fulfil the fundamental objectives of promoting local food culture.The school feeding program for this year extends its benefits to 1.6 million students, including primary students from 9,134 government schools, as well as smaller schools with fewer than 100 students. A budget of Rs. 16.6 billion has been allocated to the nine provincial councils by the government, supplemented by sponsorship from entities such as the World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(President’s Media Division) 

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