Minister of Telecommunications & Information Technology Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, presenting the award received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's 2014 for Sri Lanka's e-Library Nenasala Programme, to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Temple Trees yesterday (Aug. 21). (Photo by: Sudath Silva)
At a time ICT is rapidly expanding in Sri Lanka, having exceeded 50% of the population, the Government is keen to see this rise with speed to 75% and beyond, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his message to congratulate on National Information Technology Conference (NITC) 2014.
The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has taken effective steps to invest in Information Technology to empower the people with IT knowledge to ensure speedy socio-economic progress of the country is an example for other world leaders to emulate.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (Aug. 20) instructed relevant authorities to find urgent solutions to health sector trade union problems and take action to solve them within three months.
The Search for Peace
"Our Government is firmly committed to uphold democracy and the protection of human rights. Our Government's prime
responsibility is also to free our people from the grip of terrorism and violence. Attempts by any individual or organisation to violate or suppress such rights enjoyed by the people, would be thwarted at all costs by our Government. We will do our utmost to show to the civilised world our commitment and sincerity in this task," said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The President's Fund is a multi-faceted institution with a range of activities that include help for scholarship and tertiary educatio
; advance of religion; and recognition of service to the nation .It is best known as an oasis of relief for those in need of urgent surgery and other medical treatment beyond one's reach in cost.The Fund which was established in 1978, in keeping with its vision, has continued to provide relief and assistance under successive President's of Sri Lanka.