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    No reversal of Ben on chemical fertilizer-Prez


    District Farmers’ representatives on behalf of 1.1 million farmers across the island, have urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa not to reverse the steps taken to use organic fertilizer.
    The farmers’ representatives highlighted that it was their absolute duty and responsibility to return to the traditional farming methods and provide the people with a non-toxic healthy diet. They added that citizenry will be grateful to the President for his decision to nourish a healthy next generation for Sri Lanka. The farmers’ representatives assured President Rajapaksa that all the farmers in the country would support the President in overcoming the challenge of going for an agriculture based on organic fertilizer, as a team, for the benefit of all people in Sri Lanka just like the country once faced the challenge of concluding the war against terrorism. I

    Reservoirs fill up – Further risk of flooding


    It is reported that the water level in the main reservoirs of the island has risen with the current high rainfall.

    Director of Irrigation (Hydrology) Engineer SPC Sugeeshwara Bandara says that the water level in the main reservoirs has risen to 80%.

    Deduruoya Reservoir in Kurunegala District, Rajanganaya and Angamuwa Reservoirs in Anuradhapura District, and several reservoirs in Hambantota and Matara Districts have started to overflow.

    Also, due to excessive rainfall of about 150 mm, a sudden flood may occur.

    Therefore, the Irrigation Department has requested the people living in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Sabaragamuwa districts to inquire.

    Therefore, the authorities request the people living in the above areas to be vigilant in case of sudden floods.

    Karapitiya Teaching Hospital becomes a National Hospital


    The government decides to group Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a national hospital and name it as ‘Galle National Hospital’.

    In addition to Colombo National Hospital and Kandy National Hospital, Galle National Hospital will be established and the proposal presented by the Health Minister has been approved by the Cabinet.

    Karapitiya Teaching Hospital operates as the main health center providing tertiary services to patients in the Southern Province and adjacent provinces apart from maternity care services.

    Primary and secondary healthcare institutions in those provinces refer patients to this hospital for specialist services.

    The professor unit has been established at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for the teaching activities of Ruhuna University’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.

    Accordingly, this hospital provides teaching and training facilities to approximately 1,100 undergraduate medical students of Ruhuna University, approximately 500 nursing students of Galle Nursing Training School and approximately 100 physical therapists, pharmacists, and medical laboratory technicians.

    On increasing the hospital’s bed capacity to 2,858 by the end of this year, it will become the tertiary care health center second only to Sri Lanka National Hospital, Colombo.

    Special traffic plan in Colombo for Vesak season


    The police headquarters states that there are 08 Vesak pandols and 05 Vesak zones in Colombo city this year.

    The police say that a special traffic plan is being implemented in connection with the Vesak festival and Vesak zones.

    The traffic plan is as follows.

    Endless phone calls to CEB informing about power cuts – CEB requests to follow other methods


    The Ceylon Electricity Board says that due to the prevailing weather conditions with heavy rains, strong winds and lightning, power outages across the country have increased.

    As a result of this, the telephone numbers of CEB to inform about power outages are constantly busy, so the Ceylon Electricity Board informs that the other measures introduced for the same be followed.

    The board says that the weather conditions are hindering the continuity of the electricity supply due to falling trees, lightning strikes, etc., blocking the electricity supply lines.

    Below is the announcement made by the Ceylon Electricity Board to the public.

    A Dansal zone for devotees who are going to worship the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic


    On the occasion of Vesak Poya, on two days tomorrow (23rd) and the next day (24th), arrangements have been made to implement a special dansal area for the local and foreign devotees who will visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.

    According to the instructions of Diyawadana Nilame Mr. Pradeep Nilanga Dela, the staff of the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic will operate this dansal area.

    the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic further stated that delicious and healthy food and drinks will be provided to the devotees for two days.

    The President informs about the election that comes first


    President Ranil Wickramasinghe says that the presidential election will be held first in the relevant period of this year.

    The president has mentioned this in today’s cabinet meeting.

    Further commenting there, the President has mentioned that the money has been allocated for that purpose.

    Naval and fishing communities are advised not to enter the sea, until further notice


    The Southwest monsoon conditions are gradually establishing over the island; hence, the prevailing showery and windy conditions will continue further.

    Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, Southern and Northern provinces.

    Very heavy showers about 150 mm are likely at some places in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya districts. Heavy showers above 100 mm are likely at some places in North-western province and in Mannar, Galle and Matara districts.

    Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere of the island.

    Strong winds of about (50-60) kmph can be expected at times over Western slopes of the central hills and in Northern, North-central, Western, Southern and North western provinces. Fairly strong winds about (30-40) kmph can be expected at times elsewhere of the island.

    General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

    The sea areas extending from Colombo to Pottuvil via Galle and Hambantota will be very rough at times and Naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into these sea areas, until further notice.

    The sea areas extending from Mannar to Colombo will be rough at times, therefore, naval and fishing communities in this sea area are requested to be vigilant in this regard.

    The swell waves (about 2.5 m – 3.0 m) height (This is not for land area) may increase in the sea areas off the coast extending from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle, and Hambantota.

    Temporarily strong gusty winds and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

    Prices of some essential foods are reduced


    The prices of several essential consumer goods sold by Lanka Sathosa have been reduced.

    The prices are shown below.

    The vehicle import ban will not be dragged on any longer


    State Minister for Finance Mr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that he is ready to import vehicles according to the needs of the country.

    Speaking to the media, the state minister says that the government is not ready to keep the import of vehicles closed.

    He mentioned that 2000 imports had to be stopped due to the shortage of dollars in the last season and all others have been opened and the only thing left is to allow the import of vehicles.

    The Minister of State for Finance added that the amount of reserves in this country is 5.5 billion US dollars.

    Inflation has increased


    According to the Department of Census and Statistics, inflation in Sri Lanka has increased slightly to 2.7% in April.

    According to the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI), the inflation rate of 2.5% recorded last March has increased.

    The annual point inflation of the food category, which was 5.0% in March 2024, has come down to 3.3% in April 2024.

    Inflation in the non-food category had risen to 2.3%. It stood at 0.7% in March.

    Analytical description of inflation below.

    The Mahanayake Theros request the President to pardon the imprisoned Gnanasara Thero


    Mahanayake Theros has made a written request to the President to grant a presidential pardon, on the occasion of Vesak, to Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who is serving a prison sentence,

    Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of causing discord between races in a press conference held in 2016 regarding the Kuragala Rajamaha Temple.

    Since he has been supporting the state security forces to prevent some extremist forces from spreading in the society by raising voices for the Sinhala Buddhist nationality in Sri Lanka and taking steps to inform the security forces about certain extremist activities in the society, this request has been made with the signatures of the Mahanayake Theros of Malwathu, Asgiri, Amarapura, Ramanya Nikaya to grant presidential pardon to him in remembrance of his actions.

    Tomorrow is not a school holiday


    The Ministry of Education has announced that the rumor that there will be a holiday tomorrow (22nd) for all the schools in the island is false.

    It has been stated that some group of people have made this kind of propaganda on social media networks and the Ministry of Education has informed that the authority to take decisions regarding the conduct of schools has been transferred to the Provincial Education Secretaries and Directors.

    The announcement issued by the Ministry of Education is as follows.

    2 crucial bills for the country will be submitted to parliament tomorrow


    The government has planned to submit two bills that are extremely crucial to the economy of the country tomorrow (22).

    Acting Finance Minister Mr. Shehan Semasinghe says that he will present the ‘Economic Transformation Bill’ and the ‘Public Finance Management Bill’ to maintain the country’s public financial management at optimal levels in order to prevent another economic collapse.

    He mentioned this while joining the news conference held at the Presidential Media Center yesterday (20) under the theme ‘One path to a stable country’.

    Heavy rains in the country today


    The Department of Meteorology says that the prevailing rain and wind conditions are expected to continue due to the fact that the Southwest Monsoon condition is gradually establishing over the island.

    Over 100mm of heavy rain may occur in some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and North-Western provinces and Galle, Matara, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya districts.

    The sky will remain heavy in most parts of the island.

    Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and Galle and Matara districts will experience occasional rain or thundershowers.

    The northern and north-central provinces also experience several rainy sessions.

    The wind blows from time to time across the island. Gusts around (40-50 kmph) are possible.

    People are advised to take necessary measures to minimize the dangers caused by temporary strong winds and lightning that may occur with thunderstorms.

    The Iranian president died in an accident! – His ‘helicopter fear’ revealed when he came to Sri Lanka


    In a background where the country’s official media has reported that no one is ‘thinkable to be alive’ from the helicopter crash in which the Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs were traveling, we get to know the information about the ‘helicopter travel fear or self-censorship’ that the President had when he visited the country recently.

    The President of Iran, Mr. Ibrahim Raisi, came to this country on the 24th to inaugurate the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project. On that day, the plane on which the Iranian President arrived landed at Mattala Airport.

    The first plan was to take the Iranian president from Mattala to the Uma Oya event ground by helicopter. This was because according to the travel schedule of the Iranian President in this country, the Iranian side had only 20 minutes to travel from Mattala to the Uma Oya site.

    Even though the security forces of this country confirmed that it is not possible to travel by road from Mattala to the Uma Oya site in such a short period of time, the Iranian president strongly rejected this ‘helicopter journey’.

    Due to this situation, the security forces of this country had to take the delegation including the Iranian President from Mattala to the Uma Oya site on road.

    Although several rehearsals were conducted in this regard, it was confirmed that it was not possible to take him to the Uma Oya site in less than an hour.

    But the assessment of the Iranian guards who came to this country to look into the security of the Iranian President was that it would be possible to travel from Mattala in 20 minutes.

    Even though our security forces know that it is not possible, they agree with the statement of the Iranian guards because a disagreement could have hindered the Iranian president’s visit to this country.

    After the arrival of the President of Iran at Mattala, the road will be completely closed to normal traffic, but the road will be closed to all pedestrians, with the expectation of taking the President to the event site at the target time.

    However, in the end, the President had spent an hour traveling from Mattala to the Uma Oya site.

    At the end of the ceremony, there was a plan to take him to the hotel in Colombo where he was staying by helicopter, but that too was rejected by the Iranian president.

    Therefore, the Iranian President, who came again via the Mattala highway, was brought to Colombo by using the plane he arrived from Mattala to Katunayake.

    The President was brought to the hotel where he was staying that night from Katunayake via the expressway. After completing his visit to the country, he was traveling back to Katunayake via the expressway.

    The Iranian President visited this country after a visit to Pakistan. He stayed in Pakistan for a few days but it was reported that he didn’t travel using the helicopters there either.

    However, during his recent trip abroad, including in this country, the Iranian president who has strictly refused helicopter travel, has met with an accident during a helicopter trip in the north-western region of Azerbaijan.

    9 people including the President of Iran and its Foreign Minister had joined this helicopter trip.

    Although they could not be found by other planes due to the bad weather with heavy fog, the Iranian media is currently reporting that this helicopter is in danger ‘to the extent that it is impossible to think that anyone has survived’.

    Analysts are of the opinion that this event will bring a bit of a shock to Iran as well as the world in view of the current political situation.

    Schools in Puttalam are closed Tomorrow: Ella – Wellawaya Road has also been closed


    It has been decided to close all schools in Puttalam district tomorrow (20).

    The Governor of the North Western Province has given the relevant instructions due to the prevailing heavy rainy weather.

    Meanwhile, the Ella – Wellawaya road has been closed again from 8 pm today (19) to 6 am tomorrow.

    This step has been taken in consideration of the risk of landslides that have resurfaced due to rains.

    Sajith proposed days to the debate – Anura’s Reply?


    The Samagi Jana Balawega has made a written notice naming several days for the proposed debate with the Jathika Jana Balawega (National People’s Power – NPP).

    Member of Parliament Nalin Bandara has sent the letter and it states that the debate between the economic committees should be held first.

    Accordingly, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st of May have been suggested for that and National People’s Power has been informed to choose a convenient date.

    It has also been proposed to choose a date between the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th of July for the debate between the leaders of the two parties, the opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and the member of Parliament Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

    Also, MP Nalin Bandara has mentioned in the relevant letter that he expects a prompt reply from the NPP regarding the debate dates.

    That letter is below.

    Landslide risk for 8 districts including Colombo


    The National Disaster Management Center has warned about landslides, large rockfalls and tree falls in 8 districts due to heavy rains and strong winds that have affected many parts of the island.

    This warning has been issued to be valid this afternoon as well as tomorrow (20) till 04.00 pm.

    Accordingly, the people in the named areas of the following districts have been warned that they should be more alert and should evacuate immediately if they see any danger signs.

    Colombo District
    Seethawaka Divisional Secretariat Division

    Gampaha District
    Attanagalla Divisional Secretariat Division

    Kalutara District
    Mathugama, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Agalawatta, and Walallawita Divisional Secretariat Divisions

    Badulla District
    Ella, Haldumulla, Haliela, Badulla, Haputale Divisional Secretariat Divisions

    Galle District
    Elpitiya Divisional Secretariat Division

    Kandy District
    Kandy Four Gravets, Gangawata Korale, Ganga Ihala Korale, Ududumbara, Udapalatha, Udunuwara, Yatinuwara and Pasbage Korale Divisional Secretariat Division

    Kegalle District
    Ruwanwella, Deraniyagala, Dehiowita, Mawanella, Kegalle, Galigamuwa, Warakapola, Yatiyanthota and Bulathkohupitiya Divisional Secretariat Divisions

    Ratnapura District
    Kiriella, Imbulpe, Ayagama, Eheliyagoda, Kalawana, Balangoda, Elapatha, Rathnapura and Kuruwita Divisional Secretariat Divisions.

    Attack on Iranian Ambassador in Colombo City Center premises


    A group of Kompanjaweediya Police officers arrested a person who attacked the Iranian Ambassador Mr. A. DELKHOSH at the Colombo City Center car park.

    When the ambassador went to the Colombo City Center in his official car yesterday and entered the car park, the driver of another car had an argument with him.

    The 33-year-old driver named Basnayake, a resident of Ward Place, Colombo 07, attacked the Iranian ambassador here. Then, when the driver got into the car and was about to flee, the ambassador put his hand on the bonnet of the vehicle and tried to stop the vehicle until the police officers arrived.

    At that time, the driver started the car and drove ahead. The police say that the ambassador was thrown and fell on the bonnet and the car was driven about 15 meters forward.

    At that time, the police officers arrived at the place and arrested the suspect.

    Global Spiritual Leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his 160 devotees fly SriLankan Airlines for their Sri Lanka visit


    SriLankan Airlines was privileged to be selected by the spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, accompanied by 160 of his devotees, for their recent visit to Sri Lanka. The Art of Living, one of the world’s largest volunteer-driven non-profit organizations, has been actively working in Sri Lanka to create a stress-free, violence-free, healthier and happier society.

    Gurudev and his devotees were welcomed at Bangalore International Airport onboard UL 172 by the airline’s Bangalore team on 18 May 2024. SriLankan ensured that their journey was comfortable and seamless, catering to their specific dietary preferences with all vegetarian meals while providing the highest care and attention throughout their travel. The entire trip is being managed by Art of Living’s in-house travel agency, Sumeru Travels.

    SriLankan Airlines is committed to connecting special groups from Karnataka with Sri Lanka and will continue to collaborate with Sumeru Travel to ensure seamless air services between the two countries.

    Gurudev’s visit symbolizes the cultural and spiritual ties between Sri Lanka and India, further strengthening the bond between the two nations. Gurudev will address a public meeting at an event titled ‘Ekamuthuva’ at Taj Samudra on 19 May 2024. As part of the visit, Gurudev will also grace the ‘Kumbabishekam’ event in Seetha Amman temple in Nuwara Eliya and bless the community.

    President ordered to resume ‘Suraksha’ again


    President Ranil Wickramasinghe has instructed to resume the temporarily suspended “Suraksha” student insurance.

    According to the President’s Office, all school students across the island will be able to receive benefits under this insurance from the first week of June.

    In relation to this, the Cabinet recently approved the Joint Cabinet Memorandum presented by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy and Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha.

    ‘Suraksha’ insurance benefit program was temporarily suspended due to the economic crisis.

    “Don’t forget country, race, religion, heroism” – Mahinda


    The fifth Executive President Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued an announcement today (19) paying his respects to all the war heroes and citizens who contributed to the victory, saying that if there are people who say to forget the country, nation, religion and heroism and look forward to the future, beware of them today.

    The announcement issued on the occasion of the 15th commemoration of Victory is as follows.

    “The 15th celebration of defeating the separatist terrorism that has plagued Sri Lanka for more than three decades is on May 19, 2024.

    The LTTE, which started very little in the seventies, had become the strongest terrorist organization in the world by the year 2008.

    You must remember that when the LTTE was defeated, which introduced suicide bombers and child soldiers to the world, they were strong with small suicide boats, light aircraft that attack at night, and even arms delivery ships.

    The LTTE, which killed thousands of political leaders and civilians, including two heads of state in Sri Lanka and India, rejected the peace path extended by me and started attacking, so we started the humanitarian operation to eradicate terrorism that day.

    That humanitarian operation was completed by the war heroes of Sri Lanka by completely occupying the entire territory in the north and east, which the terrorists had divided as an Elam, on May 18, 2009 and confirming the death of LTTE terrorist leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on the morning of May 19.”

    Today marks the 15th anniversary of the 30 year-war victory


    The 15th commemoration of the victory of ending the thirty-year war in this country will be held this afternoon (19) in front of the Battaramulla National War Heroes Memorial.

    The ceremony will be presided over by the Prime Minister and war heroes including the three armed forces commanders and the Inspector General of Police are going to participate.

    The relatives of the war heroes who died in the war are also going to join the occasion.

    Meanwhile, in conjunction with the 15th National War Heroes Day, 3146 sailors of the Navy and 114 officers of the Regular and Volunteer Brigade of the Army and 1395 other ranks have been promoted to their next rank with effect from today.

    These promotions have been given by the respective army commanders subject to the approval of the Commander-in-Chief, President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    Meanwhile, the police headquarters has announced that Parliament Road will be closed this afternoon on the occasion of the war heroes’ commemoration.

    Accordingly, from 3 pm today, the road from Polduwa Junction to Keynham Junction will be closed like this.

    The police have also requested the drivers to use alternative routes during that period.

    Ranil and Chandrika left to Indonesia


    President Ranil Wickramasinghe has left the island today (18).

    It was to participate in the high-level session of the 10th World Water Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

    The high-level session of the 10th World Water Summit under the theme “Water for Shared Prosperity” is scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia from today to May 20.

    It is said that President Ranil Wickramasinghe will address the conference on May 20 and deliver his special speech.

    The Presidential Media Division states that the President is joining the visit at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

    Meanwhile, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is also scheduled to leave for Indonesia today (18).

    It was to deliver the keynote speech at the World Water Summit.

    The conference will be held from tomorrow to the 21st.

    The former president is attending the conference at the invitation of the Government of Indonesia and the Council of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly.

    Plan to increase interest rates on senior citizen deposits


    Minister of State for Finance Mr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that the inquiry committee’s report on the increase of interest in all senior citizens’ accounts will be submitted to the President next week.

    The Minister of State has stated this when the committee appointed to prepare a report on raising the interest rate for senior citizen accounts met at the Ministry of Finance.

    The minister has stated that they will research the current economic situation to determine the appropriate amount from which the interest rate can be increased and will act accordingly.

    It is mentioned that there are about 11 lakh accounts owned by people over 60 years of age and the need to regularize them has also been emphasized here.

    In particular, the discussion here has focused on investigating individuals who maintain multiple bank accounts and deposit money from other parties into those accounts.

    More dansals this year – Inform the PHIs if the food is unfit for consumption


    The Ministry of Health requests the public to immediately inform the nearest Medical Officer of Health or the Public Health Inspector if the food served in the Dansals is unfit for consumption.

    The public health inspectors are constantly inspecting the dansals held during the coming Vesak season and the public health inspectors state that some dansals in the island are not maintained up to the required standard.

    The Association of Public Health Inspectors states that people are ready to organize more dansals this year compared to the last year.

    The 15th National War Heroes Celebration is tomorrow


    The 15th National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony will be held tomorrow (19) in front of the Battaramulla National War Heroes Memorial under the chairmanship of President Ranil Wickramasinghe to honor the war heroes who sacrificed their lives to protect the motherland from terrorism for thirty years.

    With the cooperation of the heads of the government including the Defense Secretary, the Commanders of the Armed Forces, the Inspector General of Police and other war heroes and the parents of the war heroes who died in the war, retired officers of the Armed Forces are going to participate in this celebration.

    It is planned to implement a program to encourage the war heroes who are disabled and sacrificed their lives in the war as well as their family members and to improve the war heroes who are currently serving.

    Meanwhile, 3,146 navy sailors have been promoted to the next rank in conjunction with the 15th War Heroes Commemoration Day.

    In a statement, the Navy says that 3,146 senior and junior sailors of the Navy have been promoted by the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, with the approval of the President, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

    A Sri Lankan actress in Forbes magazine’s ‘Asia’s 30 under 30 – 2024’


    Dinara Punchihewa, a Sri Lankan-born actress and film producer, has been included in the list of ‘Asia’s 30 under 30’ – 2024 published by Forbes magazine this year.

    Among the 300 people recognized as young leaders across various fields, she has been included in the entertainment and sports section of its ninth annual list published by Forbes magazine.

    Dinara also rose to fame in Bollywood in 2018 with her short film ‘Mala’ which was screened at international film festivals.

    Since then, she has appeared in four additional films. She demonstrated her acting skills in films like ‘Gaadi’ and ‘Podhu’.

    A graduate of the Queen Mary University of London, Dinara founded ‘Punchi Actors’, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing theater and acting to children from low-income families.

    High risk: Ella-Wellawaya road will be closed intermittently


    These days the road has been closed again as the landslides in the Maliththagolla area of Karadagolla, Ella are becoming more active with the heavy rains.

    Regarding the current situation, Badulla District Secretary Mr. Panduka Sri Prabhath Abeywardena said today (17) that even now there is a flood of mud and dirt flowing along the Ella-Wellawaya Road, which has created a serious danger to the Ella-Wellawaya Road.

    Along with this danger, along with the rains, large boulders, trees, and mounds of earth have started collapsing in places on the Ella-Wellawaya road.

    He also said that due to the severe danger of the road, the road which reopened this morning (17), will have to be temporarily closed from time to time in cases of heavy rain.

    Accordingly, the Ella police have informed the drivers to use the Wellawaya-Koslanda-Beragala-Haputale-Bandarawela road instead of the Ella-Wellawaya road in cases where the road is closed.

    Also, according to the rainfall situation, the Ella-Wellawaya main road will be closed at any time, the district secretary further said.

    Another former army commander joins Sajith


    Former Army Commander Retired General Mahesh Senanayake (RWP, RSP, VSV, USP) joined Samagi Jana Balawega.

    After joining the Samagi Jana Balawega, he was appointed as the head of the Samagi Ranaviru Balawega.

    General Mahesh Senanayake received his primary education from Ananda College, Colombo and obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Army Command and Staff College and another degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    On October 16, 1981, Mr. Mahesh Senanayake joined the Sri Lanka Army through the 16th Cadet Officer Recruitment Long Course. After completing his training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps and joined the 1st Engineer Regiment on 23 June 1983. In 1989, he transferred to the Special Forces Regiment where he served as the Force Commander of the 1st Regimental Special Forces and later commanded the 3rd Regimental Special Forces.

    A senior officer and military engineer in the Sri Lanka Army, he has also served as a colonel in the Special Forces Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. A veteran of all four major phases of the three-decade civil war, he is an experienced military officer who has served in both its northern and eastern provinces.

    General Mahesh Senanayake was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff on 22nd March 2017, and then on 4th July 2017 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army by the order of President Maithripala Sirisena. On 21 August 2019, he retired from the Army after being promoted to the rank of General.