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* Sri Lankan President asks public not to be misled by international conspiracies against the country
Mon, Feb 10, 2014, 11:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 10, Galle: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that international conspiracies against the government and the country are being formed in Geneva to build negative views among the people in the country and urged the public not to allow themselves to be misled by those conspiracies.

Addressing a public event to commence reconstruction of the Elpitiya Pitigala road in Galle Monday, the President said the government will discharge the duties and responsibilities on behalf of the country and the people diligently in future, just as they were fulfilled in the past and present.

He noted that people of all communities reap benefits from the government's development programs, even the opposition who strives to criticize the government constantly.

The President noted that the motive of the conspiracies by those groups appearing on behalf of terrorism is to retard the development of the country and pointed out the need for all to come together to defeat them.

He declared open several development projects in Galle, Hiniduma and Baddegama electorates today.

President Rajapaksa commenced the reconstruction of the Pitigala Elpitiya Road today. The project at a cost of Rs. 1.484 billion rupees will be completed by next year.

He also declared open the Pitigala Pelawatte main road, which was reconstructed at a cost of Rs. 1.08 billion rupees, for general public today.

President Rajapaksa this evening also commissioned the Panangala - Hiniduma Gangarama Bridge which was a request of residents of Hiniduma for a long time.

The 52 meter long bridge was constructed over the Gin River at a cost of Rs. 130 million in response to a request made at the Galle District Development Committee meeting in 2012.

The President also said that the Deyata Kirula National Exhibition aimed at developing the rural areas of the country will be held in the Southern Province next year.

Ministers Piyasena Gamage, Nirmala Kotelawala, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Gunaratna Weerakoon, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody, deputy minister Nishantha Mutuhettigama and parliamentarians Manusha Nanayakkara and Ramesh Pathirana were among the participants.

(Photos by Chandana Perera and Nishanka de Silva)

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