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The president expresses his regret as some elements attempt to gain political mileage by trade union actions over SAITM issue.

President Maithripala Sirisena says he is really regretting that some groups are engaging in trade union actions to gain political mileage at a time the government has taken many policy decisions to solve the issues relating to SAITM university. Addressing a ceremony held in Anuradhapura Yesterday (05) the president requests the university students to continue their studies without becoming cat's paw to some opportunistic political groups.

The president assured that he will not leave room for any injustice to any student. The government has given solutions for many SAITM related issues. The SAITM students should compulsorily have clinical training and they have to sit for the qualifying exam conducted by the Sri Lanka Medical council and the UGC. The relevant private hospital has been acquired by the government It is now controlled under a collective administrative board. The president pointed out that these politically motivated trade union actions will harassed innocent people.

The rich people can have treatment from private hospitals. But the general public are the suffering lots due to all these moves. The relevant trade unions should have talks with the government. The entire world is now getting ready to celebrate international Wesak day in Sri Lanka next week. It is very much pathetic for some doctors to disrupt the life of the people by politically motivated strike. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modhi also comes to Sri Lanka for this event.

However some elements have requested the public to raise black flags to show protest to India. But Sri Lanka and India are maintaining a strong friendship since the time Buddhism was brought to the island in the past. The president stressed that he will not sign any detrimental agreement with any country. The president also unveiled the newly constructed Buddha statue at the north central provincial council premises and offered the first floral tribute to the statue. Maha Sangha led by chief incumbent of Ruwanweliseya Venerable Pallegama Hemarathana Nayaka thera were present at this ceremony.

The president also declared open the new administrative building at the Thamankaduwa divisional secretariat in Polonnaruwa.