In a release the Presidential Secretariat says that the reference to the “President’s absence at this event in the news item which stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday kept away from the International Indian Film Academy awards night at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium along with almost all of Sri Lanka’s cinema personalities” is without any basis of truth as the President was not scheduled to be present at this event. It further said that there is also an attempt to seek credibility for this incorrect news item by stating that “no formal reason was given for the President’s non appearance despite his security detail being present at the venue last night”. It stated that the security detail present at the venue was that provided for the First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa.
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