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President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Percy Mahendra Mahinda Rajapaksa (born 18 November 1945) is the 6th President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

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The 66th Independence Day celebrations will be held under the theme ‘Get together to win the world’” will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in Kegalle in close proximity to Nidahas Mawatha in Kegalle. Three thousand invitees including Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MPs, Diplo...
Colombo, 28 January, (Asiantribune.com): Phillippe Le Houerou, World Bank Vice President for the South Asian Region, who is on a visit to the island commended Sri Lanka for its economic and other achievements when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning (27). read more
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left the country this afternoon on a one-day visit to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he will attend an awards ceremony and hold bilateral meetings
Central Bank meeting on Jan.17 to discuss bank/finance company mergers Sri Lanka’s Central Bank is urging banking and finance organizations involved in structuring or merging not to retrench staff in this process. “The Central Bank (CB) requests all institutions involved in the process to ensure that there will not be any retrenchment of staff in banks and non-bank financial institutions as a result of this consolidation process, and to align their immediate future business plans, recruitment and capital expenditure, to be in line with the new developments that are to take place over the next few months,” a CB statement said on Monday. On Friday, the National Development Bank and DFCC said jointly that discussions were underway over consolidation of both institutions. The Budget 2014 presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as finance minister, said both these development banks would be merged to form one strong entity. It was also announced that smaller banks and finance companies would either be ...
David Cameron has been urged to investigate why the Tory Party took over £420,000 from the telecoms group Lycamobile, which has close links to Sri Lanka's controversial President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop told the Huffington Post UK: "The Prime Minister knows his party has received...
GROSS IRREGULARITIES AT THE WESTERN PROVINCE AESTHETIC RESORT PREMISES- NEGLECTED, DILAPIDATED AND A BREEDING GROUND FOR MOSQUITOES. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE ?? MAINTENANCE -NIL. The Western Province Aesthetic Resort at Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha is a venue used for events and for many cultural shows. These premises are rented for events. However, the fact is the Management expects the people renting it to clean the place and to fix electric bulbs. Dance classes are held regularly but the main open hall is stacked with wood for more than 2 years-each day the rubbish increasing. Th Chairmam has his own agenda, the Minister probably is hand in glove with the Chairman and both dont seem to be concerned about the Government policies and are acting against the interests of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government by taking undue advantage and by neglecting these premises, laying down rules and regulations to their own whims and fancies. Several organizations rented these premises for events and have complai . ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended an invitation to the newly-elected President of Maldives Yameen Abdul Gayoom, to visit Sri Lanka
SL ready to work with Kenya-MR: . President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pledged his government's commitment to work ...
More time to report disappearances: The Commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate com...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady were guests at Kenya's 50th Independence Day celebrations held last morning
The 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM; /ˈtʃɒɡ(ə)m/) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013.[2] Commonwealth leaders agreed on Sri Lanka as the 2013 host for the meeting when they met in Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009. Sri Lanka, which was originally slated to host the summit in 2011, was accused of committing atrocities during the Sri Lankan civil war and the summit was instead held in Perth, Australia; Colombo was given the 2013 summit instead.[3][4]The leaders of Canada, Mauritius, and India boycotted the summit, citing alleged human rights violations by Sri Lanka against its Tamil minority. Protests were also banned during the summit.[5] President Mahinda Rajapaksa summarised the summit's events as: "Issues covered in the communique include development, political values, global threats, challenges and Commonwealth cooperation."[6] This was the first time in 40 years that theHead of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, was not present at the CHOG ...
The Sri Lankan government on Monday said it would not succumb to any outside pressure to address alleged human rights issues. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris told Parliament that the international community must be fair in its assessment of the situation in Sri Lanka instead of being directed by pressure coming from within their own countries for their own survival. He praised a clarification made by the Chinese government on media reports that China had urged Sri Lanka to address human rights issues. The Minister said that China had made it clear that the Sri Lankan Government and the people have the wisdom and capacity to deal appropriately with their internal affairs. G.L Peiris said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made it clear that the government will not succumb to outside pressure or meet deadlines set by other countries to address local issues. He said that the direction the country needs to go can and will be decided by Sri Lanka and no other country. The minister said the government is ...
News updates : Indian Navy Chief praises Lankan Navy efforts in Anti-Piracy roles: SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK ( INN ) Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy Admiral D K Joshi stated that the Sri Lanka Navy is providing immense support in combating piracy in the Indian Ocean. This was during a discussion he held with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidents office yesterday. Chief of Staff of...
The Indian Navy has offered to train Sri Lankan Navy officers, said a statement issued by the office of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday. The announcement followed a meeting between ...
David Cameron makes a statement on Sri Lanka in the Commons, having last week insisted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa hold an independent inquiry into allegations of war crimes in the country.
COLOMBO ROUND OF COMMONWEALTH SUMMIT. The 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)-2013 was formally inaugurated by Prince of Wales, Prince Charles on November 15, 2013, at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo. The Colombo round of the CHOGM was attended by all heads of the states or governments except India, Canada and Mauritius. Queen Elizabeth-II could not attend the meeting, owing to her poor health, thus represented by Prince Charles. The most unflustered and alluring conduct of the Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka; a South Asian country was criticized by just few countries including a South Asian country and the incumbent Premier of former Colonial power. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who assumed the office of the Commonwealth Chairman-in-Office for next two years, rejected the criticism and questioned those tried to lecture him on the issue of human rights, during the prolonged insurgency, hardly could brought under control in 2009. With the overarching theme of “Growt ...
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Prime Minister David Cameron who was in Sri Lanka for a Commonwealth summit, told the media on Saturday that if Sri Lanka does not address the international concerns over its human rights record, the UK will push for a UN-led investigation into alleged war crimes and rights abuses during and after a 27-year civil war. Mr Cameron said that he had "frank" discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa after skipping the first day of the summit to travel to Sri Lanka's war-torn north on Friday. "Not everything I said was accepted, but I sense that they do want to make progress on these issues," Mr Cameron said. "If that investigation is not completed by March then I will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the UN Human Rights Commissioner and call for a full credible independent international enquiry," he added.
Sri Lanka seeks time to heal: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appealed for patience with efforts t...
Cant dictate time limit for reconciliation process President: Rejecting demands for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes during the final stages of the war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa today stated that the process to achieve reconciliation and address other issues in Sri Lanka has already commenced and that it is unfair dictate a time limit for it. MORE..
President Mahinda Rajapaksa tells Jonathan Miller that Sri Lanka "needs time" to investigate allegations of war crimes. "Don't listen to one side of the story to decide," he says.
Evening Briefing: David Cameron and Sri Lanka's Tamils By James Kirkup Daily Telegraph DIASPORA POLITICS David Cameron visited northern Sri Lanka as part of a visit to the controversial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in that country. The Prime Minister met brave journalists who keep printing their paper despite violence and state intimidation. He was also mobbed by Tamils highlighting the disappearance of their relatives. One local politician went so far as to describe Mr Cameron as a "living god". On his return to Colombo, Mr Cameron’s northern adventure appears to have earned him a robust (i.e. shouty) meeting with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government stands accused of widespread human rights abuses against Tamils. Despite the turbulence, Downing Street will be pleased with the way today’s events are being reported. Some wanted the PM to boycott CHOGM, but he went anyway, risking allegations that he was being too soft on the Rajapaskas. Instead, he comes across as a ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today announced that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Me...
India, where Tail wags the Dog. WB CM Dictates B'desh Policy & DMK Dictates Lanka Policy. Where is National Interest?! Gotebaya Rajapaksa is in charge of both the military as well as urban development. During the 2008-09 final battle against the LTTE, it was he (as Secretary Defense) who orchestrated the campaign against Velupillai Prabhakaran, a devout Christian who headed the Tamil Tigers. Although then army chief Sarath Fonseka attempted to grab the credit for the victory of the Sri Lankan Army against LTTE, the fact remains that until political & administrative cover was provided to the military by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, Secretary Defense Gotebaya Rajapaksa,the Sri Lankan Army could not succeed in overcoming the Tamil Tigers. It was the efficient and determined prosecution of hostilities by the political leadership that made the difference, not Sarath Fonseka, who suffered from fear that he would be held to account for human rights violations by the troops under his command and b ...
TULF Anandasangaree again in the type writter... Anandasangaree Wants President Rajapaksa to Release all Political Prisoners to Honour Leaders of Commonwealth in Colombo Tamil United Liberation Front Secretary -general and veteran Sri Lankan Tamil leader Veerasingham Anandasangaree has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 6th 2013 requesting the release of all political prisoners during the CHOGM summit in Colombo. The full text of the letter is as follows- His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, Temple trees, Colombo – 03. Your Excellency. CHOGM Conference – A blessing in disguise I take the liberty once again to bring to your notice that another “Golden Opportunity” is coming on your way to bring back Peace and tranquility to an Ailing Nation that has suffered immensely for a period of over 57 years, 26 years due to the war and a similar period before the war. In short from the time Sri Lanka gained its Independence in 1948, except for the first 8 years the rest o ...
67 Lt. Colonels promoted: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has approved the promotion of 67 Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of Colonel with effect from November 01 this year
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said as a founder member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the oldest democracy in Asia, Sri Lanka is truly honoured to host the 22nd Summit of the Commonwealth Heads of Government.
The theme “Inclusive Development – Stronger Together” is very appropriate as it signifies that united, we could achieve any goal, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.    He was addressing the inaugural session of the 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum today (Nov. 10) at the Magampura Ruhunu International Convention Centre in Hambantota.   "During Sri Lanka’s tenure of guiding the Commonwealth for the next two years, we will indeed make best efforts to provide constructive and meaningful opportunities to the Commonwealth Youth Delegates to interact with their Sri Lankan counterparts in realizing the objectives of the Commonwealth principles.   This we do, in the noble hope that future success of the Commonwealth rests with the continued commitment and contributions of these young people", the President said.   In regard to education and creating quality youth employment, a landmark policy was initiated in 2010, merging the subjects of youth development and vocational training, under the purview of the ...
LLRC Chairman Passes Away: Chitta Ranjan De Silva, fondly known as ‘Bulla’ in the legal fraternity, who chaired the Government’s Reconciliation Commission passed away following an illness this morning. C.R. De Silva served as Solicitor General and then Attorney General of Sri Lanka. He was appointed to chair the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in [...]
Sri Lanka having become self sufficient in rice and maize production due to the visionary agricultural programmes being implemented by the government is in the move now to become self sufficient in eggs by next year. This has become possible due to the the Divi Neguma National Programme launched by the Ministry of Economic Development under a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Ministry of Economic Development said that steps have been taken to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in chicken eggs by 2014 and the government will take steps to stop chicken egg imports by the end of next year. The Ministry said that under Divi Neguma each poultry farmer is given 10 one-month-old chickens. By now 1.1 million chickens have been distributed among farmers. Following the commencement of Divi Neguma Phase Five on October 11, steps have been taken to distribute 600,000 more chickens among Divi Neguma beneficiaries at a cost of R. 300 million. The programme has more successful in the Nuwara Eliya and Kurunegala Di ...
Lankan Tamils and Tamil Eelam – Thamizhchelvan Srilankan Catholic priests support LTTE leader Prabhakaran for Tamil Eelam. Freelance journalist at work.“After suffering for more than three decades and losing everything, Sri Lankan Tamils have developed hatred for war and the separate Eelam demand, and yearn for a peaceful life in their own land. They desire only a political solution without affecting the sovereignty of a united Sri Lanka. Any sensible government would ensure this and take the war-torn country on the path of progress. Rajapaksa’s government has miserably failed, but the responsibility must be shared by the Indian government and the State of Tamil Nadu.” - Thamizhchelvan Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspects troops from an army vehicle during a war victory ceremony in Colombo.It is more than four years since the LTTE was crushed, and it is sad and unfortunate that the Sri Lankan Tamils are yet to see a lasting solution to their continuing problems. President Rajapakse has ...
Chairman of the Tea Exporters’ Association (TEA) of Sri Lanka, Rohan Fernando presented their proposals to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to support the Government’s efforts to increase exports toward the goal of US$ 20 billion by 2020 with a tea contribution of US$ 3 to 5 billion by that time. He also tabled the current status of the tea export industry in Sri Lanka at the 14th Annual General Meeting of the TEA which was held at the Hilton Hotel, Colombo on 15 October. The theme of the AGM was “Sri Lanka: The Tea Nation”. President Mahinda Rajapaksa graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe as the Guest of Honour. The Minister said that the country’s tea export revenue needs to reach US $ 5 billion mark by 2020 to become the top global exporter in the world. Therefore, Sri Lanka Tea Board drawn strategic plans to promote the tea market aggressively in order to regain lost markets and attract new markets. Minister Samarasinghe also said that v ...
One week- Two oath ceremonies for lucky Vigneswaran By Janaka Alahapperuma Oct 17, 2013 Newly elected Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V.Vigneshwaran was sworn in once again for more ministerial portfolios of the provincial council this morning (17 Oct) at the Presidential Secretariat. The Chief Minister took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is the first time in history that a Chief Minister took oaths twice in a week. Earlier Wigneswaran was sworn in as the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister on the 11th of October. North Province Finance and Planning, Law and Peace, Land and Road Development, Electricity, Housing and Development , Water supply , Co-operative Development, Social Services and Rehabilitation, Women Affairs, Industries and Enterprise Development, Tourist, District Management and Provincial Councils, Management, Food Supply and Distribution were all assigned to Chief Minister Vigneswaran who is very lucky to have all important portfolios under his belt. In the m ...
13A bogey takes a beating in the South: By all indications, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has all of a sudden g...
Completed seven years as the Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Observer. In 2006, President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
State Reform In Sri Lanka: Issues, Directions And Perspectives Reviewed by Sumanasiri Liyanage With the recently concluded Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Election, the issue of state reform is back on the agenda as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that stands explicitly for federal system of governance was able to win the majority seats in the NPC. Mr Wigneswaran of the TNA was sworn in before the President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Minister of the NPC. It is certain that the NPC will ask for the full powers of the Provincial List of the 13th Amendment to the Second Republican Constitution the full implementation of which has consciously and purposely been thwarted by the central government since its enactment in 1987. The question as to how the post-colonial Sri Lankan state should be restructured in order to accommodate the demands and aspirations of the numerically small nations in the island has once again been posed and it has to be resolved not at the deliberations of the Parliamentary Sel ...
Members of Chinese Peace and Disarmament Group Call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa: The Vice President of the ...
The 45th Annual Esala pageant and Cultural Festival of the historic Sittamgallena Raja Maha Viharaya at Walasmulla in the Hambanthota District will be held from October 26 to November 1. The Randoli Perahera will be held on October 30 commencing from 9 p.m. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Uva Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are due to witness the Perahera.
Public viewing of Colombo - Katunayake Expressway on October 22, 23 & 24, Grand Opening on 27 To celebrate the opening of the country's second expressway, sporting events, such as, cricket, volleyball, cycling, elephant races and a marathon for people residing around the expressway, are organised. As a special event, a motorcycle stunt rider will ride a motorcycle for 25 kilometres along the expressway. Special art competitions to children will be conducted at most of the interchanges with valuable prizes on offer. A fireworks display will also take place at the end of each day. Religious observations led by all religious leaders will take place in the evening on October 25. The expressway will be declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct. 27 I hope to have a drive through the expressway on October 28th dawn - early hours.
The record for the most cabinet ministers in one country is 52, all of whom were appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka on 17 November 2005. Records change on a daily basis and are not immediately published online. For the most up to date record information, we welcome your questions…
Letter sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (16/10/13) on the issue of long-held Tamil prisoners MANO GANESAN Leader of Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Convener of Civil Monitoring Commission (CivilMC) President of Democratic Workers Congress (DWC) President of Plantation Trade Union Federation (PTUF) Co-Leader of Movement for Unity with Power Sharing (MUPS) HE Mahinda Rajapaksa President Your Excellency, Subject: Tamil detainees and prisoners There are near one thousand men and women prisoners held in various remand prisons and detention centers for involving themselves in crimes connected to abetting and/or taking part in armed activities against the state. Their periods of captivity vary from five to fifteen years. There are priests and sick amidst them. There are women who have given birth to children inside the prison. We expected issues of these prisoners would come to an end immediately after the end of war. But it did not happen. In the near past, number of prisoners died due to violence oc ...
Pallai to be connected to Northern rail network soon The re-constructed railway line from Omanthai to Kilinochchi was commissioned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently. The reconstructed track was the first segment of the Omanthai - Kankesanthurai line. The second segment of 30 km, from Kilinochchi to Pallai, is now being readied to be added to the railway network of the island.
TNA détente with MR; but cracks erupt within. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a thoughtful gift for C.V.
The fifth phase of the domestic agriculture program - Divi Neguma commenced at the auspicious time of 10.11 am on Friday (11).   President Mahinda Rajapaksa planted a tree sapling at Temple Trees inaugurating the programme which will cover 14,008 Grama Seva areas in 324 Secretarial Divisions, targeting the Maha Season. The theme of the programme is "a prosperous home and a resplendent motherland".   The first stage of the Divi Neguma project commenced in 2011. Presently it is being extensively implemented in the plantation, rural and urban sectors.   The Divi Neguma programme  is being implemented under the three divisions of agriculture, livestock resources, fisheries and domestic industries. 18 ministries are directly contributing to the success of the project.                       www.english.lakdana.lk        
Cabinet lead by President Mahinda Rajapaksa reordered as world largest cabinet in the gunnies record book.
October 10, 2013 Sri Lanka Chief Cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya was among nine new Deputy Ministers who took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa today.
Nine new Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat-PMD-Daily Mirror Thawa deepan.. Api gewannam.. Anduwata chande dun pragathsheeli, deshapremeenta jaya wewa !
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Parliament is the best forum to address the issue of implementation of the 13th Amendment, adding that Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) members should engage in dialogue and come up with a solution that is in line with ‘what the people want’.
RUPEE VS DOLLAR A journalist, who was fed up with the Sri Lankan Economy, decided to ask views of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on sports instead of Sri Lankan economy. He asked “Dear Mr. President, which game do you like”. President replied “Cricket when played in Sri Lanka”. Journalist further asked, which part of Cricket do you like, I mean batting or bowling ? Our great economist President replied “No, No, I LIKE THE TOSS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MATCH ". Journalist was amused and asked “Why, only toss Sir”. President smiled and said " BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY TIME WHEN I SEE OUR RUPEE GOING UP" (rcvd frm email)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the newly built Primary Medical Care Unit of the Panadura Base Hospital on 09th October 2013.
UN human rights chief calls on President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Toronto Star: Harper wise to shun Commonwealth hug-a-thon, Rosie DiManno says Commonwealth heads of government have moved from silence to tacit endorsement of Sri Lanka’s oppressive regime, making their November meeting in Colombo a PR coup for its president. Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry as they arrive to the Family Photo and Gala Dinner during the APEC summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. By: Rosie DiManno Columnist, Published on Mon Oct 07 2013 Newspapers in Sri Lanka, most of which are controlled by the ruling regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, have been for months breathlessly reporting on preparations for the Commonwealth heads of state meeting. While in the country recently, I read daily front page dispatches about the number of buses that will be required, the fleet of VIP vehicles, the security arrangements, the “forging of new friendships”, the goodwill opportunities, the boastful economic news that will be ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly returned thi...
Address by H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York on September 24, 2013. Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, I offer my condolences to the families whose loved ones died as a result of a terrorist attack in a shopping mall in Kenya. Having suffered from many terrrorist attacks, for nearly three decades, we Sri Lankans condemn this cowardly act. Mr. President, The UN has consistently ensured cooperation between States, and provided a universal platform for discussions on a range of issues, contentious or otherwise. It is imperative that we jealously protect and abide by, the principle of equal treatment of countries, which has been the very basis of this global organization. Be it economic or political issues, equality must form the bedrock of all international interaction. Reflecting on the work of the UN, matters of a political nature have over-ridden the most basic issues, which affect the under-privileged and m ...
World needs no policing-President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, adressing the UN ... - Lankaweb
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Belarus on Sunday for a three-day official visit
N. Ram interviews Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka is now one country, my aim is to see whole nation gets all benefits: President Rajapaksa During his first term, Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, underestimated by his political opponents and the outside world, achieved overwhelming political dominance after his politico-military strategy eliminated the LTTE as a military force and he went on to score two big electoral victories. As he embarks on a second presidential term, which began on November 19, he reflects on the tasks and challenges ahead in an interview given to N. Ram at Temple Trees in Colombo. Mr. President, you made a huge score in the first innings. As you begin your second innings, there are heightened expectations from many constituencies within Sri Lanka and outside. How do you react to these? As for what I achieved in the first term, I have brought peace to this country. Eliminated terrorism and brought peace. Now my aim is to develop the country. After that, the ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa stopped to speak with some Sri Lankan families residing in Seychelles at the airport. (Photo by: Sudath Silva)
ice President of Tanzania, Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal accompanied President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the airport as he concluded his state visit to Tanzania.
News | President arrives in Seychelles - The President who concluded his official visit to Tanzania has started his two day tour in Seychelles. Bilateral discussions have been held between the Sri Lankan President and his counterpart in Seychelles. A special cultural show was held at the Tanzania airport to bid farewell to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who [...]
by Zacki Jabbar The on-going campaign to abolish the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was led by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday. Addressing a press conference in Colombo, Samaraweera said that he did not think President Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted to…
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka visit to Dar es Salaam.
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These are days of ‘ethics’ or rather days where ethics are questioned and recommended. President Mahinda Rajapaksa observed that there are those who come up with guidelines for ethical behavior in professional matters and that they themselves can violate these edicts with impunity. He pointed out that politicians can and do infringe but at the risk of punishment. READ MORE:
President Mahinda Rajapaksa landed in Seychelles a short while ago for a 2-day state visit.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Observer Dinesh Weerawansa, Chief Editor of...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is now on a state visit to Tanzania held bilateral discussions with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Mrisho
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa left this morning on a five-day state visit to Tanzania and Seychelles
A Tanzanian child presents President Mahinda Rajapaksa with flowers on his arrival in Tanzania.
MoU for Malik Abdulla University College signed in Kattankudy (M. A. Kaleel, Kalmunai Corr.) A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of Malik Abdulla University College in the Batticaloa district, was signed yesterday in Kattankudy, between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and the sponsor of the University College, Sheik Yahyan Abdul Azeez Al-Rashid of Saudi Arabia. The proposed university college will be established as part of the Mahinda Chintanaya at a cost of Rs. 1,500 million. Under Mahinda Chintanaya 25 University Colleges are to be established and of them five will be private colleges. Following a request by Deputy Minister M. L. A. M. Hisbullah, Yahyan came forward to fund the university college for Sri Lanka Hira Foundation. The college is expected to be inaugurated on August 25 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and it will cater to the higher education needs of all three communities.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Jagath Chamila who won the Best Actor Award at the New York City International Film Festival when he met the President at Temple Trees yesterday.
Japan’s ITOCHU Corporation will help further strengthen Japan-Sri Lanka trade ties under which investments are to be for expanding the island’s banana and tuna fishing industries and greater export opportunities will be provided for products. Kouhei Watanebe, Chairman , the Japan - Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Councial and advisor to ITOCHU corporation said this when he and the corporation’s representatives met Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the ministry office on Tuesday June 25. Chairman Watanebe added that ITOCHU was also focusing on developing Sri Lanka's infrastructure, transport sector and environment-friendly coal power plants. According to him President Mahinda Rajapaksa too had discussed these during his last visit to Japan. Minister Basil Rajapaksa said there was a very good market for banana, pineapple, rambutan and other fruits grown in Sri Lanka where the cultivation was being expanded with government assistance. He also said that areas like Batticaloa and Kalpiti . ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for a four day visit to Tanzania.-Reporter-News Alert
Sinhala Ravaya organisation handed over a petition against cattle slaughter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday at the Temple Trees
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Tanzania & Sea-Shells on an official for day tour a short while ago
Hon. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to ban cattle slaughter within two months. Sri Lanka soon to be animal slaughter free!. -BBS
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka is coming to Seychelles on state visit from 29th June to the 1st July
President Mahinda Rajapaksa placed the Sacred Relics of the Buddha in the Sanda Hiru Seya Stupa being built in Anuradhapura, dedicated to War Heroes. This event took place on June 23rd.
In the commendable 2012 budget proposals by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, provisions have been made to upgrade facilities of exporters to increase the quality of fish exported from Sri Lanka. “This is another stepping stone, towards our US$ 20 billion export target, by 2020. The value of ornamental fish exports in 2012 stood at US$ 7.52 million. The major export markets, for our aquarium fish are; Japan, USA, UK, Germany and France.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa confirms his country's intention to create Solidarity Fund for UNITAID
A delegation of Buddhist priests presented a Buddha statue from Korea to H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the...
DELAYED 19TH AMENDMENT HIGHLIGHTS ROOT CAUSE OF ETHNIC MINORITY PROBLEM --Jehan Perera There has been an unexplained delay in the government’s plan to present a 19th Amendment to the constitution as an urgent bill to Parliament. As a result there is speculation that the government might have postponed its presentation, at least for the time being. There had been opposition from both ethnic minority political parties and the government’s own left wing parties to the passage of the 19th Amendment which seeks to weaken the 13th Amendment. It is possible that internal dissension is the cause of the delay. However, President Mahinda Rajapaksa also declared he knew how to obtain a two-thirds majority in Parliament. He repeated this assertion at the Government Parliamentary Group last Monday at the Presidential Secretariat. He also added that if needed he would also be able to get some votes from the main opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians. Therefore it is more likely than not that ex .. ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the Sri Lankan media to refrain from giving publicity to the anti-Muslim activities of Extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations. The President made this request when he met the editors of Sri Lankan newspapers and heads of TV and Radio stations for breakfast at “Temple Trees” on Friday June 21st 2013. President Mahinda Rajapaksa with editors of government and private media institutions-June 21, 2013~pic- news.lk President Rajapaksa’s request was made when he was mingling with media heads and editors in an informal manner after the formal breakfast meeting was concluded. The President disclosed that a suspect allegedly responsible for setting fire to a Beef stall owned by a Muslim in the Southern town of Tangalle had been arrested,produced in court and remanded. The arson incident occurred on June 18th during the course of a protest march from Kataragama/ Kathirkaamam to Colombo conducted by the “Sinhala Ravaya”(sound or roar of Sinhala)against slaughter of c ...
The truth is, every time these LTTE puppets do something against Sri Lanka, people in Sri Lanka forgets everything & gets even more closer to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The government is being unduly coy about the decision to permit at least one big international casino operator to open shop here. On Friday, we heard President Mahinda Rajapaksa declare that no new casino licences would be issued and that existing casinos would be moved to specified zones where vari...
Koheda Yanne? Malle Pol! President replies me; but does not provide an answers! I never spoke about a new license. I gave 3 conditions (1) a casino regulator (2) minimum 40 percent tax on gross gaming revenue and (3) stakeholder agreement for establishing mega casinos in the city including religious and civil society leaders. "No new casino licenses" President Rajapaksa; Ceylon Today 22 June, 2013 While insisting new licences will not be given to open casinos in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told media heads at Temple Trees yesterday, international casino king, James Packer, will have to abandon his hotel project like any other hotelier, if his proposed super luxury hotel complex happens to operate unlicensed casinos. “He will come and will start a hotel and that’s about it. When I say not a single casino licence will be issued under my regime, it is final. However, if a person who already has a casino licence joins him, it is beyond my control,” President Rajapaksa said.
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent condolences for I have a strong feeling that he is genuinely sadder than MMS.
India National Security. Advisor Shivshankar Menon will be here on July 7th tfor talks with President. Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding 13A.
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said nobody had imposed restrictions on Vesak pandals and dansalas and he would...
An Indian delegation headed by the deputy leader of the Opposition of the Rajya Sabha Indian Upper House, Ravi Shankar Prasad, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday afternoon. During the conversation, Prasad told the President that Sri Lanka’s unity and integrity were not n...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka arrives in Uganda on Saturday to participate in the Commonwealth Local Government conference.
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Pakistan's new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi presented his credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in
All colleges over here has been closed in protest to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's cruel act on killing all the Tamil ppl!!
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Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the country's second International Airport today -
President Mahinda Rajapaksa declares 18th March as the Civil Aviation Day of Sri Lanka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa declares March 18 as Civil Aviation Day at the Mattala Intl Airport opening
The Second International Airport in Sri Lanka was declared open by HE. Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka a short while ago
A SriLankan flight with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a foreign delegation on board touches the runway of Mattala Rajapaksa Intl Airport
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport on a special SriLankan airlines flight a short while ago.
2nd Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Start, will be opened today by president Mahinda Rajapakse @ 9.00 AM
Mattala Rajapaksa International airport, Sri Lanka's 2nd Int airport will be opened today at 10.00 am by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa completed his official visit to Japan and returned to SriLanka earlier this morning- Presidents Office
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa & the First Lady arrived at the Imperial Palace for an audience with the Emperor and Empress a short while ago
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Japan Tuesday morning on a four-day official visit
Halal Certification to be Suspended Locally by Govt as Demanded by the Bodhu Bala Sena By : D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan Government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has caved into the chief demand made by the Ethno-religious Fascist Organization Bodhu Bala Sena. The Govt is likely to announce very soon that the current scheme where the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) issues “Halal” certificates to meat products and other selected consumer items will be suspended until an alternative mechanism is found to handle the issue. This decision already taken by the upper echelons of the Rajapaksa regime will be publicised officially after the Parliamentary committee headed by Senior minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake meets on Tuesday March 12th.and formalises the new arrangements. The Govt has already informed the ACJU of its intention and is awaiting a positive response from the organization which is to meet on Monday March 11th 2013 to discuss the issue.Govt circles are confident that the ACJU would ...
The landmark decision has wider implications because it also applies to all other failed Tamil asylum seekers, and those in detention, meaning none can be removed at present. Sri Lanka has an alarmingly persistent record of serious human rights abuse, particularly for those who oppose the regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Most of the victims are ethnic Tamils. Keith Best, chief executive of Freedom from Torture, told Channel 4 News: "In the face of such overwhelming evidence, it is a sad indictment of our political masters that it has taken a court to impose the precautions that we have repeatedly called for. "The UKBA's removals policy for Sri Lankan Tamils remains deeply flawed. Until this is remedied many in need of the UK's protection still live with the risk of forced return to torture."
Neo-Fascism On The Rise In Sri Lanka by Tariq A. Al-Maeena In shades reminiscent of Nazi fascism of yesteryear, Buddhist militancy in Sri Lanka has lately begun to rear its ugly head of intolerance towards the island’s minorities. A massive rally was held in the capital city of Colombo last week by the belligerent Sinhalese Buddhist group, the Bodu Bala Sena, and the message was very explicit. ‘This is a Government created by Sinhala Buddhists and it must remain Sinhala Buddhist.This is a Sinhala country, Sinhala Government. Democratic and pluralistic values are killing the Sinhala race.” In speeches charged with provocative rhetoric, the group’s party leaders demanded that President Mahinda Rajapaksa ensures the protection of the ‘sacred Sinhala franchise’ that swept him into power. Extremist monks denounced Muslim practices, such as their use of conservative clothing referring to it as ‘gorilla’ outfits, and have called for a total ban on halal products for the community. Clad in white ...
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Bodhu Bala Sena - Secret Moves Exposed Wed, 2013-02-27 08:21 — editor By Aruna Witharana Colombo, 27 February, (Asiantribune.com): Bodu Bala Sena has taken up the Halal food issue against Muslims in Sri Lanka to generate opposition in the midst of Muslim Countries and to force more than ten Muslim member countries of UN Human Rights Council not to vote in favor of Sri Lanka against the forth coming US sponsored procedural resolution. Reports revealed that Bodu Bala Sena works very discreetly with the opposition political parties and has planned to create problem for the Muslims in the country, which would reverberate in the midst of the Muslim countries, urging them to vote against Sri Lanka - a very subtle move, ingeniously devised move against Sri Lanka. Furthermore, it is believed that Bodhu Bala Sena will contest in the next Presidential election and expect to poll over 250,000 Sinhala Buddhist votes, to split the Sinhala Buddhists block votes of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to help the opposition l ...
Sri Lanka's army defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 after 26 years of brutal civil war. But allegations of atrocities during the closing stages of that war have dogged the government ever since it ended. The Tamil Tigers were also accused of abuses. The government has strenuously denied all such allegations and insist they are on the path of reconciliation and rebuilding Sri Lanka's devastated north. Meanwhile, opposition to President Mahinda Rajapaksa - who oversaw the 2009 victory - remains weak and fractured. There are growing concerns over judicial and media independence. What happened in the war? After independence from British rule increasingly assertive Sinhala nationalists, resentful of what they saw as British favouritism towards minority Tamils, began to fan the flames of ethnic division. A Tamil separatist movement gained momentum during the 1970s when a number of armed Tamil groups emerged in the north and parts of eastern Sri Lanka. But in 1983 the insurgency was transformed a ...
By Colombo Telegraph - President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Lal Wickrematunge three times that his brother Lasantha, the founding editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper who was assassinated in January 2009 was killed by Former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka, exiled Sri Lankan Journalist Uvindu Kurukulasuriya...
The first three day Sri Lanka mega promotion , with joint efforts from Public and Private sectors, has been initiated under the advice of H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take place from 21st to 28th of February in Bangalore, India. This is a joint effort of the key government institutions and private sector organizations. The Indian media was briefed about this event on the 15th of this month and Sri Lanka was subsequently able to get an excellent coverage by the Indian Media. More than 75 media institution including electronic and print, participated in the press conference on last Friday(15th February 2013) at Vivanta by Taj Hotel In Bangalore. Among the participated media instituitions leading newspapers The Hindu, The Times of India, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express, DNA, Deccan Chronicle, Economic Times, Samyukhta Karnataka, Eenadu have treated this event as top priority with the view to attract more Indians to the GET “Sri LankanED” joint promotion campaign. The Sri Lankan Cricketing L ...
Final two Sri Lanka students are released! Dear all, I can now confirm that the last two students being held in 'rehabilitation' were released yesterday, February 13th 2013. Their release came under the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was personally appealed to by the students parents while he was chairing a District Development Committee meeting in Jaffna on 12 February. Thank you for each signature that was a vital expression of solidarity and a stand against injustice, and showed that distance is no boundary to our caring for the rights and well-being of fellow humans. I will continue to monitor the situation and update as needed. My very sincerest thanks, Chanchala This message is from Chanchala Gunewardena who started the petition "Ensure safety and rights of Jaffna University students in Sri Lanka" on Change.org.
British-Sri Lankan journalist shot in his bedroom Faraz Shauketaly shot by three men at his Colombo home SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2013 Doctors have successfully removed a bullet from the neck of an investigative journalist in Sri Lanka who was shot by unidentified gunmen who stormed into his home and fired at close range. The journalist works for the same publication whose former editor-in-chief was murdered four years ago in an attack his wife blamed on the government. Faraz Shauketaly, who holds both British and Sri Lankan citizenship, was shot by three men who broke into his house in a Colombo suburb late on Friday evening. He was taken to Colombo National Hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet this afternoon. A hospital employee said the 54-year-old remained in intensive care but was in a stable condition. Mr Shauketaly was employed by the Sunday Leader newspaper, one of the few publications in Sri Lanka that prints articles critical of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In J ...
Secretary of the Jaffna University Students' Union, P. Tharshananth and President of the Arts Faculty Student Union, K. Jenemajeyamenan, were released on 13 February on the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open a 24 MW Thermal Power Plant at Chunnakam in the Jaffna Peninsula of the Northern Province. The Janani Power Plant will be linked to the main grid from today and will provide 24 megawatts of an uninterrupted power supply to Jaffna, Kilinochchi districts and surrounding areas. Sri Lanka power authority Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) constructed the power plant at a cost of US$ 30.5 million within 14 months. The power plant will employ 150 people directly. Construction of the Kilinochchi-Chunnakam transmission line also took place along with the establishment of the Janani Power Plant. The lack of connection from the national grid to power the war-torn region was an obstacle for setting up industries and with the connection and the new power plant economic development in the peninsula will be boosted.
Next will be Singapore to Colombo via Mattala international air port.;-DDD Operations at Sri Lanka’s second international airport in Mattala will begin on March 18 with the three days a week SriLankan airline flights from the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to Riyadh via Mattala. A presidential secretariat spokesman said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had on Monday instructed officials to make arrangements to launch international flights on March 18. On the same day the Chinese Eastern Airlines will fly from Shanghai to the BIA via Mattala. Its flights are scheduled for Mondays and Saturdays. He said there would be another flight from Colombo to Beijing via Mattala operated by the China Eastern Airlines and to Male from Katunayake via Mattala by SriLankan Airlines while Mihin Lanka will fly to Budhgaya via Mattala on Saturdays and Sundays. The spokesman said discussions had been held on developing the BIA. He said a modern aircraft maintenance apron and pilot training unit would be set ...
Like we sprinkle Rose Water welcoming our brothers and sisters of Islam, when they attend any of our religious functions. Today, the 65th anniversary of its Independence officially celebrated at Fort Frederick in Trincomalee with blessing of God (Allah),, Sprinkling Shower, warmly welcoming of all our people of Sri Lanka of all communities gathering happily to witness the parade, our President Mahinda Rajapaksa hoisting the National Flag and addressing the nation to all citizens, that 'All Citizens have the Right to Live in Unity, Peace and Harmoney. Also he said, Sri Lanka's development and reconcilation is the best reply to the world allegation. We were happy to see the colorful event around 2400 soldiers, sailors, airmen, policemen and civil defence forces members of all communities, marched past at Fort Frederick in Trincomalee, Number of Religious event were organised. Well done Sri Lanka. All mankind is born in the world to become a living symbol of goodness, nobility and humanity. He should wi ...
Sri Lanka Australia Denies Sri Lanka Complicity in Human Smuggling Colombo (PRIU) - The Australian government has flatly denied a news report that a senior Sri Lankan government official was suspected by Australian authorities to have been complicit in the people-smuggling trade. "The Australian" reported Friday that intelligence agencies had identified a high-profile Sri Lankan official close to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had authorized asylum-seeker boats leaving Sri Lanka bound for Australia. But a spokesman for Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the claims were untrue, "The Age" reported today. ''There is no evidence to support the allegation that this official is complicit in people-smuggling,'' he said. ''Australia and Sri Lanka have a strong record of co-operation in preventing people-smuggling ventures.'' Sri Lankan Consul-General in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, claimed the report ''unbelievable, ridiculous and mischievous''. During his visit to Sri Lanka in December last year, Australian Foreign ...
Ex-Attorney General made Chief Justice R.K. RADHAKRISHNAN SHARE · PRINT · T+ Despite international criticism and protest by lawyers over the dismissal of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka’s former Attorney-General Mohan Peiris, who has never been on the Bench, has been appointed the Chief Justice. “[Mr.] Peiris took oaths as the new Chief Justice before President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon [on Tuesday] at Temple Trees,” said a release from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson. “Mr. Peiris joined the Department of the Attorney-General in 1981 as a state counsel and served as a senior state counsel for approximately 15 years. He was appointed the 25th Attorney-General in December of 2008,” the release added. Earlier in the day, Parliament had approved his appointment. Last Friday, Parliament had voted to impeach the country’s first woman Chief Justice Ms. Bandaranayake by a two-thirds majority, despite Court of Appeal quashing the basis of the impeachmen ...
16/01/13 Morning News § Two to tango as Mahinda swears Mohan in as CJ Notwithstanding the outcry from the legal fraternity, international community, and Opposition political parties over the removal of Shirani Bandaranayake and the choice of her successor, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday swore in Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice of the Republic. - Daily FT § Highly qualified and experienced Jayanth Wickremeratne has been removed as the CEO and Executive Director of Central Investments and Finance Ltd., controlled by ASPIC Group.- Daily FT § Veteran banker and former CEO of Merchant Bank PLC (MBSL) Gamini Karunathilake has been appointed as the CEO of Central Investments & Finance PLC (CIFL) by the Board of CIFL, with the concurrence of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, with effect from 15 January 2013. - Daily FT § Sri Lanka's economic growth will pick up to 6.8 percent in 2013 helped renewed external demand, better agriculture output, the World Bank said in a report on global economic pro ...
The vote was delayed at the last minute when the main opposition objected saying a resolution to call for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to make a speech formally was not before house. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, a brother President Rajapaksa ruled after a ten minute recess that the vote could be taken. *** went off in the environs of the parliament.
08/01/13 Morning News § LOLC Micro Credit secures largest microfinance syndicated loan of $ 55.5 m Revolutionizing the Sri Lankan microfinance industry, LOLC Micro Credit Ltd. (LOMC) secured the largest syndicated loan of US$ 55.5 million for the first time in Sri Lanka. This long-term syndicated loan was facilitated by a reputed consortium of Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) from around the world. - Daily FT § IOC gets INRs. 100 b cash subsidy Indian oil companies received on 3 January a first tranche of Rs. 100 billion as part of a cash subsidy payout for the April-September period, two officials at State-owned oil companies told Reuters. - Daily FT § With the objective of making the most of the declining trend in interest rates, the Public Debt Department of the Central Bank has announced in total an amount of Rs. 28 billion for its weekly Treasury bill auction and a total of Rs. 40 billion for its Treasury bond auction to be held this week. - Daily FT § President Mahinda Rajapaksa yes ...
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President visits flood-affected people in Matale: President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently visiting the people a...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently visiting the people affected by adverse weather in the Matale district.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will present 2 Madawala Today about 9.00am.And be participated in the opening ceromany of new building @ P.Saba.
"The military success has transformed soldiers into national heroes and Sri Lanka one of the safest countries in...
BOXING DAY PROTEST RE Sri Lanka Michael Gleeson, 27.12.12, The Age, Photo: Sebastian Costanzo Sri Lanka and its cricket team should be exiled from world sport in the same manner as Zimbabwe and boycotted by Australia, according to Tamil protesters who demonstrated outside the MCG for the start of the Boxing Day Test. As cricket's showpiece game, the Boxing Day Test provided the opportunity for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to continue to launder his "dirty image", offering more spin for the government than anything the MCG wicket could offer, protesters said. "In 2007 Australia didn't go on a tour [to Zimbabwe] mainly for security reasons, but [John] Howard called [President Robert] Mugabe a grubby dictator and said that cricket would give him the oxygen that he didn't deserve," said protest organiser Trevor Grant. "There is very much a disparity between the treatment of Sri Lanka and of Zimbabwe because this is a small country. There is low awareness in this country about the problem and that is why we are ...
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Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bikhram Singh assures President Mahinda Rajapaksa of the Indian government’s fullest cooperation and support for Sri Lanka’s security. Indian Army Chief had made this rem
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Army Chief to Embark on Four-Day Visit to Sri Lanka Seeking closer military ties with Sri Lanka, Army chief Gen Bikram Singh will be on a four-days visit to the island nation beginning tomorrow. The visit from December 19-22 assumes special significance in light of ongoing defence cooperation between the two countries in consonance with the growing relationship with Sri Lanka, an Army release said here today. The last visit by an Indian Army chief to Sri Lanka was in September 2010. After taking over on June 1, Singh has visited Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh and has laid emphasised on improving ties with the neighbouring countries. During the visit, the Army chief is scheduled to interact with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other high level political and military dignitaries there. He would also be reviewing the Passing Out Parade in a Sri Lankan Military Training Academy on Saturday before his return. Last year in December, Commander of Sri Lankan Army Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya had reviewed the Passing Ou ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa should inform parliament how he intended to handle the impeachment issue, the UNP said
By Marawaan Macan-Markar - There are questions whether the parliamentary select committee observed due process in its inquiry of the charges against Shirani Bandaranayake There has been an air of inevitability in the current showdown between the administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and it...
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The Nawa Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) Leader Wickramabahu Karunaratne claimed that the United Nations (UN) is silent about the human right violation and war crimes in Sri Lanka as powerful countries like the USA and India are silently backing President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday he said the Sri Lankan government has become a slave of the USA and India. He said the government has engaged in security and economic agreements with such countries. He alleged that President Rajapaksa is trying to stop the devolution of power by using his henchmen. “Despite the President promising the international community of giving a political solution that goes beyond the 13th Amendment, he is trying to sabotage the power being shared,” he said. “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also happy about the way Sri Lankan Government acts as the government has not provided any relief to the people through annual budget,” he said.
SLMC hierarchy are Crooks , who wants to be self sufficient and they will sell the community. No true Muslim leader in SLMC. The Nation 11th of November 2012 The headaches of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress seem to have got worse with elections for the Eastern Provincial Council just two weeks away. The Chairman of the party and National List MP, Basheer Segu Dawood resigned his post of Deputy Minister, Cooperatives and Internal Trade, although retaining his seat and the party post. This dramatic move came after Dawood addressed a meeting in his hometown of Eravur on Monday where he is alleged to have asked people to vote for the current Chairman of the Eravur Urban Council Ali Zaheer Moulana (UPFA) while keeping mum on Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed who is the chief SLMC candidate for the Batticaloa District. In his resignation letter, faxed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dawood has mentioned that he had wanted the SLMC to contest as part of the UPFA at the Eastern poll and since the party had decided against this . ...
Gama Neguma According to the vision of the President, first you have to build the individual, then the family, then the village and then the country to win the world. Gama Neguma programme was initiated because President Mahinda Rajapaksa understood the needs of the village. Since the time the President was in the Ministry of Highways he had been promoting Maga Neguma and as President his aim was to provide concrete roads to all villages. Gama Neguma is not limited to building roads and providing electricity to villages, it is about uplifting the life of every single family in the village. Gama Neguma has a participatory approach and people of the village are involved in developing their own village. The government has spent Rs. 6.37 billion for development of the rural economy through the Gama Neguma programme in 2010. The expenditure covered the implementation of 32,526 projects in 10,567 Grama Niladhari Divisions throughout the country. The highest number of projects was implemented in the Gampaha dist ...
He then recollected that he too was imprisoned for three months and that politicians including ministers have also been imprisoned on certain occasions.
Two women died, while an eight-year-old boy was injured, after they were electrocuted in Wattegama around 1.30pm. The incident occurred when W Mithurunisa, 58, of Dikkhinna, Madawala attempted to fix a line to hang clothes using a wire near the electricity metre at her home.
Address by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the 62nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations. Kandy February 4, 2010. 2/4/2010 Today we celebrate the anniversary of Independence after the liberation of the entire country from terrorist threat for the first time in 30 years. I am proud to proclaim that we are in a position to raise the flag of Sri Lanka with dignity in the entire country. In 1815, Variyapola Sumangala Thero hoisted our flag on this historic land after lowering the Union Jack. I wish to pay my respect to the venerable monks as well as the revered clergy of all religions for their dedication and commitment displayed to preserve this freedom. When I unfurled the National Flag today, I remembered those heroic soldiers who sacrificed their lives and limbs for the freedom of the country and all those who worked with dedication for the liberation struggle. Friends, Freedom is a responsibility. The people of this country have entrusted me with that responsibility on January 26 by a lar ...
Sri Lankan CJ faces impeachment Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, identified with the ruling party for long, is now facing its wrath. The papers of an impeachment motion against her have been handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa by four Members of Parliament. There were six charges of improper conduct against the Chief Justice. Chamal Rajapaksa, brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, will have to decide if the charges deserve a probe and then set a date for a debate. The motion has to be passed by a simple majority in the 225-member unicameral Parliament, where the government commands a two-thirds majority. Duration of the process would depend on the route the government decides to take. An obvious route is the Parliamentary Select Committee, which will then place its findings for a debate (if the Speaker decides that there is a prima facie case).
An article from The Colombo Telegraph forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Sri Lanka: International Bar Association condemns attacks on judiciary 'An independent judiciary functions as a critical institutional mechanism providing a check and balance on the executive and legislative branches of a democratic society. The independence of this organ is vital, not only to ensure that the judiciary is able to discharge its functions without fear or favour, but also to uphold public confidence in the legal system as a whole and the due administration of justice,' Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Baroness Helena Kennedy, Queens Counsel said in a confidential letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week, expressing grave concern about the recent threats to the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka. The letter comes weeks after Judicial Services Commission Secretary Manjula Tilekaratne was pistol whipped on October 7 by four unidentified men. The attack is p ...
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In more news Kejriwal and Co. have pointed out the the mythical character Raavan actually has one head but claims expenses for ten. IAC members have stated they will not protest in Lanka as President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced he will have them shot. However IAC will gherao parliament in New Delhi and force the government to investigate their freshly unearthed 'overhead scam'.
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Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Mrs. Pushpa Rajapaksa attended the May Day rally with the people from Gampaha District to support the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government.
President is in two minds about going for the match. "An Indian journalist asked whether he would be there at today’s final encounter between Sri Lanka and the West Indies. He replied “I must think about it. The last two matches I went to, we lost.” He then turned to him and asked, “What do you think? Should I go?”The investigation came after the British High Commission in Colombo lodged a strong protest with the government and sought to know under what Sri Lankan law were the students arrested. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ordered Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon to conduct a full investigation. " Source- Sunday Times
India, Central Asian States & Afghan insurgents(US, NATO, Israel) providing Weapons for Balochistan Unrest: Says General Kayani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday said that there is no military operation being carried out in Balochistan and not a single soldier is involved in any operation in the province. Gen Kayani said this while talking to the media persons during a reception arranged by the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the honour of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The rumours about military operation in Balochistan were mere propaganda while the Frontier Core (FC) was helping out the provincial government under the article 245. The situation that appeared after the murder of a Balochi leader Habib Jalib tells enough who was behind creating law and order situation, but unfortunately the blame has been put on to the army. To a question, he said Balochistan has a great strategic importance, particularly for the Central Asian States and Afghanistan. Source ...
I have got Principal appointment letter from His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Tree yesterday. Brother Nowfal Ali also got this appointment.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa appoints 1200 Mathematics, Science and English Teachers to uplift the education sector.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's live interview with Press TV during the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. Courtesy www.islamidavet.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa at World Children’s Day ceremony: ‘United, free country for the children’
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hand over scholarships to 2500 children of migrant workers today
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's speech about the role of intellectuals. He made this speech on December 24, 2009.
Person on warrant at the President’s house: President Mahinda Rajapaksa met the editors of print and electronic ...
President denies attempt to interfere in judicial affairs: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday denied that he ...
President invites TNA to join UPFA: President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited Tamil National Alliance to join with the...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa having his monthly breakfast meeting with Editors now
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By Charles Haviland, BBC News, Colombo The editor of Sri Lanka’s most outspokenly anti-government newspaper says she has been dismissed after it was was bought by a businessman who wanted it to change its editorial line. Frederica Jansz said that she left after refusing to curb her writing style or compromise her credibility. The previous editor of the the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated three years ago. His murder by four masked men on motorbikes has never been solved. The Sunday Leader has always been controversial in a country where most media censor themselves. Many fear an adverse government reaction from the government if they do not do so. ‘Telephone tirade’ Ms Jansz has been blunt in explaining her sudden departure. News organisations critical of the government say that they have been targeted for several years She told the BBC that after an associate of the family of President Mahinda Rajapaksa bought a 72% stake in the paper, he asked her to stop carrying articles c ...
Sri Lanka's Northern peninsula electrified today after 25 years Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today connected the war-ravaged Northern Jaffna peninsula to the national electricity grid 25 years after Tamil Tiger terrorists destroyed the electricity network. President Rajapaksa declared open the high tension electricity transmission line that connects the Northern Province to the national grid at the newly built Kilinochchi grid station today.
The MDMK chief Vaiko may not be successful in lodging his protest before Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Sanchi Sri Lanka is apparently keeping a close watch on his protest and movement in Madhya Pradesh. An Indian agency’s report on Madhya Pradesh government’s decision to stop Vaiko at Pan...
New Delhi, Sep.21 (ANI): Visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa met President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday evening. Official sources said the meetings consisted of discussions in a restricted format, followed by delegation-level meetings. Each of the two meetings lasted for over 40-minutes each. The meetings provided an opportunity to comprehensively review all matters of mutual interest. This was the first detailed discussion of all substantive issues since June 2010, the sources said. The meeting between President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Singh discussed the momentum of economic ties and assessed the growth of commercial relations positively. According to sources, President Rajapaksa thanked Dr. Singh for the Kapilavastu relics expositions, saying that over three million Sri Lankans had been able to pay their respects. The Sri Lankan President, who is visit the historic Buddhist site of Sanchi, said the expositions signified the strong cultural ties between ...
Expect Today: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa scheduled to visit MP on the invitation of its CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Coalgate rocks Parliament for 11th day PTI New Delhi, Sept 5 : Parliament was disrupted for the 11th day today following uproar over coal block allocation as BJP stuck to its demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned till noon after the Opposition triggered ruckus on the issue. Members of the DMK, AIADMK, CPI and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi were in the Well raising the Sri Lanka issue. DMK members were opposing the training of Sri Lankan armed forces at an airbase in India, while AIADMK and VCK members protested the forthcoming visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Madhya Pradesh. In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar took up the Question Hour after congratulating Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda for winning a silver medal in the Paralympic Games in the Men’s High Jump event in London. After cheering Nagarajegowda, the Opposition members were back to criticising the Prime Minister over the coal blocks allocation. As ...
Sri Lankan economy recorded impressive successes - President Mahinda Rajapaksa at NAM Summit in Tehran.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on hand to receive the sacred Kapilavastu Buddhist relics sent by India after more than 30 years.
Muslim Congress leader, Minister of Justice, Rauff Hakeem is reported to have said at a public meeting at Kalmunai last Sunday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa should defeat ‘yellow robe terrorism’ just as he had defeated other forms of terrorism. This had caused much concern among certain sections ...
In the strongest reaction yet to India s contentious support to a US sponsored resolution at the UNHRC against Sri Lanka earlier this year President Mahinda Rajapaksa has broken his silence by
You deserved to be decorated. India should give you the highest award-Dr Subramanin Swamy to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
This is the greatest victory of the 21 century against terrorism. That victory is yours- Dr Subramanin Swamy to President Mahinda Rajapaksa
You have solved not only your problems but Indias too by defeating terrorism- Dr Subramanin Swamy to President Mahinda Rajapaksa
By Colombo Telegraph - Sarath Fonseka, the war winning former army commander and the former presidential contender says President Mahinda Rajapaksa is robbing the sovereignty of his people, ‘just like an 18th century sea pirate who looted ships’. “ Such actions are not condoned in any civilized cou...
(Srilankamirror) – At a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasized the historical relationship that existed between India and Sri Lanka, stressing that this relationship would never be allowed to disintegr...
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By Sumanasiri Liyanage - Giving an interview to an Indian national newspaper based in Chennai, The Hindu, appears to have become a perennial practice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In this interview, (he has revealed that “We want to h...
Elections to Sri Lanka’s northern provincial council will take just over a year from now. “We want to hold elections in September 2013,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Hindu. “We are working towards it [the elections] in a systematic manner.”
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will host the Sri Lankan cartoonists for breakfast today. President yearly publishes collection of his cartoons
For more news visit - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn-in for his second term Friday. He defeated a popular army gen...
THE GREATEST OF TAMIL HERO NAMED AS TERRORIST Under the leadership of Velupillai Prabhakaran, who has been killed aged 54 during fighting with the Sri Lankan army, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were moulded, and refined, into one of the world's deadliest insurgent groups, and rigid discipline was instilled through his personal example. The LTTE of Sri Lanka, the "Tamil Tigers", would become the progenitors of modern suicide bombing. They also developed their own navy and airforce as they masterminded the art of weapons procurement in a globalised, post-cold-war world. For Prabhakaran, no sacrifice was too great for the objective of "Eelam" (precious land), a Tamil state in an island of mainly Sinhalese Buddhists. This has been particularly evident during the last four months, before Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa formally declared victory on Sunday. During this time, according to UN estimates, more than 6,000 civilians have been killed as the LTTE have been pushed from their norther ...
President returns after successful tour in Cuba and Brazil: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has arrived in Sri Lanka...
Shiv Shankar Menon, National Security Advisor to the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will have one-on-one meetings both with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The one-time envoy to Sri Lanka arrives in Colombo on Thursday evening and will have the two meetings on Friday. There will be no other engagements for him except for these two meetings.
Only Nikayas can prevent Bhikkus from entering Parliament - Thera Priyanka Kurugala ‘It is not acceptable to ban monks from entering Parliament unless it is decided by the various Buddhist Nikayas. One day such organizations will say that doing politics needs to be banned for monks. Nobody can influence against Buddhists monks, Buddhist Cultural Center Director Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera said. A massive conference will be held in Wanduramba, Galle on June 24, the Thera said. It has been named Bodu Samuluwa. Ven. Wimalajothi Thera was addressing the press organised by the Bodu Bala Sena Organization at the Buddhist Cultural Center in Colombo yesterday. “Many Non Governmental Organizations and certain elements which have Buddhist faces are against Buddhism. At present, most have forgotten that around 95 percent Buddhist monks in the country supported the election of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It enabled to eradicate 30 years of terrorism,” the Thera said. “If this situation continues,one day Bud ...
1) Sri Lankan govt. officials.Tamils in exile and rights group in March 2012 sparred verbally at an open hearing during the U.N Human Rights council in 1) Montreal 2) Genava 3) London 4) Brussels 2) The statement in parliament of which country ended late on March 1,2012. with speaker calling off the session convened to discuss dates for an election? 1) Nepal 2) Syria 3) Maldives 4) Bangladesh 3) The court of which country on March 2012 dismissed a Lawsuit against Srilankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for alleged human rights violations by the Army? 1) India 2) Switzerland 3) USA 4) UK 4) Iranians voted in their First national poll since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in march 2012.When was the Last election held? 1) 2007 2) 2009 3) 2008 4) 2006 5) oil major BP agreed on March 2012 to pay $7.8 billion in an settlement reached with claimants affected by the Spill from one of its wells in which of the following water bodies in April 2010? 1) Gulf of Mexico 2) Gulf of Riga 3) Strait ...
Cuban President Raul Castro held talks with visiting President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Revolution Palace in Havana, on Sunday, officials said. Castro and
While commending the British government for the warm reception and facilities provided to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his stay in London to participate in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of
This video is tribute to our Greatest President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka Military Forces.
Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka said Thursday that he aimed to topple the government and create a new political culture, ruling out any possibility of working with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
LTTE groups posed a threat to President’s life in London – Lalith W Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: The government believes that President Mahinda Rajapaksa ran the risk of being physically attacked by the UK-based LTTE activists during his recent visit to London to attend the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and have talks with British government leaders. There could even have been an attempt on the President’s life while he was being driven to the venues where he met the Royal family and other British dignitaries.
Pope Benedict XVI, meets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his private library at the Vatican Friday, June 8, 2012
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cancels speech in London over protest fears -
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Britain early this morning to take part in Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Buddha’s teachings can resolve today’s conflicts too – President at UN Vesak Day The teachings of the Buddha are relevant today as they were twenty six centuries ago. If the leaders of our modern world are to embrace this advice, many of today’s conflicts, both domestic and international, could be resolved for the benefit of mankind, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations, in Bangkok yesterday.
Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was reelected to a second six-year term in January 2010, and the parliament, which was elected in April 2010, share constitutional power. The government is dominated by the president’s family; two of the president’s brothers hold key executive branch posts as defense secretary and minister of economic development, while a third brother is the speaker of parliament. A large number of other relatives, including the president’s son, also serve in important political or diplomatic positions. Independent observers generally characterized the presidential and parliamentary elections as problematic. Both elections were fraught with violations of the election law by all major parties and were influenced by the governing coalition’s massive use of state resources. There were instances in which elements of the security forces acted independently of civilian control. The major human rights problems were unlawful killings by ...
24 May 2012 Last updated at 10:33 ET By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka is barred from political office for seven years, despite being freed from jail on Monday, his lawyer says. Mr Fonseka stood against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a presidential election two years ago, lost and was imprisoned shortly afterwards. Mr Fonseka's lawyer, Nalin Laduwahetti, says that the terms of his release prevent him from running for office. They are trying to secure
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's former army chief walked free from jail on Monday with a pardon from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who appears to have bowed to growing international demands that he release his highest-profile rival. Ex-General Sarath Fonseka kissed his hands and raised them to a grou...
National Savings Bank (NSB) Chairman Pradeep Kariyawasam has tendered his resignation, in a letter sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Finance Ministry.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected calls from the United States to close army bases in a former war zone as he celebrated the third anniversary on Saturday of the military's
President Signs papers to release Sarath Fonseka: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed relevant papers to rele...
DTN Syria: Sri Lanka President to Free Ex-Army Chief: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the rel...
The third annual Victory Day celebrations took place at Galle Face in Colombo under the auspices of President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning.
It is with great honour towards War Heroes that I issue this message to mark National War Heroes' Day ceremonies held today to pay the nation's tribute to War Heroes who sacrificed their lives to safeguard the freedom of the Motherland, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Victory...
We are not prepared to remove any military camp as long as threats remain, President Mahinda Rajapaksa tells on Victory Day
The former army chief who won Sri Lanka's 26-year conflict with Tamil separatist rebels only to be jailed after challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the ballot box was granted bail Friday in a move seen as a prelude to a presidential pardon.
The Central Bank released its 2011 Annual Report yesterday. The report in all the 3 languages was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa told The Hindu newspaper that jailed Sarath Fonseka will be released soon-Daily Mirror
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited to participate at the British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee on her ascension to the throne.
The highest over subscription ever seen for a Sri Lankan international bond in April and KPMG’s latest positive Change Readiness Index ranking for Sri Lanka have increased international investor confidence in Sri Lanka. Addressing the ‘Cross Regional Trade & Investment Roundup’ Executive Roundtable conference in Dubai on Tuesday, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has said that Sri Lanka has entered a new era of development due to the visionary leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Minister has pointed out that Sri Lankan banking giant Bank of Ceylon’s $ 500 million international bond was immediately oversubscribed to $ 3.86 billion last week, and Sri Lanka has been ranked on the 22nd position among 60 emerging economies by the Global KPMG-ODI Change Readiness Index, which shows countries better prepared to face global change. More than 3,000 expert and investors, including 45 foreign trade and ministerial delegations were present at this Dubai event. Only eight ministeri ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited Korean business community to invest in Sri Lanka and to be a partner in the prosperous march of our nation. "I can confidently assure you that you will truly be happy that you took such a decision," President said addressing Sri Lanka- Korea Business Forum hosted by Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In all these investment decisions, our Board of Investment will be able to assist you in choosing and implementing your projects and we therefore, invite you to make use of these opportunities. Also in order to give you peace of mind, we will maintain our investor protection policies, which will ensure that those who invest in our country would have their investments protected by law. We would implement the required policies so that you could benefit by continuous sound macro fundamentals that would support the growth momentum and stability of our nation. All our Sri Lankan economic authorities are working hard to deliver such a sound macro platform and a competitive e ...
UN chief Ban Ki moon said that it is the right time for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to address the issues including rights violation in a speedy and judicious manner In an interview with PTI Ban has
An English newspaper in Sri Lanka has claimed that no discussion was held regarding devolution of powers to States when a delegation of Indian MPs met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on April 21, and when he met the leader of the delegation for an unscheduled meeting on April 20.
Despite international pressures to sudden stop the military operations when the Wanni humanitarian operations were entering a decisive phases President Mahinda Rajapaksa personally instructed the
Kaarthikeyan is no sympathiser of the Tamil Tigers, who went down to bloody defeat by the Sri Lankan armed forces in May 2009. But like many Indians, particularly those in Tamil Nadu state, he is dismayed by the arrogance of the Sri Lankan government in victory. ''Where there is no justice, there can be no peace,'' Kaarthikeyan told me in an email this week. ''Continued injustice and discrimination against minority Tamils gave rise to the birth of insurgency in Sri Lanka … If Sri Lanka or, for that matter, any society perpetuates injustice it is an indirect encouragement for violent movements to be born and grow.'' Nearly three years after the Tigers' defeat, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ignored the recommendations of his own commission into the lessons of the 25-year insurgency.
Mahinda Rajapaksa went to Geneva frequently during UNP rule and wanted the UN to intervene in Sri Lanka to uphold human rights 4 April 2012, 11:46 am Profile Picture of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he was Prime Minister of Sri Lanka-06th April 2004 - 19th November 2005 by Mangala Samaraweera MP Noting that both the Rajapaksa administration and the nation are now at a decisive juncture, UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera urges the government to decide whether it will follow the footsteps of the Emperor Dharmasoka or the dictator Robert Mugabe. The Westphalian notion of sovereignty, based on the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 which articulates the principal of non intervention of one state in internal affairs of another state, is no more absolute in the modern world, the MP told Parliament today (Apr. 04) Today this notion has been replaced by the notion of responsible sovereignty by which a nation can be held accountable if it abuses the rights of its citizens, he said. Mr. Samaraweera made a speech while partic ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa wearing yellow when he met President Nasheed. Did he sign for MDP too?
Ethnic communities have no separate regions - President: President Mahinda Rajapaksa states that ethnic communit...
DTN Asia: Sri Lanka is no pearl on China's string, Rajapaksa says: COLOMBO (Reuters) - President Mahinda Rajapak...
Astrologers on VIJAY TV predicted that horoscope said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be ousted from political office in 2012
Sri Lankan PM will not answer war crimes claims
Alleging that her husban "Col"Ramesh had surrendered and been killed, Vathsaladevi seeks the arrest of SL president Mahinda Rajapaksa in USA
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Text of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the Rotary Conference in Colombo: The President of R...
Sri Lanka to end state of emergency
Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency after 28 years
Sri Lanka's state of emergency has been lifted, President Mahinda Rajapaksa tells parliament
Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Harder than Ever: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s authoritarian and Sinhalese nationa...
President returns from Russia: President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to Sri Lanka this morning...
Sri Lanka defends military record: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa defends the conduct of the military du...
DTN Stock Market: Sri Lanka bristles over UN war crimes report: The Sri Lankan government has warned of sweep...
Lankans gave up joy for Indians: Rajapaksa
Sri Lankan President Mahinda to come to Mumbai to watch India-Sri Lanka Cup final
Friends like these : Libya's Gaddafi calls SriLankan tyrant Rajapaksa for help, spin doctor...
India ups Lanka aid to offset China presence
Chambers seek simple tax formula From the Business Desk - President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the Finance Minist...
Sri Lankan President to be sworn in for second term: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated t...
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