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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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Derana: Rajapaksa welcomes new BRICS Bank: President Mahinda Rajapaksa today welcomed the formation of the New...
President joins National Nutrition Walk. President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined in the National Nutrition Walk and...
Derana: Rajapaksa wants world leaders to see Sri Lanka's ground reality: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa. says the Government is. committed to the reconciliation. process but added that It will...
MR wants world leaders to see SL’s reality: . President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday said he wishes to see more...
President not going to London. Several foreign media has reported President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be attending...
A National Nutrition Walk and. an Exhibition was held under the. patronage of President Mahinda. Rajapaksa on...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurates the National Kite festival In line with social integration week
President says to scare opposition: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has recently summoned his media and propaganda...
Ready for everything except international probe: MR - President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that...
Around 3,000 had attend the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ifthar (break the fasting) which was held in Temple Trees last evening
Int’l experts panel to advise missing persons commission. President Mahinda Rajapaksa today appointed an...
PHOTOS: President Mahinda Rajapaksa hosted the ifthar (break the fasting) for Community today @ Temple Tress
Three appointed to advise on Missing Persons: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed Sir Desmond De Silva, ...
President appoints international Advisory Council to the Commission of Inquiry: President Mahinda Rajapaksa ye...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expanded the mandate of the Presidential Commission on missing persons
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the administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa currently pays four U.S. lobbying firms to defend its...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa & other VIP's extends good wishes to Festival of Cricket
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President advised government officials not to forcibly grab land from people: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ...
The BBS slammed President Mahinda Rajapaksa saying it was ashamed of him and how he deals with Minister Rauff Hakeem ht…
President Mahinda Rajapaksa (of Sri Lanka calls up his Palestine counterpart Mahmoud Abbas to inquire about the situation in
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will host the ifthar (break the fasting) for Muslim Community on Thursday @ Temple Tress
President condoles Palestine civilian deaths: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his condolences over P...
President Rajapaksa telephoned Palestinian President Abbas and discussed the situation in Gaza
Meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was in such a rush he forgot to do his tie!
Date: 10. May.2014 1. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka is in the process of implementing all demands made by the sponsors of the UNHRC resolution against it except for allowing an international probe into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war with the LTTE. - 2. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif will undertake an official visit to Iran from May 11 to 12 on an invitation from President Hassan Rouhani. - 3. Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix with a fourth successive win and the overall championship lead beckoning. - 4. Sharapova to face Halep in Madrid Open final. - 5. Central Bank of India reported a net loss of Rs.1,263 crore for 2013-14 as compared to a net profit of Rs.1,015 crore in the previous financial year, due to higher provisioning. Provisions for the year jumped 128 per cent to Rs.4,233 crore from Rs.1,853 crore.The bank reported a 4 per cent drop in its net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014, at Rs. ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa orders the release of 82 Indian fishermen who were in Sri Lankan custody.-President's Media
Sri Lanka on Thursday freed 33 Indian fishermen arrested for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters, days after President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered their release as a goodwill gesture.
Narendra Modi vows support for Afghanistan Kabul: May 28, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to lend its all-round support to Afghanistan under the bilateral partnership agreement between the two countries. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony Monday and the two leaders held talks on Tuesday, Afghanistan Times reported. During the meeting, they discussed last week's attack on the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, and Modi praised the timely response of Afghan security forces in repelling the terror strike. As foreign troops would leave Afghanistan by the end of this year, Karzai said the country will need support of its neighbours, particularly India, to train and equip Afghan security forces. Besides meeting Modi, Karzai also called on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Karzai termed India as a good friend of Afghanistan and hoped that Modi would work for further expansion of friendly relations between the two countries. Besides Karzai, Pakistan P ...
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27.05.14 Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's 1st day in office. 08:40 AM TAKES CHARGE Modi arrives at the PMO in his official BMW. Attired in a light brown waistcoat worn over a beige kurta and white churidaar, he pays tribute to mahatma gandhi, holds meeting with his principal secretary Nripendra Mishra and seniors officers at PMO. 09;05 AM, DESTINY DIPLOMACY Modi leaves for hyderabad House to holds talks with outgoing Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. With western troops preparing to leave the country soon, both india and pakistan are vying for influence there. Talks centre around india's long term commitment to the country. 09:57 AM, MALDIVIAN MEETING Modi meets president Abdulla Yameen of the Maldives. Both leaders agree that each side would continue to be sensitive to the concerns of the others and not allows their territories to be used by any quarter for any activity inimical to the other. 10:37 AM, REASSURES RAJAPAKSA Modi holds talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. With ties o ...
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa "the SL team must go to Pak & play. We cant allow terrorists to have control" -_-
Hindraf slams Putrajaya for colluding with war criminal Athi Shankar | May 28, 2014 By deporting three Tamils who were granted refugees status by the UN, Malaysia has violated international human rights laws. GEORGE TOWN: Hindraf accused the federal government of colluding with Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa when it classified three detained refugees as Tamil Tigers and forcibly deported them to Colombo. Hindraf national chairman P Waythamoorthy said the Putrajaya administration should have known that the Colombo regime was prone to branding its Tamil citizens as terrorists. He said that the jury was still out on Sri Lanka for carrying out genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing on its Tamil population. He pointed out that Mahinda Rajapaksa had been lambasted worldwide as a mass murderer and a war criminal. “Malaysia should not have submitted to Colombo’s propaganda that portrays Tamils as terrorists. “Mahinda Rajapaksa’s military regime had committed crimes against humanity, such as geno ...
GJM chief Bimal Gurung joins Narendra modi's dinner, PM swearing-in ceremony Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and four other top party members were today invited to the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi and to a private dinner later in the evening hosted by the President. Speaking over phone from Delhi where the GJM leaders are camped since the past few days, party assistant secretary Binay Tamang said, “Yes, we have been invited to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony as the 15th Prime Minister of the country at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and we are on our way.” It is learnt that the GJM president has been allotted a VVIP pass and will be sitting alongside NDA alliance members including Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa among several other visiting heads of states. The remaining four GJM leaders, party general secretary Roshan Giri and central committee leaders Jyoti Kumar Rai and Swaraj Thapa along wi ...
President of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa holds discussions with Huawei Chairwoman Ms. Sun Yafang by -
New Delhi: Suddenly everyone wants to do business with new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said here on Monday he had an edge because both the leaders had a reputation of embracing business-friendly policies. “I am here to turn a new page in India-Pakistan relations,” Mr Sharif told the Hindustan Times ahead of his globally watched handshake with Mr Modi, the first foreign leader to do so after the Indian leader was sworn-in in a magnificent ceremony at the British-built Presidential Palace. The two will hold a bilateral meeting on Tuesday. “We (India and Pakistan) have a historic moment to open a new chapter. The new government under Mr Modi has a strong mandate and I look forward to picking up the relationship from where I and (A.B.) Vajpayee left it in 1999,” Mr Sharif said. On his first official trip to India as prime minster (he last came for Rajiv Gandhi’s funeral), Mr Sharif looked set to drive an agenda of “trade and economics” at his ...
Ironically while Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hard, asking him to devolve wide powers and give special status to the country’s Tamil-majority northern region and implement ‘Thirteenth Amendment of Sri Lankan Constitution (an equivalent of Article 370 of Indian Constitution), back home his junior minister called for abrogation of Article 370 guaranteeing special status for Jammu and Kashmir.
Yesterday Alia Bhatt first time saw our president and she has remembered his full name this time ,Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Transcript of Briefing by Foreign Secretary(May 27, 2014) May 27, 2014 Official Spokesperson (Shri Syed Akbaruddin): Good afternoon friends and thank you very much for being here this afternoon on what has been a very busy day for you. I would like to welcome you to the C.B. Muthamma Hall. This is the first time we are having a press interaction of this sort in this hall after it was named after India’s first woman diplomat Ms. C.B. Muthamma. Transcript of Foreign Secretary Smt Sujatha Singh's media briefing JS(XP): I have here with me Foreign Secretary who will brief you about the courtesy meetings that the Prime Minister had with eight leaders who are here for the swearing-in ceremony, and it was normal courtesy that we have engagements of our leadership with them. Foreign Secretary will make her opening remarks following which the floor will be open for you to ask any questions that you may like to ask. We have I would think about 20 to 25 minutes in which we will have the statement and the questions ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee met for bilateral talks this afternoon at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India.
Hope for expedited reconciliation process, Modi to Rajapaksa New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday told Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that he hoped that the island nation will expedite process of national reconciliation which guaranteed justice for minority Tamil community, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said
Modi raises fishermen issue in talks with Rajapaksa: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and India's newly elected lea...
JUST IN: Modi accepts invitation of all SAARC leaders including Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit their …
If the Congress put narrow electoral considerations above India’s national interests in the region, Modi seems ready to uphold the Central government’s responsibility to conduct foreign policy. He can easily follow through by clinching the agreements with neighbours that have already been negotiated and are ready for signature. Modi’s rejection of the protests from the BJP’s allies and others in Chennai against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa not only underlines India’s new resolve but also improves Delhi’s negotiating leverage with Colombo on the question of Tamil minority rights in Sri Lanka.
Modi, Sharif discuss India-Pakistan ties (Lead) Prime Minister Narendra and his Pakistani counterpart met here Tuesday and discussed bilateral issues, their meeting lasting longer than expected, officials said. The meeting at the Hyderabad House began half hour late because Modi's earlier interaction with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa also consumed more time. No details of the Sharif-Modi or Rajapaksa-Modi meetings were available...read more
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Despite protests from political parties in Tamil Nadu, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi today, Firstpost .com reported.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi- adaderana.lk
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom held bilateral discussions in New Delhi this evening.
DID U KNOW :- This man is accussed of killing 80,000 Tamil Peoples in 1 day. & He's Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ..
Exposed: Sri Lanka's Secret Plans To Smuggle Blood From Customs Despite Sri Lanka’s obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, there has been a surreptitious move by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa to misappropriate an entire stock of blood ivory seized by the Sri Lanka Customs. Plans are now being made to smuggle out the blood ivory from the Customs custody. Read more:
LIVE: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives at Modi's swearing in ceremony
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday said that Sri Lankan cricket team must go to Pakistan and play there.
Sri Lanka marks end of war in victory parade ! Government celebrates five years since end of conflict with Tamil Tigers, and bans commemorations for victims. Sri Lanka's government has marked the fifth anniversary of the civil war victory over the separatist Tamil rebels, while remembrance services for ethnic Tamils killed in the conflict were broken up by the police. President Mahinda Rajapaksa presided over a Victory Day ceremony on Sunday in his southern home town of Matara, where military personnel paraded in the streets with tanks and artillery guns, while fighter jets flew overhead. The president said that the victory was testament to the bravery of the armed forces and was a signal to the rest of the world of what Sri Lanka was capable of. He accused the Tamil diaspora of working against the peace and reconciliation in the country, while adding that his government would "not allow any external pressure to prevent them from celebrating the end of the conflict". Earlier this week, Canadian High Commi ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has led celebrations at a major victory parade to mark the fifth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s war with the Tamil Tigers, with commemorations for its victims blocked. Rajapaksa insisted on Sunday he would not bow… [ 279 more words. ]
I welcome all foreign participants to Sri Lanka and trust you will enjoy the friendship and hospitality of our people – President Mahinda Rajapaksa – Welcome message for the WCY2014 - 2014 World Conference on Youth
Sri Lankan leaders seek action to stop harassment against Sri Lankan Muslims (Arab News) parliamentarians in Sri Lanka have called for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to intervene in order to stop the continued hate campaign, intimidation and threats perpetrated against Muslims by some Buddist extremists of the Bodu Bala Sena and other allied organizations. With the exception of A.H.M. Azwer and A.R.M.A. Cader, 16 out of the 18 legislators signed the petition sponsored by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCL). Speaking to Arab News from Colombo, MCL President N.M. Ameen said that the campaign carried out against Muslims by the Bodu Bala Sena, Sihala Ravaya and Ravana Balakaya is alarming and dangerous. “We have full confidence in our president and we believe he will take appropriate action to resolve this issue,” he added. The petition urges the president to immediately intervene to stop the harassment against Muslim IDP’s who have lived in different parts of the country as refugees and as a “forgotte ...
Maldives has reiterated its continuous support to Sri Lanka in the international arena. Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon, who is currently in Sri Lanka on an official visit, pledged the assurance during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday. “On the
Statement Issued by the United National Party With reference to the invitation extended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to all members of Parliament for a function to "celebrate the cultural diversity of the Commonwealth to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New year" on April 26, 2014 at Temple Trees, the Leadership Council of the United National Party decided to instruct all members of the party to boycott the event on the grounds that the present government, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has grossly violated all values and principles governing the Commonwealth of Nations. The UNP is of the strong belief that the government has no right to host events related to Commonwealth when its own actions continuously contravene basic tenets of democracy and good governance, that it is bound to uphold as Chair in Office. Therefore, no UNP member will be present at the ceremony and the party, without any reservations will boycott the event. 2014.04.25
China pledged to continue its support to Sri Lanka at U.N. forums when the country’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. President Rajapaksa thanked China for its support to Sri Lanka at the UNHRC this year. China voted against the resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva last month and defended Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and national security. Liu thanked President Rajapaksa for his personal interest in Sri LankaChina bilateral relations. President Rajapaksa ...
BBS flays Govt. on Wilpattu housing project The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation today lashed out at President Mahinda Rajapaksa and government officials for keeping mum about a large scale housing complex being constructed in the middle of the Wilpattu National Park. It said there was evidence to prove that some unscrupulous elements in the government were backing this illegal project which was bound to destroy a national treasure and that the BBS would take the matter to courts shortly. The organisation claimed that the huge housing project was being carried out with funds received from a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in a Middle Eastern country with the backing of a minister. “A project of this nature has to be carried out with the involvement of several ministers such as those of the Environment and Renewable Energy Ministry and the Wildlife Resources Conservation Ministry because this project is located within a National Park. The National Heritage Ministry should be responsible becaus ...
“We celebrate the Avurudda with pride in our efforts towards building a self-sufficient nation,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his New Year message!
Further, Pakistan made it clear that the resolving the dispute over Kashmir was essential for peace in the region. In her speech addressed to a Lanka- Pakistan business council in Colombo on Friday, Pakistani high commissioner, Seema Ilahi Baloch said that Saarc as a regional group could become more effective for economic development if "we resolve our political issues with India including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir." "We hope you appreciate that just as Sri Lanka has not compromised on its integral issues of sovereignty, nor can we. We understand that to attain durable peace in our region, the Kashmir dispute must be resolved by peaceful means in accordance with the UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people," Baloch said. Baloch made her remarks as Nirupama Rao, Shiv Shankar Menon and defence secretary, Pradeep Kumar reached Colombo to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other top officials. Earlier in her speech, Baloch said Sri Lanka's help to Pakistan during the 1971 war could nev ...
TAMIL’S DON’T NEED A POLITICAL PACKAGE SAYS SINGAPORE FOREIGN MINISTER Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, K Shanmugam, during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s Office this evening, called on countries to engage constructively with Sri Lanka. He expects the Tamils to look to the future rather than dwell on the killing of more than 40,000 of Tamil civilians by the government forces in month of May 2009 or the disappearances of Tamils in North and East of Sri Lanka done by government backed groups. Shanmugam said one of the main objectives of his visit is to tell the world what he thinks is that the Sri Lankan Tamils really need is development (and NOT a POLITICAL PACKAGE as claimed by there democratically elected TNA). What Tamil people are really interested in is their future and their children’s future AS SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.
DTN Military News: Come and Learn about reconciliation process: President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that foreign ...
Sri Lanka - on a downward way ? A report from Al Jazeera Is Sri Lanka turning into a rogue state? The current Sri Lankan Government is trying hard to avoid an international human rights probe. 09 Feb 2014 12:27 Ameen Izzadeen A new report suggests that the Sri Lankan army tried to cover up evidence of mass graves [AP] As international pressure mounts on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to launch a credible process to investigate war crimes alleged to have taken place during the last stages of the war, the people - largely the Sinhalese who form 75 percent of the country's population - rally round him. Since the Sri Lankan armed forces defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, Rajapaksa has been winning almost every election by whipping up patriotic emotions that make people forget his failures and see him as a saviour. It is their way of paying back for bringing peace to the country and restoring their freedom. In the process, the skyrocketing cost of living becomes a non-issue. So do c ...
You don’t ask that from the Americans! You don’t go and ask that of the British about Iraq, or Afghanistan or what is happening in Pakistan? Be fair with us…be fair with us… don’t treat Sri Lanka like this because we defeated terrorism. Unfortunately, other countries couldn’t defeat terrorism yet, although we have done that. Interview transcript with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa and presenter Ms Fauziah Ibrahim 27 May, *Shameless Acts by the LTTE supporters* The Tamil Tiger Terrorists(LTTE) is the world’s richest, smartest and ruthless terrorist group as described by the FBI. They not only attack harmless people, but they attack the media in a way where misleading facts are fed to them and then spread to other people around the world. For example, in 2002, Tamil Tiger supporters who work for BBC received an award from an LTTE leader for supporting the Tamil Tiger Terrorist movement by airing many stories on the news. Also, in 2006, the LTTE tried to bribe the FBI, with millions ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that certain elements were engaged in a conspiracy from Geneva to build wrong opinions among the people in the South as well, saying that their human rights were violated. Launching the development activities of the Galle – Udugama Road, the President said that he fi...
Former MP quits JVP Details Published on Monday, 10 February 2014 13:17 Hits: 307 Premasiri-Manage The former Matara district MP of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Mr. Premasiri Manage has quit JVP and joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Manage has been offered a position of SLFP district organizer of Matara and also has been appointed as a coordinating secretary of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr. Premasiri represented the Matara district in parliament from 2004 to 2010 by obtaining the third highest number of preferential votes of 101,558 votes from the Matara district in the 2004 General election. . He was a long time member of the JVP and also represented the local governments and the Provincial Councils from JVP before he was elected to the parliament. Mr. Manage’s resignation from the JVP has come at a time when the new JVP leader Mr. Anura Dissanayake claiming that many of those who have quit the JVP has expressed willingness to re-join the JVP under his leadership. (niz)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he would perform his duty to fulfill the people’s needs as he has been doing since the beginning of his political life. Addressing a gathering after opening the development work of Elpitiya Pitigala road this morning, he said that the development agenda of the g...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Government’s door has been closed for the UNP. The President points out that there should be a good Opposition within a country. The President said so while participation of the inauguration of the main UPFA Hambantota election office in Ambalantota ye...
Sri Lanka GAZETTE NOTIFICATION ALLOWING PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES TO AWARD DEGREE WITHOUT CONFIRMING TO PROFESSIONAL STANDARD IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE ENGINEERING OR ARCHITECTURE PUTTING COUNTRY EDUCATION STANDARD UNDER THREAT AND WORRIED MEDICAL COUNCIL AND OTHER GOVERNING BODIES RESOLVED NOT TO ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN AND WRITTEN TO PRESIDENT TO STOP THIS IN THE INTEREST OF STUDENTS 9TH FEB.2014 A Gazette notification to allow private institutions to award degrees without conforming to professional standards has led to a howl of protests. Some of the main areas where provision has been made to award degrees are in the fields of medicine, engineering and architecture.The Sri Lanka Medical Council, the governing body for medicine, said it was “gravely concerned” over the implications of the move by the Ministry of Higher Education. “We have communicated to President Mahinda Rajapaksa the serious consequences that will arise,” Prof. Carlo Fonseka, President of the SLMC, told the Sunday Times. Concern was . ...
Aba, like many of the films to follow, received the acclaim and patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who...
Sobitha Hamuduruvo takes a stand NPC and LSSP make bold moves February 8, 2014, 12:00 pm Kumar David Maduluwave Sobitha hamudurovo has told it like it is in an interview with E. Jayasuriyan in the Sunday Thinakural (Tamil) of 2 February, print edition page 5, website www.thinakkural.lk. This is a volcano but the Sinhala and English press have still not picked it up (Tuesday 4 February). But no ways will anyone get away with self-censorship; it will come out. I will summarise the interview in a moment, but let me touch on two other points first. Only a charlatan or a dunce would still believe that that there is even a remote possibility of this regime undertaking a genuine investigation of civilian deaths, disappearances and accountability issues – SL State and LTTE - during the civil-war and preceding it. Therefore it is welcome and appropriate, that in a body blow to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Northern Provincial Council "unanimously" adopted a resolution targeted at the UNHRC demanding "an inter ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is ready to accept a South African style Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but stopped short of trapping himself into a deadline on its appointment in a specially commissioned infomercial that was aired on US television last weekend.
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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran has blamed President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the resolutions submitted at the Northern Provincial Council last week. Wigneswaran said that the resolutions could have been avoided had the President given ear to what the NPC members were asking for. “The Resolutions are the outcome of the heightened feelings among our members for which the President alone is the sole cause. Under the Law he should have appointed a Chief Secretary with the concurrence of the Chief Minister. He is refusing to get rid of the -present incumbent who was there as an appendage of the Governor and Rishard Badurdeen even before we came in. They feel I have been taken for a ride. They think I was naive for trusting such a person. If the President had given permission to change the Chief Secretary I could have prevented the Members bringing Resolutions saying we have got to wait patiently, etc. Now we have nothing. So their emotions are finding openings,” Wigneswaran said. The NPC had ...
MR misleads farmers again: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has once again misled the farming community in the country.
- President Mahinda Rajapaksa's message on the 66th Independence Day.
The 66th Independence Day parade was held in Kegalle. Addressing the parade, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the international community should understand the difficulty in defeating terrorism.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says individuals will not be allowed to disrupt peace and unity that currently...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's message on the 66th Day.
TEXT: President Mahinda Rajapaksa's speech at the 66th Independence Day celebrations.
SL says int'l war crimes probe would bring 'chaos' "But Weeratunga rejected the charges and said an international inquiry would only reopen old wounds, as it would require investigation of all those involved in the conflict, including former rebels and Indian peacekeepers as well as the armed forces." (Reuters) - An international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring "chaos," and the government's national reconciliation process must be given several more years to work, a top aide to Sri Lanka's president said on Monday. Lalith Weeratunga, in Washington to lobby against calls for such an inquiry, said Sri Lanka needed at least five years from the July 2012 date the government regards as the start of its reconciliation process for the effort to take root. "After 26 years of conflict ... we want to make it a sustainable peace. It's a very delicate, delicate process. Reconciliation is not a task that can be achieved in a day or two," said Weeratunga, who is secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa ...
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
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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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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 [...]
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.
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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 !
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.
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
In my guess President Mahinda Rajapaksa decide the the right thing about 13+ Amedment
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 . ...
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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.
Derana: President condoles Indian flood deaths: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday mourned the death and de...
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With media heads and having a pow-vow with President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the President's breakfast meeting at...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today he would permit journalists to decide on a code of ethi...
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.
Foreign tours of ministers and SLFP members cancelled: President: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed a...
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.
President warns Karannagoda: President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Japan recently. On this time president issued...
‘No room in the party for the corrupt’: President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the…
Attacks on Sri Lanka will not defeat or intimidate us, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka's justice ministry has received a summons issued by a US federal court for President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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!!
DTN Military News: President, new Chinese leader to further strengthen ties: President Mahinda Rajapaksa and t...
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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
MR sends greetings to new Pope: President Mahinda Rajapaksa while expressing his good wishes t...
Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday told his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa over ph ...
The Bodhu Bala Sena which enjoys the support of Defence and Urban Development secretary and BROTHER OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA (The President of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa completed his official visit to Japan and returned to SriLanka earlier this morning- Presidents Office
The president of Srilanka. Mahinda Rajapaksa. What a name for a ruler.
Chennai police arrested members of People Cultural Movement over burning effigies of President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka: COLOMBO (Reuters) - President Mahinda Rajapaksa is under fire from ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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Last evening I took part in a meeting that President Mahinda Rajapaksa convened with the Opposition Members of the...
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
The working Committee of the United National Party requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to make...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will host his monthly breakfast meeting for the Editors today.
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.
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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Flagship film created for President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Presidential Election 2010 of Sri Lanka.
President instructs envoy to assist Lankans caught in storm: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Sri Lankan...
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'.
Govt. won’t repeal 13-A "what President Mahinda Rajapaksa had meant by 13A Plus was a framework solution to the...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf met Tuesday on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the Milo President’s Trophy for the inter-school rugby tournament to President Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football...
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.
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa having his monthly breakfast meeting with Editors now
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.
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