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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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President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be Re-elected Because of the Impression & Impact he has made & has. >DR DAYAN JAYATILEKA
Rohan Wickremasinghe Presidential Elections 2014 : Why Mahinda Rajapaksa is disqualified for any more to be the President
President Rajapaksa says a generation with educational qualifications must be created: President Mah...
Greatest strength of the SLFP is our women: President Rajapaksa: President Mahinda Rajapaksa says th...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa called & wished UNP’s Karu Jayasuriya after news that ha has been nominated as common presidential candidate.
Enemies of the President’s Promse: Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Seven Dwarfs – Happy (Part 1)
The Alms Giving at Madamulana today with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in memory of my Grandparents.
no one common in the opposition to challenge the people's president Mahinda Rajapaksa leader who touches the hearts of the common people.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to issue gazette on Presidential polls on the 19th?
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Srilanka can not contest in elections for a third time.The constitution specifies that in clear terms!
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the 2015 national budget proposal has been a dream come true for many people. -TNL
Original news item(s) on Swamy askin for Bharat Ratna to Rajapakshe Lankan press
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to issue a Gazette on November 19 instructing EC to conduct a Presidential Election
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa writes to SC seeking its opinion on the constitutional provision for seeking a third term.
Amb of Mr. Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn presents credentials to President Mahinda Oct.30
Condolences to President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa: Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to President of S...
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DTN Kerala: Rajapaksa seeks court opinion for third term in office: The Sri Lankan President is expected to an...
President Mahinda. Rajapaksa sought Supreme Court's opinion on his eligibility to contest for a record third term in office.
President of Bar Association says submissions have been made to the Supreme Court regarding Mahinda Rajapaksa's contesting a third term
MR requests Opinion of SC over constitution on ThirdTerm: t was reported that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa consults the Supreme Court about his eligibility to contest for a third presidential term.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa requests Supreme Court to provide an opinion on his ability to stand election for a further term in office. ...
(Colombo, Lankapuvath) - In a letter to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Committee for Strategic Action and Leader of the Janatha Party Dr. Subramanian Swamy stated that he is expect to arrive in Colombo on the night of November 24th to address on the…
COLOMBO: At least 100 people are feared dead in a devastating landslide triggered by rains that struck the homes of Indian-origin plantation workers in central Sri Lanka, prompting the deployment of the army for rescue operations. Disaster relief officials said some eight dead bodies have been recovered at Haldummulla in the central Badulla district. However, the unofficial figures said the number of bodies recovered was 16. “The number missing is much less than we feared,” Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. Early reports said that at least 300 people could have been killed in the disaster. The landslide occurred as part of a mountain collapsed on a line of homes of plantation workers of Indian-origin early this morning after torrential rains lashed the area. The government deployed the army to rescue the trapped residents who were believed to have been buried 30 feet deep in the mud. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also ordered the security forces to deploy their machinery to the a ...
”we have decided not to support Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at any election because of his allegiance with Tamil separatist groups,” he said. Commenting on the European Court of Justice (ECJ) lifting the sanctions placed on the LTTE, the Minister said the decision portrayed how the European Union (EU) was politicised.” JHU to meet President 2014-10-20 18:21:59 The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today said its resolutions would be discussed with President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the objective of deciding whether to back him at a future Presidential Election. The JHU at its 11th Convention held on Sunday adopted eight resolutions including one to amend the present Constitution and to reduce the number of Cabinet Ministers to 25. Party Assistant Secretary and the Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila said they would field another candidate at a presidential election if the President was not in favour of JHU resolutions. “If the President didn’t agree to our resolutions, we will ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it is only him who can forward this motherland to new heights, because he is truly the people's President.
Sri Lanka will hold early presidential elections in January, a government minister says, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to...
The Bloemendhal “Sirisanda Sevana” new housing scheme was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday...
JHU says they will put forward a common candidate if President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not accept party’s proposals.
MR sets condition to abolish executive. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reiterated a condition in order to...
Issues with Executive Presidency can be taken to court: President: President Mahinda Rajapaksa says ...
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Budget 2015, PB's last?. The Budget 2015 which is to be presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity...
President 'induces' MPs. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said no one needed to be fearful of a General election...
I hope overconfidence doesn't backfires on President Mahinda Rajapaksa as he is very sure of winning presidential polls.
National Freedom Front pledges its support for President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the next election-President's Media-Info Dept
I will win whatever it takes - President. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reportedly said that he will definitely...
DM Presidential polls in January: President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the leaders of t...
Yal Devi reaches Jaffna after 24 years . President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Northern Railway Line in...
Yal Devi train arrives in Jaffna after 24 years after which President Mahinda Rajapaksa ceremonially opened the Jaffna.
Don’t drag the school children into politics-MR: It was said that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa warned the ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa launches services to battle-scarred city of nearly 25...
In 2010, REDLIME and its Founder & Chief Strategist Mr.SD Nishanka (Nish) were invited to create an ambush campaign strategy for HE Mahinda Rajapaksa just a few weeks before the Presidential Elections. Though Nish does not indulge in creating political campaigns in Sri Lanka as it is usually handled by mafia type ad agencies and individuals with cruel vengeance towards any competition, he accepted the invitation as he believed it was only President Mahinda Rajapaksa who could find a reasonable political solution acceptable to all communities to end the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka. Looking at the current political scenario, it is only President Mahinda Rajapaksa who can implement a political solution acceptable to all communities, simply because he is trusted by the majority race, the sinhalese, who will not doubt any solution he brings to the table, which is an advantage that no other Sri Lankan politician holds. The usual political cronies, individuals with vested interests, sudo patriots & nationalists, ...
The presidential election, which has become the talk of many these days, is a worthless subject except for a few say President's Counsel Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne. He says President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no authority to come forward for a third time and it is illegal to do so.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over Sri Lanka's US$ 1million donation to palestine when he met palestine president Mahmoud Abbas
President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over Sri Lanka's US$ 1 million donation to Palestine when he met Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in NYC
Burma's Wirathu Thera to attend BBS convention? Ven. Ashin Wirathu Thera of Burma is to be an invitee of the Bodu Bala Sena's "Sangha Council” convention on Sep. 28, 2014, reliable sources say. A letter opposing the visit of the Thera has been forwarded by the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka to the President and the Defence Secretary. Speaking on this regard to 'Sri Lanka Mirror', CEO of the BBS - Dilanthe Withanage said that leaders of several Buddhist organisations in Asia have been invited for the event. Opposing the arrival of Virathu Thera under such a backdrop through such a correspondence is a historical wrongdoing, the BBS CEO says adding that measures would be taken to seek legal redress against this through Buddhist organisations. Speaking further, Withanage added, "There is a close relationship between the Wirathu Thera and the BBS's Gnanasara Thera. A BBS delegation recently visited Myanmar. We oppose torturing Muslims. We have explained our stance on that regard. We are happy that the violence ...
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"Ensure no visa is granted to 'Butcher of the Burmese Muslims' Wirathu" SL Muslims request President Mahinda .
President meets Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretary General: President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is pres...
Country Statement of Sri Lanka by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the UN Climate Summit - " While Sri...
President meets Obama at US reception. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe...
We don’t consider Sri Lanka as outside the OIC: Madani met the President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning in New...
“I will look after the Muslim community like my own brothers,” says President Mahinda .
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady at the Reception Hosted by President Barack Obama & US First Lady
Sri Lanka has also become an unfortunate victim of ill-conceived agendas of some in the Human Rights Council," President Mahinda Rajapaksa
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will now address the General Assembly
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will address the United Nations General Assembly next...
At 9:00 am on 19 May 2009 President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered a victory address to the Parliament and declared that
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will address the 69th at around 3.00 A.M. tomorrow in time.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on stage with Hilary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to save the Elephants Initiative.
Back to Top September 23, 2014��11:44 pm President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be joining former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to extend Sri Lanka�s support to the Elephant Action Network that works toward preventing elephant poaching…
President to join Hillary Clinton for the Clinton Global Initiative. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be joining...
Mahinda Rajapaksa Presidential Election Campaign: Fourth Russian President Vladimir Putin to join the campaign in Sri Lanka: Waste of SL Tax
Mahinda Rajapaksa Presidential Election Campaign: Second Chinese President joined the campaign in Sri Lanka
Derana: President to address UN tomorrow in NY: President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to deliver the nation...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who will attend the 69th Session of the UNGA in NY,will address the assembly on Wednesday
DM MR arrives in New York for UNGA, Climate Summit: President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in New York Cit...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently (Sep. 19) assumed the chairmanship of International Conference of Asian...
Derana: President launches website on his engagements at the UN: President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched a specia...
In the election in Uva Province, which was seen as a test of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re…
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for New York a short while ago to attend the United Nations General Assembly later this week
In a major blow to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his ruling coalition's popularity dwindled by an unprecedented 23 per cent - PTI
BJP leaders Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly call on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
Derana: President to leave for New York to address UNGA: President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave on a five-day ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping will ceremonially launch the construction work of Colombo Port City Project, which consists of 2...
Presidential drive increases foreign direct investments The programme launched on the instructions of the President to encourage foreign investments has shown successful results. Direct foreign investments have increased by 72 percent in eight years. Under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, creating history, Sri Lanka has been able to increase foreign direct investments by 72 percent during the past eight years. Sri Lanka has received foreign investments of 9,918 Million dollars from 1978 to 2013. Out of that, an investment of 7,141 Million dollars has taken place from 2006 to 2013. The value of investments in the year 2013 is 1,300 million dollars. The Government hopes to attract 5,000 million dollars as direct investments by the year 2016. It is expected to further increase that amount to 8,000 Million dollars by 2020. This was revealed when the new programme of the Sri Lanka Board of Investment, was presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees. The BOI expects an investment of 2 ...
BBS like Extremists Make Muslim Allies Of Sri Lanka Worry – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka = Extremist organizations have created suspicion among the Muslim countries which have been Sri Lanka’s allies during the recent past, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka says. He has made this observation in an interview with a local newspaper. He has also said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had traditional respect from Muslim countries for his role as the long standing leader of Sri Lanka's Palestine Solidarity Committee. But his apparent inability or unwillingness to curb extremist forces is a big error, Dr. Jayatilleka had said. In the opinion of Dr. Jayatilleka the SLFP used to have a considerable support base among Muslims. This has now disappeared, he said. There was a tendency where political parties representing minority communities agreeing upon a common plan of action. Extremist groups are responsible for the prevailing conditions which made these parties to come to such an agreement.
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1. Narendra Damodardas Modi was sworn‐in as the 15th Prime Minister of India on 26 May 2014. Along with him, 45‐member Council of Ministers that includes 23 Ministers with Cabinet rank, 10 Ministers of State with independent charges and 12 Ministers of State also took oath of their offices. This is the first time that, 25% of the Cabinet post has been allocated to women. Out of 23 Cabinet post, 6 has been allocated to women. The representative from SAARC nations included 1. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan 2. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal 3. Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius 4. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan 5. President Abdulla Yameen of Maldives 6. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan 7. President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka 8. Speaker of the Bangladesh National Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury 2. 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014 results were declared on 16 May 2014. The elections were conducted in 543 constituencies across India. In the Elections 2014, th ...
MR calls Indonesian President-elect: . President Mahinda Rajapaksa has telephoned the newly elected Indonesian...
Every ethnic group has identical characteristics.: President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Safeguarding the national ...
MR absent over fear - Tamil protesters. Tamil protesters say that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had skipped the...
Deplorable security by Britain: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declined an invitation to participate in the C...
President abolishes taxes Financial Institutions: . President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to abolish taxes o...
MR wants world leaders to see SL’s reality: . President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday said he wishes to see more... http:/…
BJP delegation led by met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to remove the taxes announced in Special Gazette 1857/8 for state and...
Derana: President to abolish taxes on financial institution staff perks: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decid...
Investigate and Regulate Foreign Funded NGOs by S Akurugoda According to a news item appeared in Daily Mirror dated 9th July 2014, under the subject ‘NGO’s to defy Defence Ministry ban‘ J.C. Weliamuna of the Lawyers Collective said the government is misguided in its thinking that NGOs and civil society organisations are enemies and is working for international community. Another so-called human rights activist, Nimalka Fernando , while exposing how she is going to defy the Defence Ministry’s directive, has said she has the democratic right to criticize the unconstitutional manner in which the country is being governed, where the president makes the decisions without so much as consulting the cabinet. The parliament is reduced to a mere rubber stamp. There should not be any question as to the right of the people to criticize the government, yet, let us go through some of the statements of these NGO kingpins made in the past for various issues to see the extent of damage caused to the country, as a ...
Sri Lanka committed to the reconciliation process: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said his government ...
Badulla District gets Rs. 2,657 m. for development The Economic Development Ministry has allocated Rs.2,657 million for developing the Badulla District in the Uva Province under the House-to-House, Village-to-Village National Economic Development Plan. The Badulla District programme will cover 567 Grama Seva Divisions in 15 Dvisional Secretariat areas of the Badulla, Haputale, Bandarawela, Uva- Paranagama, Welimada, Mahiyanganaya, Passara, Haliela, Viyaluwa Electorates of the district. The beneficiaries will be 811,758 persons of 239,463 families of the Badulla District. The number of Divi Neguma beneficiaries is 59,273. According to Badulla District Secretary Rohana Disanayaka, 1,991 villages will benefit from this programme which is being launched under the direction of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's advice. Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dilan Perera, Laksman Senevirathna, Former Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksha, Parliamentarians Chamika Buddh ...
Dear Ambassa Reference to Ms Julie Bishop's Foreign Minister of Australia offensive resolution aimed at Russian President Vladimir Putin I take exception due to the following reasons and feel it is not humane as all I know is Putin fast s sleep when the incident happened.. Mislead Obama and Abbott have no manners and they are going to pay for their indiscretions. We can’t treat or use others like slaves like Aussies (Whites only policy) and Americans (Black segregation) are used to from early times they are like you and I wouldn’t like to be pushed around like servants. Yes the rebels were behind the missile attack but now it prevails it was an accident. They have their reasons and no way trumped up War Crimes or Crimes against Humanity charges would lead to a conviction given the unhelpful actions of Malaysia pilots unless before a Kangaroo court. How about your friend President Mahinda Rajapaksa alias Houdini who for now has escaped The Hague? In his case he should be in the front of The Hague queu ...
It will take a long time to heal the wounds of war - President Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Rajapaksa welcomes new BRICS Bank: President Mahinda Rajapaksa today welcomed the formation of the New Develop...
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...
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
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 ...
Snapshot: Separated at birth? Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa looks exactly like South ...: The...
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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
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
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 ...
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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.
President Rajapaksa will visit Adam's Peek today: President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open recently const...
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.
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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.
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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
SL ready to work with Kenya-MR: . President Mahinda Rajapaksa has pledged his government's commitment to work ...
More time to report disappearances: The Commission appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate com...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady were guests at Kenya's 50th Independence Day celebrations held last morning
The 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM; /ˈtʃɒɡ(ə)m/) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013.[2] Commonwealth leaders agreed on Sri Lanka as the 2013 host for the meeting when they met in Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009. Sri Lanka, which was originally slated to host the summit in 2011, was accused of committing atrocities during the Sri Lankan civil war and the summit was instead held in Perth, Australia; Colombo was given the 2013 summit instead.[3][4]The leaders of Canada, Mauritius, and India boycotted the summit, citing alleged human rights violations by Sri Lanka against its Tamil minority. Protests were also banned during the summit.[5] President Mahinda Rajapaksa summarised the summit's events as: "Issues covered in the communique include development, political values, global threats, challenges and Commonwealth cooperation."[6] This was the first time in 40 years that theHead of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, was not present at the CHOG ...
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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
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 [...]
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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 ...
13A bogey takes a beating in the South: By all indications, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has all of a sudden g...
Completed seven years as the Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday Observer. In 2006, President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
State Reform In Sri Lanka: Issues, Directions And Perspectives Reviewed by Sumanasiri Liyanage With the recently concluded Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Election, the issue of state reform is back on the agenda as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that stands explicitly for federal system of governance was able to win the majority seats in the NPC. Mr Wigneswaran of the TNA was sworn in before the President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Minister of the NPC. It is certain that the NPC will ask for the full powers of the Provincial List of the 13th Amendment to the Second Republican Constitution the full implementation of which has consciously and purposely been thwarted by the central government since its enactment in 1987. The question as to how the post-colonial Sri Lankan state should be restructured in order to accommodate the demands and aspirations of the numerically small nations in the island has once again been posed and it has to be resolved not at the deliberations of the Parliamentary Sel ...
Members of Chinese Peace and Disarmament Group Call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa: The Vice President of the ...
The 45th Annual Esala pageant and Cultural Festival of the historic Sittamgallena Raja Maha Viharaya at Walasmulla in the Hambanthota District will be held from October 26 to November 1. The Randoli Perahera will be held on October 30 commencing from 9 p.m. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Uva Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa are due to witness the Perahera.
Public viewing of Colombo - Katunayake Expressway on October 22, 23 & 24, Grand Opening on 27 To celebrate the opening of the country's second expressway, sporting events, such as, cricket, volleyball, cycling, elephant races and a marathon for people residing around the expressway, are organised. As a special event, a motorcycle stunt rider will ride a motorcycle for 25 kilometres along the expressway. Special art competitions to children will be conducted at most of the interchanges with valuable prizes on offer. A fireworks display will also take place at the end of each day. Religious observations led by all religious leaders will take place in the evening on October 25. The expressway will be declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Oct. 27 I hope to have a drive through the expressway on October 28th dawn - early hours.
The record for the most cabinet ministers in one country is 52, all of whom were appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka on 17 November 2005. Records change on a daily basis and are not immediately published online. For the most up to date record information, we welcome your questions…
Letter sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (16/10/13) on the issue of long-held Tamil prisoners MANO GANESAN Leader of Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Convener of Civil Monitoring Commission (CivilMC) President of Democratic Workers Congress (DWC) President of Plantation Trade Union Federation (PTUF) Co-Leader of Movement for Unity with Power Sharing (MUPS) HE Mahinda Rajapaksa President Your Excellency, Subject: Tamil detainees and prisoners There are near one thousand men and women prisoners held in various remand prisons and detention centers for involving themselves in crimes connected to abetting and/or taking part in armed activities against the state. Their periods of captivity vary from five to fifteen years. There are priests and sick amidst them. There are women who have given birth to children inside the prison. We expected issues of these prisoners would come to an end immediately after the end of war. But it did not happen. In the near past, number of prisoners died due to violence oc ...
Pallai to be connected to Northern rail network soon The re-constructed railway line from Omanthai to Kilinochchi was commissioned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently. The reconstructed track was the first segment of the Omanthai - Kankesanthurai line. The second segment of 30 km, from Kilinochchi to Pallai, is now being readied to be added to the railway network of the island.
TNA détente with MR; but cracks erupt within. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a thoughtful gift for C.V.
The fifth phase of the domestic agriculture program - Divi Neguma commenced at the auspicious time of 10.11 am on Friday (11).   President Mahinda Rajapaksa planted a tree sapling at Temple Trees inaugurating the programme which will cover 14,008 Grama Seva areas in 324 Secretarial Divisions, targeting the Maha Season. The theme of the programme is "a prosperous home and a resplendent motherland".   The first stage of the Divi Neguma project commenced in 2011. Presently it is being extensively implemented in the plantation, rural and urban sectors.   The Divi Neguma programme  is being implemented under the three divisions of agriculture, livestock resources, fisheries and domestic industries. 18 ministries are directly contributing to the success of the project.                       www.english.lakdana.lk        
Cabinet lead by President Mahinda Rajapaksa reordered as world largest cabinet in the gunnies record book.
October 10, 2013 Sri Lanka Chief Cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya was among nine new Deputy Ministers who took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa today.
Nine new Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat-PMD-Daily Mirror Thawa deepan.. Api gewannam.. Anduwata chande dun pragathsheeli, deshapremeenta jaya wewa !
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…
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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 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 . ...
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...
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...
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
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.
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