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Mahinda Rajapakse


About Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda Rajapakse is the President of Sri Lanka. He won a re-election in February 2010.

Professional Biography

War again LTTE

Mahinda Rajapakse is believed to be a tough on Liberation Tigers for Tamil Ealam and has boosed the morale of the Sri Lankan Army to fight against the LTTE.

On May 15, Rajapakse said that the War with LTTE will end in 48 hours and as said, the Sri Lankan army made immense progress during the period.

On May 17, 2009, Rajapakse returned back to Colombo after a trip to Jordan on hearing about militarys victory over the LTTE and that of top two LTTE leaders being killed.

Rajapakse has slammed the tamil protesters in Perth over allegations of war crimes during the 2009 civil war. He defended the war against LTTE as the basis of Sri Lanka's prosperity.

State Visits

Visit to India - June 2010

Rajapaksa is expected to be making a visit to India to discuss about the rehabilitation of Tamils displaced in the war between the Lankan army and LTTE, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna. Rajapaksa began his 3-day visit to India on June 8, 2010.

Visit to South Korea

Mahinda Rajapaksa has left to South Korea on a four day visit in April 2012. The visit was extended by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak with the focus on increasing trade ties between the two countries. The South Korean has earlier agreed to provide technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka till 2015.

Sports

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that winning the bid to host 2018 Commonwealth Games will be a life-changing event for the country.

International Relations

India

Rajapaksa orders release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka's custody after India abstained from a UN vote seeking international probe into alleged war crimes during the last phase of civil war. Mar 28, 2014

Mahinda Rajapakse in News

India abstains from voting on UN resolution on Sri Lanka
India abstains from voting on UN resolution on Sri Lanka angering Tamil Nadu parties

ZTE and Mobitel Sign Strategic Deal Worth $40 Million
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, today announced it signed a strategic cooperation agreement worth $40 million with Mobitel of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Tamil party says no progress on political solution
The main minority Tamil political party in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that moves aimed at reaching a political solution to the ethnic issue in the country remained deadlocked.

Manmohan Singh meets Lankan President, Nepal PM, discusses internal conflicts
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and discussed the rehabilitation and devolution of Tamil minority in the island nation.

Cuba, Sri Lanka vow to boost cooperation
Cuban President Raul Castro and visiting President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka have agreed to further strengthen cooperation between their countries.

Sri Lanka's former army commander vows to topple government
Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka on Thursday said that toppling the government and creating a new political culture was his aim, ruling out any possibility of working with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka has 'no idea' about missing 'anti-government' website reporter's whereabouts
A senior Sri Lankan official has said that he has no clue about the whereabouts of a missing journalist.

Tamils deported from UK to Sri Lanka recount harrowing tales of 'torture'
Tamils forcibly deported by the Britain Government to Sri Lanka are being severely tortured, said a victim, who was left scared after a brutal two-week ordeal.

Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers to be forcibly deported from UK: Report
Dozens of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers will be forcibly removed from Britain on a secretive deportation flight, despite evidence that they face arrest and retribution on their return, according to report.

Sri Lanka north 'not just for Tamils', says nation's Defence Secretary
Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said it is not correct to view the north of the country, over which a separatist war was fought, as a predominantly Tamil area.

Ex-Lankan army chief barred from political office for seven years, despite release
Former Sri Lankan army chief General (retired) Sarath Fonseka has been barred from political office for seven years, despite being freed from jail, his lawyer has said.

Sri Lanka main Tamil party supports removal of military camps from north
Sri Lanka's main Tamil party is continuing to press for the removal of army camps in the northern part of the country though President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ruled out such a move, an official said here Tuesday.

Sri Lanka main opposition seeks support of ex-army chief
Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Tuesday invited former army commander Sarath Fonseka to join its alliance.

Ex-Sri Lankan army chief Fonseka released from prison
Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief General Sarath Fonseka has been released after more than two years.

Sri Lanka's president welcomes development aid from "friendly" countries
Sri Lanka will not tolerate outside interference in its reconciliation process but would accept development assistance from their foreign partners, the President said here on Saturday.

Sri Lanka celebrates three years following end of war
Sri Lanka on Saturday celebrated three years since the end of a 30-ear war with Tamil Tiger rebels by staging a massive military parade and commemorative event for the security forces.

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief granted bail
Sri Lanka's jailed former army commander Sarath Fonseka was granted bail in a case where he is accused of harboring army deserters during last presidential election.

Former Sri Lankan army chief to be freed: legislator
Former Sri Lankan Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is to be freed from prison soon, a legislator said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka 'demotes' Tamil UN ambassador over body's country censure motion
Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam has been demoted after the organisation adopted a motion critical of the country.

EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka
The European Union (EU) on Sunday called for a fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka.

Allegations made by Lankan Prez against Indian fishermen unconfirmed: Narayanasamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy on Saturday said that the accusations made by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa against the fishermen from Tamil Nadu were unsubstantiated.

'Civilian protection was govt's top priority during civil war': Sri Lankan commission
A commission of inquiry appointed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look into events of the civil war has issued a report saying the government did its best to protect civilians.

Oz Tamils demand Rajapaksa's arrest in Perth over Sri Lankan war crimes
Tamil protestors in Perth, Australia, have demanded that visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa should be arrested and charged with war crimes over atrocities in his country that eventually led to the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009.

Gillard raises concerns over Sri Lanka's investigation of war crimes
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that her government wants Sri Lanka to deal with alleged human rights abuses committed during the with the Tamil Tigers.

Ex-Oz PM Fraser backs call for Sri Lanka war crimes investigation
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has supported calls for an international investigation into allegations of widespread war crimes during the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers.

Rajapaksa charged over Sri Lankan war crimes in Oz court
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been charged with war crimes in a Melbourne court over the civil war in his country.

Rajapaksa advisor among 4 killed in Sri Lanka's violence-marred elections
At least four people, including the adviser to Sri Lanka's president have been killed and dozens wounded in an outbreak of political violence in the country.

India, Pakistan relations encouraging, but subject to accident: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that he and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have reviewed the whole gamut of the bilateral relationship and agreed that the resumed round of dialogue should continue.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai to visit Sri Lanka
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai will be on a three-day visit to Sri Lanka beginning on Saturday.

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