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Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala Foreign Relations Advisor to President
Former UN Under Secretary General, Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala has been appointed Senior Advisor on Foreign Relations to President Maithripala Sirisena with immediate effect. Dhanapala is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs (1998-2003) and a former Ambassador of Sri...
15.01.2015 - 07:43
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Resetting Indo –Lanka Relations
With the inauguration of President Maithripala Sirisena on January 9, and the decision taken by the newly appointed External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera to undertake his first official overseas visit to New Delhi, there are indications that Indo-Lanka relations are eventually heading in the...
15.01.2015 - 06:57
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Sri Lanka - The People Have Spoken - A Postscript.
Vox populi, vox dei! In Sri Lanka the majority of the voters spoke firmly in godlike fashion at last week's presidential election and brought down a Government which had ruled the country for over two decades. First under the leadership of the formidable and now resurgent Chandrika Kumaratunga Banda...
14.01.2015 - 13:13 By Mathias Keitel
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Pope Francis calls on President Maithripala Sirisena
Pope Francis calls on President Maithripala Sirisena Pope Francis called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this evening, where bilateral discussions were held between them with the sharing of good wishes. Later Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe joined the discussion...
14.01.2015 - 08:31
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Rishad returns to lead Lanka’s Industry & Commerce to next level
Rishad Bathiudeen MP has triumphantly returned to serve the country once again as the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka -and the country’s private sector promptly hailed his return on 12 January. “I, Rishad Bathiudeen solemnly declare and affirm that I will faithfully perform the duties...
13.01.2015 - 08:54
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Maldives President Abdul Gayoom Invites Lankan President To Maldives
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in a congratulatory message to President Sirisena has invited him for a state visit to exchange views in "taking our relationship forward." "On behalf of the people and the Government of Maldives I wish to convey my sincere congratulations to you on yo...
12.01.2015 - 07:20
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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party; Defeated but unbowed
Sri Lanka has a new President and a new Prime Minister. They will select their cabinet soon and will commence the implementation of the promised 100 day reform program which includes the abolition of the Executive Presidency. There have been mixed messages in regard to this key election platform pro...
12.01.2015 - 07:10 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sri Lankan Presidential Election 2015: the fall of a political giant of our time
Our former president, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, may be enjoying his well-earned rest in his rural village in the deep south of Sri Lanka with the folks that he is always comfortable with – the peasants who adore him. His departure, not completely unexpected, shows, however, that the overwhelming relianc...
11.01.2015 - 07:57 Hemantha Abeywardena wrties from London…
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Sri Lanka: Two Powerful Administrative Slots Filled
Two powerful positions in the public services in Sri Lanka appointed with effect from yesterday- men who will in true sense running the day to day administration of the country. They are - The former Public Administration Ministry Secretary P.B. Abeykoon assumed duties as Secretary to President M...
11.01.2015 - 07:15
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Dr Shurhozelie confident of CM Zeliang’s wining of Floor Test, dismisses PR rumors
President of the Naga People’s Front (NPF), Dr Shurhozelie, expressed confidence that if chief minister TR Zeliang was allowed to have “Floor Test” by the governor PB Acharya, they would easily vote out the other dissident group of NPF legislators led by G Kaito Aye. He also allayed fears that Presi...
11.01.2015 - 06:56 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Statement of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka on the new Presidency
The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka emphatically welcomes the victory of Mr Maithripala Sirisena at the presidential poll. We are also grateful to him for continuing after his election to assert the values which the people of Sri Lanka have shown they admire. We now have a compassionate government, and w...
11.01.2015 - 06:32
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Ranil Sworn In As Prime Minister
Former Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, was yesterday sworn in as the new Prime Minister before freshly elected President Maithripala Sirisena, at a national ceremony held at the Independence Square. This was followed by the swearing in ceremony of the sixth Executive President Maithripala S...
10.01.2015 - 07:18
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Entertaining some early skepticism, US hails Sri Lanka's democratic traditions
With the conclusion of the presidential election on 8 January with fewer incidents compared to earlier occasions, the orderly transfer of power from the defeated candidate incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa to the victor Maitripala Sirisena, the victor appealing to the masses not to harm, mentally or physi...
10.01.2015 - 06:56 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Very peaceful election with a tight finish
Lankan expatriate community in the gulf is extremely relieved since the presidential election has concluded peacefully with no incidence reported. Although there were few unruly behaviors of those who were holding responsible positions in the outgoing government, on the run up to the presidential el...
10.01.2015 - 06:47 By S.H.Moulana – Riyadh
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Modi congratulates Sirisena, invites him to India; Rameswaram fishermen hail Sirisena win
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu leaders and the fishermen community of Rameswaram have congratulated Maitripala Sirisena on his victory in the Sri Lankan presidential elections. Modi telephoned the President-elect and assured him of India’s continued solidarity a...
10.01.2015 - 06:39 From Malladi Rama Rao
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the same fate as Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill defeated the scourge of the Hitler’s Nazism that killed between 50 to 80 million people. Wikipedia states that “World War II fatality statistics vary, with estimates of total dead ranging from 50 million to more than 80 million. The sources cited in this article document an estimat...
10.01.2015 - 06:10 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Mahinda Deshapriya, Election Commissioner officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President
Mahinda Deshapriya, Election Commissioner, officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of Sri Lanka, a short while ago. Making the official declaration in terms of the powers vested in him by the Constitution, Deshapriya said that Mr. Sirisena obtained a majority of 51.28% vot...
09.01.2015 - 14:33
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Most Rev. Pope Francis - Welcome To Sri Lanka Feather In President Rajapaksa's Cap
In the midst of all political work connected with the Presidential election President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the officials to make arrangements in coordination with Cardinal Malcom Ranjith for a grand welcome to Most Rev.Pope Francis who will be in Sri Lanka on 13th January 2015 on the invi...
07.01.2015 - 07:36 By Dr.T.Jayasinghe - Fmr. Ambassador to State of Palestine
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President will win the Presidential Election by a huge margin
While expressing confidence that he would win Thursday’s Presidential Election by a huge margin, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that he would dedicate his third term for the future generation and make Sri Lanka a prosperous, safe and beautiful country for the unborn Sri Lankan child. Ad...
06.01.2015 - 17:23
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UN Designated Terrorist Fronts Support Maithripala
LTTE fronts overseas that supported violence in Sri Lanka pledged its support for the common candidate Mr Maithripala Sirisena. This includes the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), a terrorist entity engaged in propaganda, fundraising and weapons procurement. The CTC is designated as a "terrorist entit...
06.01.2015 - 17:01 By Maya Anthony
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