Presidential commission probing disappearances to commence sittings on Jan 18


The Presidential Commission to probe alleged abduction and disappearances of persons resident in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 will commence its first public sittings on the 18th of this month.


President Rajapaksa Holds Discussions with Israeli President Peres

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Israeli President Shimon Peres held discussions at the President’s Office in Jerusalem Thursday (Jan. 09).  President Rajapaksa arrived in Jerusalem yesterday as the final stop on his Middle East visit.


President Rajapaksa Conferred with the “Star of Palestine”

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The Government of Palestine today conferred President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the “Star of Palestine” – the highest award of the State of Palestine.

“The relations between Sri Lanka and the State of Palestine are exceptional and we remain committed to extending our fullest support to the State of Palestine and the friendly people of Palestine,” President Rajapaksa said during the conferment ceremony.


President Rajapaksa Holds Talks with the King of Jordan

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa held talks with the King of Jordan His Majesty King Abdulla II Ibn Al Hussein Sunday (Jan. 05) afternoon at the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman.

Following a warm welcome for President Rajapaksa, the two leaders held discussions on a number of topics relevant to both countries, including cooperation in defense-related activities and progress of the Joint Committee that was established after the signing of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement in 2007.


Northern Province Chief Minister calls on President

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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (2.01.2014).

After wishing the President for the New Year, the Chief Minister and the President were engaged in a cordial discussion.


President Rajapaksa calls on Sri Lankans to ensure national unity and peace in New Year

President SpeaksWe have stepped into the development decade with dedication. You already enjoy its fruits in newly built highways, airports, power plants, ports, roadways and beautification of cities, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.


Christmas sends a simplicity in life, kindness to all, and care for nature and all beings -President

The birth of the infant Jesus, the Son of God made man, in a stable in Bethlehem, and lying on a manger in the midst of shepherds and their flock, sends the important messages of simplicity in life, kindness to all, and care for nature and all beings that share this world with us, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.


Sri Lankan President Visits UN Headquarters in Africa, Nairobi

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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapksa Friday (13) morning visited the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), the only U.N. headquarters in Africa and the global south.



President Rajapaksa and First Lady Attend Kenya’s 50th Independence Day Celebrations in Nairobi

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa were guests at the 50th Independence Day celebrations held this morning at the Moi International Sports Complex (MISC) in Kasarani on the outskirts of Nairobi.


Mandela, an iconic figure who left indelible mark globally - President Rajapaksa


President Mahinda Rajapaksa has described late Nelson Mandela as an iconic figure who has left an indelible mark globally. In a condolence message, President Rajapaksa as Chair in Office of the Commonwealth said the Commonwealth was enriched with the return of South Africa to its fold in 1994, under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela. President Rajapaksa, in his message of condolences to South African President Jacob Zuma said the legacy left behind by the late leader would be hard to surpass.

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Move to attract Sri Lankan professionals for the development process


WorkInSriLanka organization will hold its 2013 conference to December 23rd, 2013 at the Taj Samudra Hotel. WorkInSri Lanka is a volunteer-led initiative to advocate Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for highly skilled individuals and high calibre businesses.

The "Work in Sri Lanka 2013: Asia's Next Knowledge Hub" will bring together recent returnees, expats living in Sri Lanka as well as people considering returning or moving to Sri Lanka to discuss the opportunities and challenges in making Sri Lanka the preferred work destination.


Sri Lanka trade show attracts $1 bn investment

Sri Lanka has attracted investment of $1 billion from the largest trade exhibition held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth leaders summit.


The Colombo Declaration

CHOGM Final Press Conference

The Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo ended on Sunday, 17th November 2013. CHOGM Leaders issued a communique (Colombo Declaration) on sustainable, inclusive and equitable Development. The Colombo Declaration, agreeing to cooperate on a number of issues, including   poverty reduction, trade and youth affairs.


We have already addressed HR violation allegations - President


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said there is no need for an international inquiry into charges of war crimes and other human rights violations as there were ongoing independent domestic inquiries recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.


Address the issue of ‘common poverty’ vigorously, before we talk about ‘common wealth’- President Mahinda Rajapaksa


President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged the Commonwealth to focus, as a matter of priority, on development challenges, confronting the majority of our member nations. “I see a compelling need for those who guide the destiny of the Commonwealth to give serious thought to practical modalities, focusing on social and economic issues. This will greatly enhance the relevance and value of the Commonwealth,” he said and posed the question, “Shouldn’t we be addressing more vigorously the issue of ‘common poverty’ before we talk about ‘common wealth’?”


Link wealth creation and social and human development,at all times - President urges Commonwealth Business Forum



 President Mahinda Rajapaksa said it is vital that all of us, as one cohesive body, adopt a collaborative approach to find ways and means in our own economies, to link wealth creation and social and human development, at all times. “To my mind, wealth creation is also the sustainable and continuous improvement, of human and natural capital, as well,” he said.


Commitment to the Motherland’s well-being must be the crucial consideration – President Rajapaksa


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said it is important that one basic quality of feeling for one’s motherland and commitment to her well-being and the stature and territorial integrity of the country should be the crucial consideration of all civil society organizations. Inaugurating the Commonwealth People’s Forum today (Nov 10) in
Galle, he said, “I look forward to seeing your Civil Society Statement, which will provide a solid foundation to facilitate this work, as people centric agenda. One cannot underestimate the creativity, insight and the specialized knowledge of the civil society that will add to the successful outcome of the CHOGM, and subsequently aid its members in the implementation process.”


United we can achieve almost any goal – President tells Commonwealth youth


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the future success of the Commonwealth rests with the continued commitment and contributions of the young people. Inaugurating the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Magama Ruhunupura International Conference Centre in Hambantota today (November 10), he said the theme of this Forum, “Inclusive Development – Stronger Together” is very appropriate as “It signifies that united, we could achieve almost any goal”.


Ambassador Hangawatte elected Vice President of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte was unanimously elected as a Vice President of the 37th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the inaugural plenary session on 5th November 2013 in Paris. In the afternoon of 8th November 2013, Ambassador Hangawatte chaired the General Policy Debate of the General Conference at which several Ministers of Education, Higher Education, Culture and Science took the floor to present their respective National Statements.


Sri Lanka ranks 60th in World Prosperity Index

Sri Lanka improves on World Prosperity Index

Sri Lanka has come to the 60th position in the World Prosperity Index moving up eleven places in overall Prosperity since 2009 when the country defeated three decades of terrorism. 


Deepavali, symbolizes triumph of good over evil - President


The Festival of Lights,Deepavali, symbolizes shedding the light of knowledge over the darkness of ignorance, leading to the triumph of good over evil, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Deepavali message.


President opens Colombo Katunayake expressway

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared opened the Colombo - Katunayake Expressway (CKE), the 26 kilometre high speed expressway linking Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake to Colombo.


MOU signed between Sri Lanka and the UN's Millennium Campaign


The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nation in New York,  Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona, and the Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Ms. Corinne Woods, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Chancery premises on October 18, 2013.


President opens Sri Lanka's first Nanotechnology Research Center and Nanoscience Park

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Sri Lanka 's first Nanotechnology research center and Nanoscience park was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 21.

It was constructed in a 50 acre land in Pitipana, Homagama in Colombo district with an investment of Rs. 2,081.5 million, of which the government's investment was Rs 1,771.5 million, with the private sector investing Rs 310 million. MAS, Brandix, Dialog, Heyleys, Loadstar and Lankem are the private stakeholders of the project. The NCE aims to produce new products based on natural materials suitable for the competitive world market, and to implement research and development programmes to identify and solve local and international issues in the fields of agriculture, health and water purification etc.


Sri Lanka broadly on track to meet 2013 forecasts: ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its latest update on the region's outlook has said that Sri Lanka ( appears to be broadly on track to meet forecasted growth.

The Asian Development Outlook (ADO) ( of the ADB released yesterday said it retains the April projection of GDP growth in 2013 at 6.8 % and in 2014 at 7.2%.


Indian Minister of External Affairs meets his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris

Indian EA Minister - Hon MEA

The Minister of External Affairs of India, Salman Khurshid concluded his two day Official visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday 8thOctober 2013. The visit was undertaken at the invitation of the Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka Prof G.L Peiris. Minister Khurshid was accompanied by Madam Louise Khurshid and a high level Indian delegation from the Ministry of External Affairs. 


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