Mahinda Rajapaksa

  • World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka return to warm welcome 08-04-2014 11:59 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 champions returned home to a heroes' welcome on Tuesday with tens of thousands of fans lining up to greet the players on an open top bus, lighting firecrackers and dancing to drumbeats. The players were welcomed with flower garlands as they left the plane and...
  • India yet to take a call on UNHRC vote on war crimes, PM tells Sri Lankan President 04-03-2014 01:50 PM

    Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC summit in Myanmar on Tuesday. The meeting came amidst growing criticism from Tamil parties that the government is ignoring the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils. The meeting also comes at a...
  • PM Manmohan Singh to meet Sri Lankan President in Myanmar 04-03-2014 09:07 AM

    Naypyidaw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold dialogue with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar, which could be his last official foreign visit. This comes as another vote is expected at the UN Human Rights Council this month in...
  • Rights abuse charges haunt Rajapaksa, Cameron gives ultimatum 16-11-2013 08:53 PM

    Colombo: Human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated in the war against LTTE haunted President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the CHOGM summit with UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday giving Sri Lanka an ultimatum to conduct a credible probe into the war crimes by March, failing which he would...
  • Don't make Commonwealth 'punitive' body, says Rajapaksa 15-11-2013 11:09 PM

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, on Friday, made a historic visit to the former war zone of Jaffna to "shine a light on the chilling events" during the last phase of the war against the LTTE, hours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cautioned against turning the Commonwealth into a...
  • Don't turn Commonwealth into 'punitive' grouping, says Mahinda Rajapaksa 15-11-2013 06:20 PM

    The CHOGM summit opened on Friday with a combative Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, under attack over alleged rights violations in the war against the LTTE, asking countries not to turn the Commonwealth into a "punitive and judgemental" grouping or indulge in "prescriptive" ways. Rajapaksa used the opportunity of welcoming...
  • CHOGM meet: Sri Lanka's human rights measures under scrutiny 15-11-2013 04:30 PM

    Leaders of the Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies gathered in Colombo on Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human rights record four years after the civil war ended. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had hoped the November 15-17 meeting, which two heads...
  • Sri Lanka says 'nothing to hide' despite pressure before CHOGM 14-11-2013 09:34 PM

    Sri Lanka's president defended his government's human rights record on Thursday, saying he had "nothing to hide", but on the eve of a Commonwealth summit in Colombo he faced fresh questions over the treatment of ethnic minority Tamils. Mahinda Rajapaksa said a system was in place to deal with rights...
  • CHOGM to begin amid allegations of rights violations by Sri Lanka 14-11-2013 06:46 PM

    The absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterparts from Canada and Mauritius has cast a shadow over the three-day CHOGM summit that begins on Friday amid allegations of human rights violations against the Tamils in Sri Lanka's war against the LTTE. Unfazed by repeated references to the "war...
  • Sri Lanka 'has nothing to hide', says Mahinda Rajapaksa in CHOGM 14-11-2013 03:48 PM

    On the eve of the CHOGM summit, allegations of human rights abuses against Tamil civilians during the war against the LTTE on Thursday dominated a press conference by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was at his combative best claiming he had "nothing to hide". At the 30-minute press meet...
  • SL not allowing us in Colombo during CHOGM: Jaffna Tamils 14-11-2013 01:19 PM

    Jaffna (Sri Lanka): Some Tamil activists are alleging that the Sri Lankan Army is preventing them from travelling to Colombo during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) scheduled to begin on Friday. They claim that the Sri Lankan government fears a demonstration by the Tamils in Colombo during the...
  • Lankan President satisfied with Khurshid's presence at CHOGM 14-11-2013 10:55 AM

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday expressed satisfaction over External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid attending the CHOGM summit. "I am satisfied," he told a press conference when asked whether he was satisfied with the level of Indian participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meet that opens...
  • Sri Lanka a classic model of wealth creation, says Rajapaksa 12-11-2013 05:13 PM

    Highlighting the unprecedented economic revival in Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday cited the country as a "classic" example that has relied on a sustainable model of wealth creation. Addressing the Commonwealth Business Forum, one of the three side events leading upto the CHOGM summit later this week, Rajapaksa...
  • PM skipping CHOGM meet not an indictment of Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes: Khurshid 12-11-2013 04:45 PM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid clarified India's stand on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka and said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision not to attend the meet in no way was a protests against the island nation's alleged war crimes against Tamils. "I...
  • PM Manmohan Singh's absence not a setback for CHOGM: Sri Lanka 10-11-2013 10:51 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Sunday said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision not to attend the CHOGM summit in Colombo was not a setback and it understood the domestic political compulsions behind the move. "It will not affect the success of CHOGM," Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister GL Peiris said...
  • PM writes to Lanka President, explains reasons for skipping CHOGM 10-11-2013 01:11 PM

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh has written a letter to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressing regret for not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). According to sources, the PM in his letter has said that he respects the value of CHOGM but there are compelling reasons because of...
  • PM not attending CHOGM won't affect India-SL relations: Khurshid 10-11-2013 11:25 AM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has defended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision of not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. He has said that it won't affect the India-Sri Lanka relations, and such calls have been taken in the past as well taking...
  • PM skips CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka, DMK chief expresses relief 09-11-2013 09:00 PM

    New Delhi: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday expressed relief after the Centre decided that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not go to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). Karunanidhi, however, said the participation of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in the event was debateable. Earlier,...
  • TNA heading for a landslide win in Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated north 22-09-2013 07:56 AM

    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, TNA,is heading for a landslide win in the historic polls in theTamil-majority Northern Province, four years after themilitary defeated the LTTE to end decades of ethnic conflict. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has convincingly trouncedthe ruling UPFA coalition, grabbing three of the five districtresults declared till...
  • Sri Lanka's Tamil dominated northern region holds historic polls 21-09-2013 12:54 PM

    Voters in Sri Lanka's Tamil majority Northern Province on Saturday began voting in the first local elections in 25 years to elect a council to govern the former war zone, four years after the military defeated LTTE. Voting at some 850 stations began on schedule amid tight security to elect...
  • Sri Lanka deplores attack on Mahabodhi temple 08-07-2013 01:28 AM

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa deplored the attack on the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple in Bihar on Sunday. Nine near-coordinated explosions shook the serenity of the world-renowned Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya early Sunday, injuring two monks but not causing much damage. The temple is annually visited by millions...
  • Tamils want to live in one country: Rajapaksa 18-05-2013 03:30 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said the Tamil minority now wants to live peacefully in one country and slammed the Tamil diaspora for the lack of support in his reconciliation and rebuilding efforts in the former conflict zones. "Diaspora and the Tamil parties who foster separation still...
  • Sri Lanka to probe mass grave with 150 skeletons 08-04-2013 11:28 PM

    Colombo: A Sri Lankan presidential commission will be appointed to investigate a mass grave where more than 150 skulls and bones, most likely of Marxist rebels killed decades ago, were found last year, a government spokesman said on Monday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had decided to appoint the commission to investigate...