Mahinda Rajapakse

  • 51 Indian fishermen repatriated June 12, 2014

    Rameswaram : A batch of 51 Indian fishermen, who were released by Sri Lanka after being arrested on the charge of poaching fish in the island waters, on Thursday arrived at Mandapam. All the 51 fishermen along with a boat were received by the Indian Coast Guard ship ICGS Rajkamal near...
  • SL Northern Province CM rejects Rajapaksa's invite for Modi's oath May 23, 2014

    Colombo: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Friday rejected the invitation extended to Chief Minister C Wigneswaran by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the swearingin ceremony of Indian Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi stating that such collusion would give a false impression to the International Community. In a media communique, the TNA...
  • Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa names Peiris new chief justice January 15, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday appointed his cabinet's legal advisor as the country's new Chief Justice to succeed Shirani Bandaranayake, whose impeachment created much furore both inside and outside the nation. Rajapaksa sworn in new Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to replace Sri Lanka's first woman chief justice...
  • SL president okay with team touring Pak: report October 7, 2012

    Karachi: The 2009 Lahore terror attack is yet to become even a distant memory but Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has reportedly given his consent to the the country's cricket team touring Pakistan again. According to the Express Tribune, the Sri Lankan president told the media that his government was...
  • Reception to Rajapakse has hurt Tamil sentiments: Karuna September 21, 2012

    Chennai: Key UPA ally DMK on Friday said the Centre's reception to visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has hurt the sentiments of Tamils and asked it to "wake up" to the development of Colombo cosying up to Pakistan and China. Party chief M Karunanidhi said both the Centre and AIADMK...
  • Lankan President to meet Pranab, Manmohan Singh September 19, 2012

    Bhopal/New Delhi: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse will be in New Delhi on Thursday on a brief visit during which he will hold talks with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the ethnic Tamil question and other issues of bilateral interest. In the first highlevel interaction after India...
  • MP: Vaiko to protest against visiting SL president September 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Rejecting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's appeal, MDMK leader Vaiko on Monday evening left for Sanchi where Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to arrive for a visit. Vaiko, a strong critic of Rajapakse, has held him responsible for the killing of civilian Tamils in the...
  • Vaiko to go ahead with stir against SL President September 17, 2012

    Chennai: Rejecting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's appeal, MDMK leader Vaiko will go ahead with his planned black flag demonstration against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse during his proposed visit to Sanchi in that state. Vaiko, a strong critic of Rajapakse, holding him responsible for the killing of...
  • 'LTTE behind antiLanka protests in TN' September 6, 2012

    New Delhi: The spokesperson of the Sri Lankan Cabinet, Keheliya Rambukwella, has told CNNIBN that the remnants of the LTTE could be behind the antiLanka protests in Tamil Nadu. "The remnants of the LTTE could be behind the protests, they are active all around the world," the spokesperson said. "We can...
  • Vaiko threatens rally against SL President's visit September 5, 2012

    New Delhi: MDMK Chief Vaiko has threatened to lead a rally of 1000 Tamils against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse if he is invited to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh. He has written a letter to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, asking him to not hurt Tamil sentiments under pressure from senior...
  • 'Fonseka a pawn in game to checkmate Rajapaksa' May 22, 2012

    Colombo: While Sri Lanka's state media chose to ignore Sarath Fonseka's release from prison, progovernment newspapers said on Tuesday that the former Army Chief had become a "political pawn" in the hands of foreign countries against President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The story of Fonseka's release on Monday dominated the local media on...
  • SL Opposition warns of Egypttype protests February 5, 2011

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition parties on Saturday warned the government that it will carryout agitations similar to those sweeping the Arab world as they planed a major protest against the detention of former army chief Sarath Fonseka. The United National Party (UNP) of former premier Ranil Wickremesinghe said the attack...
  • Fonseka begins his 30month jail term today October 1, 2010

    The general who led the war against the LTTE was found guilty of making irregular purchases by a military court. ...
  • Lankan parliament dissolved ahead of new polls February 10, 2010

    Colombo, (Sri Lanka): Sri Lanka's president dissolved parliament to make way for spring elections a day after authorities arrested a key opposition leader, crippling the only serious threat to the ruling party's stifling grip on power. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's move on Tuesday to call parliamentary elections follows his sweeping victory...
  • SL Prez begins victory speech, LTTE claims chief alive May 19, 2009

    Colombo: A pro-LTTE website, Tamilnet.com, today claimed that the Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran is still "alive and safe", a day after Sri Lankan army announced that it has killed the top rebel leader. "I wish to inform the Global Tamil community distressed witnessing the final events of the war...
  • Sri Lanka mulls banning Tigers as fighting escalates December 31, 2008

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's government is considering re-imposing a formal ban on the Tamil Tigers amid escalating fighting in the island's north, official sources said on Tuesday. An original ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was lifted in September 2002 ahead of an Oslo-backed peace process, which collapsed when...
  • SL to hold talks with LTTE, but only after defeating it December 27, 2007

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Wednesday that he wanted talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but not before defeating them militarily. "All must realise that military victories alone would pave the way for a political solution. It would be meaningless to talk about a political...
  • 3 ministers sacked by Sri Lanka prez June 20, 2007

    Colombo: Three Sri Lanka ministers were stripped of their positions on Friday evening amid allegations that they were working against President Mahinda Rajapakse. Minister of Ports and Aviation Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of National Heritage Anura Bandaranaike and Minister of Port Development Sripathi Suriyaarachchi were removed from their ministry positions on Friday...
  • SL Prez brother injured in bomb blast December 1, 2006

    Colombo: A bomb blast in the Sri Lankan capital on Friday slightly injured President Mahinda Rajapakse's brother, who is also the country's defence secretary, in what witnesses said appeared to be a rebel suicide bombing. Gothabaya Rajapakse, who was admitted to hospital, has taken a hard line against Tamil Tiger...
  • Lankan prez to meet Sonia amid protests November 28, 2006

    New Delhi: Visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajpakse is to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Minister of External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi on Tuesday. He will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. The peace process is at the top of the agenda between the two leaders...
  • Angry Vaiko protests Rajapakse's visit November 27, 2006

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is in India and Tamil Nadu's pro-LTTE political parties are protesting his visit. The parties include the DMK, PMK and MDMK. There were similar protests earlier this year, which had led to the cancellation of Rajapakse's visit to Tamil Nadu in January. The Dalit Panthers...
  • Rajapakse visit enrages Tamil parties November 24, 2006

    Chennai: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's visit to India from Saturday has generated a lot of heat in Tamil Nadu, with political parties adamantly opposed to any military alliance between New Delhi and Colombo. Vaiko's MDMK and S Ramadoss' PMK, both members of India's ruling coalition, have threatened street protests against...
  • SL govt, oppn sign historic agreement October 23, 2006

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling party and the main opposition leaders on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on six main issues, including resolving the country's Tamil minority issue, a spokesman for the president's office said. The pact was historic because it marks the first time...