Author Archive for Janaka Alahapperuma

British Prime Minister Cameron welcomes President Sirisena

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

By Janaka Alahapperuma British Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon (March 10) during his first visit to the UK. The two leaders met each other in front of the famous door of the Prime Minister’s official residence at No: 10, Downing Street. Pix by: Sudath Silva Following the bilateral […]

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President Sirisena receives a warm welcome in London

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Maithripala Sirisena received a warm welcome as he arrived at London Heathrow Airport commencing his three-day official visit to the United Kingdom on 07 March 2015. First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena is accompanying the President. Two Sri Lankan children welcomed the President and the First Lady at the airport. Her Majesty the […]

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President declares open three MTLs in Kuliyapitiya area

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma Mahindodaya Technological Laboratories (MLTs) built at three schools in the Kuliyapitiya Educational Zone in North Western Province (Wayamba) were vested in the students under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, 10 September. The President declared open the MLTs in Kuliyapitiya Kanadulla Dharmaraja Maha Vidyalaya, Baragedera Anagarika Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya and […]

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Indian Defence Secretary calls on the President

Friday, October 10th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma Indian Defence Secretary Mr. R.K. Mathur made a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Kandy this morning. Expanding training opportunities, issues related to fishermen, overall defence related matters concerning both countries were discussed between the President and Indian Defence Secretary when he met the President. President Rajapaksa […]

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President Rajapaksa and UN Secretary General meet in New York

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma The meeting between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Sessions was held at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City last evening (27 Sec). President Rajapaksa outlined the developments that have taken place in the North and East in a […]

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“We have to live together- must help each other,” PM Modi tells Sri Lanka

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday morning (27 Sep) held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which key issues, including bilateral, political and regional, was discussed on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after […]

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President Rajapaksa holds discussions with world leaders enhancing bilateral relations

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently in New York City, after delivering his address at the 69th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly held discussions with several state leaders enhancing bilateral relations. In the series of meetings being held by the President with world leaders at the UN Headquarters he has […]

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President Rajapaksa addresses 69th UN General Assembly

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 69th United Nations General Assembly last evening (Wednesday, 24 Sep) said that the current functioning system of the United Nations needs fresh examination in order to enhance its credibility. The UN role in advancing international peace, security and prosperity is crucial in the contemporary world. However, in […]

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President Rajapaksa holds bilateral talks at UN Headquarters

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is in New York City to attend 69th United Nations General Assembly which is being held in the UN Headquarters, held bilateral discussions with several state leaders on Tuesday afternoon. They included the Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and the Secretary […]

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President Rajapaksa joins Hillary Clinton at CGI Annual Meeting-2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative- 2014 (CGI- 2014) in New York last evening (23 Sep). President Rajapaksa, who is in New York to attend the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, also participated in the 10th Annual Meeting of the CGI which […]

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President Rajapaksa addresses UN Climate Summit – 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the UN Headquarters in New York this morning to participate the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 . UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting this Climate Summit from September 23, 2014, to engage world leaders from government, finance, business and civil society to catalyse climate action. UN Secretary […]

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Old Dutch Hospital inside UNESCO World Heritage Site in Galle renovated

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa has vested in the public the modernized ‘Old Dutch Hospital’ which is a world heritage site, as a sophisticated shopping complex. The landmark Dutch Hospital building within the Galle Fort, refurbished as an exclusive modern shopping complex by the Government. The President graced the opening ceremony as the Chief […]

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“Meet aspirations- put aside personal agendas”- President tells public servants

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged public servants to render an efficient, effective and dedicated service for the benefit of the people irrespective of any differences. The government provides every facility for the public services hoping the people will receive an efficient service from all the public servants. The President also noted that government […]

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President Rajapaksa opens Madulla Multi-Purpose Trade Centre in Bibile Requests a resounding victory in Uva PC elections

Monday, September 1st, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the patriotic people of Uva have sacrificed immensely for the freedom and the sovereignty of the country placing the country above everything else. He also requested the people in the Uva province as they have always stood by the government, to grant a resounding victory for the UPFA […]

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Sri Lanka President holds discussions with UN Secretary-General and Iranian President

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in Shanghai, China on an official visit to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) met with the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon this evening (May 21). The President enlightened him about the post-war development activities and the progress […]

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Special Police unit to solve religious conflicts

Friday, April 25th, 2014

by Janaka Alahapperuma A special police unit to be established within the Religious Affairs Ministry to inquire complains regarding future religious conflicts and incidents, President Rajapaksa revealed at a meeting with editors of national newspapers and representatives of the print and electronic media at Temple Trees this morning (24 April). The President said that the […]

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President pays obeisance to Jaya Sri Mahabodhi and other sacred sites in Anuradhapura

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid obeisance to the historic Jaya Sri Mahabodhi and obtained blessings for the New Year this morning on 18 April. The President thereafter called on the Chief Incumbent of the Atamasthana, the Ven. Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayaka Thera and received his blessings. Subsequently, he joined the religious observances held […]

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President Rajapaksa presides over the New Year National Oil Anointing ceremony

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma  The traditional Oil Anointing State Ceremony for the Sinhala and Hindu New Year was held this morning (16 April) at the Yatawatta Raja Maha Viharaya premises in Kossinna, Ganemulla at Gampaha under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Chief Sangha Nayake of Siyane Korale Venerable Thorapitiye Ananda Nayaka Thero. The […]

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The National New Rice Festival holds in Anuradhapura under President’s patronage

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma The National New Rice Festival (Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya) – 2014 was held near the historic Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The New Rice Festival or the ‘Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya’ is considered as thousands of years old ancient tradition which was launched with the arrival […]

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President Rajapaksa holds bilateral discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held bilateral discussions at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday 08 January. President Rajapaksa arrived in Jerusalem this morning together with First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa for two days as the final destination on his Middle East official visit. The bi-lateral […]

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President Rajapaksa arrives in Israel

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his entourage arrived in Jerusalem in Israel this morning on 08 January as the final leg of the three nation Middle East official visit. President Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were warmly welcomed by Israeli and Sri Lankan children as they arrived in Jerusalem.  Sri Lankan Head of […]

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Sri Lankan President holds bilateral discussions with the King of Jordan.

Monday, January 6th, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is on an official tour of Middle East, has begun bilateral discussions with the King of Jordan on Sunday afternoon (05 January) at the Royal Hashemite Court in Amman. President Rajapaksa was received with a warm welcome by the King of Jordan His Majesty King Abdulla II Ibn […]

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

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

By Janaka Alahapperuma Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran met President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning (02 January) at Temple Trees. The President’s Office press release stated that both parties discussed some practical problems prevailing in the North and the ways and means relating to administration at the discussion. The Chief Minister and […]

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Speaker Chamal hosts Budget Dinner 2014

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma  Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa hosted his customary dinner for Ministers and Parliamentarians after the 2014 Budget was passed with a majority of 95 votes over the last weekend. Sixty members voted against the Budget while 155 voted in favour. The proceedings of the Budget 2014, which started in November when President Mahinda Rajapaksa […]

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Sri Lanka: Most child friendly government in the South Asia

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma Sri Lanka has identified as the most child-friendly government in the South Asian region, according to a new groundbreaking report which measures the child-friendliness of the South Asian governments. This fact has been revealed by the South Asian Report on the Child-Friendliness of Governments compiled by the South Asia Initiative to End Violence […]

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Eight bilateral agreements signed between Kenya and Sri Lanka

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma The Sri Lankan delegation, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, held bilateral talks with its Kenyan counterpart, headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House in Nairobi on 14 December. Earlier Kenyan President Kenyatta warmly received President Rajapaksa upon arrival at the State House for bilateral talks. The two leaders shook hands […]

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President Rajapaksa receives a grand welcome at Kenyan State House.

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is on a four day state visit to Kenya met his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday afternoon on 14 December.  Kenya’s President Kenyatta warmly received President Rajapaksa upon arrival at the State House in Nairobi for bilateral talks. Kenyan President gave Sri Lankan President a ceremonial welcome before […]

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Floral tribute to Kenya’s founding father- Jemo Kenyatta

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid floral tribute to the father of the independent Kenya- former President Jemo Kenyatta on Friday 13 December. Jomo Kenyatta, the father of current Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, is considered the ‘Founding Father of Kenya’ due to his leading role in Kenya’s independence movement. President Rajapaksa was […]

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President Rajapaksa worships Nairobi Buddhist Viharaya

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Nairobi Buddhist Viharaya, located in a suburb of Kenya’s Capital City, Nairobi on Friday morning (13 December). This Theravada Buddhist temple that has been functioning for more than a decade consists of a small stupa, meditation hall and a residence for monks. President Rajapaksa worshiped at the […]

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Indian Foreign Minister Khurshid calls on President Rajapaksa

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma The Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning (08 October). The President and the Indian Minister have had lengthy discussions focused on enhancing bilateral social, economic, political and cultural cooperation between the two nations. ‚ Mr. Khurshid also emphasized the importance of strengthening relations between […]

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