Mahinda Rajapaksa

Latest stories

17h
Sunday Observer
HONOUR ELECTION PROMISES - Prof Wijesooriyarather to protect it by getting the Government to punish corrupt officials and
HONOUR ELECTION PROMISES - Prof Wijesooriya
Sunday Observer / Posted 17 hours ago
rather to protect it by getting the Government to punish corrupt officials and Ministers. �We do not regret defeating the Mahinda Rajapaksa government� he says, calling it a historic duty that the civil society fulfilled. However, he is critical... Read more
17h
Sunday Observer
NGO calls for list of surrendeessupports the Court�s order to produce the list of names. Citing a statement pro
NGO calls for list of surrendees
Sunday Observer / Posted 17 hours ago
supports the Court�s order to produce the list of names. Citing a statement produced in February 2009 by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Minister for Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe (now Minister of Skills... Read more
17h
Sunday Observer
Of a two-dollar throat and billions plunderedthreat of throat slitting, whether in a true spirit of hara-kiri or as a mere l
Of a two-dollar throat and billions plundered
Sunday Observer / Posted 17 hours ago
threat of throat slitting, whether in a true spirit of hara-kiri or as a mere loud sound, was pronounced by the ex Prez, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in an interview with a Japanese news magazine while he was holidaying in Japan, invited there by well... Read more
1d
Daily News
Seven confirm places for Rio GamesThe ace men’s javelin thrower cleared a distance of 83.04m at the final South A
Seven confirm places for Rio Games
Daily News / Posted yesterday
The ace men’s javelin thrower cleared a distance of 83.04m at the final South Asian Games selection trial at the Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex, slightly bettering the Olympic qualifying distance of 83.00m. His feat also accounted for a... Read more
1d
Inquirier.net
Sri Lankan lawmakers approve freedom of information lawof reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 pres
Sri Lankan lawmakers approve freedom of information law
Inquirier.net / Posted yesterday
of reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 presidential election. Under his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, access to government information was greatly limited and journalists were regularly threatened, attacked... Read more
7 related stories
2d
Salon.com
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information lawof reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 pres
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information law
Salon.com / Posted 2 days ago
of reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 presidential election. Under his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, access to government information was greatly limited and journalists were regularly threatened, attacked... Read more
7 related stories
2d
ABC 7 Gulfshore News
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information lawof reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 pres
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information law
ABC 7 Gulfshore News / Posted 2 days ago
of reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 presidential election. Under his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, access to government information was greatly limited and journalists were regularly threatened, attacked... Read more
7 related stories
2d
WBOC Salisbury
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information lawof reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 pres
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information law
WBOC Salisbury / Posted 2 days ago
of reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 presidential election. Under his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, access to government information was greatly limited and journalists were regularly threatened, attacked... Read more
7 related stories
2d
WLOX-TV Biloxi
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information lawof reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 pres
Sri Lanka close to approving freedom of information law
WLOX-TV Biloxi / Posted 2 days ago
of reforms President Maithripala Sirisena promised before winning the 2015 presidential election. Under his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, access to government information was greatly limited and journalists were regularly threatened, attacked... Read more
7 related stories
2d
Daily News
Govt. slinging mud at opponents to cover up political bankruptcy: MRFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the government is more c
Govt. slinging mud at opponents to cover up political bankruptcy: MR
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the government is more committed in the principle of silencing the voice of its opponents by imprisoning them. “The present government wants to harass their opponents and sling mud at them to... Read more
2d
Daily News
Third force doomed: WijithamuniSLFP but the party is taken forward with the decisions taken at the Central Com
Third force doomed: Wijithamuni
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
SLFP but the party is taken forward with the decisions taken at the Central Committee. When asked whether former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not guilty of financial misconducts as stated by Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, the Minister... Read more
3d
The Hindu
Colombo questions reports on cluster bombsbombs was, according to the news story, not reported for fear of retributive ac
Colombo questions reports on cluster bombs
The Hindu / Posted 3 days ago
bombs was, according to the news story, not reported for fear of retributive action from the then regime led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dr. Senaratne argued that the Rajapaksa regime could not have penalised anyone for reporting any such... Read more
3d
Daily News
Parliament-election” questioned Finance Minister Karunanayake. “We have directed this matt
Parliament-
Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
election” questioned Finance Minister Karunanayake. “We have directed this matter before the FCID. It was the budget of Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was such an economy we were handed over.” Finance Minister expressed his regret for the wrong... Read more
4d
Daily News
Parliament-who stood up at this point said “You may have been to a different office, but y
Parliament-
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
who stood up at this point said “You may have been to a different office, but your leader former President Mahinda Rajapaksa went to the UNHRC office in Geneva a long time ago.” CID probes into misuse of funds on certificate... Read more
4d
Daily News
the great chasewere perturbed with a rumour that former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udaya
the great chase
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
were perturbed with a rumour that former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga had met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Japan. Weeratunga also met Rajapaksa in Thailand when the former President visited the country in... Read more
4d
Daily News
SLC conducts EGM to ratify Annual Reports/Accountssubject to a probe to be conducted on the value appearing in the balance sheet
SLC conducts EGM to ratify Annual Reports/Accounts
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
subject to a probe to be conducted on the value appearing in the balance sheet reflected as ‘Other Venue Creditors’ on the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Since the audit on the financial statement of Accounts for 2015 has not... Read more
6d
New Kerala
World Tamil Sangam gifts 16 statues of renowned Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar to Sri Lanka - newkerala.com #79085ties have deepened in recent times, especially after President Maithripala Siri
World Tamil Sangam gifts 16 statues of renowned Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar to Sri Lanka - newkerala.com #79085
New Kerala / Posted 6 days ago
ties have deepened in recent times, especially after President Maithripala Sirisena took over from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015. High-level bilateral visits have increased in frequency and trade has... Read more
6d
Daily Maverick
Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform: The Human Rights Council’s continued critical roleis no unified strategy for advancing reforms – with the SLFP split between Siri
Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform: The Human Rights Council’s continued critical role
Daily Maverick / Posted 6 days ago
is no unified strategy for advancing reforms – with the SLFP split between Sirisena’s wing and supporters of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and often at odds with the UNP, particularly on economic policy. Third, the administration has not mounted... Read more
6d
Daily News
Recollections from our political journeyspolitics extended further when in 2005, he decided to support the presidential
Recollections from our political journeys
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
politics extended further when in 2005, he decided to support the presidential candidature of the then leader of opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, despite strong opposition from within the party ranks. I also understand that when Wimal Weerawansa broke... Read more
6d
Daily News
MR says he may contest for PremiershipFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hinted that he may stake a claim for the
MR says he may contest for Premiership
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hinted that he may stake a claim for the Prime Minister’s post at the next general election. The Japanese Times reported that when asked about future plans, Rajapaksa had pointed out that now he is barred from... Read more
7d
Sunday Observer
The gentle trade unionistKumaratunga. On his 80th birthday he was honoured with the title of 'Jana Prasa
The gentle trade unionist
Sunday Observer / Posted 7 days ago
Kumaratunga. On his 80th birthday he was honoured with the title of 'Jana Prasadiu' at a ceremony by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa. He was a founder of the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with the Palestinian people and played a... Read more
7d
Sunday Observer
Treaty with Ukraine: Udayanga Weeratunga arrest imminentby Police over the controversial MIG deal and several other allegations, had al
Treaty with Ukraine: Udayanga Weeratunga arrest imminent
Sunday Observer / Posted 7 days ago
by Police over the controversial MIG deal and several other allegations, had allegedly been spotted with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the latter's recent tour to Japan. When contacted by the Sunday Observer, however, none of the... Read more
9d
Daily News
Zeroing in on Asia-centric: Nature of ‘intermestic’ affairsthe war period. Sri Lanka’s internal conflict resulted in such repercussions in
Zeroing in on Asia-centric: Nature of ‘intermestic’ affairs
Daily News / Posted 9 days ago
the war period. Sri Lanka’s internal conflict resulted in such repercussions in the international arena that made the Mahinda Rajapaksa government form a clear-cut foreign policy to keep close to countries which were viewed ‘non-aligned’ to... Read more
10d
asianage
Lanka ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over: Indian envoyhave moved ahead from "being focussed on the past" after President Maithripala
Lanka ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over: Indian envoy
asianage / Posted 10 days ago
have moved ahead from "being focussed on the past" after President Maithripala Sirisena took over from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015, the Indian envoy said on Thursday. Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha said bilateral ties... Read more
2 related stories
10d
asianage
Lanka ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over Indian envoyhave moved ahead from "being focussed on the past" after President Maithripala
Lanka ties moved ahead after Maithripala Sirisena took over Indian envoy
asianage / Posted 10 days ago
have moved ahead from "being focussed on the past" after President Maithripala Sirisena took over from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015, the Indian envoy said on Thursday. Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha said bilateral ties... Read more
2 related stories
10d
Daily News
Former Sri Lanka president urges more development projects with JapanAmid a proliferation of development deals in Sri Lanka, former President Mahind
Former Sri Lanka president urges more development projects with Japan
Daily News / Posted 10 days ago
Amid a proliferation of development deals in Sri Lanka, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his country and Japan could work on more projects together, including hospitals and highways. “I believe that the infrastructure projects are very... Read more
10d
The Economic Times
Sri Lanka ties moved ahead after Sirisena took over: Indian envoyhave moved ahead from "being focussed on the past" after President Maithripala
Sri Lanka ties moved ahead after Sirisena took over: Indian envoy
The Economic Times / Posted 10 days ago
have moved ahead from "being focussed on the past" after President Maithripala Sirisena took over from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015, the Indian envoy here said today. Indian High Commissioner YK Sinha said bilateral ties... Read more
2 related stories
10d
Daily News
JO takes it on the chinthey have done this mostly by using two political strategies: firstly, crying f
JO takes it on the chin
Daily News / Posted 10 days ago
they have done this mostly by using two political strategies: firstly, crying foul whenever their mascot, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes the subject of intervention by the government and secondly by trying to divide the... Read more
11d
Aljazeera
Sri Lanka: Muslims remember Buddhist hardliner attackscivil society organisation Puravesi Balaya, or "Citizens' Force". The group le
Sri Lanka: Muslims remember Buddhist hardliner attacks
Aljazeera / Posted 11 days ago
civil society organisation Puravesi Balaya, or "Citizens' Force". The group led a campaign against the then-government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, a Sinhalese nationalist hardliner whose administration was accused of turning a blind eye to the... Read more
11d
Daily News
Past needs no revisitingSecretary by virtue of his office and rather than even the allegations of compl
Past needs no revisiting
Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
Secretary by virtue of his office and rather than even the allegations of complicity were responsible for the situation. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his administration have the unique distinction of being the only incumbent presidency to be voted out... Read more
11d
Daily News
Govt expresses interest in buying LafargeHolcim’s Sri Lankan operationsfrom UAE is Nandana Jayadewa Lokuwithana, a Dubai based Sri Lankan businessman
Govt expresses interest in buying LafargeHolcim’s Sri Lankan operations
Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
from UAE is Nandana Jayadewa Lokuwithana, a Dubai based Sri Lankan businessman and alleged front man of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The average cement consumption of Sri Lanka is said to be five million tonnes per year. This is estimated... Read more
11d
Daily News
ACF urges govt to heed people’s voiceIt will compel them to launch an agitation campaign against the government the
ACF urges govt to heed people’s voice
Daily News / Posted 11 days ago
It will compel them to launch an agitation campaign against the government the same way they fought against the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa government, Anti Corruption Front member and CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Thennakoon said. "If the... Read more
12d
The Economic Times
Sri Lanka's future lies on good international ties: SL prez Maithripala Sirisenainternal democracy, human rights civil and media freedoms," Sirisena said. Sir
Sri Lanka's future lies on good international ties: SL prez Maithripala Sirisena
The Economic Times / Posted 12 days ago
internal democracy, human rights civil and media freedoms," Sirisena said. Sirisena, in contrast to his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, has followed a policy of close engagement with all nations. The Rajapaksa administration was criticised... Read more
12d
Daily News
EOI to run Mattala Airport next monthtonnes a year earlier. “One of the main reasons for this decline is the decisi
EOI to run Mattala Airport next month
Daily News / Posted 12 days ago
tonnes a year earlier. “One of the main reasons for this decline is the decision to cancel SriLankan flights to and via Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport, Mattala from February 9, 2015.” They were flying to Middle East, China and Bangkok... Read more
14d
Sunday Observer
Crowds throng President's Housewas the last Dutch governor in Sri Lanka. Some of the students wending their wa
Crowds throng President's House
Sunday Observer / Posted 14 days ago
was the last Dutch governor in Sri Lanka. Some of the students wending their way to the upper floor When former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power, he lived here and declared the entire surrounding area as a high security zone.Many people... Read more
14d
Sunday Observer
Sri Lanka News | ObserveOnline.lkPalace spans over 10 acres. It was built when Van Anglebeck was the last Dutch
Sri Lanka News | ObserveOnline.lk
Sunday Observer / Posted 14 days ago
Palace spans over 10 acres. It was built when Van Anglebeck was the last Dutch governor in Sri Lanka.When former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power, he lived here and declared the entire surrounding area as a high security zone.Many people... Read more
15d
Daily News
Salawa and Parliament - the whirligig of politicsof the Rajapaksa opposition. Speaking at Galle, on the 7th anniversary of the d
Salawa and Parliament - the whirligig of politics
Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
of the Rajapaksa opposition. Speaking at Galle, on the 7th anniversary of the death of former minister Amarasiri Dodangoda, Mahinda Rajapaksa said the people who voted for this government with hopes of a change are now experiencing the outcome of... Read more
15d
Daily News
NCM vote against Ravi: JVP alleges deal between govt., MRJVP Media Spokesman Vijitha Herath said yesterday that a deal between former Pr
NCM vote against Ravi: JVP alleges deal between govt., MR
Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
JVP Media Spokesman Vijitha Herath said yesterday that a deal between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government became apparent on Thursday due to his absence during the vote on the No-Confidence Motion against Finance Minister Ravi... Read more
15d
Daily News
CONFIDENCE UNSHAKEN: A damp squib for Joint Oppositionseveral other notable absentees at the vote. Of the JO camp, the most highligh
CONFIDENCE UNSHAKEN: A damp squib for Joint Opposition
Daily News / Posted 15 days ago
several other notable absentees at the vote. Of the JO camp, the most highlighted absentee was no doubt former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, while MPs Chandrasiri Gajadheera, Premalal Jayasekera, Roshan Ranasinghe, Thenuka Widanagamage and... Read more
16d
Daily News
NCM against Ravi defeatedJayasekera, Thurai Ratnasingham, Arumugam Thondaman, Charles Nirmalanathan, Sin
NCM against Ravi defeated
Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
Jayasekera, Thurai Ratnasingham, Arumugam Thondaman, Charles Nirmalanathan, Sinnathurai Yogeshwaran, Roshan Ranasinghe, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Thenuka Widanagamage, S. Sritharan, Gnanamutthu Sivanesan, Jayantha Samaraweera, Shanthi Sri Skandaraja,... Read more
5 related stories
16d
Daily News
Bikkhu organisation wants MR to form new partyThe Sri Lanka Freedom Bhikku Organisation (SLFBO) has urged former President an
Bikkhu organisation wants MR to form new party
Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
The Sri Lanka Freedom Bhikku Organisation (SLFBO) has urged former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a separate political party and contest future elections in order to save the SLFP. “We cannot trust the present SLFP... Read more
16d
Daily News
Law that was blindfoldedjustice. That alone is a clear indication of how bad Sri Lanka’s criminal justi
Law that was blindfolded
Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
justice. That alone is a clear indication of how bad Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system is, despite of the defeat of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, nearly 18 months back. Somehow, the new government has not been able to convince the Sri Lankan... Read more
16d
Daily News
PARLIAMENTthe former regime three Lamborghinis had been imported to the country without p
PARLIAMENT
Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
the former regime three Lamborghinis had been imported to the country without paying a cent as tax. Today former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was the former finance minister, is not here to reply to any of the charges or to vote in favour of... Read more
5 related stories
16d
Daily News
PM for No Confidence Motion against MRA No Confidence Motion should be brought against former President Mahinda Rajap
PM for No Confidence Motion against MR
Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
A No Confidence Motion should be brought against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to suspend him for one week from Parliament for breach of parliamentary privileges by taking loans and spending them unaccounted, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe... Read more
5 related stories
16d
Daily News
‘Mahapola’ ship acquired by Gamini Senarath’s brotherrevealed that Senerath had allegedly owed the government nearly Rs.150 million
‘Mahapola’ ship acquired by Gamini Senarath’s brother
Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
revealed that Senerath had allegedly owed the government nearly Rs.150 million in respect of this ship. Sanjeewa Sedara Senerath is the brother of Gamini Senerath, former Additional Secretary and Chief of Staff to former President Mahinda Rajapa... Read more
16d
The Hindu
Sri Lanka President’s House, no longer out of bounds for people29 British Governors and six Presidents of Sri Lanka used the place. Mahinda’s
Sri Lanka President’s House, no longer out of bounds for people
The Hindu / Posted 16 days ago
29 British Governors and six Presidents of Sri Lanka used the place. Mahinda’s official residence, now Ranil’s When Mahinda Rajapaksa was President (November 2005-January 2015), the House was his residence, even though he functioned from the... Read more
17d
Daily News
Faulty audio system adjourns parliamentRambukwella said. “We are only short of a music group,” MP Piyal Nishantha sai
Faulty audio system adjourns parliament
Daily News / Posted 17 days ago
Rambukwella said. “We are only short of a music group,” MP Piyal Nishantha said. Around 2.14 p.m. former President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to the Chamber and was seen speaking with several members. Around 2.30 p.m. sittings resumed and the... Read more
17d
Daily News
Goal-oriented!Council, he was Road Development, Electricity, Housing and Fisheries Minister.
Goal-oriented!
Daily News / Posted 17 days ago
Council, he was Road Development, Electricity, Housing and Fisheries Minister. Much was accomplished. “Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa gave us energy. When it comes to Road Development, I remember once we carpeted 646 kms in one project. Rs.... Read more
17d
Daily News
Contemporary Judas in the makingbased on foreign orders,” Weerawansa, never one to fight shy of making outrageo
Contemporary Judas in the making
Daily News / Posted 17 days ago
based on foreign orders,” Weerawansa, never one to fight shy of making outrageous statements, claimed. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when he was questioned regarding the incident, initially refused to be drawn in to the controversy, saying... Read more
More

People in this news