Monthly archives: April, 2010

Bangladesh and Pakistan leaders call on President Rajapaksa

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma Pix by: Nalin Hewapathirana Prime Minister of Bangladesh Mrs.Shikh Hasina called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sri Lanka House on the sidelines of the 16th SAARC Summit in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. During the meeting both leaders discussed wide range of bilateral issues specially expanding and…



President Rajapaksa holds bilateral talks with SAARC `leaders

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently attending the SAARC heads of state conference is conducting bilateral meetings with South Asian leaders on the sidelines of the 16th SAARC Summit in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. Among the SAARC leaders President of Maldives Mohomed…



President Rajapaksa meets King of Bhutan

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa today met with His Majesty Jigm Kheser Namgyel Wangchuk, the King of Bhutan at the Sri Lanka House in SAARC Village on 29th April. The official meeting between the King and the SAARC state leaders are scheduled to take place at…



Robert O Blake visits SAARC village to meet MR

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake visited the Sri Lankan House in the SAARC village in Thimpu, Bhutan to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of the SAARC Summit. Former US Ambassador for Colombo Mr Blake is…



Defeat of separatism and terrorism has given us the opportunity to engage in open discussions without fear of guns, says President Rajapaksa at SAARC

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) “The defeat of separatism and terrorism since then has given us now the opportunity to engage in open discussions and reach consensus, without the fear of guns. With the strong mandate expressed at both the recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections, I am now ready…



President Rajapaksa hands over the SAARC Chairmanship to Prime Minister of Bhutan

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) The 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit commenced in a grand style in Thimpu, the Capital city of Bhutan this morning on 28th April and it was graced by the eight leaders of the SAARC counties. At the beginning of the…



President Rajapaksa holds talks with Bhutan Prime Minister

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – (Pix by: Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is currently in Bhutan to attend 16th SAARC Summit has held bilateral talks with Bhutan Prime Minister Mr.Jigmi Y.Thinley at the Sri Lanka House in the SAARC Village. The Prime Minister conveyed on behalf of His Majesty the King and…



President Rajapaksa arrives Bhutan to attend 16th SAARC Summit

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma – Pix by: Sudath Silva President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Paro International Airport in Bhutan this morning on 26th April to attend the 16th SAARC Summit which will be held in Thimpu on 28 and 29th of this month. He was warmly received by the Prime Minister of…



Sri Lanka President is to appoint five more ministers

In the wake of last Friday’s swearing in of Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to appoint five more ministers to his cabinet, sources confirmed to Asian Tribune. It is learnt that the president had been discussing matters with his advisors on the appointment of five more cabinet ministers….



Namal to carry Rajapaksa Trade Mark- Kurahan Saatakaya

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix By: Chandana Perera & Nalin Hewapathirana) Namal Rajapaksa, elder son of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as a MP at the inaugural session on the 7th Parliament, on 22nd April at 8.45 am. Namal contested the last general election which was held on 8th April under the…



Indian PM congratulates Sri Lankan PM

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma The Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh has conveyed his greetings and good wishes to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mr. D.M. Jayaratne on his appointment as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka….



Happy faces of the new Cabinet

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: President Media Unit) The newly appointed thirty seven (37) Cabinet Ministers and thirty nine (39) Deputy Ministers took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Presidential Secretariat this afternoon on 23rd April. The President has decided to limit the Cabinet to under 40 members as he pledged to…



7th Parliament convene- Chamal Rajapaksa is New Speaker

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Nalin Hewapathirana) President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s elder brother and the former Ports and Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa MP for Hambantota District was appointed unanimously as the Speaker when 7th parliament of Sri Lanka adjourned its inaugural session this morning on 22nd April. The new parliament was sworn in…



National lists announced

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma Major Political parties announced their National list nominations short while ago (21st April). The UPFA has secured 17 slots while UNF managed to secure 9 slots. DNA and ITAK also announced their nominations this morning (21st April)….



DM is new PM

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix by: Chandana Perera) Mr D.M.Jayaratne, senior member of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was sworn in before the President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the 14th Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees this afternoon on 21 April. Disanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne (79 years) the…



Former Speaker Lokubandara is new Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province.

Onlanka News – By Janaka Alahapperuma (Pix By: Chandana Perera) Former Speaker of the parliament W.J.M.Lokubandara was sworn in as the new Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon on 21 April. Mr Lokubandara who was elected to the parliament in UNP ticket in the previous general election…