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Mahinda Rajapaksa


Incumbent
Assumed office 
November 19, 2005
Preceded by Chandrika Kumaratunga
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born November 18, 1945 (1945-11-18) (age 61)
Weerakatiya, Hambantota, Sri Lanka Flag of Sri Lanka
Political party United People's Freedom Alliance, Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Spouse Shiranthi Rajapaksa
Religion Buddhist

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Percy Mahendra 'Mahinda' Rajapaksa (මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ) (born November 18, 1945) is the current President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa is sometimes known as Mahinda Rajapakse. A lawyer by profession, Rajapaksa previously served as the country's Prime Minister from April 6, 2004 until his swearing in as President for a six-year term on November 19, 2005. He is married to Shiranthi Rajapaksa, and is the father of three sons. The recorded History of Sri Lanka boasts of 25 chronicled centuries. ... The origins of the Sri Lankan civil war lie in sharp disagreements over language, access to universities, and riots between Sri Lankas majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil community. ... Location of Sri Lanka Black July is the commonly used name of the pogroms starting in Sri Lanka on July 23, 1983. ... Following is a List of riots and pogroms in Sri Lanka. ... The situation of human rights in Sri Lanka is generally considered to be very poor[1]. 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Early life

Rajapaksa was born in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota.[1] He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D.A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator and former Member of Parliament. D.M. Rajapaksa, his uncle, was a State Councilor for Hambantota in the 1930s who started wearing the earthy brown shawl to represent kurakkan (finger millet) cultivated by the people of his area, whose cause he championed throughout his life. It is from his example that Rajapaksa wears his characteristic shawl.[1] Below the provinces Sri Lanka is divided into 25 administrative districts. ... Hambantota is a town in southern coastal area of Sri Lanka. ... Don Alwin Rajapaksa was a prominent Sri Lankan politician, independence agitator and Member of Parliament, who represented the Beliatta electorate in Hambantota district from 1947 to 1965. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Binomial name L. Finger millet (Eleusine coracana, Amharic ዳጉሳ Dagusa or ቶኩሶ tōkūsō), also known as African millet or Ragi), is an annual plant widely grown as a cereal in the arid areas of Africa and Asia. ...


Rajapaksa was educated at Richmond College, Galle before moving to Nalanda College, Colombo and later Thurstan College, Colombo.[1] He also had a few cameo roles as a movie actor in a few Sinhalese movies.[2] Richmond College - Galle Sri Lanka [History]: Galle breaks up to a shower of golden rays each dawn, blessings of the sun god,Ensuring the winds the rains and the harvest from the soil and hope for the people. ... Nalanda College is a Buddhist school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ... Thurstan College is a leading Public School in Colombo. ...


He worked as a library assistant at the Vidyodaya University (now University of Sri Jayawardanapura) before he was elected as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member for the Parliamentary seat of Beliatta in the Hambantota District in 1970 , which his father had represented between 1947 and 1965.[1] 24 years of age at the time, he was the youngest member of the House. His candidacy was supported by the United Corporations and Mercantile Union, of which he was Chairman of the Vidyodaya University branch. The University of Sri Jayewardenepura is one of the leading universities in Sri Lanka. ... The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is one of the major political parties in Sri Lanka. ... Hambantota is a town in southern coastal area of Sri Lanka. ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... The United Corporations and Mercantile Union (UCMU) is a Sri Lankan [Trade Union]which brings together workers in the public sector. ...


Soon after he studied law at the Sri Lanka Law College and took his place at the bar in 1974, becoming a human-rights lawyer, and practiced law in his rural district Hambantota and Matara. Throughout his parliamentary career, except for the period from 1994-2001 when he was a minister, he continued his law practice in Tangalle.[1] Sri Lanka Law College was established under the Council of Legal Education (it self established in 1873) in 1874 in order to impart a formal legal education to those who wished to be lawyers in Ceylon. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... The Magna Carta or Great Charter was the worlds first document containing commitments by a sovereign to his people to respect certain legal rights Human rights refers to the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty... Matara (or Metera), is an archeological site in Eritrea (a few kilometers south of Senafe), it was a major Aksumite & Pre-Aksumite City. ...


He lost his parliamentary seat in the landslide defeat of the SLFP in 1977.[1] During the 1985 by-election campaign of Mulkirigala electorate in Hambantota district, for which his brother Chamal Rajapaksa contested representing the SLFP, Mahinda was remanded by the then UNP government for allegations of possession of unauthorized fire arms, but he was cleared of charges due to lack of evidence. Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This article is about the year. ... Remand is a legal term which has two related but distinct usages. ...


In Opposition

From the start of his career, Rajapaksa adopted a centre-left political stance, identifying himself with labour rights.


In 1980 he became the President of the Sri Lankan Committee for Solidarity with Palestine. He maintains a close interest in finding a peaceful solution to the Middle East problem within the framework of a sovereign Palestinian state.[1] Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... ...


In 1989 he was re-elected to Parliament to represent Hambantota District under Proportional Representation. He came into prominence as a leader, together with Manorani Saravanamuttu, of the Mothers Front, which organised the mothers of the "disappeared" in the white terror of 1988-90 instigated by a terrorist group that called themselves Deshapremi Jathika Vyaparaya or 'Patriotic National Movement'.[1] The Visva Bharati University of Calcutta in India conferred on him the title Professor Emeritus for his record on human rights. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Hambantota is a town in southern coastal area of Sri Lanka. ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... It has been suggested that The White Terror (France) be merged into this article or section. ... The Peoples Liberation Front (Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna) is a marxist Sinhalese political party in Sri Lanka was involved in 1987-89 insurrection in Sri Lanka which were lost around 50,000 lives. ... Established by Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, the Visva-Bharati University, located at Santiniketan, West Bengal in India is a central university and an institution of national importance. ... A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ...


In the early 1990s he was elected to the Central Committee of the SLFP and was part of a re-organisation drive. He also organized and led the Pada Yatra march from Colombo to Kataragama in protest against the United National Party government, which was primarily responsible for its downfall. Central Committee most commonly refers to the central executive unit of a communist party, whether ruling or non-ruling. ... Map of Colombo with its administrative districts Coordinates: , District Colombo District Government  - Mayor Uvaiz Mohammad Imitiyaz (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) Area  - City 37. ... Kataragama also Katharagama,and Katirkamam (Tamil கதிர்காமம்) is a regionally popular place of pilgrimage to Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Vedda communities of Sri Lanka and South India. ... The United National Party, often referred to as the UNP Sinhalese: එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය (pronounced Eksath Jathika Pakshaya), Tamil: ஐக்கிய தேசியக் கட்சி), is a leading political party in Sri Lanka. ...


Appointment as Minister

In 1994, following the election victory of the People's Alliance a political front led by Sri Lanka Freedom Party and headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga, Rajapaksa was appointed Minister of Labour. He held this post until 1997 when, following a cabinet reshuffle, his portfolio was changed to Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.[1] Politics of Sri Lanka Categories: Election related stubs | Elections in Sri Lanka ... The Peoples Alliance (PA) is a front of political parties in Sri Lanka, formed in 1994. ... The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is one of the major political parties in Sri Lanka. ... Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (born 29 June 1945) was the fifth President (and fourth to hold the office as Executive president) of Sri Lanka (12 November 1994 - 19 November 2005). ...


During his tenure of Minister of Labor, he suffered a major setback when President Kumaragunta did not implement his brainchild, the Worker’s Charter, which he drafted and had presented to parliament. The charter sought to establish trade union rights, a wages Commission, social security, a National Trade Union Training Institute and facilities the adjudication of industrial disputes.


Following are some of the tasks he carried out during his period as Minister.

  • Initiated a housing program called "Diyawara Gammana" for fishermen and their families.
  • Initiated the first ever University for Oceanography known as "Sagara Vishwavidyalaya."
  • Introduced a special banking scheme called “Idiwara Banks” for fishermen.
  • Established a Coastal Guard Unit, a much needed security system for an Island nation, to stop the illegal fishing activities and protect the coast of Sri Lanka.
  • Provided fisheries communication equipment to improve the efficiency through the use of technology.
  • In addition to the Portfolio of Fisheries, he also held the Portfolio of the Ports and Shipping for a short period of three months. Within this period, he took the initial steps to construct Hambantota Harbour.

Thermohaline circulation Oceanography (from Ocean + Greek γράφειν = write), also called oceanology or marine science, is the branch of Earth Sciences that studies the Earths oceans and seas. ...

Leader of the Opposition

When the UNP defeated the People's Alliance in the 2001 elections, Rajapaksa lost his position in the Government. He was however appointed Leader of the Opposition in March 2002.[1] Known properties Name, Symbol, Number dubnium, Db, 105 Chemical series Transition metals Group, Period, Block 5, 7 , d Appearance unknown; probably metallic, silvery white or gray Atomic weight [262] amu Electron configuration probably [Rn]5f14 6d3 7s2 e- s per energy level 2, 8, 18, 32, 32, 11, 2 State... The Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lanka is the politician who leads main opposition. ...


Premiership

After the Parliamentary Elections of 2004, in which the United People's Freedom Alliance was victorious, there was a struggle between Rajapakse, former Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar and President Chandrika Kumaratunga's brother and former Opposition Leader Anura Bandaranaike for the post of Prime Minister. Kumaratunga was widely expected to appoint Kadirgamar, one of her close advisors, however, due to pressure from grass-root level party supporters, Kumaratunga had to select the more popular Mahinda Rajapaksa instead. Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s 13th Prime Minister on April 06, 2004.[1] Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... UPFA election symbol The United Peoples Freedom Alliance is a political alliance in Sri Lanka. ... Kadirgamar on a diplomatic visit to France, January 1996. ... Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (born 29 June 1945) was the fifth President (and fourth to hold the office as Executive president) of Sri Lanka (12 November 1994 - 19 November 2005). ... Anura Priyadarshi Solomon Dias Bandaranaike (born February 15, 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While Rajapaksa was the Prime Minister, he also held the Ministry of Highways.

  • Initiated "Maga Neguma" project to build rural and city roads and highways, and allocated funds to each and every local government area.
  • Proposed and planned to construct fly-overs to minimize traffic congestion in the Colombo city.

As Prime Minister, Rajapaksa was also put in charge of the Information and Communication Technology Agency. Following are his accomplishments in that position.

  • Re-energized the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka.
  • Taking the Information Technology (IT) and computer literacy to rural areas under the “Nanasala” project. The Nanasala project is an initiative to introduce several models of the telecentres or knowledge centres to be established in all parts of Sri Lanka to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban populations.

Presidency (November 2005-present)

After another tussle, Rajapaksa was chosen in front of Anura Bandaranaike, brother of Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for the Presidential Election held on November 17, 2005. Rajapaksa was up against Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, the leader of the United National Party in this election. Rajapaksa defeated Wickremasinghe narrowly by 190,000 votes and took office as President on November 19, 2005. His victory was largely due to the mass support from the southern Sinhala-Buddhist voters. Also, in the north-east, the LTTE called for a boycott of the polls from Tamil voters in areas under their control, and forcibly prevented a large section of voters from visiting the polling booths.[3] Rajapaksa received 50.3% of the vote. Anura Priyadarshi Solomon Dias Bandaranaike (born February 15, 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician. ... The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is one of the major political parties in Sri Lanka. ... Politics of Sri Lanka Categories: Election related stubs | Elections in Sri Lanka ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lanka is the politician who leads main opposition. ... Hon. ... The United National Party, often referred to as the UNP Sinhalese: එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය (pronounced Eksath Jathika Pakshaya), Tamil: ஐக்கிய தேசியக் கட்சி), is a leading political party in Sri Lanka. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... LTTE is an acronym or initialism for: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Known for their guerilla warfare forcibly killing every other independent groups aiming for seperate state. ...


After becoming President of Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa reshuffled the cabinet and took the portfolios of Defence, Finance, and Planning in the new cabinet, which was sworn on November 23, 2005. The President of Sri Lanka is the head of state and dominant political figure in Sri Lanka. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Political Position

Unlike some members of his coalition, Rajapaksa is believed to support peace talks with the Tamil Tigers as a means of ending the civil war with the Tamil secessionist movement. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), commonly known as the Tamil Tigers, is a militant Tamil nationalist organization that has waged a violent secessionist campaign against the Sri Lankan government since the 1970s in order to create a separate Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka... Combatants Military of Sri Lanka Indian Peace Keeping Force Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Commanders Junius Richard Jayawardene (1983-89) Ranasinghe Premadasa (1989-93) Dingiri Banda Wijetunge (1993-94) Chandrika Kumaratunga (1994-2005) Mahinda Rajapaksa (2005-present) Velupillai Prabhakaran (1983-present) Strength 111,000[1] 11,000[1] The Sri...


However, immediately following his election victory, a series of mine blasts blamed on the LTTE in the north of the country claimed the lives of over 150 servicemen, pushing the country back to the brink of war.[4] Following the closure by the LTTE of a reservoir supplying water to 15,000 people in government controlled areas on July 21, 2006,[5] the Sri Lankan military launched an offensive against the LTTE, bringing the entire reservoir under government control. Further military engagements have led to the LTTE been driven out of virtually the entire Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The increased military have led to the Rajapakse's government outlined plans for a 40% increase in defense spending for 2007.[6] ... Water supply is the process of self-provision or provision by third parties of water of various qualities to different users. ... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Eastern Province is a province of Sri Lanka. ...


See also

The President of Sri Lanka is the head of state and dominant political figure in Sri Lanka. ... The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka is the functional head of the Cabinet of Sri Lanka. ... Politics of Sri Lanka takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Sri Lanka is both head of state and head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. ...

References

  • Official Website
  • President of Sri Lanka
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k President's Fund of Sri Lanka, President's Profile
  2. ^ When Mahinda became the youngest MP Thilakarathne, Indeewara, The Sunday Observer
  3. ^ "Hardliner wins Sri Lanka election", BBC News, November 2005 18, 2005. 
  4. ^ "How President decided on retaliation", The Sunday Times, April 30, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka forces attack reservoir", BBC News, August 6, 2006. 
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/5412380.stm

Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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