Former PM raps Rajapaksa gov't

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, July 25 (UPI) -- Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga urged the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to negotiate with the island nation's minorities to achieve peace.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition challenger, retired Gen. Sarath Fonseka, has won a key endorsement in his race against President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Tamils stay out of Sri Lankan election

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Tamils in Sri Lanka seem to be boycotting the island nation's presidential election as not a single member in the separatist areas had voted as of Thursday.

President's brother to be Sri Lanka's FM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka has named Anura Bandaranaike, brother of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the replacement for assassinated Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. Bandaranaike is a member of a political dynasty going back 50 years and was already a cabinet min

Sri Lankan foreign minister assassinated

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has imposed a state of emergency following the assassination Friday of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

Sri Lanka signs joint tsunami aid deal

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 24 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan government has signed a controversial agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels to jointly distribute nearly $3 billion in tsunami aid. Norwegian peace-brokers have taken the document to the northern rebel-held city of Kilinochchi for the Tigers' s

Peace envoy meets rebels to start aid plan

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 22 (UPI) -- A Norwegian peace envoy has begun talks with Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels in hopes of putting a controversial tsunami-aid distribution plan into action. After meeting President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Colombo Tuesday, Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister

Ruling coalition splits over aid plan

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 16 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan ruling coalition has split after a key party quit in protest at government plans for a tsunami aid deal with the Tamil Tiger rebels. The Sinhala-nationalist People's Liberation Front, or JVP, left the coalition Wednesday night after an ulti

Sri Lankan coalition strained by Tiger aid

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 10 (UPI) -- A key coalition partner in the Sri Lankan government has threatened to quit unless a proposed tsunami aid-sharing deal with the Tamil Tiger rebels is dropped.

President promises aid deal with rebels

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 5 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's president has pledged to cooperate with Tamil Tiger rebels to distribute tsunami aid, even at the risk of bringing down her government.

Prince visits Sri Lankan tsunami survivors

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Charles arrived in eastern Sri Lanka Monday to meet tsunami survivors, but will avoid nearby areas held by Tamil rebels, the BBC reported.

Bush Sr., Clinton continue tsunami tour

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Former U.S. presidents George H. Bush and Bill Clinton arrived in Sri Lanka Monday as part of a tour of areas hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami, the BBC reported. After arriving in Colombo, they met President Chandrika Kumaratunga for talks in which they we
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Chandrika Kumaratunga
President George W. Bush speaks with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga from Crawford, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004. (UPI Photo/Eric Draper/White House)

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (Sinhala: චන්ද්‍රිකා බන්ඩාරනායක කුමාරතුංග) born June 29, 1945) was the 4th Executive president of Sri Lanka, serving from November 12, 1994 to November 19, 2005. The daughter of two former Prime Ministers, she was also the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party until end of 2005. She is Sri Lanka's only female president to date.

Hailing from one of the most prestigious aristocratic families that has a long history in the socio-political arena of the country, her father, S.W.R.D Bandaranaike was a government minister at the time of her birth and later became Prime Minister. He was assassinated in 1959, when Chandrika was fourteen. Chandrika's mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, then became the world's first female prime minister in 1960 and her brother Anura Bandaranaike was a former Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka and a former minister. Her grandfather, Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranike was the Maha Mudaliyar, (the chief Ceylonese representative and advisor to the Governor) during British colonial rule.

She was educated at the St Bridget's Convent, Colombo and in 1965 she entered the Aquinas University College and gained a scholarship to the University of Paris in 1967, where she spent five years, graduating from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Science Po) in political science. While in Paris she obtained a Diploma in Group Leadership from the same University.Her Ph.D studies in Development Economics at the University of Paris were interrupted when she returned to Sri Lanka to enter politics, where her mother’s government had launched a wide ranging programme of socialist reform and development. During her days in France, she was active in the Student Revolution of 1968. She is fluent in Sinhala, English and French.

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