Buddhist-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka leaves at least 3 dead, 80 injured

Buddhist-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka leaves at least 3 dead, 80 injured

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 16 (UPI) --Clashes between Muslims and Buddhists on the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka prior to a Sunday curfew killed at least three people and injured 80.
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Sri Lanka strongly objects to U.S. allegations on rights

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka accused Washington of trying to divide the island nation and rejected a U.S. official's contention its human rights situation is worsening.

Sri Lanka begins census of civil war dead, property losses

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka says it has begun a nationwide survey to determine how many people died in the civil war fought from 1983 until 2009.

Commonwealth summit report focuses on poverty, climate change

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A final report by leaders who attended the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka focused on poverty and climate change, and made no mention of human rights abuses.

Sri Lanka rejects British call for probe of rights abuse allegations

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka has rejected a call by Britain for an international probe into allegations of human rights abuses committed after the island nation's civil war.
British PM David Cameron attends summit in Sri Lanka

British PM David Cameron attends summit in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Tamil protesters surrounded British Prime Minister David Cameron's car as he traveled in Sri Lanka for a Commonwealth summit, authorities said.
President says Sri Lanka will investigate charges of rights violations

President says Sri Lanka will investigate charges of rights violations

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka will investigate allegations of human rights violations presented through the country's legal system, the nation's president said Thursday.

Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Summit comes under fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's government is on the defensive ahead of the 53-nation Commonwealth Summit after a British television crew complained of police interference.

U.N. rights chief says attention to situation in Sri Lanka critical

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- It is "critically important" for the U.N. Human Rights Council to remain focused on the rights situation in Sri Lanka, a top U.N. official said.

Tamils win majority of seats in Sri Lanka's Northern province

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance won a majority of seats in northern provincial elections, the country's elections commission announced Sunday.

Sri Lanka's Northern province votes for first time since civil war

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Candidates did last-minute stumping in Sri Lanka's Northern province, where Saturday's elections are the first since the country's civil war ended in 2009.

Colombo police arrest cop in contract killing inquiry

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 12 (UPI) -- Police in Sri Lanka are questioning a senior police officer arrested over the alleged contract killing of a millionaire shoe businessman last month.

Sri Lanka opens inquiry into deaths of fishermen during monsoon

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, June 10 (UPI) -- The president of Sri Lanka on Monday ordered an investigation into the lack of warning about severe storms that resulted in the deaths of dozens of fishermen.

China to provide Sri Lanka's first communication satellite

BEIJING, May 29 (UPI) -- China's Great Wall Industry Corp. has signed a contract to provide Sri Lanka's first communication satellite.

China, Sri Lanka to upgrade ties to strategic cooperation

BEIJING, May 28 (UPI) -- China, on the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, agreed to upgrade ties with the Indian Ocean island nation to strategic cooperation.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa
Mahinda Rajapaksa, president of Sri Lanka, addresses the 61st session of the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 20,2006 in New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Percy Mahendra "Mahinda" Rajapaksa (Sinhala මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ, pronounced ; Tamil மகிந்த ராசபக்ச; born November 18, 1945) is the 6th and current President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. A lawyer by profession, Rajapaksa was first elected to the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 1970, and served as prime minister from April 6, 2004 until his victory in the 2005 Presidential election. He was sworn in for a six-year term as president on November 19, 2005. He was re-elected for a second term in office on January 27, 2010.

Rajapaksa was born in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. D.M. Rajapaksa, his uncle, was a State Councillor 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.

Rajapaksa was educated at Richmond College, Galle before moving to Nalanda College Colombo and later Thurstan College, Colombo. He also had a few cameo roles as a movie actor in Sinhalese movies and worked as a library assistant at Vidyodaya University.

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