President Mahinda Rajapaksa looks at a picture of himself and the then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at an SLFP convention held amidst the campaign for the November 2005 presidential election. This scene was captured at an exhibition by presidential photographer Sudath Silva at the National Art Gallery on Friday. Pic by Gemunu Wellage
A political leader's decision not to seek re-election usually triggers fervent discussion about potential heirs. Yet, President Mahmoud Abbas's withdrawal from the presidential election scheduled for January 24, 2010, has produced nothing of the kind in Palestine .....
The Government today announced a new initiative - the Australia Awards - to maximise the benefit to Australia of its extensive scholarship programmes, and to support enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours.
More than 14 million Sri Lankans will be eligible to vote at the upcoming Presidential Election — an increase of more than a million voters since the last poll in November 2005, according to officials at the Department of Elections.
A controversy over the closure of all schools in the Central Province to curb the spread of the H1N1 virus will be resolved after a Health Ministry team visits the province tomorrow, it was decided yesterday.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to sign a proclamation tomorrow evening declaring a Presidential Election. Nominations are to be called within two weeks after tomorrow, possibly on December 9 or 10. After six weeks of campaigning, the polls are now likely on January 23.
The essential prerequisite for economic stabilization and growth is fiscal discipline that brings down the fiscal deficit consolidation. This has been stressed ever so often in this column, accepted by the government, the Central Bank, the Institute of Policy Studies and the International agencies assisting Sri Lanka.