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Request made by President for suitable location to build Temple in Muscat

Following a meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa had recently with mission heads Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Oman Meerasahib Maharoof carried a written message from the President to the Sultanate of Oman requesting for an allocation of a plot of land in Muscat, to construct a Buddhist temple.
Colombo Mayor and city fathers join SLFP

Twenty One members of the Colombo Municipal Council led by its Mayor Mr. Uvais M. Imitiyas and Deputy Mayor Mr. S. Rajendra joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party today. They obtained membership of the SLFP from its leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at Temple Trees.
President condemns barbaric LTTE attack, expresses deepest sympathies

President Mahinda Rajapaksa immediately on hearing of the suicide attack on a navy convoy at the Digampathana transit camp yesterday, dispatches a team of Ministers and Government officials, to the scene to make an on the spot assessment of the aftermath and take all necessary steps promptly to deal with the situation.
Akashi meets with President Rajapaksa

Japan’s special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said Japan was committed to establishing peace in Sri Lanka. He met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today.
President visits funeral houses of Sri Lanka’s fallen war heroes

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday visited the funeral houses of two soldiers who died during the Muhamalai battle with the LTTE. Disregarding security advice the President paid surprise visits to the villages of Nawagathegama in Anamaduwa and Sangapaliya in Galgamuwa to pay his last respected to Sergeant Jayasundera and private H M Nandasiri.
Family that sacrificed two sons for the country meets with President

President Mahinda Rajapaksa invited to the Presidential Secretariat Sumathipala Abeysiriwardena, a father of 10 and his family. Two of his sons died fighting for their motherland during the Mavilaru and Muhamalai battles. The President who was moved by the family’s loss offered them assistance. During the lengthy discussion the President inquired into their needs and instructed Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was also present to provide employment to one son.
President meets with proposed Government Delegation for peace talks

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met this morning with many of the members of the Government delegation, including ministers who had participated in the peace talks with the LTTE in February.
New Police Chief calls on President

IGP Victor Perera who assumed duties yesterday as the new Police Chief called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning. He briefed the President on his plans for the Police Department while under his leadership.
National consensus – agreement between SLFP and UNP

Representatives of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party who met at President’s Office earlier today to pursue a national consensus, decided to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties reflecting the agreement reached on the six points on which discussions took place between them. Signing of the MOU is to be expedited.
President visits Katunayaka air base

President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning inspected the Katunayaka Air Force base
Moves for Government and Opposition MPs to participate in development

Action is being taken to enable both Government and Opposition Members of Parliament to participate in work related to national development and enable them to bear a greater responsibility in this and other work, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Mr. Anders B Johansson, Secretary General of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), today.
President reiterates commitment to negotiated settlement in meeting with Co-Chair envoys

Ambassadors of the Co-Chair countries called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning to discuss the progress towards the resumption of talks between the government and the LTTE. The talks have been proposed for October 28 to 29 this year.
Sri Lankans should appreciate and honour teachers – President

All Sri Lankans should appreciate and honour the invaluable service rendered to the nation by teachers, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message to mark World Teachers’ Day.
Play a more multi-faceted role- President tells heads of mission abroad

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called on Sri Lankan heads of missions abroad to work more towards helping promote Sri Lanka in the countries they are based. He also asked them to play a more multi-faceted role to help Sri Lanka face the challenges of today’s world, specially in the economic front and to provide information useful to the country’s armed forces in battle with terrorists.
President rescinds with immediate effect Gazette notification bringing a large number of essential services under Emergency Regulations

By Extraordinary Gazette notification No. 1464/26 President Mahinda Rajapaksa rescinded with immediate effect the Extraordinary Gazette notification which brought a large number of essential services under the Emergency Regulation.
President directs schools in the North to be re-opened immediately

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the relevant authorities to immediately re-open schools for the children in the North. During the past few days the LTTE had instructed many schools in the area to close.
Rajapaksa a “two-term president” says Sajith Premadasa

UNPer Sajith Premadasa, son of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa is quoted as telling Indian media that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be “a one-term president but a two-term president”, adding that he thought the President was “quite popular among the masses.”
British Defence Advisor and members of the Royal College of Defence Studies call on President

British Defence Advisor Lt. Col Colin Martin and Members of the Royal College of Defence Studies UK, currently conducting a study of countries in the Asian region called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning to discuss Sri Lanka’s security situation and development programmes.
President revokes regulations invoked under Clause 5 of the Public Security Act

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday revoked regulations invoked under Clause 5 of the Public Security Act. The regulations pertained to the declaration of several public services as essential services.
Address of H. E President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Asia Society, New York

I am pleased to address this meeting of the Asia Society. Many of my predecessors have also addressed you. Yours is a very special institution. This city which seems an image of globalization has drawn millions of people to it through the centuries. This is the birth place of billions worth of capital and trillions of ideas. The Asia Society which is situated in such a background is a place which nurtures the Asian vision, so essential for the modern world. Therefore, I am pleased to be able to use the opportunity to address the United Nations, to also participate, even in a small way, in this forum of yours. Madam President, while thanking you for your invitation I commend you for your leadership.

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