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"Someday a President will emerge from the South", was Basil Rajapaksa’s prediction twenty years ago according to environmental journalist Dharman Wickremarat... article in the Sunday Island (21 November 2010) to mark President Rajapaksa’s swearing in for the second term. The article is a recount of the 1989 general elections in which Mahinda Rajapaksa won back his southern seat after losing in the UNP landslide of 1977. The 1989 victory was achieved against the JVP terror and UNP power. Mr. Wickremaratne’s article is an exposition of the man behind the politician, and revelation about a dedicated group of family and friends who not only made sure of the victory in 1989 but also charted Mahinda Rajapaksa’s path to the country’s ultimate political prize.
Sunday, 05 December 2010 | 1321 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/Military
  Military branches: Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force (2008) Military service age and obligation: 18 years of age for voluntary military service (2007)  Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 5,458,720 females age 16-49: 5,594,006 (2008 est.) Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 4,477,437 females age 16-49: 4,683,716 (2008 est.) Manpower reaching military service age annually: males age 16-49: 174,065 females age 16-49: 168,593 (2008 est.) Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 2.6% (2006)  
Friday, 13 June 2008 | 2551 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report