Minister of Irrigation and Water Management Chamal Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka

Don Alwin Rajapaksa was a democratic politician from the Ruhuna region.
Rajapaksa was elected MP for Beliatta.
George Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the district of Matara and brought up in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota.
His brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa was first elected to parliament as a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the age of 24 in 1970.
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is known to have a short temper, especially when it comes to defending the Armed Forces.
The former LTTE commander Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, better known as Colonel Karuna, has stated to British authorities that Rajapaksa was instrumental in arranging for him to be issued with a false diplomatic passport so that he could flee to Britain in September 2007.
Rajapaksa was severely critical of the UN in Sri Lanka and of western governments.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa had a near escape in suicide bomb attack by LTTE and this clearly shows that he is a common enemy of both LTTE and UNP.
Basil Rajapaksa has been playing a key role in keeping the unity among various political parties of the PA government.
The state owned budget airline Mihin Lanka will resume flight operation from the 15th of next month, and will show progress within three months, Minister of Ports and Aviation, Chamal Rajapaksa said in Parliament yesterday (25.
Delivering his speech on the debate at the committee stage of the budget of his Ministry, Minister Rajapaksa said that the Government has made all the necessary arrangements towards formulating a National Aviation and a shipping policy adding that national policy would be submitted for the cabinet approval in January.
In addition, Minister of Aviation, Rajapaksa said that the Bandaranaike International Air-Port will be modernized and equiped with all the latest technological appliances.
Rajapaksa is sometimes known as 'Mahinda Rajapakse.
Hardliner wins Sri Lanka election Rajapaksa received 50.
Unlike some members of his coalition, Rajapaksa is believed to support peace talks with the Tamil Tigers as a means of ending the civil war with the Tamil secessionist movement.
Rajapaksa was born in Weerakatiya in the southern rural district of Hambantota.
Rajapaksa was educated at Richmond College, Galle before moving to Nalanda College, Colombo and later Thurstan College, Colombo.
Following the death of his father in 1967, Rajapaksa took over as the SLFP candidate for Beliatte constituency and was elected to Parliament in 1970 as the youngest Member of Parliament at the age of 24.
In 1994, following the election victory of the People's Alliance a political front led by Sri Lanka Freedom Party and headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga, Rajapaksa was appointed Minister of Labour.
Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s 13th Prime Minister on April 6, 2004.
While Rajapaksa was the Prime Minister, he also held the Ministry of Highways.
As Prime Minister, Rajapaksa was also put in charge of the Information and Communication Technology Agency.
After another tussle, Rajapaksa was chosen in front of Anura Bandaranaike, brother of Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for the Presidential Election held on November 17, 2005.
Rajapaksa was up against Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, the leader of the United National Party in this election.
Mahinda Rajapaksa has been accused of corruption by the opposition before his election as President, citing the "Helping Hambantota" case, where he was accused of appropriating close to USD 830,000 into a Treasury approved private fund, known as Helping Hambantota, to help the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami in Hambantota - his hometown and electoral district.
Later dismissing the case, Chief Justice Sarath Silva said the court case had been brought as soon as Rajapaksa was nominated as a presidential candidate.
The money in question had been put in a state account and Rajapaksa had not taken "even a cent" for his use, then Prime Minister's secretary Lalith Weeratunga told the AFP news agency at the time.
Chamal Rajapaksa is the brother of president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lankan Minister of Agricultural Development Chamal Rajapaksa says the fertilizer subsidy will also be provided to vegetable and coconut growers from the next season.
Ports and aviation minister Chamal Rajapaksa has asked the airports and aviation services authority to make arrangements to shift the planned second international airport to a new site in Mattala in the same district.
The ports and aviation ministry said the decision to shift the site was taken after Rajapaksa met farmers in the area recently.
Rajapaksa said Wickramasuriya was involved in consultancy work overseas.
Addressing the new board of directors and employees of SriLankan Airlines at a ceremony at the Bandaranaike International Airport, to mark the take over of the management of SriLankan Airlines from Emirates Airlines, President Rajapaksa said there was uncertainty and distress among the public and the employees when the management of Air Lanka was handed over to Emirates ten years ago.
KOTTE: Irrigation and Water Management and Ports and Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has been appointed Priviledges Committee Chairman, Speaker W.
The Speaker also told Parliament that Rajapaksa was appointed Chairman of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee as Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka resigned from the post.
Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed delight at the use of the internet and communication technology to broaden democracy.
Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his special thanks to all those who helped to make the site a reality, specially Gamini Gunaratna from USA and Athula Pushpakumara from Sri Lanka.
Lakshman Namal Rajapaksa was born on the 10th of April 1986 at the Navaloka Hospital in Colombo to Miss Ceylon 1978 Shiranthi Rajapaksa and the 5th president of Sri Lanka, the Honourable Mahinda Percy Rajapaksa.
Though the incident itself faded from the public domain almost as suddenly as it has occurred, last Monday's 'ambush' of Irrigation, Ports and Civil Aviation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa was a very serious political development.
The main plea from the villagers was that they be adequately compensated and given reasonably good land to continue with their cultivation, but the reaction from Minister Rajapaksa was not what the villagers wanted to hear.
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa came out with his guns blazing defending the move, he merely put the cap on by taking the responsibility for the move.
He had them invited for a meeting at the Continental Hotel and asked the diplomats why President Mahinda Rajapaksa was dodging saying anything on the lodgers' fiasco.
This coming Friday, they all go to Kurunegala, close to where Chamal Rajapaksa was nearly man-handled for a mass rally.
Water Board Chairman Vasantha Senanayaka, (he quit the UNP when he was not made the Party's organiser for Minneriya - he's a relative of UNP Chairman Rukman Senanayake), in his resignation letter to Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said that the Minister had given orders against Board policy.
Under such worrying circumstances at home, President Rajapaksa took wing to Geneva to address the International Labour Organisation (ILO) this week.
What is the difference between the Burmese military junta and the Rajapaksa Junta that has been ruling the roost in Sri Lanka for the last two years? Does not President Bush know that Mahinda Rajapaksa as the President is also the commander in chief of the Sri Lankan armed forces, his brother Gothabaya Rajapaksa is the Secretary of Defence, another brother Chamal Rajapaksa is the Minister of Ports and Aviation and another brother, Basil Rajapaksa, who was a Presidential Adviser hitherto, has been recently made a parliamentarian through the back door and is waiting to soon become another cabinet minister? The opposition in Sri Lanka complained that 90% of the Sri Lankan budget is controlled by the Rajapaksa Junta even before Basil Rajapaksa entered the parliament, as several cabinet portfolios come under President Rajapaksa, including the finance portfolio.
In short, since President Rajapaksa came to power in November 2005, over 1974 Tamil civilians have been killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces and its allied paramilitaries and over 842 Tamil civilians have been either arrested or abducted and then disappeared.
Basil Rajapaksa is the second brother of the President in Parliament.
While Chamal Rajapaksa is the Irrigation Minister, Gothabaya Rajapaksa is the Defence Secretary.