The Right Honourable Ram Baran Yadav

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

27th April, 2015

I was devastated to learn of the catastrophe caused by a massive earthquake in Nepal last Saturday.

I together with the people of Sri Lanka am deeply distressed about this tragedy and the large number of deaths and injury to people that has been caused by it.

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The absence of war is not Peace

S.J.V. Chelvanayakam Memorial Lecture

25th April, 2015

It is difficult to envisage delivering a lecture to commemorate Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam without reflecting upon the one issue that concerned him most – the minorities question in Sri Lanka. Mr. Chevanayakam and his Party, the Federal Party, engaged in a long and difficult struggle to win the Tamil peoples' rights.

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Chandrika Kumaratunga meets Aung San Suu Kyi

August, 2014

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga was in Myanmar [Burma] last week and met with Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a globally known activist for democracy she is the leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar.

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When a dynasty read the future

February, 2014

In Sri Lanka, the Bandaranaike dynasty cut itself away from politics through a combination of political circumstances and personal choices,

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former President of Sri Lanka, has among her photographs a collector’s item taken when she was an 11-year-old girl. Crowded into the frame are no less than five South Asian Prime Ministers who served at different times over five decades in the 20th Century: her father S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, mother Sirimavo Bandaranaike, herself (she was Prime Minister before she went on to win the presidential election in 1994), Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. There might have been six Prime Ministers in that photograph had Mrs. Gandhi taken her son Rajiv along on that visit to Colombo in 1956.

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CBK Urges Women to Fight for Inclusion

July 18, 2014

On July 18, 2014, President Chandrika Kumaratunga was the chief speaker at the launch of the Advocacy Road Map "What the Women Say–ACTIONS-not Words Count" for the Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka. The event, held in Colombo, was organized by The Association of Women Affected by War (AWAW) and FOKUS--Forum for Women and Development.

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CBK speaks on the "Importance of Inclusion" in Azerbaijan

June 2014

Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga was in Baku, Azerbaijan last week to attend a Conference on "Post 2015 Agenda and Shared Societies". She made an address on the "Importance of Inclusion" in the post 2015 Agenda. The conclusions of this conference will be fed into the draft of the Post 2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development, under preparation by the UN High Level Panel. The final document is scheduled to be presented to the UNGA in September 2014.

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Statement of President CBK on Recent Communal Violence

June 23, 2014

I'm deeply concerned about the outbreak of communal violence and Anti- Muslim attacks that occurred in several areas of the country, in the past week. I'm saddened by the loss of precious lives, the displacement of families and the wanton destruction of property. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones and their livelihoods.

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CBK Speaks at 6th Annual International Women’s Conference

February 7, 2014

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga traveled to India February 7-9th to participate in the 6th Annual International Women’s Conference in Bangalore. The conference brought together delegates from over 60 countries to discuss the theme “Harmony: Evolution towards Perfection”. The platform provided women from diverse perspectives the opportunity to come together to share their different approaches to confronting today's challenges and searching for harmony on both the individual and societal level.

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Mandela treated me like a daughter: Chandrika

December 6, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela embraced me like a daughter each time we met, and asked me how my mother was doing, says former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

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Kumaratunga and Uteem to "make sustainabilty a new metric"

November 06, 2013

“Making sustainability the next metric: the post 2015 development agenda” is the Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA)’s symposium this year. Our Member Chandrika Kumaratunga will chair the session "Shared Societies and Governance"

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Bridgeteens pay tribute to Sirimavo Bandaranaike

January 20, 2013

A representative gathering of past pupils, teachers, and students and friends of St. Bridget’s Convent came together on January 15, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre, to pay tribute to their most distinguished past pupil, thrice prime minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike. The event was organised by the Past Pupils’ Association of St. Bridget’s Convent.

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Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Oration

January 15, 2013

The Past Pupils’ Association of St Bridget’s Convent honoured their most celebrated student of the school, the Hon Sirimavo R D Bandaranaike, by organizing the inaugural ‘Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Oration’ on 15th January 2013 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition Centre at the BMICH.  The orator, Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yet another proud product of St. Bridget’s Convent delivered the oration on “Educating Women for Leadership”.

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Appreciation by University Teachers for HR (Jaffna)

May, 2007

“Many of these questions were dealt with in Arrogance of Power. We summarise the essential points and add a few more. Arrogance of Power could not have been written, but for an exceptionally conducive environment prevailing under the early years of the Chandrika Kurmaratunge’s presidency.

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