The Sunday Leader

President Maithripala Sirisena took some time out last week at the residence of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, in Panadura. He was joined by Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) staging a protest last week against the SAITM private medical university calling for its closure. 
Picture by Lalith Perera

The US Embassy in Colombo presented the Mo’Mojo Mardi Gras Music Festival at Park Street Mews last week. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap is seen dancing to the music at the event. - Picture by Lalith Perera

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya looks at the food available at the opening of a Chinese culture fair at the Arcade, Colombo 07 last week. Jayasuriya was the chief guest at the opening ceremony
Picture by Lalith Perera

Exiled former Maldives President, Mohamed Nasheed about to take his seat ahead of a press conference in Colombo last week.. Nasheed announced he will contest the next Presidential election in the Maldives.
Picture by Lalith Perera

69 Independence Day

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President Maithripala Sirisena raises the National flag at the Independence Day celebrations held at Galle Face yesterday. Picture by Sudath Silva

Ananthi Sasitharan, wife of former LTTE Trincomalee political head S. Elilan, who was reported, missing after the war, signs a banner at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute last week pushing for justice for journalists killed in Sri Lanka. 			  Picture by Lalith Perera

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan, Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva and State Minister of Women and Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheshwaran arrive for the opening of a Regional Consular Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jaffna at the District Secretariat last week

Trump Signs His First Executive Order

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U.S. President Donald Trump hands Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (right) an executive order that directs agencies to ease the burden of Obamacare, after signing it in the Oval Office in Washington, on January 20, 2017. Also seen is White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter (centre).   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe greets the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde in Switzerland last week ahead of talks held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum

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