Networking forum for University Undergraduates

A series of advocacy sessions on Tobacco Industry Impact on Public Health and Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3 targeting the university undergraduates […]

Launch of the South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT)

‘’Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when used entirely as intended.’’ The tobacco industry is a global entity. Tobacco industry […]

Joint Letter to the UN SG Re: The role of the tobacco industry in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development

Framework Convention Alliance together with ASH: Action on Smoking & Health, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products – Vital Strategies, […]

Commercial Industries and Public Health: The role of the Smart Journalist A Residential Workshop for Journalists

“Commercial Industries and Public Health: The role of the Smart Journalists” residential workshop was held on 19-20th August 2019 in the Amora Lagoon Hotel, Katunayake. […]


Basil Rajapaksa


Basil Rajapaksa, born in 1951, is a Sri Lankan politician. He had his secondary education at Isipathana and Ananda Colleges Colombo. Basil Rajapaksa has dual citizenships in Sri Lanka and in United States of America. He was a member of the Parliament from 2007 to 2015. Basil Rajapaksa comes from a family with a background in politics. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a member of the Parliament. As of 2019, three of his brothers, Chamal Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are active in Sri Lankan politics. [Read more]


Mahinda Rajapaksa


Mahinda Rajapaksa, born on 18th November 1945, was active in the Sri Lankan politics for the past five decades. He was elected to the parliament as the youngest Member of the Parliament in the history of Sri Lanka in 1970 at the age of 24. He served two terms as the 5th Executive President of Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2015. He was the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), one of the two main political parties in Sri Lanka, from 2005 to 2015 and then became the leader of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, the new political party that spun off from the SLFP. [Read more]


Tobacco and 2019 Presidential Election Candidates in Sri Lanka


Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has a population of 20.1 million and is governed by a President with executive powers (Image 1). The 8th Presidential Election of Sri Lanka was held on 17th November 2019 to elect the 7th Executive President. Nominations of 35 candidates were accepted by the Election Commission for the election. Of the approximate total of the 16 million eligible voters, 83.7% cast their vote, of which, the valid vote percentage was 82.9%. [Read more]


Sagala Ratnayaka


Sagala Gajendra Ratnayaka was born on 27th February 1968. He is a politician representing the United National Party (UNP), one of the two prominent political parties in Sri Lanka and the ruling political party from 2015 to 2019. His occupation is stated as “land proprietor” under the profiles of Parliament Members. He was elected to parliament in the year 2000 representing Deniyaya electorate in Matara district, a District in southern Sri Lanka.[Read more]