- Little Namal
- School days
- School Sports
- Start Tharunyata Hetak
- Took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law
- Carlton Rugby 7s
- Became a member of Parliament
- Northern Spring
- Hambantota Port
- Mattala Airport
- Hambantota Development
- Chaya Foundation
- 2nd term in the Parliament
- Jana Balaya Kolabata
- WION Summit
- Innovfest Unbound
- International Affairs
Lakshman Namal Rajapaksa, born 10 April 1986; known as Namal Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan politician. He is one of three son of Sri Lankan former President Mahinda Rajapaksa; national leader who liberated the country from the terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and set the country on the path to peace, stronger democracy and rapid economic development. His paternal grandfather D. A. Rajapaksa was a member of parliament and Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake’s government.
“I was born in 1986 and until about 1993 or 1994 it was one of the darkest periods in Sri Lanka. We faced a lot of hardship during our childhood especially due to the politics of the JVP and the UNP at that time. Once this house was bombed and my second brother could not speak for about ten years,” says Namal, the oldest of three boys. Namal is the eldest of three brothers – Yoshitha a year younger and Rohitha three years younger than him. He is very close to his siblings and has always been an advisor and guiding light to help not only his family but everyone whom he has associated with.
Namal Rajapaksa studied at St.Thomas’ College (STC) in Mount Lavinia and was an intelligent student who balanced his academic life with a sportier outlook with his strong involvement in tennis, athletics and more prominently – rugby.
Rugby was his lifeblood
Namal Rajapaksa studied at St.Thomas’ College (STC) in Mount Lavinia and was an intelligent student who balanced his academic life with a sportier outlook with his strong involvement in tennis, athletics and more prominently – rugby. Namal captained the Under 10 and Under 12 tennis teams and was very involved in every sports meet event at school. Under his captaincy, STC clinched the Roy-Tho title after 5 years with an impressive feat on his part.
Rugby was his lifeblood and his commitment and dedication for the game saw him being awarded national colors in the Under 16 and Under 19 group also captained the nation youth team, with school colors for four years. He captained the Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 rugby teams. During his AL studies, he even won the political science prize in 2004 professing an interest in that area.
Namal is a founder President of the “Tharunyata Hetak”
Namal is very much devoted to community service and does it with as much passion and purpose. Having started community development work ever since he was 16 years, he has been at the forefront of achieving as much as he can for Sri Lankan youth.
He is the founder President of the “Tharunyata Hetak”, a movement for youth which introduced innovative concepts to meet the demands of youth in Sri Lanka. The movement has made a significant contribution to meet the aspirations of rural youth.
Sri Lanka’s most vibrant youth organization – The Tharunyata Hetak – plan strategies and implement them from the grass-roots level with a greater commitment to unite, develop and nurture the youth of Sri Lanka together with a motto ‘Let us strive towards equality.’ With their compelling leader Namal Rajapaksa ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ keeps the youth of today energized. Youth are the lifeblood of this country and their interests should be alive in their hearts at all times.
The Tharunyata Hetak youth organization works towards creating bonds between the youth of Sri Lanka with mutual understanding, national patriotism and development highlighting significant qualities of goodwill, friendship and harmony under the leadership of Namal Rajapaksa. Sympathy surrounds Sri Lanka’s poignant history that has taken a number of young lives hence we are dedicated to learn from our country’s grave mistakes by ensuring that youth are not wasted for unintelligible acts of suffering and rebellion. Namal hopes to instill faith and hope in the hearts and the minds of the youth of Sri Lanka, the future generation that will take our country forward.
Namal Rajapaksa took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law
In Year 2011, Namal Rajapaksa took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law before a Three-Judge Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake, Justice Nimal Gamini Amaratunga and Justice Suresh Chandra, and appeared in his first case, in a land matter, before the Supreme Court Two Judge Bench comprising Justice Suresh Chandra and Priyasad Dep PC. Attorney Namal Rajapaksa appeared as the junior counsel for President’s Counsel D S Wijesinghe.
Namal believes sports promotes unity and brings communities closer.
Rugby was his lifeblood and his commitment and dedication for the game saw him being awarded national colors in the Under 16 and Under 19 group also captained the nation youth team, with school colors for four years. He captained the Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 rugby teams. During his AL studies, he even won the political science prize in 2004 professing an interest in that area. “Playing for college, captaining the team, putting on the Sri Lanka under-19 jersey for the first time were some of the greatest moments.
Namal is a strong yoga enthusiast and animal rights advocate.
Namal involved in organizing international Rugby events and tournaments in Sri Lanka
Namal dedicated to work and promote rugby in Sri Lanka and involved in organizing international Rugby events and tournaments. Founder of Carlton 7s International Rugby Tournament which focuses on uplifting the standards of Rugby in Sri Lanka.
Carlton Super 7’s has been organised by ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ the largest youth organisation in Sri Lanka together with its sports wing Carlton Sports under the supervision of Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU). Carlton 7’s brought together youth from all corners of the country under 10 teams representing the ten provinces of the country Uva Vipers, Southern Sharks, Northern Gladiators, Jaffna Challengers, Western Warriors, Eastern Eagles, North Central Typhoons, Sabaragamuwa Stallions, Central Kings. Each team comprised of three international players, three A grade Sri Lankan Club Players, one under 23 player. The tournament had been played in four sessions.
The key feature of the tournament is that world renowned Rugby Players were playing together with local players sharing their experiences and talent, which will no doubt contribute to moulding Sri Lankan Rugby players to enter the International Rugby Arena.
Each team would consist of a squad of fifteen players out of which a maximum number of five foreign players would be allowed. The players would be announced the day before the event. Out of these seven would take the field. The maximum number of foreigners allowed would be three out of the seven. If any Sri Lankan player was recalled during play due to bleeding or physical injury or for any tactical reason, he would be replaced by another Sri Lankan player. The same held when a foreigner was injured.
But the rule that really set the tournament apart from all other international tournament was the insistence that every team must have at least one local player under the age of twenty three, not merely in the squad of fifteen but on the field in the team of seven. If the under 23 player was injured, he could only be replaced by another local under twenty three player, necessitating the need to have at least two under-23 Sri Lankans in the squad of fifteen. The reason was simple, the objective was worthy: it was to promote rugby football at grass root level and to afford young talent the golden opportunity to mix and play with foreign players of international renown.
World class sport training for Sri Lankan youth
Namal always committed to strengthen education and sports for the youth of Sri Lanka and working to provide a better country for the youth sector. He firmly believe that sports promotes unity and brings communities closer.
World class sport training for Sri Lankan youth
The main objective of this Carlton rugby tournament is to promote rugby in rural areas of the country and to give an international-level exposure for the upcoming rugby players. To achieve this objectives, Namal and his Carlton 7’s team organised several training camps under the supervision of National and International level players and coaches. 100 of Youth and kids around the country participated these programs held in line with the tournament. And it helped to build an environment for the upcoming players to obtain the advance training skills.
Namal contested for the 2010 general election from Hambantota
In April 2010, He was nominated by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to contest the parliamentary election from Beliatta in Hambantota district. It was his father’s and grandfather’s constituency and he won with the largest percentage of preferential votes.
Namal has always been at the forefront to help people and offer solutions to problems that are ever-present in this modern day. He is determined to put aside differences like religion, caste, race, social standing and financial status to strengthen peace and unity in Sri Lanka.
During his first 5 years at parliament, Youthful MP Namal Rajapaksa dedicated to bring some mega developments in to Hambantota which are having benefits to the rest of the country. Most notable among these projects were the Mattala International Airport and the Magampura port in Hambantota. These projects could be transformed into profitable ventures with proper planning and guidance. The Hambantota port, geographically located in the world’s busiest shipping routes between East and the West and Mattala airport located just 20 minutes away by bonded trucking route from the port, is an ideal location for a sea/air hub and a Free Trade Zone (FTZ) which is very similar to Jebel Ali port, Free zone and Dubai World Centre (DWC) airport in Dubai, UAE.
During his time at parliament as a MP from Hambantota district, more than 65 investors had expressed interest in investing in the Hambantota district. More than 2,000 hectares of lands attached to the Magampura harbour was to be declared as a special economic and industrial zone to boost industrial and commercial activities. With these ventures, the infrastructure and other facilities in and around Hambantota were improved with the construction of the port and will play a pivotal role towards the economic development of Sri Lanka.
During the 2010-2015 time period under the leadership of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, he was also keen to develop Hambantota as a knowledge hub with a special focus on Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), software development and computer assembling.
Namal strongly dedicated in post war reconciliation in the Northern Sri Lanka
Namal strongly dedicated in post war reconciliation, rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts in northern Sri Lanka after the defeat of the LTTE terrorists in 2009. Involved in humanitarian projects for the war affected and strongly works towards economic and social development in the north and east, especially among war widows and the youth affected by the war.
He believes that the path to reconciliation is through political and social stability and strong economic growth, Working towards re-building the nation through reconciliation.
Uthuru Wasanthaya was the Government’s targeted project to uplift the lives of the citizens of the War-torn Northern province, which was ravaged by 30 years of conflict. Namal coordinated this effort on behalf of the Government, which included projects that saw improvement of facilities in the areas of housing, education and infrastructure development.
During this time, Namal split his time between the North and his electorate, fulfilling his responsibility of overlooking the development projects.
Infrastructure development, electricity, water supply and sanitation, agriculture, irrigation, livestock development, inland fisheries, health, solid waste disposal, education, sports, cultural affairs and transportation are some of the areas that will be covered under this program.
Development for all
Infrastructure development is a key part of ensure economic progress and during Namal’s tenure as co-ordinator for Uthuru Wasanthaya, the region saw a number of key development projects. The most prominent of the lot is the Sanguppidy bridge, which the Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts connected.
Namal co-ordinated a number efforts to help uplift the education standards of the war impoverished, including the implementation of the rehabilitation efforts for thousands of youth affected by the conflict. This, coupled with vocational training, set the course for them to be reintroduced to every day life.
Magam Ruhunupura Port
The Hambantota port will be etched in Sri Lanka’s history as a turning point for the country’s development, given it lies on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. Built at an estimated cost of US$361 million just for phase 1, it was declared open in 2010.
Outlook positive as Hambantota Port grows with opportunities
The construction of Hambantota Port is one of the major development projects that had been undertaken by Sri Lanka ports Authority. This port development work is scheduled to implement in phases. Phase I developments has already been completed while phase II development is in progress.
This port is located very close proximity to the major international east-west shipping route and well positioned at a strategic location on maritime gateway to India. Large number of ships passes Sri Lanka daily along this shipping route and creates good business opportunities for providing services like supply of fuel, water, crew change in addition to the usual port operations.
On domestic trade perspectives, it is better positioned with direct roadway connection to the southern, central and eastern areas of the island and serves Southern half of the island through linking with the Central and Eastern province by roads.
The harbor area is basically protected by 312m and 988m long two breakwaters. An access channel of 210 m width and 17m depth is provided with a turning circle of 600m diameter and 17m deep to facilitate vessels up to 100,000 DWT.
Sri Lanka Navy’s SLNS Samudura and USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) at Hambanthota Port in 2017
The first phase of the Port of Hambantota will consist of two 600m general purpose berths, a 310m bunkering berth and a 120m small craft berth. It will also contain a bunkering facility and tank farm which will include 8 tanks for marine fuel, 3 tanks containing aviation fuel and 3 for Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). A 15 floor administrative complex will also be constructed as part of the project.
The mouth of the natural harbor at Hambantota has a 22-metre depth. When completed, the port will have a 1.5 km long breakwater, with a minimum basin depth of 17 m. This is compared to the 15.5 m depth of the Port of Colombo. The turning circle will be 600 m. A dam will also be built to prevent flooding in nearby areas, and a seawall made of interlocking concrete blocks will protect the port from high seas.
A $550 million tax-free port zone was set up outside the port. In 2016 a 15,000 acre SEZ project was announced with 5,000 acres from Hambantota and the rest from Monaragala, Ambilipitiya and Matara.
The finished project is expected to provide indirect employment to over 50,000 people.
The island's first greenfield airport and the second international airport in the country
Namal coordinated the project which saw the construction of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport; the island’s first greenfield airport and the second international airport in the country, after Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.
Declared open by then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the airport fulfilled the long required necessity of a second international airport for the island. Namal was also subject to arrest when he protested against the Yahapalana Government’s effort to lease the Air port to India for 43 years.
Namal voiced against selling National Assets
The protest was attended by thousands of people, including religious leaders, political party leaders, members of parliament, provincial council members, local government body members and civil society activists. They were demanding legally acceptable rights in a peaceful manner. They were marching against the selling of national resources to foreign countries. However, the police assaulted the protesters using tear gas and water cannons. Finally, they illegally arrested 28 persons including eight women without any proper investigation and produced them in court on fabricated charges.
In the morning of 6 October 2017, thousands of people gathered at Hombantota Beach Garden for a peaceful protest. The organizers had announced the protest several weeks before, and all the government agencies in the district were also informed. The media was also requested to suitably cover the event.
The key organizers of the protest were legally accepted political parties, and participants included religious leaders, members of national parliament, provincial council members and civil society activists.
The protesters had three major demands: the government should not sell the Hambantota International Harbor to foreign counties, it should not sell Mattala International Airport to India, and not sell Sevanagala Sugar Mill Factory to foreign countries. Protesters were holding posters and placards stating the danger of losing their rights to land, livelihood and occupations.
From the inception the protest was organized and handled in a very peaceful manner. The organizers informed their identities to the relevant state agencies and to the media. Their demands well also clearly informed to the authorities and the public. The police were well informed of the protest’s route throughout the day.
The protesters did not obstruct any public service or any public officer. There were no complaints at any stage of the protest that protesters individually or collectively constituted any sort of public nuisance.
However, at 11 a.m., hundreds of police officers started to obstruct the parade and assault the participants. They used water cannons, with chemical contaminated water that irritated the skin of protesters. The police officers were equipped with safeguards against the chemical water. The police also used batons to assault participants, irrespective of their age. The disproportionate use of tear gas on the protestors caused severe pain.
Informal strike of tear gas finally assaulted the Hambantora General Hospital premises as well. The patients in Ward No. 4 were heavily subjected to the strike. The Hambantota Primary School premises also were attacked. The minor students who were studying in the school were attacked.
A large number of protesters were tortured and many suffered injuries. Several of the participants were admitted for treatment at the Hambantota General Hospital.
According to the protesters, the police have not produced any details or evidence of how the protestors damaged state property. Other persons arrested mentioned that they were not even participating in any protest. For instance, Ms. Leela Gamage was on her way to visit her daughter at the Hambantota General Hospital when the police arrested her. Several students were also arrested.
Namal spearheaded the Rajapaksa Government's development agenda for the Hambantota district
Namal spearheaded the Rajapaksa Government’s development agenda for the Hambantota district, securing key milestones in the process. Apart from the rapid infrastructure development he secured for the area, he also managed to elevate the Hambantota Urban Authority to a Municipal Council.The district was also made the hub for Sri Lanka’s development agenda during Namal’s time as the Chairman of the District Development Committee.
The Chaya Foundation was launched in July 2018
Every parent dreams of the best things that could ever happen to their children. But nothing comes easy in life. Living with Down’s syndrome, autism and other health conditions could add to the burden of life. While society still turns a blind eye to these individuals, certain groups are working to make a change. One of these initiatives is the Chaya Foundation.
A brainchild of Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, the vision of this foundation is to promote acceptance and inclusion of special needs children into society. Chaya, which translates to shadow in Sinhalese, is what the team intends to be for these children. “A shadow never leaves you and likewise we want to be their shadow,”
The Foundation aims to establish Chaya Care Centres around the island by 2021. These centres will provide many facilities including diagnoses, counselling services, healthcare, guidance for parents and children, vocational training and other skills development activities. “At the moment we have focused on children, their parents and society. We want to educate the children and when they grow up we will help them integrate into society. In addition to that we also assist parents to be mentally stable in assisting their children to improve their life skills. One needs a great support system when there’s a special needs child. Society too is slow to accept these children and we believe that it’s our responsibility to change the mind-set of the people.” Namal said.
After a year of discussing and planning, The Chaya Foundation was launched in July 2018, opening its doors for any child and parent to walk in and experience their facilities and services. The Foundation also works closely with the Reach Beyond programme and a school for special needs children based in Kelaniya. The livewires behind the foundation come from diverse backgrounds and each one of them aims to achieve a common goal of assisting these children and integrating them into society.
2nd Term in the Parliament
Namal was re-elected in the General election of 2015, once again polling the highest number of preferential votes even though he was then in Opposition. Following his election, he stood as a stalwart in the ‘Joint Opposition’ even though the then-UPFA hierarchy decided to support the United National Party.
“Jana Balaya Kolambata” in September 2018
Namal and his youthful Parliamentarian contemporaries spearheaded the protest march organized by the joint opposition titled “Jana Balaya Kolambata” in September 2018. It was one of the biggest political protest rallies in recent history and is seen as the start of the end for the Yahapalana
Namal was a key-note speaker at the 2019 WION summit
Namal was a key-note speaker at the 2019 WION summit, which saw the participation of some of the top minds in global politics. Namal, as the youngest member of the keynote panel spoke on Sri Lanka and pointed out that his country’s strategic location was not being properly used under the Governance of the then-Government.
Namal was invited to attend as a keynote attendee of Innovfest Unbound
Innovfest Unbound is one of the largest gatherings of startup, scale-up and innovation ecosystems in Asia., seeing a gathering of around 15,000 delegates, around 5,000 startups in its conference in Singapore. Namal was-once again invited to attend as a keynote attendee and contributed his thoughts on innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up eco-systems.
Namal participated for the Innovation Network of Asia Forum 2019 Jakarta, Indonesia (INA Forum)
New Delhi, Sep 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa & Namal Rajapaksa in the national capital.
Namal to fight against the destruction of global warming..
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Namal Rajapaksa visited Tanzania 🇹🇿 & interacted with local Kids.
Rugby Skills Workshop Conducted by Namal Rajapaksa for Jammu & Kashmir Players.
Namal Rajapaksa visit Japan
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