Leaders and Foreign Ministers of the South Asian region visited the Parliamentary Complex today.
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On arrival at the Parliamentary Complex this morning, they were warmly greeted by President Rajapakse, Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara and Parliamentary Secretary General Dhammika Kitulegoda. Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani, Malidivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Prime Minister of the Caretaker Government of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigmi Thenley, Special Advisor of Bangladesh Fakhruddin Ahmed and Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived at the Parliamentary Complex. Thereafter, they joined in a special round of official discussions at the President's Office in Parliament. As SAARC Chairman, the President presided the meeting. They broached at length common problems confronted by the SAARC region and matters discussed by Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries. The leaders posed for a group photograph after visiting the Chamber.
A survey has revealed that Sri Lankans are the most satisfied in Asia. Grey Group Asia Pacific, a leading Marketing Communications Company made this revelation
It did so releasing its latest 2009 Eye on Asia study, which looks at the hopes and dreams of people in 16 countries and regions across the Asia Pacific region. According to the survey, 93 percent of Sri Lankans surveyed, were satisfied with their lives. The survey also disclosed that Sri Lankans remained optimistic about their future. Now in its 4th year, Eye on Asia has interviewed over 33,000 people from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Nirvik Singh, Chairman and CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific released the details of the survey.