High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

71st Independence Commemorations in New Delhi, India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2019 12:37

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi organized several events to celebrate the 71st anniversary of independence.

The official ceremony in the morning of 04th February commenced with the hoisting of the national flag in the backdrop of the sound of the ceremonial drums (Magul Bera).  Following the rendering of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, religious dignitaries representing all four religions in Sri Lanka – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity – blessed the country, the leaders and the people of Sri Lanka.

The programme included the reading messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. 

At the end of the formal event, two dance items were performed by the Sri Lanka Navy Dance Troupe bringing colour to the event.  

The invitees numbering around 120 including Sri Lankan expatriates and students who are in New Delhi were hosted to a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast.  An alms giving was held prior to the official ceremony at the official residence, for the Buddhist clergy representing the major Sri Lankan Buddhist Institutes in India.

On 04th February evening, a Diplomatic Reception for around 800 guests, was held for the political dignitaries, Senior Government Officials of India, members of the diplomatic corp, eminent business leaders and members of the Sri Lankan community in India at the Residence of the High Commissioner.  The Chief Guest of the event was Hon. Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation of India.  

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India / Sri Lanka – ITC Maurya celebrates Sri Lanka Food Festival 2019 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2019 03:33

A week long Sri Lanka Food Festival 2019 was inaugurated on 5th February, 2019 at the ITC Maurya Hotel, New Delhi, in commemoration of Sri Lanka’s National Day held on 4thFebruary. The Food Festival is jointly organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, ITC Maurya Hotel and the Blue Waters Hotel in Sri Lanka. His Excellency Austin Fernando, the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and Mr Arun Pathak, the Managing Director of the Welcome Hotel Lankan in Colombo, and Mr Zubin Songadwala General Manager ITC Mauryaformally declared the festival open with a formal ribbon cutting and lamp-lighting ceremony.

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The Sri Lankan Cultural Extravaganza at the Mount Abu Public School in Rohini, New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2019 04:42

The Mount Abu School in Rohini, New Delhi organized a mega Sri Lankan Cultural Extravaganza on 20th January 2019. The event witnessed the presence of High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India His Excellency Austin Fernando and Madame Sylvia Fernando.  

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BIMSTEC Working Group Meeting in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2019 04:34

The 19th Meeting of the BIMSTEC Working Group on Rules of Origin was held in New Delhi on 21-22 January 2019. Delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the Meeting.Mr. A.K. Srivastava, Additional Director General of Foreign Trade, Department of Commerce of the Government of India was elected as the Chair of the Meeting. The delegation from Sri Lanka comprised:

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Adventure Race (AR) World Championship 2019,03-13 December 2019, Sri Lanka PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:19

The Adventure Racing World Championships will be held in Sri Lanka from 03rd to 13th  December 2019 and ahead of entries opening in February teams are preparing for the most competitive and high profile expedition adventure race of the year, and the opportunity to visit a dream destination.  

The destination announcement was made ahead of last year’s World Championships, which attracted 60 teams from 20 countries to Reunion Island in November. This was to allow teams extra time to plan and prepare for this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit an island which is a hotspot destination for travelers.  The race is expected to cover 600km, exploring the hill country and the South of the island over a period of 4-8 days, with transfers via Colombo and race HQ set up near the Southern Beaches.  Teams of 4 ( all co-ed) will race non- stop on a course combining trekking through the forests and plantations, mountain biking on country roads and trails, and paddling on rivers, lakes or the ocean. The AR World Championship 2019 is expected to bring together world’s best endurance athletes in events such as teams trek, kayak, mountain biking etc. 

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