High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Sri Lanka condemns attack on Delhi High Court PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 03:27

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan  Singh condemned  the attack on Delhi High Court.

7 September 2011

H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of the Republic of India

Your Excellency,

The Government and the people of Sri Lanka join me in condemning in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack this morning, outside the Delhi High Court.
We stand in solidarity with the Government and the people of India. We will continue to be an active partner in working towards combating violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and safeguarding the security of the peace-loving people of our region.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were wounded and with the victims and their families.

Please accept Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mahinda Rajapaksa
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Bengaluru inaugurated PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 12:09

Government of Sri Lanka with the concurrence of Governments of India and the State of Karnataka has appointed Dr. K. Sudhakar as the Hony. Consul for Sri Lanka in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

On 26th August High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam ceremonially inaugurated the Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Bengaluru situated at :

Royal Orchid, # 371
2nd Floor, 13th Cross, 8th Main
Upper Palace Orchards
Bangalore 560 080.
Tel : 91-80-40979688
Fax : 91-80-40996755
Mobile : 91-9845204040

On 27th August evening, a grand event was held at the Banquet Hall of Hotel Sheraton in Bengaluru in celebration of the appointment of Dr. Sudhakar as Honorary Consul and to present the Commission of Appointment.

Hon. Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Monitoring Member of Parliament for Ministry of External Affairs was the Guest of Honour at this event, which included the handing over of the Commission of Appointment, a cultural performance depicting cultures of both India and Sri Lanka as well as a Banquet. This was attended by a large cross section of senior personalities of Bengaluru as well as representatives of several countries, including Ambassadors of Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay based in New Delhi.

In his welcome remarks High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam stressed the importance of relations with Southern States of India. In this context Sri Lanka view Karnataka as an important location, bordering all Southern States, to promote relations with Southern India.

In his Key Note address, Hon. Sajin Vass Gunawardena highlighted that after three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka, having eradicated terrorism, is now resurging as a vibrant economy and an ideal location for business, investment and tourism and expressed the hope that people of Southern States especially Karnataka will utilize the opportunities available in Sri Lanka for the benefit of both India and Sri Lanka.

The new Hony. Consul will further facilitate business, trade and people to people contacts between Sri Lanka and Karnataka.



Special Statement by H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the lifting of the Emergency Regulations PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 10:07

As the President who has participated most in the affairs of Parliament since the Executive Presidency was established, I am in Parliament today to further demonstrate by determination that there should be closer links between Parliament and the Presidency.

Form the time I was elected President I have presented all budgets in Parliament. I was able to obtain the continuous support of Parliament for the economic and development programmes presented in these budgets. I participated at the conclusion of the last budget debate to further widen the cooperation between Parliament and the State.

With all humility I am proud at participating in the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meetings of all Ministries that are under my direct control and by this means carrying out in large measure my duties to Parliament as Minister.

In establishing a very strong connection between the Executive and Legislature, we have done a great task on behalf of the country after it was freed from terrorism. It is my belief that through the close connection between the Executive and the Legislature it would be possible to strengthen democracy, establish sustainable good governance, strengthen the economy and further confirm the belief of the people in the process of Parliamentary democracy.

Jaffna Students Tour of New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 07:20


A 10-member group of school boys of St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna, visited India, sponsored by the Student Exchange Programme of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. The team was accompanied by Rev. Fr. M. Jero Selvanayagam, Rector of the school and Mr. Berty Bannister, a teacher.

The student team was hosted by St Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School, Janakpuri, New Delhi. This is the first visit to Delhi in several decades by a team of school boys from Jaffna. 

The India-Sri Lanka Foundation was established by the Governments of India and Sri Lanka in 1998 in order to promote greater understanding through enhancement of economic, scientific, educational, technical and cultural cooperation between the peoples of the two nations. The student exchange programme of the Foundation seeks to develop and enhance the close bonds of friendship between schools and students of the two countries.

The St. Patrick’s team from Sri Lanka was able to showcase their skills in a football game, when they participated alongside their Indian counterparts at the Annual Father Peter Mermier Football Tournament 2011, organized by St. Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School at their grounds. They participated in cultural performances, depicting both Sinhala and Tamil culture, at the welcome ceremony accorded to them at the St Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School. The Sri Lankan boys’ team had the opportunity to visit the homes of their Indian peers and to experience Indian cuisine and to have a glimpse of the rich Indian culture.

The Sri Lankan student team, together with the Indian school team visited the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi and met High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam.  They expressed appreciation for including students from Jaffna in the student exchange programme.

Pilgrims flock to Madhu Church festival PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:15

The Madhu Church in Mannar, considered by Catholics to be their holiest place in the island, attracted more than 100,000 pilgrims during the festival commenced in the second week of August. The Sylvan Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in the Mannar District of Northern Province come alive once again with a record number of pilgrims visiting for first time in twenty years. The church festival of ‘Our Lady of Madhu’ started with the Government and the security forces making all efforts to cope with the large number of devotees who throng the church grounds during the festival time.

The security forces have now renovated the church buildings, cleared the grounds of all booby traps and land mines and the Government has restored water and electricity supply to the area. The devotees coming to Madhu were allowed to stay at the grounds from August 12 to August 16. Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph said that all possible measures were taken to provide the basic facilities to the devotees.

Madhu Church which has a history of over 400 years had been a hallowed place of worship for Catholics of Sri Lanka for several decades where generations of Catholics make it a point to make a pilgrimage at least once a year attending the monthly festivals. But the August 15th festival draws the biggest crowds because it is one of the most hallowed days for Catholics celebrating the day of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, into heaven and also because the school holidays facilitate entire families to make the trip. There had been occasions when attendance at August festival at times touching close to a million people before the out break of the North East conflict.

Madhu festival provides an occasion for families and people of all walks of life, communities, races the young and the old to spend a few days away from it all camping it out in the open, imbibing in a bout of spiritual reflection together with some sort of mental and physical relaxation as well.


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