High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Renewal in spirit and expectations - New Year Message of the President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail

From ancient days the great cultural festival of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year has brought satisfaction and joy to the vast majority of our people. It is a festival that pays homage to the Sun for the strength given to the land and people and is also the annual harvest festival that echoes the achievements of the rural people.

We celebrate this New Year at a time when production is progressing rapidly in agriculture and all other areas of development. It is also a time when all enjoy the freedom achieved in our motherland. Therefore, this New Year will help bring a renewal in spirit and new expectations to the people about future progress.

The New Year traditions coming down through centuries add to the joy of celebration. We can give this joy to future generations by making our children aware of its importance in our way of life.

We must create every opportunity for our children who cherish the New Year festivities to join in observing the many rituals and traditions that are associated with it. Therefore, to ensure the safety and joy of our children in celebrating this event, I appeal to you all to keep away from all intoxicants during this festive season. I trust this will contribute to bringing its joy closer the children and women of our country.

I extend my deep gratitude to the members of the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence Corps, as well as all employees of the State and Private Sector who have made a commitment to be at their posts during the festive season.

I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

A warm welcome for the Sri Lankan players PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 08 April 2011 05:25

By R.K. Radhakrishnan

Smiling faces, all-religion blessings, hordes of cheering fans and representatives form the Sri Lankan government welcomed its cricketers warmly, as they arrived here on Sunday morning at the Bandaranaike international airport in Colombo.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa set the tone for the celebrations, congratulating his team on its performance as the nation shrugged off the defeat to a better team the night before in Mumbai.

“Sri Lanka can be proud of its cricketers led by its captain Kumar Sangakkara. The whole of Sri Lanka was with the team. The performance of the team augurs well for the future,” the President told the team.

On his part, Sangakkara, who was selected captain of the ICC world team following the World Cup, mentioned that he and his team were grateful to the President for all the support, encouragement and guidance that he had given the team. The fireworks remained in their wrappers in all of Sri Lanka after the country's defeat in the ICC world cup cricket final but the rest of the planned celebrations went on. There was an elaborate ceremony at the VIP lounge at the airport where religious leaders blessed the team after which the team interacted with officials and others. The cricketers looked tired but were smiling and willing to oblige autograph and interview seekers from the media.

The team then left to the major celebrations venue, the Independence Square in the city, where hundreds of people had gathered to watch the match on big screen on a hot Sunday.


President inaugurates SAARC Ministerial Meeting on Sanitation PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 23:54

SAARC Minister Meeting on Sanitation

The colossal sums of monies that nations spend on conflicts and wars must be diverted towards development, research and technology to reduce poverty and suffering. Sri Lanka’s humanitarian initiatives have enabled the government, not just to end conflicts but to divert resources earlier spent on conflicts, now towards welfare and development, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"Public expenditure on rural centric initiatives and on farmers, on children and similar expenditures on the provision of water, sanitation and clean environment are more productive and beneficial to the welfare of the citizens. Therefore, at a ministerial conference such as this, our determination should be to appeal to the world to divert their defense expenditure to development" President said delivering the inaugural address at the Ministerial Summit of the South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV) on 6 April 2011 in Colombo.

President said: "Sri Lanka already has a commitment to provide universal access to water and good sanitation by the year 2020. We are confident of achieving this, as we have already achieved the Millennium Development Goals in a key area such as the lowest maternal mortality rate in South and South East Asia".

We are well on the way to achieving the MDGs in universal primary education, gender parity in primary education, and maternal and child health. Our country is on course to achieve the MDG target for declining poverty by 2015. Sanitation and related good hygiene plays a significant role in all of this, President Rajapaksa added.

Tourism increases foreign exchange earnings PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2011 10:52

Foreign exchange earnings coming from tourism increased to an unprecedented level of Rs. 56.24 billion, thus registering an increase of 49.9 % as compared to Rs. 37.51 billion recorded in the previous year, stated the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

In US dollar terms, this amounted to an earnings figure of US $ 497.4 million in 2010 as compared to US $ 326.3 million in the previous year; an increase by 52.4 %. Thus, tourism in Sri Lanka was able to regain its position in 2010 as the fourth highest in terms of foreign exchange earnings that was coming into the country.

Accordingly, the average expenditure per-day per-tourist increased from US $ 81.8 in 2009 to US $ 85.4 in 2010.

With a view to further increase the daily average expenditure of tourists who come into the country, the SLTDA has gazetted the minimum hotel room occupancy and meal rates to be charged by the hotels that are located and coming within the Colombo & Mount Lavinia Municipal Council areas.

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Sunday, 03 April 2011 00:00

President visits India to witness the ICC World Cup Finals

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in India on 1 April 2011 to watch the ICC World Cup finals at Wankhede stadium at Mumbai

The President congratulated the Sri Lankan Cricket team on their successful conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup – 2011 as runners-up.“I congratulate the cricket team which took Sri Lanka to the threshold of victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament,” the President said in a special message to Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara and his team.

"I also consider it as a unique achievement for the Sri Lankan Cricket team to reach World Cup finals on three occasions. We were able to win the World Cup on one occasion due to the exceptional talent of our players,” he said.

The message further reads; By emerging as runners-up during this year’s tournament our team ably captained by Kumar Sangakkara has made an indelible mark in Sri Lanka’s cricket history. On behalf of all Sri Lankans I convey my appreciation to the team on their achievement.

As all Sri Lankan’s stood united in wishing success for the team, they would continue wishing you further success in the days ahead.

I hope to meet the team soon to extend my warm wishes on behalf of all Sri Lankans to the members of the Sri Lanka Cricket team for their whole hearted contribution towards this success.


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