High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

India signs MoU with Sri Lanka to modernize facilities at Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies in Batticaloa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 03:43

The project involves refurbishment of the auditorium and construction of a modern building complex with recording cum editing facilities and supply vehicles to the institute through a grant of over 27 crore Sri Lankan rupees from the Government of India. The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, Secretary, Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education. Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education Abdul Rauff Hakeem and senior officials were present on the occasion.  

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India and Sri Lanka are not just two neighbours and friends but relatives PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 03:57

In an exclusive conversation to WION, the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India said, that India and Sri Lanka are not just two neighbours and friends but relatives.   

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Sri Lanka: Serious dialogue needed between New Delhi and Colombo for repatriation of Tamil refugees in India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:10

Sri Lanka wants to take back all Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who are now in India, country’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando said on Friday

"With around 5,000 of these refugees having already returned, we now want to take the rest of them back to their original places," Fernando said while delivering a speech on "Post 2015: Reconciliation Milestones in Sri Lanka", organised by the Foreign Correspondents' Club.

According to Fernando, who took charge as the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner in November last year, there are around 100,000 of these refugees who had come to India during the civil war in the Indian Ocean island nation that ended in 2009.

He said that while some 20 to 30% of these people would like to stay on in India, the rest would like to go back, adding that he would soon be going to south India to meet them.

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Sri Lanka expects 2-fold growth in Indian tourist arrivals this year PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 19 January 2019 14:52

Sri Lanka is expecting over two folds growth in the number of Indian tourist arrivals to the island nation this year, banking on the Ramayana Circuit and other common cultural heritage sites.

The country expects total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million mark in 2019, Sri Lanka Minister of Tourism Development John A E Amaratunga said. In 2018, around 450,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka,has developed the Ramayana circuit to woo Indian tourists by identifying several places connected with the ancient Indian epic.

"We have rediscovered the Ramayana circuit. We have identified several spots and we are coming out with the authentic documentaries," said Amaratunga.

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Our debt crisis is problem of financial management, seeking help from RBI: Sri Lankan envoy to WION PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 19 January 2019 14:30

In an exclusive conversation with WION, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando said Sri Lanka has a "relationship of relationships" with India while China is a "friend." 

Fernando spoke to WION diplomatic correspondent Siddhant Sibbal on a host of issues such as debt crisis, India's help to the island nation, among others. This is his first interview to an Indian media channel after becoming Sri Lanka's envoy to India. Fernando was present at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia (FCC) in New Delhi.

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Fernando: The relationship is at a very high level of cooperation, friendship. As I always say, we are not only neighbours and friends. We have a relation. Relationship of relationships. 

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