High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Esala Perahera- The Dalada Procession of Kandy PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 22 July 2010 12:08

As with every month of the year, the full moon day that falls on the month of August commemorates occurrences of Buddhist significance. This day named Esala Poya, signifies many events including the preaching of the Buddha's first sermon. (However according to the lunar calendar of this year Esala Poya falls a month ahead, in July). All over the island festivities are conducted in accordance and amongst them all the most revered and famous is the Kandy Esala Perahera - a rich and vibrant cultural celebration. Its origins date back to the 18th century during the time of the last reigning king of Sri Lanka, King Rajasinha of Kandy.

With months of preparation leading up to the public spectacle of colours, lights, dances and reverence the pageant extends through a period of 15 days. The procession is closely linked with the sacred Temple of the Tooth or "Dalada Maligawa" in Kandy. The Perahera brings together the honed skills of 1500 performers from all walks of life to form a tandem procession that draws throngs of crowds to witness the many facets of the celebration. Apart from the traditional dances of Sri Lanka, the pageant features whip crackers, fire eaters, fireball acrobats, flag bearers, musicians and drummers and up to 100 elephants and tuskers.

Salman Khan to sponsor 500 cataract ops PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 02 July 2010 10:06

World famous Bollywood actor Salman Khan has agreed to sponsor 500 cataract operations for needy Sri Lankan patients using his private funds, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, Khan has held discussions with Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena in this regard.

Five medical professionals will arrive within the next few days with medical equipment and lenses to perform these cataract operations.

The 500 needy patients had been selected from the North and Eastern Provinces including IDPs. Khan will also provide lenses to patients who cannot afford them.

There is a large number of needy eye patients in Sri Lanka who had been recommended for cataract surgeries. Mosts are unable to buy required lenses due to financial difficulties.

Courtesy: Daily News

Indian Navy Chief visits Sri Lanka PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 28 June 2010 11:49


Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Verma accompanied by an Indian delegation and Mrs. Madulika Verma arrived in Sri Lanka at Katunayake International Airport by an Indian Air Force Flight on 27th June 2010. They were warmly received at the airport by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Mrs. Malathie Samarasinghe. Thereafter, the Indian Navy Chief was ushered into Colombo by a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter.

 Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Damayantha Dharmasiriwardena, the officials of the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka including its Defence Attache Captain Pradeep Singh and other senior Naval officers were also present at the airport to receive the Indian Navy Chief and his entourage.


Indian Navy Commander pays a courtesy call on President Rajapaksa


Indian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 28 June. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe and Indian High Commissioner Ashok Kantha were also present.


Sri Lanka has lesson to world on defeating terror – President Rajapaksa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 21 June 2010 09:41

We are aware that some countries being battered by terrorism have taken strength from the victories won by Sri Lanka over terrorism. It is time for the countries facing attacks from terrorism to look back and see where they had gone wrong, whereas Sri Lanka has succeeded, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his address to the Nation on the Victory Day celebrations at Galle Face, Colombo today.

It is a grave error of judgment to think that while being opposed to terrorism targeting you, to believe that terrorism that is no threat to you is good…The world has so far trod on this wrong path. Terrorism remains unvanquished because of this incorrect thinking. The countries that show sympathy towards terrorism and separatism will be the victims of terrorism. This is the lesson of history, President Rajapaksa further said.

India-Sri Lanka Joint Declaration PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:40

1.  At the invitation of the President of India, Smt. Prathiba Devisingh Patil, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, is paying a State Visit to India from 8th – 11th June 2010. The President is accompanied by Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa.

2. The President of Sri Lanka was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 9th June 2010. During the visit, the President of Sri Lanka was received by the President of India, who hosted a banquet in his honour.

3. Finance Minister Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister Shri. S.M. Krishna, Leader of Opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance Smt. Sonia Gandhi called on President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.

4. The President of Sri Lanka had a meeting with the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on 9th June 2010, which was followed by delegation level talks.

5. The official discussions between the two sides were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. The President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India agreed that the shared cultural and civilizational heritage of India and Sri Lanka and the extensive people-to-people interaction provided the foundation to build a vibrant and multi-faceted partnership. India-Sri Lanka relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance, including trade, services and investment, development cooperation, science and technology, culture and education.

6. In consonance with their vision of the future of the India-Sri Lanka relations, the two leaders agreed to further harness the enormous potential available for consolidating and strengthening the bilateral partnership by building on shared values and principles of democracy and pluralism, leveraging common strategic concerns and interests, enhancing connectivity between the two countries, increasing the integration of their economies, and reinforcing the institutional framework for cooperation.

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