High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Road Show in Delhi on Tourism and Investment PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:24


Presiding over a well attended Road Show held in New Delhi today (25 August 2010) Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa invited Indian entrepreneurs to invest in tourism related infrastructure development to cater to the 2.5 million tourists, a target expected to be achieved in the next few years. A large gathering of tour operators and potential investors participated at the Road Show titled ‘Sri Lanka as a Destination for Tourism and Investment in its Infrastructure’.

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, the Sri Lankan Envoy to India making the welcome remarks, referred to the historical civilisational bonds between the two nations. Sri Lanka is like a relative to India and he invited more Indians to visit their relatives in Sri Lanka more often. With regard to investment, he urged the Indian investors to make use of the very good investment opportunities with a view to create a win-win situation where the two nations could grow economically in tandem.

Dr Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau making a presentation on Sri Lanka as an excellent destination for tourists and investment, said that the number of annual tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka which is about 500,000 has remained same for the last three decades. The Government is now aiming at attracting 2.5 million tourist arrivals per year in the next few years. Since Sri Lanka has not invested in tourism infrastructure for many years, there is a need for more hotels, particularly in the Eastern province. In the past, Indians have been key investors in tourism infrastructure in Sri Lanka and he hoped that more investors from India would come forward to make use of the opportunities available.

High Commissioner calls on Hon Speaker of Lok Sabha PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 21 August 2010 13:12

High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam called on the Hon. Speaker of the Lok Sabha Smt. Meira Kumar in Parliament House on 20 August 2010.

Notes Exchanged for establishment of 2 new Indian Consulates PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 21 August 2010 05:35

Sri Lanka and India exchanged Notes to establish two Indian Consulate General offices in Jaffna and in Hambantota on 20th August 2010 at the Ministry of External Affairs. The proposed Consulate General of India in Jaffna will cover the five districts of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, namely, Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar. The proposed Consulate General of India in Hambantota would cover the districts of Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala.

The Notes were signed by the External Affairs Ministry Secretary C.R.Jayasinghe on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha on behalf of the Government of the Republic of India.

Secretary Jayasinghe stated that the opening of the two Indian Consulate offices will further strengthen the close and cordial relations between Sri Lanka and India. He further said that the people to people contact is important for the two countries and will further enhance bilateral relations. He also thanked India for the assistance provided to Sri Lanka.

High Commissioner Kantha, appreciating the support extended by the Government of Sri Lanka said that Sri Lanka is an important country with which India has continued to have historical contacts. The opening of the two new Consulates in Sri Lanka will further expand India’s partnership with Sri Lanka and that he looked forward to working closely with the Sri Lankan authorities.

President inaugurates water filling of Hambantota harbour basin PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 16 August 2010 05:32

President Mahinda Rajapaksa  inaugurated the historic 'Karadiyawara Mangallaya', the water filling of the Hambantota harbour basin (15 Aug).

This is the first time in history that a harbour basin, built inland, is filled with water through a breakwater. This completes the first phase of the Hambantota Port project allowing entry to international shipping.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message marking the occasion expressed confidence that the Port will contribute much to the national economy benefiting not only the Southern people but also the entire country including the North and East.

The Hambantota Port is the most significant of ports built in the country as a part of realizing the goals in Mahinda Chintana, to make Sri Lanka a centre of marine, aviation, commerce, energy and knowledge. It is also a part of the massive development projects currently underway in Hambantota such as the establishment of the Hambantota Airport, the International Cricket Stadium, the International Assembly Hall and the extension of the railway from Hambantota to Kataragama.

Visitors were allowed to the port premises from4am today without hindrance. Hundreds of people flocked to the location to have a glimpse of the water filling.

People were allowed to wade in the water when a small quantity of water was allowed into the harbour basin. This is an opportunity afforded once in a lifetime. Gradually, the basin will be filled to the required water level.

The Port of Hambantota, once completed, will provide a gamut of services to function as an international shipping centre.

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.


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