High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Gambian Ambassador in New Delhi Pays a Courtesy call on High Commissioner PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:43

Her Excellency Jainaba Jagne, High Commissioner of Gambia paid a courtesy call on High Commissioner Austin Fernando, 23rd January 2019, at the Sri Lanka High Commission to discuss and explore the possibility of establishing bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.  High Commissioner briefed the Ambassador of Gambia the process that is required to establish diplomatic relations with Gambia.  

Bodhi sapling planted at Dhauligiri PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2019 11:24

The iconic Bodhi sapling which symbolises the birth of Buddhism was planted Wednesday here at Dhauligiri. Buddhists from Sri Lanka planted the Bodhi plant brought from their country. A large number of Buddhist monks including Srinivas Nayak Mahathera from Sri Lanka and Raghunath Mohapatra of Odisha were present during the plantation ceremony. Earlier this week, the Buddhist monks from Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka arrived at the capital city. The saplings would be planted at Buddhist sites in the state like Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Dhaulagiri January 22 to 23. Mahathera is a member of the Centre of Theravada Buddhism. Incidentally Mahathera is an honorific term in Pali for senior bhikkhus and bhikkhunis (Buddhist monks and nuns) in the Buddhist monastic order.


High Commissioner Austin Fernando speaks to the Foreign Correspondents of South Asia based in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:19

High Commissioner Austin Fernando delivered a Talk on “Post 2015: Reconciliation Milestones in Sri Lankan” on 18th January 2019 at the Foreign Correspondents Club in South Asia in New Delhi. 

In his speech, he gave a chronological account of the reconciliation process that has taken place in Sri Lanka since 2015.  While highlighting the challenges that were ahead of the implementation process, he briefed the foreign correspondents on the nature in which the Government of Sri Lanka has spearheaded in the process through an inclusive approach.  Highlighting the four pillars that have been identified by the Government of Sri Lanka,

  • Seek TruthSeek
  • JusticeSeek
  • Reparation 
  • Ensure non recurrence
Ramayana circuit to be developed by Sri Lanka to attract Indian tourists PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 03:49

As the news has it, Sri Lanka is planning big to woo Indian tourists. The Sri Lankan tourism department is banking on the Ramayana Circuit and a few other common cultural Indian heritage sites to boost the number of travellers from India and increase the growth by two folds.

Nearly 450,000 tourists from India visited Sri Lanka in 2018, while the government is aiming to cross the one million mark by developing the Ramayana circuit this year. 

Addressing the media at the Business & Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) 2019 in Delhi, Sri Lanka Minister of Tourism Development John A E Amaratunga said, “Now we are targeting almost up to one million (10 lakh) arrivals with all the publicity which we are doing all that which we have to offer”.

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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