High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Sri Lanka proposes to set up a group of Eminent Persons to galvanize greater political will to combat terrorist financing PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 21 November 2022 12:02

Sri Lanka proposed to set up a group of Eminent Persons with a view to helping galvanize greater political will and to create further international awareness among states on the importance of combating terrorist financing, at the recently concluded 3rd No Money For Terror (NMFT) Ministerial Conference in New Delhi. 

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda, who led the delegation of Sri Lanka to the Ministerial Conference made this proposal in his statement to the Conference on Saturday (19). The 3rd No Money For Terror Ministerial Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing was held from 18-19 November 2022 in New Delhi, hosted by the Government of India.

The Conference, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on Friday saw the participation of delegations from ninety-three countries and multilateral organizations. 

The Conference extensively discussed global trends in terrorism and terrorist financing, use of formal and informal channels of funds for terrorism, emerging technologies and terrorist financing and requisite international co-operation to address challenges in combating terrorist financing.

Delivering the country statement of Sri Lanka, High Commissioner Moragoda further stated that political will on the part of member states is the most significant component in international cooperation to address the multi-faceted challenges faced when combating terrorist financing. He said that though the objective of the Conference on “No Money for Terror,” which is to sensitize the international community to the dangers of ignoring this issue, is commendable, there should be a mechanism to provide continuity to the work of the Conference. 

In this context, High Commissioner Moragoda proposed that India, as the Chair of the present Conference, take the lead in creating a group of Eminent Persons selected from among the member states with a view to helping galvanize greater political will and to create further international awareness among states on the importance of combating terrorist financing.

The 1st and 2nd No Money For Terror Ministerial Conferences were held in Paris in 2018 and in Melbourne in 2019 respectively. The 3rd NMFT Conference was built on the progressive agenda of an integrated approach with collective involvement initiated in the first two Conferences.  

High Commission of Sri Lanka
New Delhi
21 November 2022
 
High Commissioner Moragoda meets Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to review the status of the bilateral relations PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 14 November 2022 04:30

Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda met with the National Security Advisor of India Shri Ajit Kumar Doval today (12) in New Delhi and reviewed the current status of the relations between Sri Lanka and India.

The meeting took place as part of the regular and ongoing dialogue between the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and the National Security Advisor of India.  

They discussed a range of issues pertaining to the mutual interests of the two countries as well as priority areas for future cooperation.
High Commission of Sri Lanka

New Delhi

12 November 2022

 
High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi celebrates Diwali felicitating long-serving staff members PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 10 November 2022 06:35

High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi celebrated this year's Diwali festival, felicitating its long-serving Indian staff members and with a family get-together that included the family members of both home-based and local staffs numbering around 150. The felicitation ceremony and the family get-together were held on 05 November instant in the garden of the official residence of the High Commissioner.

This was the second consecutive time that the High Commission celebrated Diwali felicitating its long-serving staff members. Last year too, it celebrated Diwali honouring five of its long-serving staff members and with a family get-together. 

This year’s event also included distribution of Diwali gifts to the children and families, lighting of Diwali lamps and a dinner. As a special feature, a talent show with performances by the staff and their family members was also held, adding much colour to the celebrations.

The event was organized under the guidance and full sponsorship of the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Milinda Moragoda, with a view to promoting camaraderie between the home- based and local staffs, and particularly to recognize and honour the services of Indian staff members who have served in the High Commission for more than twenty-five years.

In this regard, five Indian staff members who have served more than twenty-five years in the High Commission were felicitated at the event. Notably, the High Commissioner, with the support of the Sri Lankan private sector, has made arrangements for these long-serving five staff members and their spouses/ family members to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka with a five-night stay, and the announcement in this regard was made at the family get- together. 

Mrs. Jennifer Moragoda also joined the High Commissioner in distributing Diwali gifts to children and felicitating long-serving staff members.   

High Commission of Sri Lanka

New Delhi.

09 November 2022

 
A bust of Sir D.B. Jayatilaka, first Representative of Sri Lanka to India unveiled at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2022 12:30

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A bust of Sir D.B. Jayatilaka, the first Representative of Sri Lanka to India, commissioned by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi in a bid to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sri Lanka sending her first Representative to India in 1942, was ceremonially unveiled today (7). 

A few former High Commissioners of India to Sri Lanka, family members of two former Indian High Commissioners to Colombo and two Deputy High Commissioners of India who had served in Sri Lanka joined Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda in unveiling the bust at a ceremony held at the High Commission premises this morning.

A few former High Commissioners of India to Sri Lanka, family members of two former Indian High Commissioners to Colombo and two Deputy High Commissioners of India who had served in Sri Lanka joined Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda in unveiling the bust at a ceremony held at the High Commission premises this morning.

Well-known Indian author, A.S. Bhasin, who had written a five-volume monumental book on India-Sri Lanka Relations also attended this event.  

The unveiling of the bust of Sir D.B. Jayatilaka marked the latest of a series of activities organized by the High Commission to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sri Lanka sending her first Representative to India. Earlier, in February, the High Commission named its Chancery building after Sir D.B. Jayatilaka and in August, a portrait of Sir Baron was unveiled at the High Commission. 

This bronze bust of Sir D.B. Jayatilaka symbolizes the important role that he played by laying the foundation for modern Indo-Lanka relations. The project was funded by the India-Sri Lanka Foundation.

Prominent Indian sculptor Gautam Pal of Kolkata has sculptured this bronze bust. Mr. Pal was also present at the unveiling ceremony.

High Commission of Sri Lanka.
New Delhi 
07 November 2022
 
Minister of Transport & Highways and Mass Media Dr. Bandula Gunawardana meets Indian counterpart Shri Nitin Gadkari PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 03 November 2022 12:14

Minister of Transport & Highways and Mass Media, Dr. Bandula Gunawardana met the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India Shri Nitin Gadkari yesterday (01) at the Ministry of Transport in New Delhi. Minister Gunawardana was in New Delhi on a two-day visit from 30 October to 01 November to seek Indian cooperation in the transport sector. 

The meeting between the two Ministers was held in a very cordial manner, and the discussion centred on matters pertaining to collaboration and partnership between the two countries in the transport sector.

Minister Gunawardana briefed his counterpart on the current status of the transport sector in Sri Lanka. Minister Gadkari highlighted the importance of reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels and highlighted India’s achievements in using bio fuel and electricity as sources of energy for transport. Minister Gadkari also informed Minister Gunawardana of possible alternative arrangements for Sri Lanka to secure electric buses from India. The Indian Transport Minister expressed his willingness to assist Sri Lanka and share his vast experience on alternative energy sources that would decrease the dependence on fossil fuels.

Minister Gunawardana was accompanied to the meeting by Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi Niluka Kadurugamuwa, Minister of the High Commission of Sri Lanka Upul Pushpakumara and First Secretary (Commercial) Geshan Dissanayake.  
During his visit to New Delhi, Minister Bandula Gunawardana also met with Chairmen and Senior Management of Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited (RITES), Indian Railway Construction Limited (IRCON) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), which are Indian Government -owned companies dealing with railway sector. Possible collaboration in upgradation of railway tracks in Sri Lanka, electrification of railway lines, upgradation of workshops, and digitalization of systems were among the areas that were discussed in these meetings.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi made requisite arrangements for the visit of the Minister of Transport & Highways and Mass Media to New Delhi. 

High Commission of Sri Lanka 
New Delhi 
02 November 2022
 
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