High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Exhibition of Replicas of Ancient Rock and Wall Paintings of Sri Lanka Opens in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 04 December 2011 17:52


The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the National Crafts Council of Sri Lanka, organized an exhibition of a modest collection of replicas of ancient rock and wall paintings of Sri Lanka.

The exhibition was inaugurated on 2 December at the ICCR Gallery in New Delhi by Director General of ICCR, Suresh Goel in the presence of Minister of Indigenous Medicine Salinda Dissanayake, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam and members of the diplomatic corps.

Speaking at the event, the Director General of ICCR stated that the hosting of the exhibition in New Delhi portraying the rich heritage of Sri Lankan rock and wall paintings is a manifestation of the friendship that continues to flourish between the two countries.

High Commissioner Kariyawasam gave a brief description of Sri Lanka’s wall painting heritage dating back two thousand years which still continues. Stating that Sri Lankan classical art is an expression of the country’s long and enduring Buddhist tradition, the High Commissioner said that the Indian influence on Sri Lankan art, although significant, has not inhibited the formation of a distinctly Sri Lankan tradition in all forms of art as well as sculpture.

The replicas produced by three Sri Lankan artists, Jagath Jayasooriya, Dilan Sashika and Dhammika Bandara will be on exhibition at the ICCR Gallery at Azad Bhavan until 7 December.

Full text of High Commissioner's Speech:

Budget 2012: Focus on free education, health and agro-development PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 03:37

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Finance and Planning Minister presented to Parliament today (Nov 21). This is the 65th budget of Sri Lanka since independence and 7th budget presented by the President.

It has a series of proposals to help uplift the socio-economic conditions of the people and the development of the country. It will specially focus on strengthening free education, health services and agriculture. It was prepared with widespread consultation with people of the country.

President Rajapaksa stated that 2012 will record an economic growth of 8%. By maintaining this, the goal of reaching a per-capita income of US$ 4000 will be realized by 2016.

With the implementation of projects such as “Divi Neguma”, inflation has decreased to 5%. The country is self-sufficient in rice production. The rate of unemployment has declined from 8% to 5%, while the population below the poverty line has declined from 15.6% to 8.9%.

The President noted that the Budget 2011 increased the minimum salary of public servants by Rs. 1,200. Due to the removal of salary anomalies, public servants obtained a real increase by Rs. 1500 to Rs. 3000. This budget will give a salary increase of 10% of the basic salary to all public servants and those in the defence sector.

He called up on all members of political parties to eschew personal interests, and to act united on behalf of the country. He added that it was possible to take the country’s economy forward in this manner because the UPFA Government has functioned as a united political party.

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Sri Lankan Crafts at the “MAGIC OF GIFTED HANDS” Theme Pavilion in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 06:22


High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam joined Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, Secretary of Textiles Smt. Rita Menon and the Development Commissioner of Handcrafts of India in inaugurating the Theme Pavilion of Indian Handicrafts “MAGIC OF GIFTED HANDS” & the India-Sri Lanka Crafts Exchange Programme at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi on 14 November 2011.

Under the India – Sri Lanka Crafts Exchange Programme, five award winning craftspersons from Sri Lanka showcase their products at this Theme Pavilion for exhibition and sale from 14 – 27 November 2011 at this widely attended  and renowned international Fair.

This Exchange Programme is jointly organized by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) of India and the National Crafts Council of Sri Lanka as a reciprocal event between India and Sri Lanka.

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High Commissioner Kariyawasam releasing the report of the Meeting of Legal Experts on ‘the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Issues and Challenges’ with Secretary General of AALCO, Dr. Rahmat Mohamad, at the AALCO Constitution Day PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 07:34
Sri Lanka Chairs Constitution Day Celebrations of AALCO in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 07:32

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, representing the current Sri Lankan presidency of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO), addressed the commemorative event held in New Delhi on 11 November, to mark the 55th Constitution Day of AALCO. Representatives of the 47 Member States of the Organisation which is headquartered in New Delhi as well as the Secretary General of AALCO, Dr. Rahmat Mohamad, officials of the AALCO Secretariat and the Ministry of External Affairs of India participated in the event.

In his address, High Commissioner Kariyawasam traced briefly, the role played by Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, in paving the way for the Bandung Conference in 1955 which led to the establishment of AALCO which serves as an effective forum for Asian-African cooperation in some of the important issues in the field of international law including those before the United Nations. The High Commissioner stressed that AALCO serves as a uniting force between the countries of the Asian and African regions and an invaluable forum to work on important issues of concern in the field of international law.

Quoting from President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement as Prime Minister at the April 2005 Asian-African Summit and Commemoration of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Jakarta, where he stressed the important of seeking the best ways to address new and emerging threats to international peace and security, the High Commissioner stated that AALCO has an important role to play by aiding the Asian and African nations to evolve legal frameworks to address and define the threats to nations arising out of ill-motivated actions by some non-state actors.

At the Secretary General’s invitation, High Commissioner Kariyawasam officially released the Report of the Meeting of Legal Experts held in Malaysia in July 2011, on ‘the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Issues and Challenges’, at the event.

The Secretary General briefed the Heads of Mission of Member Countries that were present at the event on the Outcome of the 50th Annual Session of the Organisation that was held in Colombo and on the Plan of Action for 2011-2012. An interactive roundtable discussion was held as well as a part of the commemorative event, to deliberate on the future path of AALCO.

The full text of the High Commissioner’s statement:


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