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Sri Lanka President has arrived in New York PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 05:48

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa has arrived in New York to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The President and the delegation were warmly welcomed by  Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mission in New York Dr.Palitha Kohona, Deputy Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva and the staff of the mission.

President Rajapakse attended the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative on 20 September 2011.

Established in 2005 by former US President Bill Clinton, the CGI is a premier global gathering for current and former heads of state, chief executives of corporations, philanthropists and directors of non-profit organizations.
 
Former President Clinton warmly received President Rajapaksa and thanked Sri Lanka for the cooperation extended in forming the CGI.
 
During this seventh meeting in New York, participants will discuss a detailed plan for addressing major global challenges in the areas of economic empowerment, education, environment and energy, and global health.
 
Several leaders including US President Barack Obama, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, South African President Jacob Zuma, General Secretary for National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu will participate in the two-day meeting.
 
During the meeting held on 20 September, the Standard Chartered Bank announced that it will raise US$ 100 million by 2020 to build sustainable eye-care services across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
 
The plenary session led by former President Clinton was focused on climate change.

The UN General Assembly opened on Tuesday September 13, its 66th session at the UN Headquarters in New York  with the participation of 193 member countries.  The High Level meeting of the General Assembly with the participation of World Leaders will be held on September 22 & 23.

 
Sri Lanka condemns attack on Delhi High Court PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 03:27

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan  Singh condemned  the attack on Delhi High Court.

7 September 2011

H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of the Republic of India


Your Excellency,

The Government and the people of Sri Lanka join me in condemning in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack this morning, outside the Delhi High Court.
 
We stand in solidarity with the Government and the people of India. We will continue to be an active partner in working towards combating violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and safeguarding the security of the peace-loving people of our region.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were wounded and with the victims and their families.

Please accept Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.


Mahinda Rajapaksa
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

 
Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Bengaluru inaugurated PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2011 12:09
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Government of Sri Lanka with the concurrence of Governments of India and the State of Karnataka has appointed Dr. K. Sudhakar as the Hony. Consul for Sri Lanka in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

On 26th August High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam ceremonially inaugurated the Honorary Consulate of Sri Lanka in Bengaluru situated at :

Royal Orchid, # 371
2nd Floor, 13th Cross, 8th Main
Upper Palace Orchards
Sadashivanagar
Bangalore 560 080.
Tel : 91-80-40979688
Fax : 91-80-40996755
Mobile : 91-9845204040

On 27th August evening, a grand event was held at the Banquet Hall of Hotel Sheraton in Bengaluru in celebration of the appointment of Dr. Sudhakar as Honorary Consul and to present the Commission of Appointment.

Hon. Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Monitoring Member of Parliament for Ministry of External Affairs was the Guest of Honour at this event, which included the handing over of the Commission of Appointment, a cultural performance depicting cultures of both India and Sri Lanka as well as a Banquet. This was attended by a large cross section of senior personalities of Bengaluru as well as representatives of several countries, including Ambassadors of Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay based in New Delhi.

In his welcome remarks High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam stressed the importance of relations with Southern States of India. In this context Sri Lanka view Karnataka as an important location, bordering all Southern States, to promote relations with Southern India.

In his Key Note address, Hon. Sajin Vass Gunawardena highlighted that after three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka, having eradicated terrorism, is now resurging as a vibrant economy and an ideal location for business, investment and tourism and expressed the hope that people of Southern States especially Karnataka will utilize the opportunities available in Sri Lanka for the benefit of both India and Sri Lanka.

The new Hony. Consul will further facilitate business, trade and people to people contacts between Sri Lanka and Karnataka.

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Special Statement by H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the lifting of the Emergency Regulations PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 10:07

As the President who has participated most in the affairs of Parliament since the Executive Presidency was established, I am in Parliament today to further demonstrate by determination that there should be closer links between Parliament and the Presidency.

Form the time I was elected President I have presented all budgets in Parliament. I was able to obtain the continuous support of Parliament for the economic and development programmes presented in these budgets. I participated at the conclusion of the last budget debate to further widen the cooperation between Parliament and the State.

With all humility I am proud at participating in the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meetings of all Ministries that are under my direct control and by this means carrying out in large measure my duties to Parliament as Minister.

In establishing a very strong connection between the Executive and Legislature, we have done a great task on behalf of the country after it was freed from terrorism. It is my belief that through the close connection between the Executive and the Legislature it would be possible to strengthen democracy, establish sustainable good governance, strengthen the economy and further confirm the belief of the people in the process of Parliamentary democracy.

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Jaffna Students Tour of New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 07:20

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A 10-member group of school boys of St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna, visited India, sponsored by the Student Exchange Programme of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation. The team was accompanied by Rev. Fr. M. Jero Selvanayagam, Rector of the school and Mr. Berty Bannister, a teacher.

The student team was hosted by St Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School, Janakpuri, New Delhi. This is the first visit to Delhi in several decades by a team of school boys from Jaffna. 

The India-Sri Lanka Foundation was established by the Governments of India and Sri Lanka in 1998 in order to promote greater understanding through enhancement of economic, scientific, educational, technical and cultural cooperation between the peoples of the two nations. The student exchange programme of the Foundation seeks to develop and enhance the close bonds of friendship between schools and students of the two countries.

The St. Patrick’s team from Sri Lanka was able to showcase their skills in a football game, when they participated alongside their Indian counterparts at the Annual Father Peter Mermier Football Tournament 2011, organized by St. Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School at their grounds. They participated in cultural performances, depicting both Sinhala and Tamil culture, at the welcome ceremony accorded to them at the St Francis de Sales Senior Secondary School. The Sri Lankan boys’ team had the opportunity to visit the homes of their Indian peers and to experience Indian cuisine and to have a glimpse of the rich Indian culture.

The Sri Lankan student team, together with the Indian school team visited the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi and met High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam.  They expressed appreciation for including students from Jaffna in the student exchange programme.


 


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