High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Change attitudes for true freedom & progress – President at Independence celebrations PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 04 February 2011 05:39

‘Inconvenient and difficult decisions also necessary for nation’s progress’

The people of our country must change their attitudes about future progress of the country, similar to the manner in which they began to think afresh about achieving victory over the forces of terror. There is the need for an enormous attitudinal change from children to adults to achieve national development, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the nation at the 63rd celebration of Independence in Kataragama today (4 Feb).

This is the true freedom that we believe in, he stressed.

Similar to the success of our conviction that terrorism could be defeated, we have also shown our ability to build large power stations at Norochcholai, Upper Kothmale and Kerawalapitiya, build massive ports in Hambantota and Colombo, develop major irrigation schemes as in Moragahakanda and Uma Oya, and make our cities clean, he said.

Sri Lanka and Dominican Republic establish Diplomatic Relations PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 03 February 2011 12:44
Sri Lanka and Dominican Republic established formal Diplomatic Relations today (3 February 2011).
The Memorandum of Understanding establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi by Carlos Morales Troncoso, Minister of External Affairs of the Dominican Republic who is in India on an official visit, and High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India, Prasad Kariyawasam.
Sri Lanka and Dominican Republic will shortly designate concurrent Ambassadors to represent the two countries.
India – Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on Fishing is to meet soon PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 31 January 2011 09:17

India and Sri Lanka agreed to convene the next meeting of the Joint Working Group on Fishing at an early date to address various issues relating to fishing by the two sides. This was decided during the visit of Foreign Secretary of India, Mrs. Nirupama Rao to Sri Lanka on 30-31 January 2011.

 The Joint Working Group would also address the proposed Memorandum of Understanding on development and cooperation in the field of fisheries. It was decided as well to enhance and promote contacts between the fishermen’s associations on both sides, since such contacts have proved to be mutually beneficial.

During her visit, she called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris. She also met Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and External Affairs Secretary Mr. C.R. Jayasinghe.

To read the Joint Statement :

President Rajapaksa's message to President Patil on the 62nd Anniversary of the Republic Day of India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:46
H. E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil
President of the Republic of India
New Delhi.
It is with great pleasure that I convey to you and through you to the Government and the People of the Republic of India the warm felicitations of the people of Sri Lanka on the occasion of the Republic Day of India which falls on 26th January 2011.
India’s emergence as a Republic in 1950 forms a monumental event in the history of the anti-colonial struggle of developing countries. The Indian independence movement and the high ideals set by its leadership continues to inspire those of us in Sri Lanka as well as people around the world.
Colombo University wins debate in India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 23 January 2011 06:28


The debating team of the University of Colombo won the debate on “In Tagore’s philosophy of education aesthetic development is as important as the intellectual” held at the International Relations Department of the University of Delhi on January 21. Thakshala Tissera of the Department of English in Colombo University was adjudged the best debater. This was the second debate in the series was organized by the India Sri Lanka Foundation and the Culture Council of the University of Delhi.

The Team from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka comprises of Deborah M. Phillip, Mohamed Hafiz Zainuddin and Thakshala Tissera and the Delhi University was represented by Subha Rastha, Akash Kashyap and Raghuvir Dass.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, who is the co-chair of India Sri Lanka Foundation was the Chief Guest. Two professors of University of Delhi and a scholar of the Rabindranath Tagore Society were on the panel of judges.

High Commissioner Kariyawasam stated that the objective of the India-Sri Lanka Foundation in supporting this debate between universities of India and Sri Lanka was to promote contacts between the youth of the two nations. He said that the philosophy of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore has succeeded in reawakening the age old cultural ethos not only in India, but in Sri Lanka as well. He commended organizers for selecting Tagore’s philosophy of education as the theme of the debate as this year the world commemorates his 150th birth anniversary.

The inaugural debate was organized by the University of Colombo during December 2009 with the students of the University of Delhi. A team of 3 students and a faculty member from University of Delhi participated in the programme.

Under the second phase of the debate, the Board has planned to involve the University of Ruhuna in Sri Lanka and the University of Chennai from India.



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