High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

H.E. Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam presents Credentials in Afghanistan PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 13 November 2010 05:29

H.E. Mr. Prasad Kariyawasam, the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to India, who is concurrently accredited as non-resident Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, presented his Credentials to His Excellency Mr. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, on 11th November 2010 at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. After the presentation of Credentials, the Ambassador held discussions with President Karzai, several Cabinet Ministers and senior officials of the Government of Afghanistan.
Enlightened harmony achieved through goodwill of Deepavali - President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 07 November 2010 06:15

May the light of goodwill and peace of Deepavali lead our people to the joy of enlightened harmony, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message for Deepavali.

Celebrated by Hindus the world over, Deepavali is a celebration of the spiritual richness of people as it marks the progress that humans have made in the constant struggle for a better life in keeping with the great spiritual values of Hinduism, the President added.

Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha at Petrotech 2010 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 04 November 2010 07:50

Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha visited India from 31 Oct-4 Nov 2010 to attend the Petrotech 2010 International Oil & Gas Conference at the invitation of Indian Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Murli Deora. Petrotech is Asia's biggest biennial oil & gas industry event and the theme of this event was 'Global Energy Equilibrium’.

Minister Premajayantha speaking at the Ministerial Session of the Conference, referred to the desirability of converting thermal power plants to use LNG since the cost of production using furnace oil can be unsustainable. Sri Lanka meets about 40% of its fuel needs by refining crude oil and the balance is imported and steps are being taken to double the capacity of the refineries. Referring to the peaceful situation prevailing in the country after the elimination of terrorism, he said that Sri Lanka is growing rapidly and that mega development projects are being implemented. The country has managed to reduce inflation and unemployment while maintaining a very good growth rate.

Minister Premajayantha met with Minister Deora where the bilateral cooperation in petroleum sector was discussed in the presence of senior officials of the Indian Government and leading public sector companies involved in the petroleum sector. The two Ministers also agreed to expedite the proposed discussions on the matter of establishing a joint information mechanism on the possibility of oil and gas fields straddling the India Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary, as mentioned in the Joint Declaration issued at the end of the State Visit of President Mahainda Rajapaksa in June 2010.

Shilpa Sri Lanka 2010 Crafts Exhibition opens in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 30 October 2010 15:19

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam and Alka Arora, the Additional Development Commissioner for Handicrafts of India inaugurated on 30 October the "Shilpa Sri Lanka 2010" Crafts exhibition at Dilli Haat, New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Kariyawasam appreciated the close bonds between India and Sri Lanka and thanked the Office of the Development Commissioner for the support rendered for Sri Lankan artisans to showcase their talents in India.

Twelve craftspersons will be displaying their creations at Shilpa Sri Lanka 2010 Exhibition which continues until November 11th . The Exhibition is being organized by the National Crafts Council of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Sri Lanka High Commission in India and the Office of the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, India.  

Officials of the National Crafts Council, staff members of the Sri Lanka High Commission and of the Office of the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, and well wishers were present on the occasion.

Power & Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka Visits India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 30 October 2010 14:10

At the invitation of Minister of New & Renewable Energy of India Farooq Abdullah, Minister of Power & Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka visited India to participate at the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) from 27-29 October 2010.

Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference is the fourth of a series of global Ministerial-level Conferences on Renewable Energy, engendered by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. The earlier Conferences were held in Washington in 2008, Beijing in 2005 and Bonn in 2004.

Speaking as a Panelist in the Ministerial Session of the Conference chaired by Minister Farooq Abdullah, Minister Ranawaka stressed the need for improving renewable energy as a form of mainstream energy. Referring to Sri Lanka’s experience, he stated that a considerable amount of Sri Lanka’s energy come from renewable sources and Sri Lanka’s emission levels are far below than world average. There is good potential for expanding wind power in Sri Lanka but issues pertaining to storage and dispatch of solar and wind energy have to be addressed. Sri Lanka is also focusing on Biomass based energy such as Dendro Power.

During his stay in New Delhi he also held bilateral meetings with Minister Farooq Abdullah and the Indian Minister of Power Susil Kumar Shinde. He briefed the Indian Ministers on challenges and opportunities in Sri Lanka. The Joint Declaration signed during H E the President’s State Visit to India in June 2010 underscored this aspect. It was noted that SAARC could take substantial initiatives to mobilize collective efforts to harness renewable energy sources in the region. The role of the public and private sectors will be indispensable in this regard. Measures to be taken to establish grid connectivity between India and Sri Lanka and the proposal to set up a coal power plant in Sampur was also discussed. Minister Ranawaka sought India’s active participation at the ‘Vidul Lanka’ Renewable Energy exhibition to be held in Colombo in August 2011.

Minister Ranawaka delivered the Keynote Address at one of the sessions of the Pan-IIT Conclave on Biomass Energy held on the sidelines of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference. In his address Minister Ranawaka commended India for major efforts being taken towards reinvigorating the use of biomass energy and to make it a more organized sector that can significantly contribute towards welfare and well-being of people, especially the poor.

Minister Ranawaka during his stay in India visited the Dadri Coal Power Plant and the Load Dispatch Centre near Delhi, and the Nuclear Power Plant in Kalpakkam for study purposes. High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, Ceylon Electricity Board Chairman Vidya Amarapala and Power & Energy Ministry’s Director (Technical) Merille Goonetilleke were also associated in Minister Ranawaka’s meetings and site visits.  


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