High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

United in peace, lets build a great nation - President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:38

Our first task in our rise to be among the great nations of the world, is to ensure lasting national unity and sustainable, permanent peace in our motherland, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the swearing in for his second term of office today (19 Nov) at the Presidential Secretariat.

Our policy is one of non-alignment, he said adding, ‘we do not have enemy states or such groups or blocs. During the last era, we worked with many nations in agreement and friendship for national security. We now step into the development era. We extend our hand of friendship to those who assist us in this endeavour’.

We have the inherited wisdom to tolerate all opinion and take mature decisions. We have a tradition of understanding our problems and conflicts and finding solutions for them, he further stated.

‘We are not a miniature of a developed country. We are Sri Lanka. Our motherland is Sri Lanka’.

Planting of a sapling in New Delhi to commemorate second term of the President PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 02:43

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam planted a mango sapling at the premises of Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi at 10.07 a.m. joining the ‘Deyata Sevana’, National Programme for Planting 1.1 Million Trees in Sri Lanka to commemorate the 65th birthday and the inauguration of the second term of office of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Addressing the staff at this auspicious occasion High Commissioner Kariyawasam emphasized the significance of planting a tree to mark the inauguration of the second term of office of President at the High Commission premises which he described as ‘little Sri Lanka in New Delhi’. Sri Lanka High Commission buildings for which the foundation was laid by the then Prime Minister Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike 50 years ago is a unique Sri Lankan Mission abroad as it houses the office as well as residential quarters of all the members of the staff. “Planting a tree at the premises has a special significance for both countries” ; stated the High Commissioner. He expressed confidence that as the tree grows giving shelter and fruits, Indo-Sri Lanka friendship also would grow further.

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.


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