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Sri Lankan E-Library ·Nenasala Program Receives International ·Access to Learning Award

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented its global 2014 Access to Learning Award to the e-Library Nenasala Project (eLNP) of ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, in recognition of its work to ...

Prof. Peiris meets SL Envoys to European countries in Italy

At the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome, External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris met with several of the country’s Ambassadors in the region for a comprehensive review of their work. The envoys a...

Dr. ANANDA WEIHENA PALLIYA GURUGE

28 December 1928 - 6 August 2014 It is with deep sadness that we announce Dr. ANANDA W.P. GURUGE who had been a diplomat with a distinguished career in Sri Lankan Government and UNESCO has passed awa...

Construction work on 28 bridges completed under French Aid

Construction work of 28  bridges under  Reconstruction Programme of 46 bridges implemented in Sri Lanka under French aid has been completed said Pillipe Matiere, Chairman, Unibridge Agen...

Sri Lanka Captivates Paris : “Guest of Honour” at the Diplomatic Garden Party on French National Day

Sri Lanka had the unprecedented distinction of being the “Guest of Honor” at the Gala Diplomatic Garden Party organized by the prestigious “Diplomatique” journal in celebration of the French Nationa...

  • Sri Lankan E-Library ·Nenasala Program Receives International ·Access to Learning Award

    Friday, 05 September 2014 15:15
  • Prof. Peiris meets SL Envoys to European countries in Italy

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:36
  • Dr. ANANDA WEIHENA PALLIYA GURUGE

    Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:51
  • Construction work on 28 bridges completed under French Aid

    Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:52
  • Sri Lanka Captivates Paris : “Guest of Honour” at the Diplomatic Garden Party on French National Day

    Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:24

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  • September 05, 2014

    Sri Lankan E-Library ·Nenasala Program Receives International ·Access to Learning Award

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented its global 2014 Access to Learning Award to the e-Library Nenasala Project (eLNP) of ICT Agency of Sri Lanka, in recognition of its work to provide free access to computers and the Internet to the Sri Lankans living in remote and rural areas. The… read more
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  • August 27, 2014

    Prof. Peiris meets SL Envoys to European countries in Italy

    At the Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome, External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris met with several of the country’s Ambassadors in the region for a comprehensive review of their work. The envoys attending the discussion were Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador in France, Mr. Karunatilake… read more
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  • August 13, 2014

    Dr. ANANDA WEIHENA PALLIYA GURUGE

    28 December 1928 - 6 August 2014 It is with deep sadness that we announce Dr. ANANDA W.P. GURUGE who had been a diplomat with a distinguished career in Sri Lankan Government and UNESCO has passed away. He served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and an official… read more
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  • July 30, 2014

    Construction work on 28 bridges completed under French Aid

    Construction work of 28· bridges under· Reconstruction Programme of 46 bridges implemented in Sri Lanka under French aid has been completed said Pillipe Matiere, Chairman, Unibridge Agency. ·This was· stated by him when he met Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa recently· at the… read more
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  • July 29, 2014

    Sri Lanka Captivates Paris : “Guest of Honour” at the Diplomatic Garden Party on French National Day

    Sri Lanka had the unprecedented distinction of being the “Guest of Honor” at the Gala Diplomatic Garden Party organized by the prestigious “Diplomatique” journal in celebration of the French National Day on July 14th. The event was sponsored by several top-tier French transnational corporations and… read more
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  • July 09, 2014

    Speech on the Occassion of Rath Yatra at Strasbourg, on July 6th 2014 by Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

    Speech on the Occassion of Rath Yatra at Strasbourg, on July 6th 2014by Professor Karunaratne HangawatteAmbassador of Sri Lanka to France and the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO   "We must learn not to hate each other but to hate violence itself" - Prof. Hangawatte Ratha Yatra is a festival of… read more
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  • June 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka rejects Canadian Statement on insecurity of women in the former conflict-affected areas

    Click here to view the Full text of the Statement Exercising a 'Right of Reply' with regard to the statement made during the General Debate under Agenda Item 4 by Canada, claiming ‘ongoing use of rape and sexual violence by Sri Lankan security forces against perceived government opponents,’ Sri… read more
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  • June 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka briefs Human Rights Council on action taken by Government following incidents of communal violence

    Click here to view the Full text of the Statement Sri Lanka today informed the Human Rights Council that prompt action had been taken by the government to bring back normalcy to Aluthgama and Beruwala, the areas affected by recent incidents of the communal violence. This observation was made by Ms.… read more
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  • June 20, 2014

    100TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF EDIRIWEERA SARACHCHANDRA: Commemorations at UNESCO

    The 100th·birth anniversary of Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra was commemorated at UNESCO on 10th·June 2014 under the auspices of the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and the Honorable Minister of Culture, T. B. Ekanayake. The recognition and commemorations of the centenary birth… read more
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  • June 18, 2014

    UNESCO SOUTH ASIAN CENTRE FOR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT IN SRI LANKA: Agreement signed in Paris

    Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova and Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Anura Dissanayake signed the Agreement establishing Sri Lanka’s first UNESCO Category II South Asian Centre for Teacher Development at the… read more
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  • June 13, 2014

    Speech of Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador of Sri Lanka To France and the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

    Speech of Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte, Ambassador of Sri Lanka To France and the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO at the Vesak Commemoration at UNESCO, Paris Wednesday, 21st May 2014   Venerable Maha Sangha, Venerable Sirs, Deputy Director General of UNESCO, The Chairman of the Executive Board of… read more
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  • May 29, 2014

    First Lady inaugurates series of events to mark Vesak at UNESCO

    First Lady Madam Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa inaugurated a series of events organized by the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France to commemorate Vesak at UNESCO in Paris under the theme of ‘Interfaith and Intercultural Awareness towards Peace’.… read more
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  • April 29, 2014

    Tracing the Ramayana route to Sri Lanka, by air and rail

    The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has launched a pilgrimage tour to trace the journey of Lord Rama from Ayodhya to Nuwara Eliya, where Sita was held captive in Sri Lanka. This is the first time that IRCTC, South Zone has embarked on the Lord Sita-Rama temples circuit.… read more
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  • April 29, 2014

    France’s Coface lists Sri Lanka among 10 emerging countries hot on the heels of BRICS

    Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the 10 emerging countries hot on the heels of BRICS by Coface, a worldwide leader in credit insurance with presence in over 66 nations. “Coface has distinguished two groups in the “new emerging” countries. One group comprising Sri Lanka, Colombia, Indonesia,… read more
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  • March 25, 2014

    MALANI FONSEKA FELICITATED AT 16TH DEAUVILLE ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    International award winning actress and Member of Parliament, the Hon. Malani Fonseka was honoured with a tribute on the opening night of the 16th Deauville Asian Film Festival for her contribution to theatre and cinema over the last fifty years. She was felicitated for her multifaceted career as… read more
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  • March 11, 2014

    Malani Fonseka’s Fifty Years in Cinema and Theatre Felicitated at UNESCO

    International award winning actress and Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, the Hon. Malani Fonseka was felicitated at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in commemoration of her fiftieth year in the fields of film and… read more
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  • March 05, 2014

    Minister Peiris rejects High Commissioner’s Report, saying those “those who exalt its virtues only seek to inflict harm on the reconciliation process”

    Click here to view the video of the statement made by the Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Minister of External Affairs and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Prof. G.L. Peiris, delivering the National Statement at the High Level Segment of… read more
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  • February 07, 2014

    66TH INDEPENDENCE COMMEMORATIONS OF SRI LANKA IN FRANCE HIGHLIGHT UNITY AND PEACE

    The 66th anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka was commemorated at events held in Paris. Religious observances were conducted at the Embassy of Sri Lanka on the morning of 4th of February with religious dignitaries representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths offering blessings… read more
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  • February 07, 2014

    Address by H. E. Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO At the Reception on the occasion of the commemoration of the 66th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka Wednesday, 5th February 2014 UN

    Address by H. E. Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO At the Reception on the occasion of the commemoration of the 66th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka Wednesday, 5th February 2014 UNESCO, Paris Excellencies Honourable Senators… read more
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  • February 05, 2014

    66th National Day Message of H.E. the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    66th National Day Message of H.E. the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka read more
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  • February 05, 2014

    66th National Day Message of Hon. Prime Minister of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

    66th National Day Message of Hon. Prime Minister of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka read more
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  • February 05, 2014

    66th National Day Message of Hon. Minister of External Affairs

    66th National Day Message of Hon. Minister of External Affairs of Democretic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka read more
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  • January 13, 2014

    Reciprocal Release of Fishermen between Sri Lanka and India

    Fishermen of Sri Lanka and India fishing illegally in each other’s waters continues to be a matter of concern for both Governments, particularly due to the livelihood impact on their peoples. In this context, the substantial number of fishermen, both Sri Lankan and Indian, arrested in recent months… read more
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  • January 02, 2014

    Minister underscores the need for public servants to work collectively in the New Year

    A special Ceremony was held at the Ministry of External Affairs with the participation of all Ministry staff for the commencement of official duties for the year 2014. Following the hoisting of the National Flag by Prof. G.L. Pieris, Minister of External Affairs at the Ministry premises on 1st… read more
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  • November 20, 2013

    AMBASSADOR HANGAWATTE ELECTED AS CHAIRPERSON OF WORLD HERITAGE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

    Sri Lanka’s first such endeavour Ambassador Karunaratne Hangawatte· being welcomed to the Head table by the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Dr.· Sok An andthe Assistant Director General for Culture at UNESCO, Mr. Francisco Bandarin.   Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to… read more
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  • November 19, 2013

    WORLD HERITAGE STAMP OF SRI LANKA LAUNCHED AT UNESCO, PARIS

    The launching of the Sigiriya World Heritage UNESCO stamp by La Poste, French postal administration, was celebrated by the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO on 7th November, during the 37th session of the General Conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Sigiriya is the second… read more
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  • November 16, 2013

    SRI LANKA UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED TO COMMITTEES OF UNESCO:

    Completes 64 years of relations with UNESCO Sri Lanka was unanimously elected to two Committees of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the elections that took place yesterday, (14. 11. 2013) which was also the sixty fourth (64th) anniversary of Sri Lanka… read more
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  • November 15, 2013

    President Rajapaksa is new Commonwealth Chair- in- Office

      President Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed the position of the Commonwealth Chairman-in-Office succeeding the Australian Prime Minister for the next two years, at the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Colombo today (15th November 2013).All the 53 member-countries were… read more
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  • November 13, 2013

    PRESERVING SRI LANKA’S CULTURAL HERITAGE- CHEETHTHA COUTURE AT UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS

    The Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO introduced young and versatile Sri Lankan artist Deneth Piumakshi’s art and fashion collection “Kurunegala-Rive Gauche” at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France last week. Deneth’s artistic expression and fashion designs which revitalize and sustain… read more
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  • November 11, 2013

    AMBASSADOR HANGAWATTE ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNESCO GENERAL CONFERENCE:

    Highlights socio-economic advancements of Sri Lanka Click here to view full text of the statement made by Ambassador Prof. Karunaratne Hangawatte   Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte was unanimously elected as a Vice President of the 37th session of the General… read more
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  • November 04, 2013

    AMBASSADOR HANGAWATTE SOLIDIFIES TIES WITH PORTUGAL:

    Presents Credentials at the Presidential Palace Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal, Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte presented Credentials to His Excellency President Anibal Cavaco Silva at the Presidential Palace in Lisbon on 30th October 2013. Conveying the best wishes and warmest… read more
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  • October 25, 2013

    Tourismnews.lk launched

    Chamber of tourism and Industry, Wednesday (October 23) launched Sri Lanka's first ever tourism news portal with the objective of developing Sri Lankan tourism industry. Chief Guest at the event Deputy Minister Economic Development M.L.A.M. Hisbullah speaking at the ceremony said that it is… read more
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  • October 22, 2013

    VAP POYA MARKED WITH UNVEILING OF BUDDHA STATUE IN PARIS

    Vap full moon poya was marked in France with the unveiling of a statue of the meditating Buddha on Friday, 18th October 2013 at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris. Donated by the Ven. Dr Bodagama Chandima Thero, International Affairs Advisor to H. E. the President on Religious and Cultural Affairs,… read more
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  • October 18, 2013

    Ambassador Hangawatte accredited to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation

    Sri Lanka’s envoy to Paris and UNESCO, Ambassador Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte presented Credentials to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Dr Taleb Rifai at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain. Having called on the Secretary General on 14th October 2013,… read more
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  • October 14, 2013

    Standards ensure positive change Implementation imperative for development

    Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera Each year on October 14, the World Standards Cooperation celebrates World Standards Day as a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop international standards. In doing so in a more fruitful manner, WSC identifies… read more
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  • October 09, 2013

    Today is the World Postal Day

    Today is the World Postal Day. The World Postal Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union's establishment and is held annually on October 9th. The national function to mark the 139th World Postal Day will be held today at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute under the patronage of the… read more
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  • October 07, 2013

    Sri Lanka - centre of cynosure at International French Travel Market 2013

    The Sri Lankan Pavilion at the annual ‘IFTM TOP RESA’ (International French Travel Market) was the centre of cynosure with hundreds of visitors meeting with representatives of Sri Lankan travel and tour companies that were present in Paris from 24th to 27th September 2013. Declaring open the Sri… read more
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  • September 30, 2013

    Young woman breaks through in Sri Lankan business world

    By Will SmaleBusiness reporter, BBC News Nimali Gunawardana, a petite, soft-spoken 25-year-old, is a lot tougher than she looks. From an impoverished upbringing as one of seven children in a poor family in rural Sri Lanka, she has turned herself through sheer drive and determination into one of the… read more
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  • September 27, 2013

    Ambassador Aryasinha says High Commissioner Pillay has no mandate to set deadlines on Sri Lanka

    Click here to view full text of the statement made by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday (25 September 2013) "Sri Lanka strongly repudiates the High Commissioner’s… read more
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  • September 26, 2013

    Address by H.E. President Mahinda Rajapakse at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York on September 24,2013

    Address by H.E. President Mahinda Rajapakse at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York on September 24,2013 Mr. President,Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,At the outset, I offer my condolences to the families whose loved ones died as a result of a terrorist attack in a… read more
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  • September 25, 2013

    SRI LANKA IS INCREASINGLY ATTRACTIVE TO FRENCH TOURISTS: Media Briefing at the Sri Lankan Embassy in France

    SRI LANKA IS INCREASINGLY ATTRACTIVE TO FRENCH TOURISTS: Media Briefing at the Sri Lankan Embassy in France   An interactive media briefing to promote tourism, Sri Lankan Airlines and to increase awareness of the development programme and economic achievements of Sri Lanka was held at the Embassy… read more
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  • September 23, 2013

    President leaves for New York to address UN General Assembly

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa along with First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa left on a five-day visit to New York yesterday during which he will address the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York City, the Presidential Spokesman and International… read more
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  • September 20, 2013

    Sri Lanka asks detractors at HRC not to discredit the Northern PC election process or prejudge its outcome and impact

      Click here to view full video Exercising a 'right of reply' with regard to references made to Sri Lanka by Germany, the US and Ireland under Agenda Item 4 - General Debate at the ongoing 24th Session of the Human Rights Council, the Sri Lanka delegation on Thursday (19 September 2013) said, it… read more
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  • September 19, 2013

    BOI receives first online application

    The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka received today (18th September 2013) its first online application barely 24 hours after the new system was inaugurated by Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion. On 17th September 2013, Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena formally introduced… read more
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  • September 18, 2013

    G-15 calls on developed countries to assist in fulfilling MDGs

    Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Chairman of the Personal Representatives of the G-15, has said "the post-2015 development agenda would need to be supported by a renewed global partnership grounded on the values of equity, solidarity and… read more
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  • September 18, 2013

    All Sri Lankans belong to One Nation - President

    The word minority was removed from the lexicon of this country on 19th May 2009 with the defeat of the terrorist outfit and the country is now one united nation. All ethnic groups are living as one in harmony. Therefore, there is no value for the word ‘minority’ any more. This was stated by… read more
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  • September 18, 2013

    Govt. spent over Rs. 300,000 Million to develop North

    Under the Uthuru Wasanthaya programme the Northern Province has got the best medical facilities in the country. The entire health system of the Northern province was completely destroyed by the tiger terrorists and they used the hospital as their artillery bases with the objective of enhancing… read more
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  • September 17, 2013

    21 Nenasala centres open in the North

    Making a historic landmark in the local ICT industry, 21 Nenasala centres would be opened in the Northern province. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya opened the 700th Nenasala in Point Pedro. This was one among the 21 Nenasalas opened yesterday. Yesterday he also opened the 7th Nenasala Centre in… read more
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  • September 17, 2013

    Sri Lanka-Japan bilateral ties further strengthened – Japan’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs lauds Sri Lanka’s progress

    Japan’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi has assured that steps will be taken to further strengthen Japan-Sri Lanka bilateral relations which have been continuing with great success for a long time. He appreciated the progress Sri Lanka has achieved with Japan’s assistance in the… read more
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  • September 16, 2013

    CHOGM will open avenues to enhance knowledge about world – Prof. Kariyawasam

    The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will open avenues to enhance ones knowledge about the world and a better understanding of things taking place around us, well known author Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam said. Countries which were under the British Raj before independence representing… read more
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  • September 10, 2013

    Ambassador Aryasinha says Sri Lanka looks toward an objective and unbiased approach by High Commissioner Pillay

    Sri Lanka looks toward an objective and unbiased approach to Sri Lanka by High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay in fulfilment of her mandate, following her recent visit where she had unfettered access to asses first-hand the on-going reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. This would also enable her to… read more
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  • September 09, 2013

    Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris and the Permanent Secretary to H.E. the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga Brief Diplomatic Community

    External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris provided a comprehensive briefing on current developments on Monday, at the Ministry of External Affairs, for Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Colombo. He commented on the election campaigns for the Provincial Council elections in the… read more
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  • September 05, 2013

    Navi Pillay's Sri Lanka report not the product of an open mind- Prof. G.L. Peiris tells media and think tanks in UK

    External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris made a measured and point-by-point rebuttal of the major assertions and conjectures in UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navy Pillay's departing report on Sri Lanka, at a news briefing at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London yesterday ( 02 September… read more
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  • September 02, 2013

    FRENCH SENATOR GOULET COMMENDS SRI LANKA’S EFFORTS: Pledges to convey achievements to the world

    FRENCH SENATOR GOULET COMMENDS SRI LANKA’S EFFORTS: Pledges to convey achievements to the world   French Senator for Orne, Nathalie Goulet completed a four day visit to Sri Lanka from 17th to 20th August 2013. This visit was undertaken at the initiative of Ambassador Professor Karunaratne… read more
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  • September 02, 2013

    Govt. treats all communities equally – President

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa said all religious leaders stress the need to live in peace and harmony, rejecting hatred and anger. This is relevant and vital today more than ever before, he said at the opening of a church dedicated to St. Peter at Vakarai yesterday. The church was totally damaged by… read more
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  • September 02, 2013

    On the opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanetham Pillay at the Press Conference on 31 August, 2013

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navanetham Pillay was on a week-long visit to Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by the Government of Sri Lanka in April 2011. This invitation is a part of Sri Lanka’s consistent engagement with the UN System. As is well known, the High Commissioner’s… read more
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  • August 29, 2013

    Meeting between the Hon. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay

    It is important to have an objective approach and extend equal treatment to all countries when fulfilling the assigned mandate, observed External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris, when he met visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay at the Ministry of External Affairs… read more
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  • August 28, 2013

    Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 9.5 percent in July

    Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 905 percent in July this year compared to the same period last year, the data released Wednesday by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. The month recorded 98,944 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 90,338… read more
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  • August 26, 2013

    President Rajapaksa Arrives in Belarus

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Belarus today on a three-day state visit to the East European nation. The President was received at the Minsk National Airport by Mr. Vladimir Makei, the Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs. President Rajapaksa's visit to Belarus is the first by a Sri Lankan… read more
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  • August 23, 2013

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Looks Forward to Attending CHOGM in Sri Lanka

    External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris called on Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan in Islamabad on Friday. He conveyed the warm felicitations of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Prime Minister and the new Government of Pakistan, and handed over to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif… read more
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  • August 23, 2013

    French senator impressed with Lanka’s progress

    Sri Lanka - France Parliamentary Friendship Group to foster stronger relations: Rasika Somarathna French senator Nathalie Goulet who concluded a four-day visit to Sri Lanka yesterday said she has already laid the ground work to form a Sri Lanka - France Parliamentary Friendship Group to foster even… read more
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  • August 23, 2013

    Will tell Sri Lanka’s success story to world – French senator

    Chaminda Perera in Kandy Visiting member of the French Senate Commission for International Affairs Nathalie Goulet yesterday pledged to educate the world on Sri Lanka’s present realities in the aftermath of 30 years of conflict. Goulet said she had well understood the present realities of the… read more
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  • August 23, 2013

    French Senator meets Governor – 18 August 2013

    A delegation headed by Ms. Nathalie Goulet, Senator for Orne, France paid a courtesy visit to Sri Lanka. During their stay, they visited Jaffna and met Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri at his Secretariat in Jaffna on 18th August 2013. This visit is a pre-arranged run up one to the… read more
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  • August 22, 2013

    “No prejudgement on Lanka”: visiting French Senator

    Sri Lanka Friendship Group in the French Senate soon Visiting Senator hails President’s peace and development By Dharisha Bastians A Sri Lanka Friendship Group is to be constituted in the French Senate in September in a bid to boost links between the legislatures of the two countries and improve… read more
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  • August 21, 2013

    French Senator pledges to educate world on Sri Lanka's success story

    (Pix by Sudath Silva) Visiting member of the French Senate Commission for International Affairs Nathalie Goulet said that she is prepared to educate the world on Sri Lanka’s success story in achieving peace and development in the country. Goulet added that she identified Sri Lanka's present… read more
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  • August 19, 2013

    French Senator calls on Secretary Defence

    Ms. Nathalie Goulet, Senator for Orne, France paid a courtesy call on Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, today (19th August). Ms. Goulet and Secretary Defence had brief discussions on matters of bilateral importance and mutual interests. The French Senator was… read more
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  • August 13, 2013

    Kandy Esala Pageant begins on August 11

    The Kandy Esala Pageant begins on August 11 with the first Kumbal Perahera parading the streets of Kandy from 7.31 pm. The perahera route will be Dalada Vidiya, D S Senanayake Vidiya, Pansala Para, Deva Vidiya, Colombo Street, Yatinuwara Vidiya and back to the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Nearly 70 to 80… read more
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  • August 13, 2013

    President unveils Kadirgamar statue today

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa will unveil the statue of late Minister of External Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar to mark his 8th Death Anniversary at 9.15 am today, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, "The Lighthouse", 24, Horton Place, Colombo 07.… read more
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  • August 08, 2013

    Colombo South Harbour open for public viewing

    The Colombo South Harbour will be open for public viewing from today until August 13, Ports and Highways Project Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said yesterday. The public arriving at the Colombo harbour will be provided transport facilities by the Ports Authority once they reach the main entrance… read more
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  • August 05, 2013

    Sri Lankan government to establish a gemology laboratory in Ratnapura

    Aug 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy has taken steps to establish a gemology laboratory in Ratnapura where the gem industry is established. The new laboratory will issue quality certificates for the gems. So far, the gem traders of Sri Lanka obtained quality… read more
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  • August 05, 2013

    Sri Lankan President opens Chinese-built Colombo-South Harbor

    Aug 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning declared open the Chinese-built Colombo-South Harbor propelling Sri Lanka to become a major shipping hub in the region. The President speaking at the occasion said the current development which is a good example of the… read more
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  • August 05, 2013

    Yala closed in September for maintenance

    The Yala National Park will be closed for visitors in September, a Wildlife Conservation Department spokesperson said. The spokesperson said bookings of bungalows would not be allowed for local or foreign visitors from September 1 to 30. She said the park will open to visitors again in October. The… read more
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  • August 05, 2013

    Lankan wins 2013 N Peace Award

    Thavachsri Charles Vijayaratnam has been named as a recipient of the 2013 N Peace Award for her efforts to improve the lives of rural communities. She will be among six other women's rights activists who will receive the 2013 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize which recognises the leadership role… read more
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  • July 31, 2013

    Japan to help Sri Lanka develop technology and communication

    Japan's Internal Affairs and Communication Minister Yoshitaka during his two-day visit to Sri Lanka has agreed to provide assistance for developing the country's information technology , telecommunications and other technology-related projects. Shindo, who arrived in the country Sunday, met with… read more
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  • July 29, 2013

    Countdown to Bocuse d’Or world’s most prestigious culinary championship begins

    Nineteen culinary teams comprising Chef and Apprentice compete in the Sri Lankan qualifier of the world’s most prestigious culinary challenge. The Bocuse d’Or Culinary Challenge is being held at Colombo’s BMICH Convention Centre with a star studded ensemble of judges that includes Danish Chef Jens… read more
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  • July 29, 2013

    Hatred will not bring victory, only defeat - President

    Rasika Somarathna President Mahinda Rajapaksa while stating that public love politicians who have renounced hate politics, stressed that hatred will not bring victory but only defeat. Hatred will contribute to personal degeneration as well as a country's decline, he said. The President said he had… read more
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  • July 26, 2013

    Unawatuna Beach, Arugam Bay ranked among world’s best

    A survey carried out by the CNN on world’s best beaches Unawatuna has been ranked in the 79th position among the 100 best beaches in the world. The CNN describes Sri Lanka as a country of splendid beaches. Describing about the Unawatuna Beach, the CNN survey report says that “It can't be easy being… read more
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  • July 26, 2013

    'CHOGM to bring enormous benefits to country'

    Katugastota Group Corr. Holding CHOGM in Sri Lanka will bring enormous benefits to the country and provide a proper answer to the false allegations made against our Motherland by the Tamil diaspora abroad, said International Monetary Cooperation Senior Minister and Finance and Planning Deputy… read more
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  • July 25, 2013

    PROGRAMME TO PREVENT KIDNEY DISEASE IN SRI LANKA

    The France Lanka Organisation has sponsored a Programme to donate a water filter to Padavi Sripura Alivanguwa Vidyala which is situated 120 km away from Anuradhapura District. About 900 pupils are studying at this school without access to clean water. Many living in this area are prone to kidney… read more
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  • July 25, 2013

    Viewing Esala Perahera with Ebert Silva

    Sri Lanka Tourism in collaboration with the special luxury packages offer given by Ebert Silva for both foreign tourists and local viewers to view the Kandy Esela Perahera, known to be one of Asia’s most spectacular cultural pageants. The packages are devised to view both Kumbal and the Randoli… read more
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  • July 25, 2013

    Trincomalee to be developed as a Metro City

    Trincomalee has been identified to be developed as a Metro City in the Eastern Region and the construction of an Outer Circular Road to the city of Trincomalee is considered essential to provide proper accessibility from various directions. The Ministry of Ports and Highways has decided to handover… read more
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  • July 25, 2013

    Technical Education and Vocational Training:

    BEATS BOOK LEARNING Technical education and vocational training (TEVT) generally means skills training for industrial, manufacturing, construction, and service sectors. It is also education and training outside the general education and higher education systems. TEVT covers a diverse range of… read more
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  • July 23, 2013

    Ambassador Hangawatte presents Credentials at the Elysée 

    The ceremonial presentation of Credentials of the new envoy of Sri Lanka, Ambassador Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte to the President of France, François Hollande, took place on 11th July 2013 at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris. Presenting his Letters of Credence, Ambassador Hangawatte conveyed… read more
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  • July 22, 2013

    Sri Lanka ready to share its humanitarian experience with other countries

    Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has said the approaches used in post-tsunami and post-conflict Sri Lanka, with suitable adaptation, could be deployed in managing humanitarian situations in other countries as well, and that the Government of Sri Lanka continues to… read more
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  • July 22, 2013

    ADB SEES LANKA AS SPECIAL

    Lanka stands out among South Asian counterparts : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expressed optimism regarding Sri Lanka's growth prospects while downgrading other countries in the South Asian region overall, according to the latest ADB report. "Sri Lanka's economy is forecast to grow by 6.8… read more
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  • July 22, 2013

    Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Brunei:

    Sri Lanka condemns all forms of terrorism - Deputy Minister Sri Lanka strongly condemns all forms and manifestations of terrorism and calls for a consorted effort to combat its elements, External Affairs Deputy Minister Neomal Perera said. Speaking at the 20th meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum… read more
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  • July 22, 2013

    'Govt has looked after youths' needs'

    P.P.G.Sugathadasa, Thihagoda group correspondent Youths today are able to enjoy benefits of liberties since the eradication of the terrorist fear psychosis and lifting the state of emergency in the country by the government, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said. He… read more
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  • July 18, 2013

    All-Island Schools’ Programmes Planned for CHOGM 2013

    As part of the ongoing initiatives to involve the public fully in events connected with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November, the Ministry of External Affairs convened a meeting on 17th July 2013 to organize a programme in schools throughout the country.… read more
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  • July 18, 2013

    CHOGM 2013: The Commonwealth

    The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 countries that support each other and work together towards shared goals in democracy and development. The Commonwealth is home to two billion citizens of all faiths and ethnicities and includes some of the world's largest, smallest, richest and… read more
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  • July 16, 2013

    CHOGM will enhance Lanka's stature in the world - Minister GL

    Chamikara Weerasinghe The first and foremost advantage and benefit that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM) brings to Sri Lanka will be international exposure, said External Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris at a press conference held at External Affairs Ministry yesterday.… read more
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  • July 16, 2013

    Sri Lanka joins international commemoration of ‘La Fête Nationale’ in Grand Quevilly, Rouen

    Sri Lanka actively participated in the regional commemoration of ‘La Fête Nationale’ (French National Day) in the village of Grand Quevilly in the Normandy region, in the north of France on 14th July 2013. As the only Asian country, among several others from the African region, Sri Lanka received… read more
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  • July 16, 2013

    Kilinochchi, a modern city risen from its ashes

    Agriculture has become the main livelihood of people in Kilinochchi which has risen from the ashes of war. About 45,000 families live in Kilinochchi and 26,000 families depend on agriculture. It is fast becoming a modern city and the people in the North could be proud of its development and about… read more
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  • July 15, 2013

    French Film Festival suspended - Embassy clarifies

    French embassy in Colombo says that it regrets the cancellation of the French Film Festival. The French film festival was suspended over the screening of Sanjeeva Pushpakumara’s controversial movie Flying Fish after its screening last Thursday night. The Board of Management of the SWRD Bandaranaike… read more
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  • July 15, 2013

    80 projects on offer at CHOGM – MP Azwer

    About 80 projects in Sri Lanka have been detailed to be promoted among the CHOGM participants and the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) envisages the generation of investment business worth around 2 billion US dollars in Sri Lanka. This was disclosed by the UPFA National List MP A. H. M. Azwer… read more
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  • July 15, 2013

    Russia to help SL research on nuclear technology

    Sri Lanka and Russia signed a bilateral agreement to obtain Russian assistance to develop and research on nuclear technology in Sri Lanka. The agreement was signed by Russian Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom Head and former Russian Prime Minister Sergey Kiriyenko and Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority… read more
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  • July 12, 2013

    The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya is open to the public

    On the morning of Sunday 7 July, the sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya in Bihar suffered a series of low intensity blasts. Immediately following the explosions, President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a statement condemning the attacks. He spoke soon therafter to the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish… read more
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  • July 10, 2013

    President to Menon: PSC the Best Forum for Reaching Consensus on 13th Amendment

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during a discussion with India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, said the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) is the best forum to reach a consensus on the implementation of the 13th Amendment. At the meeting that took place at the President’s House in… read more
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  • July 10, 2013

    JICA volunteers to serve North for first time

    Out of the 12 JICA volunteers who arrived in the island on July, three volunteers will serve in the Northern Province. Two of the three volunteers dispatched to the North will work with fishing communities that have received support under a JICA funded seafood processing project. The new batch of… read more
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  • July 10, 2013

    Ten university colleges by year end

    Ishara Mudugamuwa The government is planning to set up ten university colleges by the end of this year. It will establish 25 university colleges islandwide to provide higher education for students following the technology stream. Under the first phase of the project, construction work on the first… read more
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  • July 10, 2013

    Ramadhan fasting begins tonight

    Muslims in Sri Lanka will begin the Ramadhan fasting today as the new moon of the Holy Month of Ramadhan was sighted this evening in several parts of the country, the Colombo Grand mosque announced.The decision to commence the month long fasting was taken at a meeting attended by the… read more
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