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The Heads of Government and their representatives posing for the Official Photograph at The Opening Ceremony of The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in Nelum Pokuna, Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

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Sri Lanka denounces suicide bomb attack on a volleyball tournament in Afghanistan

The Government of Sri Lanka unreservedly condemns the cowardly suicide terrorist attack on the volleyball tournament in Yahyakhil district, Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least 45 people and wounding over 60 others. 

The people of Sri Lanka, who had suffered immensely under the scourge of terrorism for almost three decades, share the pain and anguish of the people of Afghanistan over this brazen terror attack targeting innocent civilians at a sporting event.  This incident once again highlights the need to take concerted action to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, in the interest of global peace and security.

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Ambassador Raja Edirisuriya presents credentials in Suriname

Ambassador Raja A. Edirisuriya, presented his letters of credence on the 12th of November 2014, as the non-resident Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the President of Suriname, His Excellency Desire Delano Bouterse. Following the presentation of the credentials, President Bouterse met with Ambassador...

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Ambassador  Amunugama meets Honorary Consuls of  Sri Lanka for Germany

Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Germany, Karunatilake Amunugama met the six Honorary  Consuls of Sri Lanka in  Germany at his official residence in Berlin to discuss plans to be adopted for future coordination and implementation. While thanking the Hony. Consuls for their long period of service...

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Sri Lanka Embassy donates books on Buddhism to the University of Warsaw

Research on Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy has created great interest among non-Buddhist western scholars. On the request of the graduate and undergraduate students following Anthropology, Sociology and Philosophy courses at the University of Warsaw, the Embassy took the initiative...

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A Holy Mass to bless President Mahinda Rajapaksa and to mark his 69th birthday will be held at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 3.00pm. This event is organized by a Palestinian group called the ‘Friends of Sri Lanka in Bethlehem’ in collaboration with the Embassy...

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Sri Lanka designated to Chair 2015 Meeting on the CCW

Sri Lanka has been designated by acclamation to Chair the 2015 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, succeeds Ambassador Remigiusz A. Henczel, the Permanent...

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Pope’s Visit Will Go Ahead

Pope’s Visit Will Go Ahead

Sunday 23rd November 2014 By Easwaran Rutnam The Catholic Church of Sri Lanka says the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka will go ahead as scheduled despite the Presidential elections taking place less than a week before his arrival.  Reverend Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, the media secretary for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka, told The Sunday Leader, that the visit will go ahead as scheduled.  Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on January 13 while the Presidential election will be held on January 8.  The Catholic Church called for a free and fair Presidential election and urged all parties to ensure it is...

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China/Sri Lanka join hands for peaceful Maritime Silk Road Cooperation

China/Sri Lanka join hands for peaceful Maritime Silk Road Cooperation

Sunday 23rd November 2014 Participants at Friday’s high level seminar jointly organized by the Pathfinder Foundation (PF) an the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) recognized that the Maritime Silk Route can strengthen the conditions for taking greater advantage of the China – Sri Lanka Strategic Partnership by yielding considerable benefits for Sri Lanka’s development prospects. It was noted that Sri Lanka’s geographic location being equidistant from East Asia, the Middle East and Africa is particularly significant in this respect. The seminar focused on cooperation between Sri Lanka and China to advance the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative. The joint communiqué...

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Swamy wants Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary celebrations banned

Swamy wants Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary celebrations banned

Sunday 23rd November 2014 BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday urged Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran responsible for killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "These celebrations are being organised by MDMK leader Vaiko. MDMK must be ejected from the NDA and Vaiko should be locked up under the National Security Act," Swamy said in a press release. The BJP leader said that the directive should be issued under Article 256, which mandated the state to ensure compliance with the laws made by Parliament and any existing laws which apply in that state....

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15m registered voters for polls

15m registered voters for polls

Sunday 23rd November 2014 More than 15 million voters will be eligible to vote at the Presidential election on January 8, a senior official of the Elections Department said yesterday. According to the latest figures compiled this week 15,044,490 people have been registered as voters — 292,322 more than the number of voters registered in 2013. At the last Presidential election in 2010, the number of registered voters was about 14 million. President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained around six million votes (57.88 per cent) while his opponent Sarath Fonseka got around 4.1 million (40.15 per cent) votes.

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SASEAN Defence Chiefs' Dialogue to strengthen security in the region

SASEAN Defence Chiefs' Dialogue to strengthen security in the region

Sunday, 23rd November 2014 By Dhaneshi Yatawara Meeting with a delegation from the National Defence College, China Since eliminating terrorism the Sri Lankan Government has been ushering an era of development. The security forces hve extended its fullest cooperation in the development efforts and ensuring safety in the country. Global security experts, military and civil had met on several occasions in Sri Lanka under various themes, to review the strength of the security and cooperation among the nations. The aim of these meetings was to avoid the possibility of resurgence of terrorism and its adverse impact on security in various countries. With the...

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