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GOSL makes arrangements to evacuate Sri Lankans in Yemen

It has been reported that there are around 75-100 Sri Lankan expatriates, including students in Yemen. Due to the volatile situation in the country, the Government of Sri Lanka is making arrangements to evacuate all Sri Lankans in Yemen, who are principally residing in the capital, Sana’a and other main cities, such as Hodeida, Aden and Mukalla. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Muscat, which is concurrently accredited to Yemen, is exploring all possible avenues to ensure the safe return of the Sri Lankans. The Sri Lanka Mission in Muscat is in contact with some Sri Lankans in Yemen, who are directly monitoring the welfare of the Sri Lankans in their present locations.  

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President Maithripala Sirisena Undertakes Successful State Visit to the People’s Republic of China

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H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka paid a State Visit to the People’s Republic of China from 25 to 27 March 2015 on the invitation of H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.  During the visit, President Sirisena also met with H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier, and H.E. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China.  This was President Sirisena’s first visit to China as President undertaken within three months of his election.

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Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama presents credentials to the Swiss President

  Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama presented his letter of credence to the President of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga at the Federal Palace in Bern on 24th of March 2015. During his interaction with President Sommaruga, Ambassador Amunugama conveyed the warm best wishes from President...

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Sri Lanka featured at the Second Asian Cultural Festival in Stockholm

  The Sri Lankan Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden participated at the Second Asian Cultural Festival held on the 8th of March 2015 at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Sweden. This event was organized by the Network of Asian and North African Cultural Representatives in Sweden (NACR) and highlighted the...

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Ceylon Tea takes pride of place at the Cairo International Fair

 The Sri Lanka Embassy in Cairo in association with the Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) organized a country stall for Ceylon tea at the recent Cairo International Fair. The Sri Lanka Tea Stall has been featured at the Fair for the third connective year. Tea, being the main national beverage, over 95...

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FOREIGN MINISTER PAYS LAST RESPECTS TO FORMER SINGAPORE PRIME MINISTER, LEE KUAN YEW

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, arrived in Singapore today, and proceeded to the Parliament House, accompanied by Mr. Wishwanath Aponsu, Acting High Commissioner in Singapore to pay condolences on behalf of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and the people of Sri Lanka. In his condolence...

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Sri Lanka participates in NATAS TRAVEL FAIR 2015 in Singapore

  The Sri Lanka Embassy in Singapore, together with representatives from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau participated in the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) Travel Fair 2015, held from 6th to 8th March 2015 in Singapore. NATAS is an industry-led organization representing...

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LTTE Female Black Tigers Face Social Hostility

LTTE Female Black Tigers Face Social Hostility

By P K Balachandran COLOMBO:In a startling revelation, the Sri Lankan Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Maj Gen Jagath Wijetilleke said that six to seven per cent of the 12,346 male and female cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had surrendered to the Sri Lankan armed forces at the end Eelam War IV in May 2009, were members of the dreaded suicide squad called the “Black Tigers”. “But thanks to the Sri Lankan army’s comprehensive rehabilitation programme, none of the 12,077 rehabilitated cadre, including the Black Tigers, has indulged in any crime since release,”   General Wijetilleke told Express. Tough Task Changing the mindset of the...

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In the Hills of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

In the Hills of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country

By ROBERT DRAPER MARCH 27, 2015 The man in the khaki vest slurped noisily from his cup, descended briefly into scowling meditation, spat the contents into a sink and then unleashed a torrent of approving descriptors, lavishly rolling his r’s along the way: “No foreign taste, very refreshing, robust, strong tannins, a tingly sensation at the end of the tongue — good show!” I sipped as well and nodded gravely, thinking: right, but it’s still tea. Granted, it was excellent tea, cultivated just outside the Norwood Estate processing factory where we stood, surrounded by whirring machines and immense bags stuffed with tea leaves. Here, near the town of Hatton, in the alluring hill...

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A Fruitful Indian Ocean Yatra

A Fruitful Indian Ocean Yatra

Wednesday, 18th March 2014 By Satish Chandra Narendra Modi’s visit to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka has not only bolstered India’s ties with these countries but has also signalled that India intends to pursue a more active policy in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Before setting out, Modi made known that the IOR was “vital for India’s security and progress” and that India attached “paramount importance” to strengthening relations with the countries. It was, however, in Mauritius whilst speaking on the occasion of the commissioning of offshore patrol vessel Barracuda, that he enunciated his vision for the region aimed at promoting security and growth for all by fostering...

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State Pitches for Fishermen Talks on March 24

State Pitches for Fishermen Talks on March 24

  Wednesday, 18th March 2014 By Express News Service CHENNAI: Continuing its efforts to settle the  conflict between Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu fishermen, the State  government has proposed to the Central government to hold the the third round of talks between the fishermen here on March 24. Official sources said on Tuesday that a letter in this regard has been sent to Suchitra Durai, Joint Secretary, Union External Affairs Ministry and now it is up to the Centre to communicate with the Sri Lankan government to get its consent for the talks. The earlier proposal of the State government to hold the talks in Chennai on March 5 was unfruitful as the newly-elected government...

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Sirisena to call meet on fisheries row soon

Sirisena to call meet on fisheries row soon

Wednesday, 18th March 2014 Meera Srinivasan AP Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena.File photo Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena will soon convene a national-level meeting aimed at addressing the fisheries conflict with India. Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena will soon convene a national-level meeting aimed at addressing the fisheries conflict with India. The decision comes after Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, in an executive committee meeting chaired by Mr. Sirisena, emphasised the need to build a national consensus on addressing the conflict. After the Tuesday meeting, Mr. Sampanthan told The Hindu that he conveyed to the committee...

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