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Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad celebrates the 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka

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The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad celebrated the 69th Independence Day of Sri Lanka at the High Commission premises on 04th February 2017, with traditional fervor and enthusiasm. Religious leaders, Sri Lankans living in Pakistan, students and High Commission officials participated at this event.

The celebration was begun with hoisting of national flag by the High Commissioner H.E. Major General (R) Jayanath Lokuketagodage on the tune of national anthem. Following the lightning of oil lamp by the dignitaries, two minutes silence was observed for the National War Heroes as a mark of respect for their sacrifices for the peace, independence and sovereignty of the motherland.

This was followed by the religious observance performed by religious leaders representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Christianity and Islam religions blessing Sri Lanka and all the Sri Lankans. The Independance Day messages of the President, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka were read out on the occasion. Speaking at the gathering, High Commissioner said that Sri Lanka and Pakistan had been enjoying a very cordial and warm relationship from the beginning. Further he mentioned that the unity government is working very hard to ensure good governance, transparency, accountability and the promotion of pluralism. At the end of the ceremony the visitors were served with Sri Lankan tea and the traditional kavum, kiribath and other Lankan sweetmeats.

In the evening of 06th February a formal reception was held with a special cultural show presented by a group of 14 members from the Sri Lanka Navy dance troupe. A gathering of 500 people comprising more than 200 diplomats of friendly countries, Ministers and dignitaries of Pakistan and the Sri Lankans living in Pakistan attended a truly Sri Lankan event.

High Commissioner, in his speech pointed out that political, trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are solid and longstanding. Pakistan is the second largest trading partner of Sri Lanka in the SAARC region. Sri Lanka was the first country to sign a Free Trade Agreement with Pakistan. A substantial growth is seen in bilateral trade, particularly after implementation of the Pakistan–Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (PSFTA) in 2005. The value of total trade between the two countries has increased from US $ 158 Million in 2005 to over US $ 337 Million (up to November) in 2016. The balance of trade (BOT) has always been in favor of Pakistan and the trade gap has increased at a considerable rate over the years. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are determined to boost the bilateral trade to reach at US$ 1 billion mark. Therefore, authorities of both the countries are regularly monitoring, reviewing and addressing issues that are being encountered by the business community in order to further strengthen the existing trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

At the end of the event, the participants were presented with Sri Lankan Tea bags from “Senok” tea Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka High Commission in Seychelles celebrated the 69th Independence Day – 04.02.2017

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The High Commission of Sri Lanka of the Republic of Seychelles celebrated the 69th Anniversary of Independence Day of Sri Lanka at the Official Residence on 4th February 2017 which was attended by around 150 Sri Lankan Nationals.

The celebration commenced with hoisting the National Flag by His Excellency Tikiri Herath Gunathilake, High Commissioner which was followed by singing the National Anthem both in Sinhala and Tamil. Thereafter, 2 minutes silence was observed in remembrance of all Sri Lankans who had sacrificed their lives for the nation.

This was followed by the lighting of the Traditional Oil lamp and multi-religious observances conducted by multi religious dignitaries representing Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths.

The National day messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera were read out by High Commissioner Gunathilake and members of the staff.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, High Commission organized refreshment for all the participants with Sri Lankan traditional breakfast including milk rice and sweetmeats.

A cultural event was organized at the International Conference of Seychelles in the evening. A Dance troupe from University of Visual & Performing Arts performed in the event.

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High Commission of Sri Lanka

Victoria, Seychelles

 

February 4, 2017

 

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai (India) celebrates the 69th Anniversary of the Independence Day

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The 69th Anniversary celebrations of the Independence of Sri Lanka commenced with the offering of “Heel Danaya” for the monks of the Mahabodhi centre in Chennai and other monks who were on pilgrimage, at the premises of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. During the Heel Danaya, Chief incumbent of Maha Bodhi Centre in Chennai highlighted the importance of freedom for any country and also paid tributes to those who have sacrificed their lives for independence of Sri Lanka.  Further, the incumbent thanked the new Sri Lankan Government for their reconciliation efforts. 

 

The official flag hoisting ceremony began amidst a large gathering of Sri Lankan and Indian well-wishers.

 

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The Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Southern India, Mr. Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, ceremonially hoisted the National Flag amidst the beating of traditional drums of Magul Bera followed by singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Sinhala. The next events of the programme were the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and two minutes silence to honour and respect the Sri Lankan nationals who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.

 

Opening the multi- faith religious observances, Monk in-charge of Mahabodhi Centre in Chennai Ven. Kalavane Mahanama Thero conducted the Buddhist religious observances, followed by imparting of blessings and the Hindu observances by Ven. Vimal Sivachariar Swamigal of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam in Chennai, Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque, Chennai  led the Islamic religious observances  and Christian prayers by Rev. Fr. Manuvel, Parish Priest, Fathima Church, Chennai .

 

The tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka was read by members of the Staff. The Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathering wherein underscored the spirit of unity that has prevailed in Sri Lanka through centuries and stressed on the need to work hard to achieve national unity in all aspects with reconciliation among all communities to build a future of peace, freedom and prosperity.

 

Further, he expressed his gratitude to Sri Lankan establishments and expatriate community in Southern India for their exemplary services that have continued to contribute towards the economic and social development of the country strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

 

The official segment of the event was concluded singing the National Anthem of Sri Lanka in Tamil language.  Highlighting the Sri Lankan hospitality, the participants were offered a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan refreshments.

 

The Independence Day Reception is slated to be held on Thursday, 09th February, 2017 with the participation of Diplomatic Corps, Government officials, Business Community and well-wishers of the host country.

 

Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka

Chennai

 

06th February,2017

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Sri Lankan High Commission in Malaysia celebrated the 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka National Day on 04th February 2017

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Sri Lankan High Commission in Malaysia celebrated the 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka National Day on 04th February 2017 with the  Sri Lankan community in Malaysia at the Embassy premises. The Hon Senator Dato’ Chong Sin Woon, Deputy Minister of Education of Malaysia attended the event as the Guest of honour.Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan too graced the occasion.

The event commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by H.E. the High commissioner Designate to Malaysia Mr. AJM Muzammil. The National Anthem was sung in Sinhala and Tamil with the participation of children from the Sri Lankan community.  Two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect for fallen heroes. Religious ceremony followed conducted by the religious dignitaries of the respective faiths. The messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Foreign Minister were read-out in three languages.

Thereafter, H.E. the High commissioner addressed gathering and noted that the celebrations were particularly meaningful because of the current positive changes in Sri Lanka and highlighted the steps taken by the H.E. the President and Hon Prime Minster to obtain Social, Political economic freedom for the Nation. H.E. the High commissioner, further stated that, ‘It is a time when the government has embarked upon far reaching democratic reforms that would usher a new Sri Lanka in which all Sri Lankans belonging to different ethnic groups and religions, rise as one nation to bring about new political culture of good governance.

Speaking about the Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia, H.E. the High commissioner highlighted that, “ As we celebrate this occasion, the Government and people of Sri Lanka look forward to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation with the Government and people of Malaysia on the basis of our shared values, our commitment for democracy, good governance and for international peace and security.

 

High Commissions of Sri Lanka
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
16 February 2017

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The 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence Celebrated in Milan, Italy

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The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Milan marked the 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence on 04th February 2017, with an official ceremony at the Consulate premises. Over 100 Sri Lankan expatriate community members representing all communities attended the event.

The official ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Consul General, which was then followed by singing of the National Anthem by the Sri Lankan children living in Milan. The National Anthem was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil exemplifying the government’s efforts towards national reconciliation and ethnic harmony. The traditional oil lamp was lit by children belong to all communities.

Religious dignitaries representing Buddhists, Hindu, Islam and Christian faiths blessed the Nation and the people of Sri Lanka and the two-minute silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and others who sacrificed their lives for the motherland. The Independence Day messages of H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs were read out in all three languages respectively.

Addressing the gathering, Consul General Pradeepa Saram highlighted the importance of the event and noted that the celebrations were particularly meaningful because of the positive changes taking place in Sri Lanka under the leadership of H.E. the President and his Unity Government.

She stated that, the Milan Consulate established in 2016 to further bilateral relations with Italy and serve the large Sri Lankan expatriate community.

“It is particularly a matter of pride that the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Northern Italy have made a tremendous contribution to the strengthening of the relations between Sri Lanka and Italy. I take this opportunity to recognize their invaluable contribution during difficult times in our recent history” she said. "Their remittances make a significant contribution to Sri Lanka's economy."

A brief cultural programme was organized including a song by the Sri Lankan children living in Milan. The event concluded with a special meals organized by the Consulate.

On 04th February evening Consul General attended an event organized by the Comune di Baranzate in Milan to celebrate the 69th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence. The event was attended by a large number of Sri Lankans residing in Baranzate and Italian well-wishers.  

 

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Milan, Italy

05th February, 2017

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