CELEBRATION OF THE 68TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE DAY OF SRI LANKA
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai celebrated the 68th Anniversary of the Independence Day at the official residence of the Consul General on Thursday, 04 February 2016, followed by a reception on 17 February 2016 at the Trident Hotel, Mumbai.
The official ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Saroja Sirisena, Consul General, followed by the National Anthem and lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp.
Two minutes of silence was observed in remembrance of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Sri Lanka.
Multi-faith religious observances were conducted by the religious dignitaries representing the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths.
The National Day Messages of H. E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs were read.
Over 500 guests, including the Diplomatic community, Government dignitaries, Captains of industry, Sri Lankan community in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa and members of the Sri Lanka armed forces undergoing training in India participated at the evening reception.
Addressing the gathering, the Consul General stated that, the Mumbai Mission established to further trade and economic relations, remains to date a pillar in bilateral relations with India. She also emphasised that, this Mission will focus on deepening ties in all areas, including political, social and cultural ties with the three states that fall under its purview; Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
The guests at the reception were entertained by the ‘Budawatta Dance Troupe’ and Indian singer Gaurav Dagaonkar who also sang the Indian and Sri Lankan national anthems.
The reception was followed by a buffet of Sri Lankan cuisine by the chefs of Cinnamon Lakeside hotel, Colombo.
Consulate General of Sri Lanka
22nd February 2016
Representative Office of Sri Lanka in Palestine celebrates 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka
The 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated by the Representative Office of Sri Lanka in Palestine on 4th February 2016 at Grand Park Hotel in Ramallah with the participation of the large gathering of invitees. Representative Mr. M. Fawzan Anver, presided the function. Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Al- Shaer, Minister of Social Affairs of the Government of Palestine was a Chief Guest at this occasion.
Diplomats, High Officials from the President’s Office, Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Palestine, Representatives of Political Parties, members of the NGO’s organizations , Members of the Chamber of Commerce, Tea Importers, Travel Agents, Sri Lankan workers in Palestine , members of Palestine – Sri Lanka Friendship Society and well wishes graced the occasion.
Function commenced with lighting of traditional oil Lamp amidst the playing of ‘Magul Bera ‘ and followed by singing of the National Anthems of both countries. Then the religious observances were conducted.
Mr. Fawzan Anver, the Representative in his welcome speech highlighted the longstanding solidarity and friendship that exist between Sri Lanka and Palestine. He also recalled the support of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to Palestine cause for two State Solutions on the basis of relevant UN resolutions. He also explained the development activities taking place under the leadership of H. E. President Maithripala Sirisena and mentioned the remarkable achievements gained in economic, social and cultural activities of Sri Lanka. The Representative also said that the audience can see the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the event , in the meantime, all Palestinians are having Crest of Sri Lanka at their homes because they are consuming Ceylon Tea in a large scale. He further said that the event has also been organized to promote Trade, Tourism and investment activities of Sri Lanka . Finally he thanked the Government and people of Palestine for their felicitations and greetings.
Independence Day messages of the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs were read to the gathering.
The Chief Guest - Dr. Ibrahim Al- shaer, Minister of Social Affairs in his speech conveyed the greetings and best wishes to H.E. the President and the people of Sri Lanka. He also thanked for Sri Lanka’s consistent support to the Palestinian cause which had been expressed in national and international ways. Also he valued the long standing friendship and solidarity between Sri Lanka and Palestine and thanked the Representative for organizing this colorful function.
Finally a unique feature at this function was the award of “ Lanka Pranama “ ( salutation of Sri Lanka ) by Sri Lanka – Palestine Friendship Society to Dr. Nabeel Shaath, a highly educated and a distinguished citizen of Palestine.
Dr. Nabeel Shaath has been maintaining longstanding relation with Sri Lankan Former Prime Minister late Madam Sirimavo Bandaraniake. In 1971 he attended AFRO – ASIA Solidarity Moment Conference held in Cairo along with the Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike, former Prime Minister.
Mr. Fawzan Anver, Representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine also met with Dr. Nabeel Shaath in Iraq at the BAATH – Party Conference held in 2000.
Dr. Nabeel Shaath was one of the Senior Politicians of the Middle East Countries during the period of 1970.
Dr. Nabeel Shaathah in his address thanked the Representative and the Sri Lanka – Palestine Friendship Society for organizing the event . He recalled the longstanding friendly relation between Madam Srimaavo Bandaranaike and the political leaders of Sri Lanka. He also remembered the support given by the Government and people of Sri Lanka for Palestinian cause and appreciated the services rendered by the Representative- Mr. Fawzan Anver.
Information on Sri Lanka including development activities and opportunities in the trade , tourism and other economic spheres for the business community through electronic media also was disseminated during the event. A news item of the event was also telecasted on Palestine Television.
Also a Palestinian girl wearing Kandyan Dress was an attractive of the gathering.
The function concluded with the refreshments included traditional food items of Sri Lanka such as Egg Hoppers, “Katta sambol” etc; which were enjoyed by participants.
All participants were gifted with pure Ceylon Tea in a special bag printed as “Pearl of Asia – Sri Lanka”.
Representative Office of Sri Lanka