High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

68th National Day of Sri Lanka 2016 in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 05 February 2016 09:58

Commemoration of the 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka in New Delhi,

4th February 2016


The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi commemorated the 68th Independence Day through a day-long celebration on 4th February 2016.


The official ceremony in the morning commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by High Commissioner Esala Weerakoon in the backdrop of the sound of the ceremonial drums (magul bera). Following the rendering of the national anthem, religious dignitaries representing all four major religions in Sri Lanka – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity - blessed the country, the leaders and the people. A two minute silence was observed in respect of national heroes of Sri Lanka and the messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera were read. The invitees, who also included the Sri Lankan expatriates in New Delhi, were hosted to a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast.


The Luncheon Reception which followed was graced by the Foreign Secretary of India Dr Subramanyam Jaishankar as the Chief Guest and was attended by a representative gathering of political dignitaries, diplomats, government officials, business leaders, Sri Lankan expatriates and media personnel. Addressing the invitees, High Commissioner Weerakoon said that the heritage of Sri Lanka and India is as old as civilization itself and that the past year has seen the bilateral relations to be of a truly transformative nature. He expressed confidence that the year 2016 will see the further enhancement of the time-tested friendship between the two countries.


The guests at the Reception were entertained to Sri Lankan traditional dance performances by Sri Lankan students of the University of Calcutta, while having the opportunity to experience the distinctive culinary skills of the renowned Sri Lankan restaurateur Chef Dharshan Munidasa and his team and also a wide array of Indian and Western cuisine by reputed chefs from ITC Maurya in New Delhi. Sri Lankan exhibits and products as well as  Sri Lankan investments and business ventures in India, namely Brandix Lanka Ltd, Dankotuwa Porcelain, Damro and Sri Lankan Airlines were showcased to enlighten the guests and provided a glimpse of the potential for greater bilateral trade and enhanced economic partnership.


In the evening the High Commission in collaboration with ITC Maurya in New Delhi inaugurated a Sri Lankan food festival titled “Flavours from the Spice Island – Sri Lanka” by Chef Dharshan Munidasa and his team. The food festival will continue till 7th February.  


Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi, 5th February 2016

Visit of Prime Minister Hon. RanilWickremesinghe to India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:33


 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arriving in New Delhi on September 14, 2015 

Visit of Prime Minister Hon. RanilWickremesinghe to India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:28
On the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe will undertake an Official visit to India from 14th to 16th September 2015. 

During the visit, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka will hold talks with his Indian counterpart and call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Indian Cabinet Ministers and political leaders are among those who are expected to call on the Prime Minister.  

Bilateral instruments on cooperation in the health sector, an Indian grant assistance for implementation of small development projects and frequency coordination for the SAARC Satellite will be initialed during the visit. 

The Official visit is the first undertaken by Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe following his election as Prime Minister consequent to the 17 August General Election. Earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena undertook a State visit to India in February 2015 and Indian Prime Minister Naredndra Modi visited Sri Lanka in March 2015.  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
13th September 2015

Foreign Minister Samaraweera briefs the diplomatic corps PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 17 May 2015 12:16


 At a meeting with the diplomatic community based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday 12 May, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera highlighted the achievements of the Government in the last four months. 

Vesak Celebrations in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:32


bakthi_Gee2015  In keeping with the Vesak tradition in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi arranged a series of events from 4th to 5th May 2015 to celebrate Vesak and also the 2559th Buddha Jayanthi  in New Delhi. 

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