Keynote address delivered on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the London Buddhist Vihara & the 152nd birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala on 17th September 2016 at the London Buddhist Vihara by Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, Deputy High Commissioner -Sri Lanka High Commission, London. (Transcript of Speech)
Sri Lanka showcased a premium collection of gems and jewellery items during the 2016 edition of the International Jewellery London (IJL), the biggest jewellery show in the United Kingdom, which was held from 4th to 6th September at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London. The display took place under a national pavilion organised by the National Gem & Jewellery Authority and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London with the aim promoting Sri Lankan gems and jewellery in the international market with special emphasis on the UK.
The Government has today, 1 June 2016, issued a circular ending the restrictions placed in March 2011 on the issuance of passports to Sri Lankan citizens resident abroad who, at different times, were compelled to leave Sri Lanka due to conflict or political reasons.
As a result of heavy rain prevailing in Sri Lanka over the last few days resulting in floods and landslides, a large number of people in Sri Lanka have been displaced and many lives lost. The relief and rescue operations are being conducted by the Ministry of Disaster Management with the support of the tri-forces and other agencies.
President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in London on 11th May 2016 and was received on arrival by Deputy Lieutenant to Her Majesty the Queen, Bruce Holder, Special Representative of the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Kathryn Colvin, Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna and the staff of the High Commission.
As you may be aware that Sri Lanka is taking part in various international sportsevents being held in different countries and regions. The Ministry of Sports has identified the major events due to take place in the next three years as follows: