Sri Lanka has remained free of malaria for two years – an accomplishment the Global Health Group describes as a “spectacular achievement.” During a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees recently, Dr. Richard Feachem, who is the Director of GHG of the University of California San Francisco and the Chair of the Malaria Elimination Group convened under GHG, congratulated the Government on its efforts to completely eliminate malaria.

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is now planning to transform the Trincomalee Port, which is one of the biggest natural harbors in the world, into an industrial port.

Talks under the Sri Lanka and US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement concluded yesterday in Colombo, reiterating the commitment to foster greater bilateral economic engagement. “The US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement is the premier dialogue for managing bilateral trade and investment relationship between both countries. This relationship amounts to $ 3 b” said Michael Delaney, the visiting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Central and South Asia yesterday in Colombo.

The eleventh Joint Council Meeting under the USA – Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement or TIFA was held in Colombo on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by delegations both Sri Lanka and the United States of America, including Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiyutheen and Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S. Prasad Kariyawasam.

The famous north-bound Yal Devi train resumed carrying passengers to Jaffna today (Oct. 13), after a 24-year lapse, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Northern Railway Line up to Jaffna joining theinaugural drive as a special passenger. In line with this, the Jaffna Railway Station also was opened by the President. The Jaffna railway station is now featured many modern facilities including novel communication electronic signal system.

Sri Lanka’s short-term macroeconomic outlook remains positive overall, the World Bank says. In a report released Monday (October 06) on the economic outlook in South Asian countries, the World Bank says the outlook for Sri Lanka remains positive with an expected 7.8 percent GDP growth in 2014, subdued inflationary pressures, an improving external position and further fiscal consolidation and debt reduction.

Sri Lanka will host the World Biodiversity Congress (WBC) Nov. 24-27. Given its long and active history of preserving biodiversity, it would be most appropriate for Sri Lanka to be the next host of this global event, which also marks the U.N.’s Decade on Biodiversity.

  • US-SL trade talks conclude in Colombo

    Talks under the Sri Lanka and US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement concluded yesterday in Colombo, reiterating the commitment to foster greater bilateral economic engagement. “The US-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement is the premier dialogue for managing bilateral trade and investment relationship between both countries. This relationship amounts to $ 3 b” said Michael Delaney, the visiting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Central and South Asia yesterday in Colombo.

  • President and UN Sec-Gen meet in New York

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon met for talks at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City this afternoon. Congratulating President Rajapaksa on his leadership, Mr. Ban acknowledged the progress that has been made in Sri Lanka in the years after the war and expressed his optimism that the remaining challenges would also be overcome with this type of political leadership.

  • President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the United Nations General Assembly reception

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa during the United Nations General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, on September 23. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon.

  • Depoliticise UN system and mechanism to enhance credibility – President Rajapaksa calls on member nations

    Although the role of the UN in advancing international peace, security and prosperity is crucial in the contemporary world, in order to gain the confidence and goodwill of the international community as a whole, one of the essential requirements is consistency of standards across the board without any perception of selectivity or discrimination, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

  • President Rajapaksa joins Secretary Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to extend Sri Lanka’s support to the Elephant Action Network that works toward the conservation of elephants, particularly the greatly threatened African elephants.

  • President attends 2014 Climate Summit: Calls for developed nations to help the developing to reduce impact of climate change

    Pointing out that the health of the global environment today is in need of serious attention, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday called for the developed nations to financially support the developing nations to reduce the dangers posed by the climate change.

  • AMBASSADORS’ CRICKET CUP TOURNAMENT WASHINGTON DC

    The Embassies of Cricket playing nations located in Washington DC held their annual Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup Tournament 2014 this week with a view to further promoting friendship, cooperation and camaraderie that happily exist between Cricket playing nations in the world and extending it towards the people of United States.

  • Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam inaugurates Sri Lankan Restaurant in Washington, DC

    Sri Lankan cuisine is known to be one of South Asia’s most complex. While being distinct in its own right, it draws influences from Indian, European, African, and East Asian food culture, as a result of being a major hub in the southern maritime route.

  • Embassy Celebrates Ramadan in Washington

    In commemoration of the holy month of Ramadan, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC hosted an Iftar for the Sri Lankan-American Muslims. The event was attended by several community leaders as well as US and Embassy officials.

  • Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam presents credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama

    Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, Prasad Kariyawasam, presented his credentials to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, at the Oval Office of the White House on Monday 14 July 2014. President Obama welcomed Ambassador Kariyawasam and accepted him formally as Sri Lanka’s new envoy to the United States. Reciprocating greetings to President Rajapaksa, President Obama wished Ambassador Kariyawasam success in conducting responsibilities and in his determination to promote bilateral relationship with a renewed vigor

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of no great size, yet it has an extraordinary number of facets. As Sir Arthur C Clarke remarked: “The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments – which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages.” Lovely beaches, beautiful landscapes, impressive ruins, a vibrant culture and charming people.

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government type: republic
Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions: 430km north to south, 225km east to west
Coastline: 1,340km
Area: 65,525km2
Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Independence: 4 February 1948
Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
Commercial capital: Colombo
Administrative divisions: 9 provinces; Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.
Climate: Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west
Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
National Flower The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
National parks and nature reserves area: 8,000sq.km

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