The founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates has said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has taken effective steps to invest in Information Technology to empower the people with IT knowledge to ensure speedy socio-economic progress of the country is an example for other world leaders to emulate.

Sri Lanka is concerned about non state actors that can destabilise countries, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States Prasad Kariyawasam said yesterday. “We take every possible measure to ensure that non state actors do not have the capacity to harm the very social fabric of the country,” he said.

In a satellite photo of the Indian Ocean, the nation of Sri Lanka looks like a mere dot southeast of India. But to the extent that geography can be destiny, this nation of 21 million has a key position in international politics. More than two-thirds of the world’s petroleum pass through these waters, as does an increasing share of the Western world’s trade with a dynamic Asia. Sri Lanka is now the fastest growing economy in South Asia, but its path to recent prosperity has been anything but easy.

The Sri Lanka Army at the request of the UN, has established its first-ever SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Bor, South Sudan, under the UN Mission in South Sudan. Establishing the hospital with ultra-modern facilities and medical equipment, all supplied and installed by the Sri Lanka Army, has been reportedly hailed as ‘one of the fastest and well-planned projects.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his condolences on the passing away of Dr Ananda W. P. Guruge at Rosemead, California, USA. Dr Guruge was an erudite speaker and writer on Buddhism, who did a yeomen service to propagate the teachings of Buddhism abroad, the President said in his condolence message.

World Justice Project, based in Washington DC, in its 2014 Rule of Law Index has ranked Sri Lanka 48th among 99 countries assessed by the Project. WJP Rule of Law Index is an assessment tool that offers a comprehensive picture of adherence to the rule of law, using experts and general populations of countries to assess issues of government accountability, fundamental rights, openness of government and access to justice.

The Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dr. Rakesh Mohan called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday at Temple Trees. Commenting on the Government’s initiatives toward rapid infrastructure development, Dr. Mohan said that it was a very wise decision to put in place development plans that focus on the medium and long term and not just the short term.

  • 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 LANKAN EXHIBITORS OF CEYLON TEA AT NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST FOOD AND BEVERAGE FAIR, 2014 SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW

    Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC and the Sri Lanka Tea Board organized the Sri Lankan pavilion at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest food and beverage fair, which was held from June 29 to July 1, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York.

  • Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam Presents Letters of Credence to Acting Chief of Protocol

    Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Appointed Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States of America, presenting copies of his Letter of Credence to Acting Chief of Protocol Ms. Natalie Jones, at the US Department of State on June 26, 2014 in preparation for the formal presentation of Credentials to President Obama on July 14, 2014.

  • AMBASSADOR PRASAD KARIYAWASAM ASSUMES DUTIES AS AMBASSADOR (DESIGNATE) FOR SRI LANKA TO THE UNITED STATES

    Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam assumed duties at the Embassy of Sri Lanka to United States at Washington D.C. on June 23, 2014. President Obama is scheduled to receive Ambassador Kariyawasam on July 14, 2014 at the Oval Office of the White House at a Ceremony accepting the Credentials of the new Sri Lankan envoy.

  • EMBASSY OF SRI LANKA WASHINGTON D.C. OBSERVES VESAK

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka together with the Sri Lankan Buddhist Community in the greater Washington area observed this year’s Vesak Poya Day on May 13th, 2014 in the Embassy premises. The Buddhists around the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha on Vesak day, which is the most important religious festival for Buddhists.

  • THE U.S. SPONSORED RESOLUTION ON SRI LANKA AT THE UNHRC IS DETRIMENTAL TO LASTING PEACE IN SRI LANKA – SRI LANKAN AMERICANS INFORM THE U.S. SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    A large group of Sri Lankan- American voters representing multiple states gathered at Capitol Hill to meet their Members of Congress in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on March 26. The purpose of the meeting was to express their serious concerns over the resolution against Sri Lanka sponsored by the United States at the UNHRC for the third consecutive time.

  • STAND UNITED TO FIGHT FALLACIES AGAINST YOUR MOTHERLAND – AMBASSADOR JALIYA WICKRAMASURIYA TO SRI LANKAN – AMERICANS

    A historic opportunity has arrived for the sons and daughters of Sri Lanka living in the United States to support their motherland, says H.E. Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US. Addressing nearly one thousand Sri Lankan-Americans gathered at the auditorium of the University of District of Columbia on February 8, 2014, the Ambassador expressed that their solidarity with Sri Lankan people is needed more than ever at this important time in Sri Lanka’s history.

  • THE 66TH INDEPENDENCE DAY OF SRI LANKA CELEBRATED WITH ELEGANCE IN WASHINGTON DC

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC has organized a series of events to celebrate the 66thAnniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence in Washington DC. The Official Ceremony was held at the chancery on February 4th with the participation of representatives of the Sri Lankan-American community.

  • US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, met with Prof.G.L.Peiris

    Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, met with Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs yesterday (31) at the ministry.

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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