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.

Sri Lanka’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 7.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to same period last year, Department of Census and Statistics said in its Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product report released Monday.

Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade, according to a UN report which commended the country’s strong commitment to improve child health and well-being. The report ‘Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia’ by the United Nations’ children agency UNICEF analyzes the progress made over the last 25 years on nine key issues that directly affect the lives of children in South Asia.

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.

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha addressing 27th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, welcoming the new High Commissioner Zeid Bin Ra’ad Al-Hussein on his appointment, said, “his wide experience in diplomacy, in-depth knowledge of the UN system and understanding and respect for social and cultural characteristics are useful assets that will guide the work of the OHCHR, consistent with the IB package and based on the fundamental principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity, non‑selectivity, constructive international dialogue and cooperation”.

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue process with the Tamil National Alliance. In his first interview since meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, he spoke to Suhasini Haidar about the UNHRC resolution and the possibility of restarting dialogue.

Your Aug. 23 editorial “Sri Lanka’s Intransigence,” about the government’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations investigation into suspected human rights abuses during the country’s civil war, makes insensitive assertions about my country. Sri Lanka has enjoyed uninterrupted democracy since 1931. Last September we held the first election to the Northern Provincial Council,

  • 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 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.

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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