To mark the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), that was ratified by Sri Lanka in 1991, Parliamentarians from all political parties Thursday launched the country’s first ever Parliamentary Caucus for Children. A wide selection of parliamentarians, government officials, civil society members, media and the diplomatic corps attended the historic event supported by the UNICEF.

The Vatican on Friday released the itinerary for the pope’s trip to Sri Lanka, where he will canonize Sri Lanka’s first saint, the Rev. Joseph Vaz, a 17th-century missionary credited with reviving the Catholic faith in the country. The Pope is scheduled to visit the island from January 12-15, 2015.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday launched the construction of the Northern and Kandy Expressway, the longest highway in Sri Lanka, that will cover two thirds of land extent of the country. President Rajapaksa commenced the construction work on the first phase of the Northern Expressway yesterday laying the foundation stone first from Galagedara area in Kandy and subsequently at Rambukkana and Galewela.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has said Sri Lanka stands ready to share its experience in comprehensive demining as a ‘best practice’ with countries which are facing similar challenges.

Parliament on Thursday through a motion moved in the House gave approval to extend the time limit granted to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to formulate a political solution to the country’s ethnic issue.

Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Susil Premajayantha and Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi have jointly proposed to set up a committee to make recommendations for the achievement of the goals with regard to renewable energy.

Responding to comments made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Friday on the UN probe on Sri Lanka, The Sri Lankan government, said his office is not capable of understanding the government’s concerns on the flawed investigation.

  • UNITED STATES – SRI LANKA TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIALOGUE

    Senior officials of the Governments of the United States and Sri Lanka met recently in Colombo to continue their dialogue on trade and investment issues and for evaluating the progress under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement between the two countries. The officials discussed a wide range of issues including market access, the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, labor, trade promotion efforts, intellectual property rights, agriculture, and sector-specific investment challenges.

  • 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.

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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