All segments of society will receive reliefs in the form of salary increases, tax concessions, price reduction of consumer items, interest hike for savings, pension benefits and diverse subsidies and concessions. Presenting the Budget for 2015 in his capacity as Finance Minister, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the country is rapidly advancing towards its desired objectives as a economic foundation has been laid during the last 10 years.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning will present the 2015 budget to parliament today (October 24) for its first reading. The President and the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P.B. Jayasundara reviewed the budget proposals at the Temple Trees on Wednesday.

The government yesterday said the recent statements by interested parties on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE at the European Court seeking the lifting of sanctions are based on an inaccurate premise. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said from the outset of the case being filed the Government of Sri Lanka took action most effectively and provided material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis.

The festive day of Deepavali, which underlines the great spiritual values of Hinduism, is filled with the spirit of love and devotion, and is an occasion for Hindus to strive for greater spirituality, foster understanding among communities, and increase harmony among people, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

New infrastructure being built across the country is the most visible evidence of the peace dividend Sri Lanka has been enjoying since the end of nearly three decades of conflict. The country has been pursuing an ambitious goal to be a “five-hub economy” built around the aviation, maritime, energy, commerce and knowledge sectors.

The Ministry of Education, with assistance from the Republic of Korea, recently renovated 13 schools in the Kilinochchi District. Situated in a district that was once home to the headquarters of the LTTE, these schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.

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.

  • 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.


    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,

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