Childrens Art Competition
 

The International Mother Language institute (IMLI) of Bangladesh, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has organized a Children's Art Competition at the IMLI premises on 24.02.2018 as a part of the observance of the International Mother Language Day 2018.

The Sri Lankan students living in Dhaka participated at this Art Competition and received plaques and certificates for their performance.

The photographs were taken at the competition, during the prize giving and the winners with their certificates and plaques.

The Road Development Authority under the Ministry of Ministry of Higher Education and Highways of Sri Lanka has invited separate sealed bids from eligible bidders for the Improvement of B240 Kotte - Bope Road Section from Godagama to Bope (16+740 km – 28+004 km) in Colombo District. The international Competitive Bidding will be conducted in accordance with Single Stage One Envelope Bidding Procedure with post qualification.

Potential parties
who would be interested in this engagement to contact Road Development Authority to express their interest are required to submit correspondence to the following:
Project Director
Miscellaneous Foreign Aided Projects (MFAP)
Road Development Authority (RDA)
12th Floor, Wing C, Sethsiripaya Stage II
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Telephone: 94-011-2187062/3
Facsimile number: Fax: 94-011-2187063
Electronic mail address: mfapeng@yahoo.com
 
 


 
Development of Tourism in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka High Commission in collaboration with PATA-Bangladesh and SKAL International Bangladesh held a joint forum on ‘Development of Sri Lanka Tourism in Bangladesh’ on 25th February 2016 at Hotel Royal Park Residences. H.E Yasoja Gunasekera, Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Bangladesh speaking on the occasion, explained that Sri Lanka is keen to build on people to people contact between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and that the time is opportune for promoting Sri Lanka tourism in Bangladesh. Speaking of the varied tourism experiences available in Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner invited the PATA and SKAL chapters of Bangladesh to join hands with Sri Lanka to promote and increase two-way tourism traffic between the two countries. The gathering included professionals from travel operators, hoteliers, aviation and cargo sectors of Bangladesh. The event was hosted by Royal Park Residencies Pvt. Ltd.
 


Ministry of Higher Education & Highways inviting for bids on Rehabilitation and Improvement of Roads under OFID-2 Funds towards National Roads Improvement Project in Colombo District.
 
 
Applications are invited from Sri Lankan nationals or those holding dual nationality with extensive knowledge and experience in international law for the post of Legal Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka.
 
 
Please be informed that the ETA visa processing fee is revised by the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka. This revision will be implemented from 28.12.2015, 00.00hrs. (Sunday Midnight)
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC countries All other Countries Children of any nationality under 12 years of age
Methods of Submission of ETA Application Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days. Business visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days. Transit visa with Single Entry for 02 days. Tourist visa with Double Entry for 30 days. Business visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days. Transit visa with Single Entry for 02 days. --
At Sri Lanka Overseas Mission US$ 20
BDT 1640
US$ 30
BDT 2460
Free US$ 35
BDT 2870
US$ 40
BDT 3280
Free Free
On Arrival at the port of entry in Sri Lanka US$ 25
BDT 2050
US$ 40
BDT 3280
Free US$ 40
BDT 3280
US$ 50
BDT 4100
Free Free
 
Trade delegation from Sri Lanka for the International Chamber of Commerce Conference on Global Economic recovery in Bangladesh, 24-28th October 2014

Export Development Board of Sri Lanka led a Trade delegation from Sri Lanka to participate at the International Chamber of Commerce Conference on Global Economic Recovery which was held in Dhaka during 25-26th October 2014.

During the sidelines of the Conference, nine Sri Lankan companies included in the delegation participated in two Business Match-Making sessions with the members of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) at two events on 27th October 2014. The participating companies represented printed packaging products, garment and textile accessories, IT and education, food processing and electric cable sectors. The delegation also met with the senior officials of the Board of Investment of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

During their interactions with Bangladesh entrepreneurs, the Sri Lankan business personnel expressed their keen interest to invest in the potential sectors of Bangladesh. Both sides agreed that despite sharing similar basket of export goods, there is a need to complement each other’s products than to compete for the same products.

In addition to the Chamber interactions, the Export Development Board had organized separate Meeting sessions for the 12-member delegation with individual companies in collaboration with the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka High Commission in Bangladesh had also organized an interaction for the visiting delegation with the Sri Lankan entrepreneurs already established in Bangladesh on the evening of 26th October.


Interaction with the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Qazi Uddin, President of FBCCI and Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Mr.A.G Abeysekera and Ms.Chandani Rathnayake of Sri Lanka Export Development Board present at the event.


Meeting with the senior officials of Board of Investment of Bangladesh and the visiting Delegation
 

Inauguration of BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka

The Secretariat of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectorial Technical and Economic Cooperation [BIMSTEC] was ceremonially inaugurated in Dhaka on 13 September 2014 by Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh with presence of Cabinet Ministers, Members of parliament, Ambassadors and High Commissioners of BIMSTEC member countries, the Secretary General of BIMSTECforeign diplomats, Chiefs of other international Organizations and Government officials.

BIMSTEC was established on 06 June 1997 in Bangkok with four participating members and six areas of cooperation; presently it has seven member states- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal,Sri Lanka and Thailand. BIMSTEC is the first inter-governmental organization to have its headquarters in Bangladesh which attaches very high importance to regional cooperation.H.E. Mr. SumithNakandala, a Sri Lankan Diplomat was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. Opening of the Secretariat in Dhaka was the culmination of regional collective resolve of to create a better and more prosperous future and it was a historic day for Bangladesh and for BIMSTEC members states which makes the beginning of a new journey towards greater and more intense cooperation for this unique regional organization that bridge South Asia and Southeast Asia.

H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh unveiled the plaque of the BIMSTEC Secretariat at Road No. 51 in the capital’s Gulshan area. In Hon. Prime Minister’s speech she said that the BIMSTEC provides a formidable platform for developing deeper understanding and cooperation between neighbors and work for progress and prosperity of the people of the region. Sharing her thoughts on the objectives of the BIMSTEC, Hon. Prime Minister said that poverty alleviation should remain an overarching goal for BIMSTEC. Further she put forward a six point proposal, which includes poverty alleviation, cooperation in agriculture sector, making effective the framework Agreement on BIMSTEC Free Trade Area, Improvement of the regional connectivity, Cooperation in energy sector and united effort to face the challenges of climate change. Minister of Foreign Affairs, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance, and the Secretary General also addressed the gathering.

Hon. Prime Minister unveiled a commemorative stamp to mark the occasion before signing the visitor’s book. H.E. Sheikh Hasina exchanged greetings with the Heads of Mission of BIMSTEC member states based in Dhaka. Representing Sri Lanka, the occasion of inauguration was attended by Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka and the First Secretary of the Mission.

 
Asian Tourism Fair 2014 - Bangladesh from 11– 13 Sept. 2014

The 3rd Asian Tourism Fair (ATF-Dhaka) was held from 11 to 13 September, 2014 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), Dhaka. The Fair was organized by the Parjatan Bichitra in collaboration with Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) with the support of Industry Skills Council for Tourism and Hospitality sector.

Hon.Mr. Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism of the Government of Bangladesh inaugurated the ATF 2014 in presence of senior officials of the Bangladesh Government and High Commissioners of Sri Lanka and Malaysia and Ambassadors of Philippines and Nepal.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka participated at the ATF 2014 representing Sri Lanka at the event. Hon. Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism of Bangladesh also took part for the ceremonial opening of the Sri Lanka High Commission stall by lightening the traditional Oil Lamp along with Mr.A.G Abeysekera, Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh.

Apart from exhibitors from Bangladesh, over 100 tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hotels and other service providers from the private and public sectors of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, China, Bhutan and Nepal participated at the fair which attracted a large crowd.

Sri Lanka High Commission in Bangladesh
Dhaka

15 September 2014



Mr. A.G.Abeysekera, Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka addressing the gathering at the Inauguration Ceremony of the Third Asian Tourism Fair on 11 September 2014


Hon.Mr.Rashed Khan Menon, Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism of the Government of Bangladesh inaugurating the Sri Lanka High Commission booth at the fair. Mr.A.G.Abeysekera, Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka is also present


Sri Lanka High Commission stall at the Third Asia Tourism Fair
 

Hon. Lalith Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Health of Sri Lanka represents Sri Lanka at the 32nd Health Ministers’ Meeting and 67th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hon.Lalith Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Health of Sri Lanka accompanied by a senior Official level delegation represented Sri Lanka at the 32nd Health Ministers’ Meeting and 67th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 9-12 September 2014.

A group photograph of the SEARO Member Countries’ Ministers and delegates of the 32nd Health Ministers’ Meeting and 67th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in Dhaka

The two Meetings were inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister H.E Sheikh Hasina on 9 September 2014. The 32nd Health Ministers’ Meeting included Ministerial level participation of SEARO member states from Bangladesh, Bhutan, North Korea, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste and Senior Advisor level participation from Thailand and Indonesia.

The 67th session of the Regional Committee discussed some of the important issues related to the region such as "Covering every birth and death: improving civil registration and vital statistics", 'traditional medicine', 'strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and an aesthesia as a component of universal health coverage', 'viral hepatitis' and 'regional strategy on strengthening health workforce education and training' . Dhaka declaration on vector-borne diseases which spells out steps to control and eliminate vector-borne diseases in the region was adopted as the outcome of the meetings. Special emphasis was given on the need to fight vector-borne diseases like malaria, kala-azar, dengue, and lymphatic filariasis.


A group photograph of the SEARO Member Countries’ Ministers with the Chief Guest H.E Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh at the inaugural ceremony on September 09, 2014.

A sideline session on Ebola virus also featured in the four day long meetings. In a special session on Autism, Ms. Saima Wazed Hossain, Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh and the daughter of Prime Minister H.E Sheikh Hasina launched a global initiative to address the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the South-East Asia Region. During the meeting, Ms.Hossain who is an Expert of WHO on mental Health was honoured with the "Excellence Award" of the WHO in recognition to her efforts in the field of autism. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for South-East Asia, were also present with WHO experts at both the meetings.

During his stay in Dhaka, Hon. Deputy Minister of Health called on Hon. Dr. Harsha Vardhan, Minister of Health of the Government of India and discussed on a range of issues connected with health in Sri Lanka and India and of the strengthening of collaboration between the two countries in Heath sector development to counter common challenges.


Courtesy Call by Hon. Lalith Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Health of Sri Lanka on Hon. Dr. Harsha Vardhan, Minister of Health of the Government of India. Mr.A.G Abeysekera, Actg. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh is also present.

Hon. Deputy Minister also met with Managing Director of the Essential Drug Company Ltd, counterpart of State Pharmaceutical Corporation of Sri Lanka to discuss matters related to the implementation of the MOU on Procurement of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka which was signed on 23rd June 2014 in Dhaka.

Sri Lanka delegation to the WHO SEARO Meetings included Mr.A.G Abyesekera, Actg.High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, Dr.H.R.U. Indrasiri, Advisor to Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. A.J Lakkumar Fernando, District General Hospital Negombo, Dr. (Mrs) Susei Perera, Director, Ministry of Health and Mrs.Sesath Thambugala, First Secretary, Sri Lanka High Commission in Dhaka.

High Commission of Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh

13 September 2014

 
Official Visit of Hon. Bandula Gunawardhana, Minister of Education of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh, 7-9 September 2014

On the invitation of the Government of Bangladesh Hon. Bandula Gunawardhana, Minister of Education of Sri Lanka paid an Official Visit to Bangladesh during 7-9 September 2014 to attend the International Conference on Girls’ and Women’s Literacy and Education: “Foundations for sustainable development. The conference was co-organized by the Government of Bangladesh and the UNESCO in support of the UN Secretary General's Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) on the occasion of International Literacy Day 2014. Representatives from some 36 countries across the world took part in the conference. During the Conference, Prime Minister of Bangladesh handed over UNESCO Literacy Award 2014 to seven representatives of six countries from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Spain, Ecuador, South Africa and United States of America for their achievements in promoting mass literacy.



During his stay in Bangladesh, Hon.Bandula Gunawardhana called on Hon. Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister of Education of Bangladesh on 7th September 2014. Recognizing that education is catalyst for social transformation, two Ministers discussed a range of matters of mutual interest in the field of education and reiterated their commitment to work together to promote quality and equitable opportunities for education for their citizens.

Hon. Minister Gunawardhana briefed his counterpart on initiatives such as Mahindodaya Technical laboratories which are being built under the 1000 secondary schools development project in Sri Lanka. He further invited Bangladesh to take advantage of the South Asian Centre for Teacher Development in Meepe, Sri Lanka, a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. It was explained that the Centre will play a pivotal role as a knowledge and training centre for teachers to improve the quality of teaching in the South Asian region through high quality teacher development and holistic education.



Recalling his past visit to Sri Lanka, Hon.Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister of Education of Bangladesh commended Sri Lanka on the significant strides made in the field of education. Explaining challenges faced by Bangladesh in developing its education sector, Hon. Minister requested all neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka to support Bangladesh in its efforts to establish the International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka as a UNESCO Category 2 Centre, serving the region and beyond.

Dr. Mohammdad Sadiq, Bangladesh Education Ministry Secretary, Mr.A.G Abeysekera, Actg.High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh among others, was present at the meeting.

Hon. Minister of Sri Lanka also met with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and his counterparts from Bhutan, Ecuador, Burkina Faso and Deputy Minister of Education of Afghanistan during his short stay.

Sri Lanka High Commission in Dhaka
10 September 2014
 
STATE VISIT TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF BANGLADESH
BY HIS EXCELLENCY MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA, PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
FROM 18-20 APRIL 2011
 
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka paid an official visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh from 18-20 April 2011 on an invitation extended by Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh. H.E. the President was accompanied by Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, Hon. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Member of Parliament Monitoring the Ministry of External Affairs, Hon. A.H.M. Azwar, Member of Parliament, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President and senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs.

The visit was very significant concerning the bilateral trade, economic and cultural fields as well as to promote people to people contact between the two countries. During the visit, H.E. the President held wide ranging discussions with His Excellency Md. Zillur Rahman, the President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Hon’ble Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Her Excellency Dr. Dipu Moni, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka during the visit. The discussions reflected the deep rooted close friendly and cordial ties between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The official talks were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both sides noted with satisfaction that relations between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are characterized by warmth and friendliness. The two leaders were in agreement that high-level visits including at the level of the parliamentarians, especially based on Parliamentary Friendship Associations established in each of the National Parliaments, were extremely useful for promoting greater understanding and cooperation between the two countries.

During the visit, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh signed the following MOUs:

1. MOU between the Governments of the Democratic Socialist Republic fo Sri Lanka represented by the Export Development Board (EDB) and the Government of the People’s Republic fo Bangladesh represented by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) on Promotion of Exports.

2. MOU between Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP) and Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) on Promotion of Agricultural Development.

3. MOU between the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on Promotion and Development of Fisheries Sector.

4. MOU between the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) of Sri Lanka and the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on Exchange of Documentation on Vocational qualification.

5. MOU between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Exchange Programme

The ‘Joint Press Conference’ led by Hon. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka and H.E. Dr. Dipu Moni, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka on 19th April 2011 and issued a “Joint Statement” on the visit after the conference.

Further, H.E. the President attended the Buddhist Community gathering at the “International Buddhist Monastery” in Dhaka on 19.04.2011. Sri Lankan Buddhist community in Dhaka in collaboration with Bangladesh Buddhist community arranged the ceremony and a large crowd gathered. High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Dhaka arranged a ‘Breakfast Reception’ in honour of the VVIP delegation on 20th. More than 300 Sri Lankans were present at the residence to welcome H.E. the President and his delegation. His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka and Hon. (Prof.) G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs addressed the gathering.

H.E. the President’s visit became more significant with the generous donation of Sacred Hair Relics of The Lord Buddha offered by the Bangladesh Buddhist Society in Chittagong on behalf of the people of Bangladesh and which was received by His Excellency the President with great honour on 19th April 2011. The Sacred Hair Relics of The Lord Buddha is now respectfully placed in Gangaramaya Temple, Hunupitiya, Sri Lanka for public veneration.
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Visit by the First Lady of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh
 
On a special invitation extended by the Government of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived in Dhaka on Sunday 24 July 2011 on a three-day official visit to participate in the five-day conference on ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in Bangladesh and South Asia’. The conference lasted for two days and took place in Bangladesh with the participation of representatives from 18 countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Indonesia, Nepal and Thailand.

Her Excellency (Dr.) Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and Mrs. Saima Wazed Hossain, daughter of the Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, warmly welcomed the Sri Lanka’s First Lady at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

On July 25, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Hon. Prime Minister of Bangladesh inaugurated the conference while Indian ruling Congress Party president Her Excellency Sonia Gandhi was the chief guest. Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa addressed the two-day international conference on autism at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka to seek ways to enhance autism related services in Bangladesh as well as in the South Asian region. During her speech she mentioned the action initiated by the Sri Lankan Government to establish a separate ministry on their behalf and ensure their future security earned accolades from the women leaders of South Asia. The First Lady also accorded her thanks for the warm welcome extended to herself and her retinue. Speaking further, the First Lady pointed out that this conference would facilitate a broader dialogue regarding the welfare and development of mentally handicapped children, and ways of extending aid to such children and their families. She also stated that awareness in this regard within the South Asian region remains low and educating communities across the region has become a timely need. First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa submitted reasons to the conference under six categories to draw the attention of the world community on action that should be adopted to care for children who are facing deficiency in mental growth in the Asia and for their future welfare. This statement came in for high acclamation from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheik Hassina and Head of India’s National Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi.

During her visit to Bangladesh, Sri Lankan First Lady Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa also met with H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh at her official residence. Madam Rajapaksa was warmly greeted by the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, and had discussions in friendly manner. Madam Rajapaksa described the activities being carried out for the welfare of Sri Lankan children and women by the “Siriliya Saviya and Carlton Suwa Udana” social welfare programme which works to provide relief for the Sri Lankan public. The Honorable Bangladeshi Prime Minister expressed her praise for this programme and also she expressed her appreciation of the “Siri Liya Sevana” project, started by the First Lady, which works to provide aid for children who have lost their parents due to terrorist activities.

During her stay in Dhaka, the Sri Lankan First Lady visited the Shishu Educational Institute. She visited street children under the project of Early Learning for Child Development and she spent that evening with them by seeing their performances at the cultural show. Madam Rajapaksa had a discussion with the Hon. State Minister of Women and Children Affairs and handed over gifts to the Institute.

His Excellency the Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Bangladesh hosted a welcome dinner reception on 24 July at his residence. During the reception Madam Rajapaksa had an opportunity to interact with the members of Sri Lanka Association of Bangladesh [SLAB], Sri Lanka Women Association [Seva Vanitha Unit] and the Sri Lanka – Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SLBCCI). The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission also arranged a dinner reception on the day before her departure.

On Wednesday 27 July 2011, H.E. A.S.M. Rahul Haq, Hon. Minister of Health of Bangladesh arrived at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka to express the gratitude of his Government for Madam Rajapaksa’s participation. During this tour, the First Lady of Sri Lanka succeeded in taking to the global community the programme mooted in Sri Lanka for the security of women and children as well as their future.
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63rd Independence Day Celebrations in Bangladesh
 

The 63rd Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence was observed in Dhaka at the Sri Lanka High Commissioner’s Residence on February 4, 2011 in three segments.

The first segment consisted the hoisting of the national flag by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Sarath Kumara Weragoda took place amidst the beating of Magul Bera witnessed by a large gathering of the Sri Lankan community. Clergy representing Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians along with the Sri Lankan Military officers on training in Bangladesh, were also a part of this ceremony.

This was followed by the playing of the National Anthem, lighting of the traditional Oil Lamp and reciting Jaya Mangala Gatha. A two-minute silence was observed in honor of the National Heroes of Sri Lanka followed by religious observances carried out by the respective clergy.

The President’s Independence Day Message was read out in Sinhala, Tamil and English followed by the High Commissioner’s address.

A Reception was hosted for the Diplomatic Corps at the same venue. Among the other dignitaries were the former President of Bangladesh, Chiefs of the Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force. The Government of Bangladesh was represented by Hon. Rezaul Karim Hira, Land Minister as Chief Guest and Mrs. Karim.

Welcoming the gathering, H.E. the High Commissioner said that the country is rapidly moving towards making Sri Lanka the Wonder of Asia, under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Land Minister said that the two countries enjoy a firm bond of friendship based on identical views on politics, democracy, human rights and common interests in areas of art, culture and sports.

The third segment was a reception coupled with a musical evening, sponsored by the Sri Lankan community. The function saw a gathering of over 300 guests.

The Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Chittagong, Mr. Javed Kaiser Ally also celebrated the occasion in the morning and hosted a dinner for the Sri Lankans living in Chittagong.

 
Musical Evening - “Gee Saraniya” by Visharada Nanda Malini
Friday, 24th September 2010
at
Shilpakala National Theatre, Dhaka at 6.00 p.m.

Sri Lanka Women’s Association (Seva Vanitha) - Dhaka of the Sri Lanka High Commission has organized a musical evening with Visharada Nanda Malini on Friday, 24th September 2010 at 6.00 p.m. at the Shilpakala National Theatre.

All proceeds from this show will go to charity projects in Sri Lanka and in Bangladesh.

The High Commission requests all Sri Lankans to join in this charity show. For reservation of tickets please contact the High Commission.


High Commissioner assumed duties

H. E. Mr. W. A. Sarath K. Weragoda presented credentials as the High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Bangladesh to His Excellency Md. Zillur Rahman, President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on 22nd April 2010.


Mr. Weragoda received his primary education at St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota (Sri Lanka) and the secondary education at the Central College, Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka). After which he read for a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts at the Vidyodaya University (subsequently renamed as University of Sri Jayawardenapura). Mr. Weragoda was then selected to the Sri Lanka Law College, (Colombo) and was called to the Bar as an Attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in December 1974.
Over a period of 35 years, Mr. Weragoda has developed an extensive and successful practice in the Courts of First Instance, in the areas of Family Law, Property, Delictual (Contracts/Damages) and Administrative Law. Since the establishment of the Provincial High Courts (exercising Civil Appellate Jurisdiction) in 2007 for the effective disposal of civil appellate disputes, Mr. Weragoda has handled a significant portion of the cases at the Provincial High Court (Civil Appellate) of the Western Province at Avissawella, being one of the most eminent Counsels in that jurisdiction. Mr. Weragoda set aside his active practice when he accepted the appointment of High Commissioner (Designate) in Bangladesh.
 
Mr. Weragoda was the President of the Avissawella Branch of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (1986) and the Zonal Vice President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka for several years. Mr. Weragoda, over the last three decades has taken an active role in the maintenance and progression of the high standards and traditions of the Bar among his peers and a whole new generation of advocates and legal officers in Sri Lanka.
 
 
 
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