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Sri Lanka National Day Celebrations in Ottawa

 

The snow covered freezing temperature in Ottawa, did not deter the large expatriate Sri Lankan community and other special guests who attended the 66th Anniversary of Sri Lanka's National Day celebrations held on 9th February organized by the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa at the prestigious National Library & Archives Auditorium.

Following the hoisting of the National flag and other items in the official programme, Ms. Deborah Chatsis, Director, South Asia Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada  conveyed greetings of the Government of Canada to the Sri Lanka National Day. Dr Peter Meincke, President of the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada  spoke of the importance of the Commonwealth links and congratulated Sri Lanka on assuming the Chairmanship of the Commonwealth in November 2013.

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66th National Day of Sri Lanka

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High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara's interview with CTV's Power Play on 17th January 2014

 

 

Press Statement on Hon. Rathika Sitsabaiesan's Visit to Sri Lanka

The  media publicity in Sri Lanka  and Canada on the recent private visit  to Sri Lanka by the New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament Rathika Sitsabaiesan has created much controversy that needs to be clarified.

The  information reported in the media and in some of the websites that Ms. Sitsabaiesan was under house arrest was false and was confirmed by her and Canadian Government authorities. As Ms. Sitsabaiesan was on a tourist visa she had been advised not engage in political activities which would amount to flouting Sri Lanka’s immigration laws and regulations.

While Sri Lankan authorities handled this issue in a responsible manner, the statement made by Ms. Sitsabaiesan on 1st January 2014 posted in the NDP website  that she was subject to ‘political intimidation’ is erroneous and is an attempt to unfairly embarrass the Sri Lanka Government. Moreover this stated position could be indicative of her seeking to engage in political activity, and being unable to do so in the interest of abiding by Sri Lanka’s immigration laws and regulations, seems to have been interpreted by her as political intimidation.  The reference in the same statement on defending principles of human rights further  demonstrates  a self appointed role to pass judgment baselessly on a sovereign State.


After 30 long years of conflict waged by the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world, Sri Lanka is at a stage addressing the complex issues  to  bring about healing and reconciliation. Those who  genuinely wish to assist in this process should be  sensitive to the needs of  the country  and  all the people living in Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka High Commission
Ottawa
8th  January 2014
 

Ceylon Tea Promotion at the Ottawa Tea Festival

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board, for the third consecutive year organized the "Sri Lankan Pavilion" at the Ottawa Tea Festival held on 23rd November 2013 at the Ottawa Convention Centre .The High Commission's participation at the festival was another item in the continuous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the Canadian Market.

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President Rajapaksa is new Commonwealth Chair- in- Office

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed the position of the Commonwealth Chairman-in-Office succeeding the Australian Prime Minister for the next two years, at the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Colombo today (15th November 2013).

All the 53 member-countries were represented at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, officially opened CHOGM today.

The CHOGM is the Commonwealth’s ultimate policy and decision-making forum. Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues such as international peace and security, democracy, human rights, health and the environment, and to agree on collective policies and initiatives.


Sri Lanka is among the oldest members of the 54 member Commonwealth of Nations, being one of its founders since it gained independence in 1948.


President Mahinda Rajapaksa is the 5th President of Sri Lanka. He established a record in Sri Lankan political history with being the first Executive President to lead his party to a landslide victory in Parliamentary Elections held just over two months after being elected for a second term of office as Executive President with an overwhelming majority of 1,842,749, polling 6,015,934 votes in January, 2010.


This saw the Sri Lankan electorate recognizing him as the national leader who liberated the country from the terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and set the country on the path to peace, stronger democracy and rapid economic development.


He was elected as the Chairman of the eight-member South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at the 15th SAARC Summit held in Colombo in August 2008, taking over the Chair of SAARC from India. He relinquished his position at the 16th Summit to Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigmi Thinley.


He was also Chairman of G15 from 2010-2012.


President Mahinda Rajapaksa pursues a pragmatic foreign policy, committed to the principles of Non-Alignment and maintaining friendly relations with all nations.


   

Technical Exchange Mission from Sri Lanka Visits Canada

As a part an ongoing programme between  Canada and Sri Lanka, to assist the Government of Sri Lanka in implementing its Official Languages Policy, a 15 member official delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, Department of Official Languages and University Grants Commission  visited Canada from September 27 to October 11, 2013.This is the 3rd such group to visit Canada.  The visit provided opportunity for the visiting delegation to study and learn from the Canadian bilingual programme and exchange information on the implementation of the programme in Sri Lanka.
The National Languages Project in Sri Lanka is a joint initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of National languages & Social Integration. This project is managed by Agriteam Canada in association with the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute of Ottawa.

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As a part an ongoing programme between  Canada and Sri Lanka, to assist the Government of Sri Lanka in implementing its Official Languages Policy, a 15 member official delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, Department of Official Languages and University Grants Commission  visited Canada from September 27 to October 11, 2013.This is the 3rd such group to visit Canada.  The visit provided opportunity for the visiting delegation to study and learn from the Canadian bilingual programme and exchange information on the implementation of the programme in Sri Lanka.  

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Reflection of Sri Lanka

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World needs no policing by a few States – President at UNGA


The world needs no policing by a few States, particularly when the UN is mandated to ensure international security, through multilateral engagement, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on September 24th 2013, addressing the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President said it is disturbing to observe the growing trend in the international arena, of interference by some, in the internal matters of developing countries, in the guise of security, and as guardians of human rights.

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