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.
66th National Day of Sri Lanka
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
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.
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.
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.
Reflection of Sri Lanka
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.
- Sri Lankan Government Scholarships for foreign students
- Mirrored Images – An Anthology of Sri Lankan Poetry Edited by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Launched in Canada
- High Commissioner’s interview with Boston Lanka News Channel
- Press Statement issued by High Commissioner on the recently concluded Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group ( CMAG) meeting and related developments.
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