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The Consular Affairs Division wins e-Swabhimani Award

The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs won an award in the category of ‘‘government and citizen engagement’’, at the Seventh e-Swabhimani 2017 awards ceremony, held at the Hotel Galadari  in Colombo on Thursday, 30th November 2017.

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Joint Press Statement between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, President Maithripala Sirisena of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka made a state visit to the Republic of Korea from November 28 to 30 on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in.

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates visits Sri Lanka

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), arrived in Sri Lanka today as a part of his Asian Tour. Minister Nahyan was received by State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake at the Bandaranaike International Airport. During his visit, Minister Al Nahyan paid Courtesy calls on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and had bilateral discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana.

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Remarks by Hon. (Dr) Harsha de Silva, MP, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs at the Adoption of the Working Group Report of the 3rd Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka- Geneva, 17 November 2017

I would like to begin by saying how much Sri Lanka welcomed the opportunity of its 3rd Universal Periodic Review, to be able to demonstrate the importance that Sri Lanka attaches to human rights, under the National Unity Government’s Vision towards building a stable, peaceful, reconciled and a prosperous nation.

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Statement by Hon. (Dr) Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs at the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka- Geneva, 15 November 2017

I am pleased to be here today, leading the Sri Lanka delegation to our country’s third Universal Periodic Review. Sri Lanka’s delegation includes senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Office of the President, and the Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva.

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Mission Activities

“Sri Lanka Culinary Delights” at the Taste of the World at Adamson

Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila participated at the “Taste of the World at Adamson”, organized by Adamson University of the Philippines on 06th December 2017 in Manila. Showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Sri Lanka, Embassy prepared splendid Sri Lankan dishes for the thousands of students who are studying at the Adamson University.

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A Taste of “Ceylon Tea” in Manila

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila showcased “Ceylon Teas” at the 51st International Bazaar on 26th November 2017, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

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Strengthening Cooperation in Agricultural Sector with the Philippines

Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Philippines, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, paid a courtesy call to Hon. Emmanuel Piñol, Secretary (Minister), Department of Agriculture, Philippines on 26th October 2017 at the Department of Agriculture in Manila.

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Gifting of Samadhi Buddha Statue to the Wisdom Park in Philippines

Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Buddha Sasana and Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife of Sri Lanka, gifted a Samadhi Buddha Statue to the Universal Wisdom Foundation, Inc. (UWFI) as a token of goodwill to the friendly people of Philippines to promote loving kindness and peace through Buddhist principles and practices.

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Sri Lanka agreed to intensify fruitful partnership with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Sri Lanka and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which has a long history of fruitful partnerships in rice and rice based farming systems, research and training agreed to establish a host country IRRI Center in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

AMIC 2017: Rethinking communication (Published on 21 September 2017 by Philippine Star)

In 1971, the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) was established to encourage ethical and social responsibility of the media to support democratic access and participation in  media development and production. The international, non-profit, non-government organization serves as a regional research hub for media and communication issues.

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2 Asian communication icons to be honored at int'l media conference (Published on 20 September 2017 by Rappler)

Two Asian communication icons – a theorist and a practitioner – will be given one of the highest honors in the field of communication in Asia by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) on September 27 at Miriam College, Quezon City.

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Ex-teacher helps rebuild scarred lives in Sri Lanka (Published on 04 September 2017 by Philstar Global)

MANILA, Philippines -  For someone who has experienced first-hand war, violence and disaster in her home country, not to mention caring for and supporting practically all types of victims and leading survivors through the healing process, it must be easy to get disillusioned, lose hope and just give up on life.

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Photo shows the awardees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Thursday night.
Cecilia Garrucho of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association(PETA), Tony Tay of Singapore, Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka, Philippine Vice President, Maria Leonora Robredo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, Mr. Ramon Del Rosario, Abdon Nababan of Indonesia, Lilia De Lima of the Philippines and Yoshikai Ishizawa of Japan.
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5 Asian heroes, 1 theater group recognized winners of 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards (Published on 01 September 2017 by Manila Bulletin)

They address real and complex issues, take bold and innovative actions that engage others. They create outcomes that the ordinary individual can feel. They show unbelievable courage, initiative when faced with resource gaps, fight daunting adversity and strong opposition. This was how Vice President Leni Robredo described on Thursday night this year’s six winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, considered the Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize-at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

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She helped rebuild war-scarred lives (Published on 01 September 2017 by INQUIRER.net)

For someone who has spent four decades trying to help rebuild the war-scarred lives of women and children in Sri Lanka, Gethsie Shanmugam still believes in young people, who, she thinks, will create a world far better than what she has seen.

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