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Easter Sunday Attacks: Notice from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau

Sri Lanka Tourism is deeply shocked and saddened by the Easter attacks that took place on Sunday in Sri Lanka. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the victims and their families, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured.

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Media Release

Following the explosions that took place in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, earlier today, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as deceased at the National Hospital in Colombo stands at eleven.  The fatalities are: three (03) from India, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Turkey, three (03) from the UK, and two (02) holding US and UK nationalities.

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Third Meeting of Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF), International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) to be held in Colombo from 5 - 7 2019

Sri Lanka will be hosting the Third meeting of the Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) and the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo from 5 to 7 April 2019. Approximately (90) ninety participants representing political parties in Asia and Europe are expected to be in attendance at this International Conference.

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Statement by Hon. Tilak Marapana, PC, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka (Head of the Sri Lanka Delegation) 40th Session of the Human Rights Council 21st March 2019

The Government of Sri Lanka considers Resolution 40/L.1 mandating an extension of two years until March 2021, to make further progress on human rights, reconciliation and accountability, as a mark of recognition of Sri Lanka’s political commitment and the progressive steps already taken by the Government since 2015.

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“So Sri Lanka” won the Best Decorated International Pavilion at the 26th PTAA Travel and Tour Expo 2019 – Manila, Philippines

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) for the second consecutive year participated at the 26th Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) Travel and Tour Expo 2019 from 08 to 10 February 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila. The said Expo is the biggest annual exhibition to promote inbound and outbound tourism market in the Philippines.

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71st Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated in Manila

Sri Lanka’s 71st Independence Day was celebrated in Manila on 4th February 2019 joined by the Sri Lankan community residing in the Philippines and friends of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Residence. The official ceremony commenced with hoisting of the national flag followed by singing of the national anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil languages. Two minutes silence was also observed in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland followed by lighting the traditional oil lamp by religious dignitaries and Sri Lankans representing all communities. ...

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Promotion of “Ceylon Teas” at the International Bazaar 2018

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila with the support of George Steuarts Philippines and Basilur, participated at the 52nd International Bazaar on 25 November 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The Sri Lanka Pavilion was traditionally inaugurated by Madame Cielito Salvador Avancena, Spouse of H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines, together with Madame Maria Lourdes B. Locsin, Overall Chairperson of the International Bazaar Foundation and Spouse of Hon. Teodoro Locsin Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of ...

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“Kathina Puja” for the first time celebrated in the Philippines

Universal Wisdom Foundation Inc. with the support of the Sri Lankan community celebrated Kathina Puja at the Wisdom Park on 18 November 2018.

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Sri Lanka reiterated its commitment to promote and protect the Seafarers Rights at the Manila Conference

A Regional Meeting of Asia’s leading seafaring nations has highlighted the plight many seafarers face in the event of a maritime accident and has pledged to lead the drive towards proper and effective implementation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Labor Organization (ILO) agreed Guidelines on the Fair Treatment of Seafarers.

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

Ronnie Nathanielsz’s book ‘Reflections’ launched: Published by ABS-CBN, 31 March 2019

Friends and family of late sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz gathered for his book launch at Glorietta National Book Store on Saturday. Nathanielsz wrote the book, titled "My Reflections on 50 years in the Philippines," within a span of 7 years before his death in 2016. He was born in Sri Lanka and was granted Filipino citizenship by Ferdinand Marcos in May 1973, citing his "long and continuous service to the Filipino people in the field of journalism."

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New eats: Ministry of Crab, one of Asia's top restaurants, makes waves in Manila: Published by ABS-CBN, 26 February 2019

Ministry of Crab Manila at Shangri-La at the Fort has been making waves in the local culinary scene since its opening earlier this year. To date, the restaurant continues to win diners, thanks not only to its culinary pedigree (its home branch in Sri Lanka ranks No. 25 on the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants), but also because it seemingly fills a seafood culinary void in the manila food scene, especially in Bonifacio Global City.

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Sri Lanka president: Respect Duterte war on drugs: Published by Philippine Daily Inquirer, 20 January 2019

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena spent the last day of his five-day state visit to the Philippines at the Philippine National Police  headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, getting tips on the Duterte administration’s bloody campaign against drugs which he has consistently praised and expressed intent to emulate in his country.

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Sri Lanka president praises Duterte’s war on drugs: Published by Philippine Star, 20 January 2019

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena continued to heap praises on the government’s anti-illegal drug program as he visited the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Quezon City on the final leg of his five-day state visit in the country.

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Sri Lankan leader seeks PNP advice on drug war: Published by The Manila Times, 20 January 2019

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday paid the Philippine National Police a visit at its Camp Crame main headquarters in Quezon City to consult the PNP on how to deal with the drug menace in the South Asian country.

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