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Address by President Maithripala Sirsena at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

It gives me great pleasure to be able to commence my address to the 72nd Session of the General Assembly while congratulating the newly appointed President and Secretary-General of the Organisation. In fact, it gives me great pleasure to address this august Assembly for the third time as the Head of State of Sri Lanka. The theme of this 72nd Session of the General Assembly is ‘Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet’.

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Sri Lanka at the High-Level Segment of the 72nd UNGA

The General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to commence on the 19th of September, on the theme “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet .  President Maithripala Sirisena will address the UN General Assembly in the afternoon of 19th September.  He will also participate at the opening session of the General Assembly in the morning of 19th September where the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, ...

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spearheads the Annual Diplomatic Training Programme - 2017 for Asia and Africa

The Annual Diplomatic Training Programme, the main feature in the calendar of the Technical Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commenced yesterday (17 September), with a welcome reception to the participants, held at the Hotel Galadari.

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attends 12th Bled Strategic Forum 2017 in Slovenia and calls for further consolidation of bilateral ties during meeting with Slovenian counterpart

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake attended the 12th Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia on 4th to 05th September 2017 at the invitation of Hon. Karl Erjavec, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. The visit was preceded by a bilateral segment on 30th August to 2nd September 2017 in the Capital Ljubljana.

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His Excellency the President signed the Gazette Notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons (OMP)

His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation today, the 12th September 2017 signed the Gazette Notification to operationalize the Office on the Missing Persons. The Office of the Missing Persons (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of 2017 comes into implementation and operation with effect from 15th September as the President has placed his signature for the Gazette Notification which ...

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Two Sri Lankan communication icons to be honored at the 25th Annual Conference of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Manila, the Philippines

Two Asian communication icons Shelton Dhavalasri Gunaratne, a former Sri Lankan journalist who is now professor emeritus of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) and Wijayananda Jayaweera, a Sri Lankan broadcaster who spent a lifetime developing community broadcasting in Asia up to the end of his distinguished career as UNESCO Director of Communication and the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), will be awarded the highest honors in the field of communication in Asia by the Asian Media Information and ...

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Promote Sri Lanka Tourism at the World Travel Expo 2017 – Manila, Philippines

For the first time, Sri Lanka will participate at the “World Travel Expo 2017” which is scheduled to be held from 06th – 08th October 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Manila, Philippines.

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Buddhist Values for Sustainable Peace by Venerable Dambara Amila Thero

Venerable Dambara Amila Thero, Senior Lecturer and Director of Ethics and Spiritual Development of Rajagala Archaeological Project of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, visited the Philippines from 07th to 09th September 2017.

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Sri Lanka- Philippines sharing knowledge in Defence Cooperation

A sixteen (16) member delegation headed by Commandant Major General Jeewaka Ruwan Kulatunga from the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) of Sri Lanka visited the Philippines from to 10th to 21st August 2017.

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Sri Lanka Volleyball Squad at the 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship 2017 in Manila, Philippines

Sri Lanka women's national volleyball team participated at the 19th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship 2017, held from 9th to 17th August 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

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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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