INTERNATIONAL INTAKE OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS IN FACULTY OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, will accommodate 10 foreign nationals annually for the MBBS degree program. Applicants should have 3As or equivalent grades in the Bio science stream (Physics, Biology, Chemistry) in Advanced Level Examination or equivalent for entrance to the faculty. The application form to be submitted to the UGC will be available in the UGC website from March 2019 onwards.

The Medical undergraduate degree programme is recognized by UK, Australia and many other countries.


 

71ST NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN VIENNA

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna organized an official event for the Sri Lankan community on 04 February 2019 to celebrate the 71st Anniversary of National Independence Day in dignified manner at the premises of Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna, Austria.

The celebrations commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by Mrs. W. Irosha Prabhani Cooray, Chargée d' Affaires a.i. followed by the playing of the National Anthem. A group of children living in Vienna sang the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil language and performed a welcome dance.

Mrs. W. Irosha Prabhani Cooray, Chargée d' Affaires a.i. and members of the Sri Lankan community working at the UN International agencies including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations International Development Organization, the Comprehensive Test-Ban-Treaty Organization and the two officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who were on training Programme in Vienna lit the traditional oil lamp.

The multi-faith religious observances were conducted by Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Nayake Thero and Ven. Gyosei Masunaga, Rev. Geetha Nayak, Father Anthonyaiah Everest Dias and Imam Tarafa Baghajati.

National Day messages of H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President, Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister and Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs were read by the several teenagers from the community living in Vienna.

Addressing the gathering, Mrs. Mrs. W. Irosha Prabhani Cooray, Chargée d' Affaires a.i. recalled the efforts of Sri Lanka’s national heroes to gain independence and the highlighted importance of unity and harmony among all ethnicities to achieve political, social and economic goals of Sri Lanka.

The gathering was entertained by 05 dancing performances and 03 “Deshabimana Gee” which were all performed by children, teenagers and adults living in Vienna.

Sri Lankan dinner was served for around 175 members of the Sri Lankan community in Vienna who attended the event.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna
06.02.2019

SRI LANKA PARTICIPATES IN THE UNITED NATIONS WOMEN’S GUILD BAZAAR 2018 IN VIENNA

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Vienna with the support of the Sri Lankan expatriate Community, participated in the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) Charity Bazaar at the Vienna Conference Center on 16 December 2018. About 150 nations took part in the event with their stalls and more than 50,000 people visited the Bazaar. Each year from the proceeds of the bazaar, the UNWG financially supports many children’s charities in Austria and in the developing world.

At the Sri Lanka stall, delicious Sri Lankan rice and curry, sweets, savories and spices were sold. Sri Lanka Tea and Herbal Tea were also served. The proceeds of the sale were donated to the charity programmes aimed at helping children in need.

For the first time, a group of Sri Lankan performers in national costume showcased Sri Lankan cultural identity, joining the participants from Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine.



Sri Lankan Kandyan and Tamil traditional dance troupes in authentic dresses also participated in the International Cultural Performance at the Bazaar and attracted a large number of spectators.

SRI LANKA NAMED "BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO VISIT IN 2018"

We are proud to inform that “Lonely Planet”, one of the most reputed tourist guides in the world, named Sri Lanka as the “Best country in the world to visit in 2019”.

Ethan Gelber, author of the Lonely Planet “Best in Travel 2019” book writes: “Sri Lanka is decidedly having its moment in the equatorial sun and change is coming swiftly. Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness after decades of civil conflict, this is a country revived. There’s now more than ever for families, adrenaline junkies, eco-tourists, wellness seekers and foodies of all budgets. Even the north and east, including areas previously off limits, difficult to reach or lacking in services, deliver new discoveries.”

As a few countries issued Travel Advisories regarding Sri Lanka, it shall be pointed out that no incidents of violence or disruption has been reported following the recent events. The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria is labelling Sri Lanka with Security Level 2, which is the second best possible, and is the same level as attributed to the United Kingdom and France.


 

ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project) - List of disappeared Persons

MEDIA RELEASE

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009.

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which has been established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 14 of 2016 as amended by Act No. 09 of 2017) is the permanent and independent entity in Sri Lanka that is vested with the tasks of, inter alia, searching and tracing of missing persons and clarifying the circumstances in which such persons went missing, and their fate; making recommendations to the relevant authorities towards reducing the incidents of missing persons; protecting the rights and interests of missing persons and their relatives; and identifying proper avenues of redress to which such missing persons or their relatives may have recourse.

Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges and encourages anyone in Sri Lanka or overseas to kindly share with the Office on Missing Persons:

-any further/additional/detailed information pertaining to persons whose names have been listed by the ITJP and the circumstances under which they went missing;

-any other lists/information that may be available with anyone/ entity pertaining to any individuals including lists of security forces and police personnel, who may be considered to be missing, as defined by Section 27 of the Act.


Kindly direct any information available to:

Chairperson,
Office on Missing Persons,
Address: 34, Narahenpita Road, Nawala, Sri Lanka
E-mail: <ompsrilanka(at)gmail.com>


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Colombo 1

20 June 2018

The original Media Release in EnglishSinhala and Tamil can be downloaded here.

 

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