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.

 

Notice for call for Tenders

Current Calls for tenders:

Bid forms are available at the Sri Lanka Embassy in 1040 Vienna, Weyringergasse 33 - 35, 4th floor.

Procurement Notice for the Procurement for Design, Install & Commissioning of New Car Control System for 08 nos. S-9 Diesel Multiple Units (Power Sets) of Sri Lanka Railways - Procurement no. SRS/F.7608

Closing date: 24 April 2019

The Procurement Notice may be downloaded here.


Sri Lankan Lucian Pushparaj, “The Black Lion of Asia”, takes silver medal in Europe Body Building Championship

On Saturday, 19 May 2018, the Sri Lankan Champion Lucion Pushparaj, aka “The Black Lion of Asia”, participated to the Austrian International Body Building Championship in Vienna, Austria.

The current European Champion Armin Gangl was beaten to third place by Lucion who having reached the final won the Silver medal in his class. Lucion dedicated his success to his country.

Lucion brought pride to the large number of Sri Lankans who were present at the event to support him. Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Austria, Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera, and Second Secretary, Mr. Namal Wijeyamuni Zoysa also graced this occasion. Lucion’s dream to participate at this event became a reality thanks to the dedication of Mr. Shan Halamba, Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Texas and Managing Director of Riococo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and of Ceyhinz Link International Co, who was also present at the event.

Vesak

From Sunday 29 April to Wednesday 02 May 2018, the Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival, coordinated by Gangaramaya Temple, will be celebrated at the Hunupitiya, Gangaramaya Temple and at Temple Trees premises, both in Colombo.

During this Festival, Lord Buddha’s relics from Saranath (India), Gandara relics from Taxila (Pakistan) and historical Buddhist artefacts from Nepal will be exhibited.

About Vesak

At the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, which was held in 1950 in Sri Lanka, it was decided to celebrate Vesak as Lord Buddha’s birthday. This important holiday is also known under the designation of Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day and is observed by Buddhists all over the world, following a centuries-old tradition. Also United Nations are observing Vesak at its headquarters and offices since 1999.

Devotees are not only celebrating the birth of Gautama Buddha, but also his enlightenment and his passing away. Therefore, they bring simple offerings as there are flowers, joss-sticks and candles which by their nature will remind them transiency of life. Moreover, on those days, birds and other animals may be released by devotees to symbolize giving freedom to the ones who are in captivity. Buddhists are also reminded that they shall live in harmony with and respect of the faiths of other people, according to the Buddha’s doctrine.

Buddhists are celebrating Vesak to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practise loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.

In Sri Lanka, devotees will light colourful lamps (Vesak Kuudu) along the streets and in front of their homes. Those lamps signify enlightenment and freedom from darkness. Believers also set up food stalls (Dansälas) and give free food and beverages to passers-by.

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