The bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Australia, which have been extremely cordial for the last seven decades, have seen an upswing in recent years. The cooperation was extended to security sector with participation in military, air and especially naval exercises in the Indian and Pacific oceans and the two navies worked in close cooperation in combating human smuggling.
Speech by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the 2nd Session of the Leader’s Roundtable of the Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation, 15th May 2017 in Beijing, China
KANDY (MAHANUWARA) DECLARATION MADE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE 14TH UNITED NATIONS VESAK DAY CELEBRATION AND CONFERENCE HELD IN SRI LANKA FROM 12TH TO 14TH MAY 2017
Whereas United Nations 14th Vesak Day Celebrations and Conference were ceremonially commenced at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) Colombo on 12th May 2017 with the blessings of most Venerable Mahanayaka Theros in Sri Lanka and most Venerable Sangaraja Theros from overseas, members of Maha Sangha and other religious dignitaries from many parts of the world representing 72 countries, and Hon. Narendra Shri Modi, Prime Minister of Republic of India gracing the event as the Chief Guest while His Excellency Maithreepala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka and Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka participating the occasion; and
Adventure Tourism and Adventure Training is fast becoming a popular industry. The Central Project Management Unit of the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs, in furtherance of their Tourism development initiative and the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office, together with the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Board recently convened a meeting of service providers and regulators in the sector. The idea was to promote self-regulation.
Given below is the announcement made by the Cabinet Sub Committee on Granting Measures of Relief to Media Persons Who were Subjected to Various Harassments and Oppressions during the period 2005 - 2015
According to the records of archaeologists, Katchatheevu Island had emerged from water over 115,000 to 130,000 years ago. The Portuguese had first administered this island during their reign in the Island nation and Sri Lanka has been exercising sovereignty and jurisdiction over Katchatheevu and its adjacent waters without interruption. The church on the island is said to be built in early 1900s, dedicated to St. Anthony who is considered to be the Patron Saint of fishermen.