Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Mr. Filippo Grandi, at the UNHCR Headquarters, on 15 August 2018.Recalling the long-standing, productive partnership between Sri Lanka and the UNHCR, High Commissioner Grandi remarked that at a time when there were many challenges around the world, Sri Lanka stood out as a country, which has achieved significant progress in resettlement of returning refugees and IDPs as well as in addressing issues of statelessness.
Vehicles imported on Letters of Credit (LCs) opened after July 13, 2018, should undergo a pre-shipment Emission Inspection and Certification, an Extraordinary Gazette Notice dated August 10 said. “Motor vehicles, which do not comply with the said Emissions Standards and Safety Measures/Standards, shall be re-exported by the importer(s) at his own cost,” the notice said.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had been admitted to the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi for the past few weeks, died on Thursday. He was 93. “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 05:05 pm on August 16, 2018,” a statement released by the AIIMS read.
Since, it has been observed that the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention is a subject which is directly related to the National security, the need has arisen to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Act No.58 of 2007, for the Minister of Defence, to function as the Minister entrusted with the duty of implementing the convention. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to publish the bill drafted to amend the above Act, in the Government Gazette and subsequently to present the same in Parliament, was approved by the Cabinet.
The 15th Exporters’ Forum chaired by State Minister of International Trade, Sujeewa Senasinghe was held on August 14, 2018 at the EDB Auditorium.The session provided a platform for the exporters representing a cross-section of industries to interact with relevant Government institutions and seek responses to their trade issues.
Sri Lankan Airlines has decided to suspend Flights from Katunayake to Cochin, India until further notice. The Media Spokesperson of the Airline, Deepal Perera stated that there is one flight which travels to Cochin daily.Due to the prevailing weather condition, the Cochin airport has been closed until Saturday (August 18).For further details regarding the flights, the Cochin Airport Office in India can be contacted through 00914842611313 or the Sri Lankan Office at Cochin city can be contacted through 00914842362042.
Having successfully wrapped a three decades’ run, Sri Lanka’s foremost apparel training body is to expand to the South Asian region next. Meanwhile, for Sri Lanka to sustain its apparel advantage over the longer term, it needs to think beyond its low cost of labour.
The U.S. Department of State yesterday announced it will provide about $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities,” it said in a statement
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul in partnership with the Myung Won Culture Institute facilitated the participation of the Director General of the Sri Lanka Tea Board Anura Siriwardhana as a special guest at the 2018 Myung Won World Tea Expo held from 02-05 August 2018 at the COEX in Seoul. Director General Siriwardhana made a presentation at the Expo on “Ceylon Tea” followed by a tea tasting event on Friday 03 August 2018, which was well received by a packed gathering of Korean tea professionals.