The Laos Foreign Affairs Ministry had confirmed that, with effect from August 1, Sri Lankan citizens holding valid travel documents could apply for visa on arrival at international border checkpoints in Laos, a statement issued by the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said, yesterday.
The US is committed to working with civil society, international organizations, and the Sri Lankan government to combat trafficking in persons in the country, a diplomat of the US Embassy on Monday said. Robert Hilton, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy said this while delivering a speech at an event organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Office in Colombo in view of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland arrived in the country this afternoon on a four-day official visit. The Foreign Affairs Ministry earlier said this was her first visit to Sri Lanka since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016.
The Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) policy consultation supported by the Korean Exim Bank to set up a master plan for the establishment of an advanced automated taxation system for Colombo Municipality has been successfully carried out from February to July 2018 and the final dissemination seminar was held on 26th July in Colombo with the participation of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) officials including the Deputy Municipal Commissioner Mrs. Thamara Mallawarachchi.
Large telescopes in the University of Colombo will be open to the General Public on 31st July 2018 to watch Planet Mars as well as the most beautiful planet Saturn till 10.00 p.m. The public can visit the Colombo University playground from 7-10 pm on 31st if the sky is free from clouds.
Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka last week visited Citra - Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab - to discuss the collaborative initiatives between the Ministry and the Innovation Lab.
Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prasad Kariyawasam represented Sri Lanka in the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo from July 24-26 at the Department of State in Washington D.C.
The Sri Lankan National Border Management Committee (NBMC) has launched a new border management strategy with technical assistance from IOM, the UN Migration Agency.Endorsed in May this year by the Cabinet of Ministers, the strategy proposes moving towards an integrated border management environment.
Sri Lankans would have a rare opportunity to observe the longest total lunar eclipse in the 21st century tonight and the early hours on tomorrow. The Colombo University Astronomy and Space Science Unit Director Prof. Chandana Jayaratna said the total duration of the eclipse is 6 hours and 14 minutes.