By AFP  May 13, 2019 | 02:18 pm GMT+7 Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the suicide bombings. Photo by AFP/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi Sri Lanka blocked access to Facebook and WhatsApp on Monday after a posting sparked anti-Muslim riots across several towns in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide attacks. Christian groups attacked Muslim-owned shops in the northwestern town of Chilaw on Sunday in anger at a Facebook post by a shopkeeper, police said. Security forces fired in the air to disperse mobs, but the violence spread to nearby towns where Muslim businesses were also attacked. Sri Lanka has been on edge since the April 21 attacks by jihadist suicide bombers on three hotels and three churches which left 258 dead. Police said a night curfew in Chilaw and nearby areas was relaxed Monday, but the social media ban was brought in to prevent incitement to violence. "Don't laugh more, 1 day u will cry," was posted on Facebook by a Muslim … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka blocks social media after anti-Muslim riots
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Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!
Hanoi inaugurates Sri Lanka ceramic painting on Ceramic RoadThe Saigon Times Daily The opening ceremony was attended by Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Dissanayake, Indonesian Ambassador Ibnu Hadi, Venezuelan Ambassador Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, representatives of the Hungarian Embassy and Friends of Vietnam Heritage, and local authorities - PHOTO: VNA HCMC - The Embassy of Sri Lanka and Tan Hanoi Art Company inaugurated a ceramic painting depicting the South Asian country's natural and cultural beauty on Hanoi Ceramic Road last week, Nhan Dan newspaper reports. The painting measuring 12 meters in length and 1.6 meters in height was created by artists of Tan Hanoi Art Company based on the idea of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in one month. The center of the painting is an image of the Lion Rock fortress, or Sigiriya, a treasure of Sri Lanka that has been recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, the site was selected by … [Read more...] about Hanoi inaugurates Sri Lanka ceramic painting on Ceramic Road
The Hanoitimes - Chairman of the Hanoi People`s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung said that this is a successful working term of Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke. Party General Secretary vows to share development experience with Sri Lanka Prime Minister hosted reception for RoK, Sri Lankan Ambassadors Hanoi strengthens cooperation with Sri Lankan businesses Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung on January 23 hosted a reception for Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke, who came to say goodbye before ending her tenure. Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung received the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam, Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke, who came to say goodbye before ending her tenure. Photo: Ha Phuong At the meeting, Ambassador Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke said, during the her term as ambassador, the cooperative relationship between … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s leader bids farewell to outgoing Sri Lanka ambassador
The art work, which is 12 metres long and 1.6 metres high, was adapted by artists from Tan Hanoi Art Company from the outline of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau to ceramic material and implemented within a month. The centre of the painting is an image of the stone fortress, also known as the "lion rock" of Sri Lanka, which has been recognised as a world heritage by UNESCO. The work also features a peacock, Ceylon panther and the daily life of Sri Lanka. Speaking at the ceremony, Hasanthi U. Dissanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam, shared: “I have a special sympathy for the project of Hanoi Ceramic Road by artist Nguyen Thu Thuy. The project is highly humanistic as it brings joy and art to the public, embellishing the street space with traditional Vietnamese materials. I have fulfilled my wish after a three-and-a-half-year tenure as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam to convey the sentiments of the Sri Lankan people to the Vietnamese people through the ceramic … [Read more...] about Work on Sri Lanka on Hanoi Ceramic Road unveiled