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!
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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
Vietnamese stocks experienced a volatile week with three deep bearish trading sessions among low overall liquidity due to massive sell-offs by foreign investors. The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange increased by 1.42 per cent to close Friday at 983.17 points, posting a weekly decline of 3.28 per cent. The HNX Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange gained 1.65 per cent to end last week trading at 111.98 points, but falling 3.37 per cent on-week. Foreign selling pressure weighed on the stock market, negatively affecting the sentiment of domestic investors. Foreigners sold a net value of over VND480 billion (US$21 million) on the two bourses; VND398.9 billion on the HOSE and VND81.8 billion on the HNX. According to a report by SSI Research, foreigners were net sellers last week because they had adjusted their investment portfolios to balance their lists by selling out old shares to purchase new ones. For example, FTSE Vietnam ETF and VNM ETF’s recent reviews of their … [Read more...] about Stocks experiences a volatile trading week
Sri Lanka's jinxed second international airport was left without a single scheduled flight from Friday (Jun 8) after the only airline using the remote facility scrapped its daily service. Taken on Mar 18, 2013, a Sri Lankan airline's Airbus A-340 carrying former president Mahinda Rajapakse lands at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala. (Photo: AFP/Ishara S Kodikara) Dubai's flydubai gave no reason for the pullout from Mattala International, built by former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse and financed with Chinese loans. The airport - a five-hour, 250-kilometre (150-mile) drive from the capital Colombo - is located inside a wildlife sanctuary and smack in the middle of a migratory route for birds. Several aircraft have hit birds since it opened in 2013 and two years ago the military deployed hundreds of troops to clear deer, wild buffalo and elephants off the sprawling facility. The airport, which cost an initial US$210 million and employs some 550 … [Read more...] about No more flights from Sri Lanka’s second airport
Zuckerberg recently replied to activists in Myanmar who have spent years pushing Facebook to do more to clamp down on hate speech. (Photo: AFP/SAUL LOEB) In a week that saw the Facebook CEO field questions in Washington over privacy breaches and election interference, angry online warriors have thrust Myanmar and its volatile social situation into the forefront of the debate on how to fix the platform. They say Facebook is used as a tool to spread incendiary posts, bringing bloodshed to the largely Buddhist country that has expelled some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh since late last year. "It's not just problematic. It's dangerous and they need to take more responsibility," said Htaike Htaike Aung, executive director of MIDO, which promotes digital rights. While battling power outages from their front-room office in a Yangon suburb, they penned a letter along with five other Myanmar groups to Zuckerberg questioning his recent assertions about combatting hate speech in the … [Read more...] about Angry Myanmar activists grab Zuckerberg’s attention on hate speech