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Sinhala & Tamil New Year Celebrations at the Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:00

sulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year on 15th April 2018 at the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney with a section of Sri Lankan University students including Australian Award scholars studying in Sydney.

Sri Lankan flag was flown in the historic Royal Botanical Gardens overlooking Opera House and the Habour Bridge, iconic landmarks of Sydney. Consul General Mr Lal Wickrematunge welcomed the gathering highlighting the importance of celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in unison and invited the guests to enjoy the wide spread of traditional sweets, performances and the array of new year games.

Ms. Varuni Wickermasinghe and Mr Dushan Ranasinghe from the University of Sydney performed a New Year song while Ms Ishi Yogya from the Western Sydney University performed a folk song. All the guests took part in Aurudu Games including musical chairs, identifying the special guest, lime and spoon race, blindfold feeding, musical hats and tug o’ war.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney University and members of the community were also present. Last year as well the Consulate General celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year with the Sri Lankan University students which offered them a platform for networking.

The main community Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration ‚ÄúSunfest‚ÄĚ was held on 14th April 2018 organised by the Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW Inc with other community associations including Sri Lanka Association and Austra-Lanka Muslim Association. Consul General participated as the Chief Guest and the Consulate General conducted a stall to provide information about the consular services, travel and trade in Sri Lanka.

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"Buddha Rashmi" National Vesak Festival 2018

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:58

Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival coordinated by Gangaramaya Temple and the Prime Minister's Office will be held from 29/04/2018 to 02/05/2018 at the Hunupitiya Gangaramaya Temple and Temple Trees premises, reflecting the teachings of Lord Buddha and traditional Buddhist culture.

In addition to vesak lanterns, pandols and Vesak illuminations highlighting the Buddhist stories, festival will also consist number of events including exposition of Lord Buddha's Relics from Saranath, India, Gandara Relics from Taxila, Pakistan and historical Buddhist artefacts from Nepal.

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70th Independence Day Celebrations of the Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Sydney, Australia

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:14

The 70th Independence Day of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was celebrated by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney, Australia on Monday, 5th February 2018 at the Great Hall of The University of Sydney.

The event commenced with a reception held on the North Lawn adjoining the Great Hall of The University of Sydney where 400 plus guests were treated to Sri Lankan food.

The evening’s proceedings commenced with the singing of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka followed by the National Anthem of Australia.  The traditional oil lamp was lit by the Hon. Scott Farlow, Parliament Secretary to the Premier in the Legislative Council representing the Premier and the Minister for Multiculturalism and Disability Services of the New South Wales,  High Commissioner of Sri Lanka H.E. Somasundaram Skandakumar, Ms Rhonda Piggott, Director of New South Wales State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and Ms Jane Louise Connolly, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps representing the Consuls General attended and dignitaries. 

Religious blessings were performed by Venerable Pundit Meegahakumbure Dhammagavesi Thero, Chief Prelate of the Malwatta Chapter of the Siamese Sect in Australia, Rev. Father Chaminda Wanigasekera, Mr. Ubaidur Rahman Mahmood and Kurukkal Arumugam Iyer.  Two minutes silence was observed to commemorate all who sacrificed their lives serving the Nation. The message of His Excellency the President was read by Mr. M.M. Abdul Raheem, Consul (Commercial). 

 

The Consul General welcomed the invited guests who included Members of NSW Parliament; Consuls General accredited to New South Wales, friends of Sri Lanka and expatriate Sri Lankans.  Consul General commended the Sri Lankan expatriate community, majority consisting of professionals in wide and varied disciplines performing at high levels, apart from blending very well with the community at large, as expressed, time and again by the Australian Government authorities.  He also welcomed the spirit of reconciliation shown by the different ethnic groups of Sri Lankan origin in New South Wales and Queensland.  He urged them to move beyond by sharing their professional experiences and knowledge with Sri Lankan counterparts.  The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in his address endorsed what the Consul General has stated in his welcome speech and added that Sri Lanka has had many achievements as well as setbacks since independence, and it was time for all Sri Lankans to reach their true potential and the nation itself to move towards a highly developed country.  He stated that all be treated equally and with equal opportunity Sri Lanka would develop.  Sri Lanka gifted with many resources is expected to grow now that reconciliation and unity is in the forefront of governance.

 

Hon. Scott Farlow, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier stated that he has had great connections with expatriate Sri Lankans from his school days and regarded them as a highly intelligent people who have contributed towards the development of Australia. He congratulated Sri Lanka on reaching 70 years of independence and wished the people more strength and courage in their forward journey.

 

Ms Rhonda Piggott, State Director of DFAT too congratulated Sri Lanka on achieving this milestone and recounted the people to people friendships and collaborations in the fields of commerce, agriculture, education and border protection amongst cultural and sporting ties to be the highlights of the two countries.

 

Dr. Siran Deraniyagala, the Keynote Speaker shared his vast knowledge in the field of Archaeology and Sri Lanka’s Pre-history through a detailed Power Point presentation which was well received by the large audience.

 

A song from the Sinhala Movie ‚ÄėHithaka Pipuna Mal‚Äô, lyrics by Fr. Marcelline Jayakody, music by Dr. Shelton Premaratne, reproduced by Mr. Agra Premaratne was harmonised by Ms Ishi Yogya and Ms Their Kulatilake, which was hailed by the audience.

The song was followed by a dance choreographed and presented by Ms Anandavalli of Lingalayam Dance Company with three dancers performing an evocative¬† movement to the strains of ‚ÄúDanno Budunge‚ÄĚsung by the Acapella Group Voice Print who were flown in courtesy of Sri Lankan Airlines to perform at this event and they proceeded to sing a medley of songs spanning from 1948 to date covering the evolving of Sri Lankan music and songs which kept the large audience enthralled.¬†The event concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Ms Pramuditha Manusinghe, Consul.¬†


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Collection of Biometrics Data from passport applicants applying through Sri Lankan Missions Abroad

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:13

The Department of Immigration and Emigration has introduced mandatory collection of biometrics (finger prints and digital face image) from passport applicants and Automated Finger Print Identification (AFIS) for the applicants who apply for passports via Sri Lanka Missions Abroad with immediate effect. 

Therefore, any individual applying for Sri Lankan Passport at this Consulate General are kindly requested to provide biometric data and AFIS to the Department of immigration & Emigration upon his/her first entry to Sri Lanka. The applicant’s departure from Sri Lanka will only be allowed if they comply with this requirement.

The necessary facilities will be available at the Head office and Regional Branches of the Department of Immigration & Emigration, of which details are given below:

01. Head Office: Suhurupaya, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla (TP: +94 11 5329000)

02. Regional Offices:
I) Matara ‚Äď 9, Sri Vijaya Building, Rahula Road, Matara (TP: +94 41 5412212)

II) Kandy ‚Äď 42/3 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy (TP: +94 81 5624470)

III) Vavuniya ‚Äď JC 23, Outer Circle Road, Vavuniya (TP: +94 25 5676344)

IV) Kurunegala ‚Äď 129, Dambulla Road, Kurunegala (TP: +94 37 55505620)

Please find the Notice issued by Department of Immigration and Emigration to the Sri Lankans living abroad regarding the the new procedure and the Biometric Data Acquisition (BDA) Form below,

Notice by Department of Immigration and Emigration

Biometric Data Acquisition Form

Accordingly, the passport application form has also been revised. Please find the new application form (Form K) to be used from 15th December 2017 when applying at the Consulate General, 

Revised Passport Application form to be used from 15th December 2017


   

Sri Lanka Festival on 25 & 26 November 2017 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Habour, Sydney

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Friday, 27 October 2017 10:13

Sri Lanka Festival on 25 & 26 November 2017 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Habour, Sydney

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the support of Sri Lankan community in Sydney will host a Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Event in Sydney.

When: 25 November 2017, 10.00am - 7.00pm, 26 November 2017, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Habour, Sydney

This two-day event will provide a rich cultural experience in the form of dancers, drummers and music. There would also be variety of Sri Lankan food to taste, in addition to trade stalls interspersed with fun activities for children which will follow a grand cultural pageant as an opening ceremony.

Free entry. All are welcome.

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney 

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