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ICC Champions Trophy: Inspired Pakistan thrash India by 180 runs in the finals

Posted on 19 June 2017 by admin

Champions Trophy final, The Oval
Pakistan 338-4 (50 overs): Fakhar 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*
India 158 all out (30.3 overs): Pandya 76, Amir 3-16, Hasan 3-19
Pakistan won by 180 runs


Pakistan humiliate Kohli and Co by 180 runs to clinch Champions Trophy!

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, The Times of Sri Lanka  – With files from Times of India.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Pakistan lift the ICC Champions Trophy after being India during ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

LONDON: By 3:40 pm local time, as Imad Wasim ran in and held on to MS Dhoni's top edge, the Oval had started emptying. India were 54/5 chasing 339 against Pakistan, and hordes of blue-wearing, Tricolour-carrying fans were slinking out silently, nimbly. A little girl stopped to wipe a tear. An elderly gentleman, maybe her grandfather, stopped to put a protective arm around her. A young guy, draped in India colours, hurled invectives at inanimate objects on his way out.

A security guard, caught off-guard by the crowd, yelled at him, "Is the match over, then?" It wasn't yet. Hardik Pandya (76; 43b, 4×4, 6×6) was still out there, still clobbering those sixes, but at this stage they seemed mere exercises in vanity. And then Pandya paid the price of a horrible mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja, in a shambolic dismissal completely in keeping with the day India had just had on the field and with the bat. It was truly over now, and there would be no miracles on this day. Their first two wickets had fallen for 6 runs, as did their last four.

Some Indian fans had bought tickets for as much as £400, and had no reason to be amused as Team India put up its worst show yet in the Virat Kohli era, lose to an imperious, domineering Pakistan by 180 runs. By the time the last Indian wicket fell, the Oval had been handed over to the Pakistanis. Amid the flowing, bounding sea of green, only a sense of outrage and hurt lingered as memory of India's prefinal billing.

Pakistan, bottom-ranked in this tournament among the top eight sides, crafted one of the most special moments of their ODI history, beating England and then India back-to-back in one of the biggest upsets of recent times. In Sarfraz, they finally seem to have stumbled on a leader. In Fakhar Zaman, who scored a century on Sunday, they found a maverick opener who could shrug off the early case of nerves and pass it on to India instead. In Mohammad Amir, they found a survivor with supreme skill.

It wasn't just the loss, since everyone knew if Pakistan brought their ' A ' game it would be tough for India. It was the magnitude of it, and the manner of it, that is likely to raise questions for India.

India put too much faith in their top three to deliver, which was another misconception. With Mohammad Amir ripping through what is both the head and heart of the Indian batting – Rohit SharmaShikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli – with only 33 on the board, the ageing middle was exposed.

On the field, only Bhuvneshwar Kumar stood out with the ball as luck and momentum both went Pakistan's way. India batted, bowled and fielded their worst in recent times, because they must have realized, moments into the game when Zaman and Azhar Ali put up a century stand, that they had a fight on their hands. Instead, they crumbled under pressure.


Fakhar Zaman hit a spectacular century to propel Pakistan to 338-4 in the scorching south London sunshine. Mohammad Amir then tore through the India top order to help reduce the defending champions to 54-5. India eventually limped to 158, Pakistan winning by 180 runs to take their first global 50-over title since 1992. Tellingly, what Zaman offered Pakistan in the tournament was a rarity in the modern ODI game: a player whose job is to hit freely without too much worry about the situation, the closest example being England's Jason Roy who, in stark contrast, had a terrible tournament and was dropped for the semi-final versus Pakistan. And to think, Zaman almost didn't play the final. Strung up by a bug which left him in pain, the 27-year-old spent the night with the team physiotherapist by his side.

While Pakistan proved that rankings mean nothing in this game, and seem to have turned a corner, India will have to face harsh inquisition. There could be some casualties.

That Pakistan lifted the trophy was surprising enough – at eighth in the world they began as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament – but it is the way they demolished the strong favourites will live long in the memory. Firstly Fakhar flayed the ball all around the The Oval, a maiden century coming in his fourth ODI after Pakistan were invited to bat. And then Amir, in the same city in which he committed the spot-fixing offences that led to a five-year ban, found precious movement to destroy the vaunted India batting line-up.

The rest of the Pakistan attack were irresistible, backed up by excellent fielding, all in front of a vibrant, raucous and enthusiastic capacity crowd.

Editor's Note: Pakistan was blessed in this edition of ICC Champions Trophy. Having lost to India in their first game, a humiliating defeat at that Pakistan started re-building their team slowly but surely. Pakistan won a game they should have lost against Sri Lanka. No idea how this happened. Then they hammered the mighty England – odds on favourites to win the trophy this year. In the finals they took on India head-on and concluded a smashing victory.

One of the worst performance by team India. Skipper Virat Kohli's arrogance as captain was yet another contributing factor to India's loss. He was too cocky right from the start and thought he had an invincible team. Humiliated by Pakistan ?

Nothing new. Indians are used to frequent humiliations. Just look at the all-time Ind v Pak ODI record . Pak is ahead of India by 21 ODI's. That gap will not be closed in this generation . Sachin, Dravid , Ganguly , Dhoni , Kohli….nobody has been able to catch up . Even in the last 17 years where India claim to have dominated Pakistan in ODI's , India won 25 and Pakistan won 26.



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Population of Canada today rises to 36 677 728 million

Posted on 17 June 2017 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, The Times of Sri Lanka.

Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada's vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It's also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls. A country as vast as Canada has a population of only upwards of 36 million people. It is interesting to see the population divide in the text shown below.

During 2017 Canada population is projected to increased by 377 858 people and reach 36 885 861 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 132 889. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 244 969 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Canada (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).


Canada Population clock


36 677 728

Current population

18 196 931

Current male population (49.6%)

18 480 797

Current female population (50.4%)

179 564

Births this year


Births today

119 873

Deaths this year


Deaths today

110 034

Net migration this year


Net migration today

169 725

Population growth this year


Population growth today




Canada population 2017

During 2017 Canada population is projected to increased by 377 858 people and reach 36 885 861 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 132 889. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 244 969 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Canada (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).


Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Canada population in 2017 will be the following:

  • 1 095 live births average per day (45.64 in an hour)
  • 731 deaths average per day (30.47 in an hour)
  • 671 immigrants average per day (27.96 in an hour)

The population of Canada will be increased by 1 035 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Canada 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Canada was estimated to be 36 508 003 people. This is an increase of 1.03 % (373 987 people) compared to population of 36 134 016 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 131 528. Due to external migration, the population increased by 242 459. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.985 (985 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Canada population in 2016:

  • 395 667 live births
  • 264 140 deaths
  • Natural increase: 131 528 people
  • Net migration: 242 459 people
  • 18 112 726 males as of 31 December 2016
  • 18 395 277 females as of 31 December 2016

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Press Release: Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake briefs Diplomatic Corps

Posted on 16 June 2017 by admin






On the direction of H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena and Hon. Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Hon. Minister Karunanayake directed the Foreign Ministry to respond to the emergency needs of the flood victims in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management.  The Ministry Emergency Response Unit, activated on 26th May 2017, to coordinate international Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief measures, launched an appeal to the INSARG (International Search and Rescue Group) through the UN. The Foreign Ministry also appealed to countries in the region to obtain the services of Emergency Rescue Teams.

In response to Sri Lanka’s appeal, India immediately dispatched its naval ships “INS KIRCH”, “INS SHARDUL”, “INS Jalshawa” along with Search and Rescue teams and emergency relief materials. Pakistani Naval Ship “ZULFIQUAR” called at Colombo port as well with rescue teams and relief materials. Three Chinese vessels “Chang Chun”, “Jing Zhou” and “Chao Hu” which were originally on a goodwill mission to Sri Lanka and visited Colombo port on 1st June 2017, have changed their mission focus to relief measures.  A Humanitarian Assistance Chinese Flight with relief materials is   due to arrive on 3rd of June 2017 at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA)While Australia donated ten Zodiac inflatable boats to Sri Lanka, Japan handed over essential relief materials to the Disaster Management Ministry and offered the services of an Emergency Disaster Relief expert. Israel donated a consignment of relief goods. The EU, Norway, the US, Thailand and several other countries have offered assistance to Sri Lanka while Singapore, the Maldives and Nepal announced cash donations. 

Acting upon Sri Lanka’s appeal, the UN coordinated the international deployment of Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. 17 SAR teams, including India, China, France and Australia, were placed on alert to handle any adverse situation. The UN Agencies have also deployed their teams in disaster areas to work with the respective line Ministries and Agencies. The Foreign Ministry also directed its Overseas Missions to coordinate relief activities with Sri Lankan expatriates and community members.

Minister Karunanayake, at his first briefing session held for the Diplomatic Community and Honorary Consular Corps on 31st May 2017, thanked the countries for their generous and timely assistance. He also expressed his gratitude to the countries that sent messages of sympathy and expressed support for the people of Sri Lanka at this difficult time.

The Minister highlighted the challenges that lay ahead of Sri Lanka in handling the post flood recovery, reconstruction of affected areas, as well as building capacity for the Prevention and Mitigation of future disasters. He underlined the cooperation and assistance that Sri Lanka would expect from its bilateral and multilateral partners in implementing projects in these areas.

Minister Karunanayake reiterated that under his stewardship, Sri Lanka will pursue the policy of “Friendship with all and enmity with none”. Acknowledging the success made by the country in the area of Foreign Relations with its partners, under the stewardship of former Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister assured the Diplomatic Community that he would strive to build on the success of his predecessor. Minister Karunanayake further affirmed that he would seek to translate the prevailing positive climate into securing economic benefits for the country by focussing more on commercial diplomacy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Vasantha Senanayake also addressed the Diplomatic Community and expressed his desire to work with them very closely.



Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1st June 2017

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SriLankan Airlines further strengthens its presence in India

Posted on 13 June 2017 by admin


New services to Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore

Colombo June 13, 2017: SriLankan Airlines will further strengthen its position as the largest foreign carrier into India with the launch of services to three more cities – Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Coimbatore – in July 2017, increasing to 14 the number of cities in the vast Indian market. Accordingly services to Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore commence on 8th, 12th and 16th July respectively.

SriLankan currently operates 108 flights per week to Chennai, Trichy, Trivandrum, Mumbai, New Delhi, Gaya, Madurai, Varanasi, Kochi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

SriLankan Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Siva Ramachandran said: “We are leveraging on our vast network in India to offer travelers to and from India increased opportunities to connect to our destinations throughout the Middle East, the Far East and the Indian Ocean region. The new routes would allow more Indian travelers to enjoy the experience of Sri Lanka’s many tourist attractions. The island’s tourism industry has witnessed a tremendous rate of growth in recent years, with over 2 million visitors in 2016, a growth of 14% over the previous year. India, the largest tourism market to Sri Lanka, accounted for 356,729 visitors to the island in 2016, and 110,891 in the first four months of 2017.We are also commencing daily non-stop services to Melbourne from October 29th this year, which will provide rapid connectivity between Australia and key Indian cities in our network.”

Indian travelers would also be able to enjoy seamless connections to the popular island resort nation of the Maldives, where SriLankan is also the largest airline. It is also the only airline operating to Gan Island in the southern part of the island chain, as well as to the capital Male.

The addition of Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Coimbatore will increase SriLankan’s global route network to 104 cities in 48 countries. As a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, SriLankan also offers its passengers connectivity to over 1,000 cities in 160 countries that are served by its oneworld partner airlines.

Coimbatore will be SriLankan’s fourth major destination in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where it already serves Chennai, Madurai and Trichy. Hyderabad is the capital of southern India's state of Telangana and is a major centre for the country’s technology industry; while Visakhapatnam is a port city and industrial centre in the state of Andhra Pradesh, on the Bay of Bengal.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017, IND vs SL: Sri Lanka secure stunning 7-wicket win to give Group B interesting makeover

Posted on 08 June 2017 by admin

ICC CT 2017, IND vs SL: Sri Lanka secure stunning 7-wicket win to give Group B interesting makeover.

Set a challenging target of 322 runs, the Lankans rode on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka to cross the line in 48.3 overs and register their first win the tournament.

IANS| Last Updated: Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Later, Kedar Jadhav scored a quickfire 25 not out from 13 deliveries to take India past 320.

Dhoni, however, continued to flay the Sri Lankan bowlers who erred in line and length, making it easy for him to showcase his brute power.

Dhawan stepped up after completing his century but his innings was halted at 125, when he couldn`t clear Kusal Mendis at long-on off a delivery from Malinga. The Delhi batsman`s knock featured 15 fours and a six from the 128 deliveries he faced.

His approach helped Dhawan and the latter completed his century in 112 deliveries. A cut towards point off Pradeep brought up his three-figure mark.

Dhoni made his intention clear as he opened his account with a six over point off pacer Suranga Lakmal.

Even if they were at a spot of bother, Dhawan and new batsman Dhoni showed a lot of positivity, not staying away from punishing poor deliveries.

Yuvraj dragged a ball from Asela Gunaratne on to his stumps, and India score read 179/3 in 33.3 overs.

Captain Kohli disappointed the crowd when he edged behind a delivery from paceman Nuwan Pradeep in the fifth ball of the 16th over.

Then, India lost Virat Kohli (0) and Yuvraj Singh (7) cheaply within the next few overs but Dhawan kept finding fours to keep Sri Lanka at bay.

Rohit, having completed his 31st fifty, was cruising until being caught by Thisara Perera off pacer Lasith Malinga. That put India at 138/1 in 24.5 overs.

Both the batsmen showed good cutting, pulling and hooking strore-making techniques as they milked runs mostly through the square of the wicket.

Dhawan and Rohit initially ensured that they get through the early overs without any damage and then paced their innings nicely once they got settled.

Asked to bat, the Indian right-left combination of Rohit Sharma and Dhawan laid a solid foundation as they made the most of the shorter length maintained by the Sri Lankan pacers.

Dhawan also shared an 82-run stand with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (63; 52b; 7×4, 6×2)) for the fourth wicket as India posted a highly-challenging total.

Dhawan, who registered his 10th century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket, shared a partnership of 138 with fellow opener Rohit Sharma (78; 79b; 4×6, 6×3).

Earlier opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan`s 125 powered defending champions India to 321/6 in 50 overs.

He received excellent support from Asela Gunaratne who scored a quickfire 34 runs off 21 balls with two boundaries and a couple of sixes. 

Mathews continued to battle on and remained unbeaten on 52 at the end.

Perera scored 47 runs off 44 bals with five hits to the fence. 

The duo added 75 runs between off just 62 deliveries before Perera had to retire due to an injury to his right hamstring.

Angelo Mathews joined Perera in the middle to produce another crucial partnership for Sri Lanka.

However, poor communication between them coupled with an accurate throw by Bhuvneshwar Kumar deprived Mendis of what would have been an extremely well-deserved century.

After Gunathilaka`s dismissal, Mendis and Kusal Perera added 26 runs between them off 29 balls.

However, Mendis joined Gunathilaka in the middle and the duo proceeded to turn things around with some superb batting.

Sri Lanka suffered an early jolt when Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Niroshan Dickwella in the fifth over.

India will now have to beat South Africa in their last group match on June 11 and Sri lanka face a must win contest against Pakistan a day later in quest to qualify from the semi-finals.

Thursday`s result throws the group wide open as all the teams in the group — India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa — have identical records of a win and a draw.Gunathilaka smashed 76 off 72 deliveries with seven boundaries and two sixes.

Mendis was the highest scorer among the Sri Lankans, producing a steady 89 runs off 93 balls before being run out thanks to an excellent piece of fielding by Indian pacer Buvneshwar Kumar off his own bowling.

The duo dominated the Indian bolwers to add 159 runs between them and lay the foundation of a successful run chase.

Set a challenging target of 322 runs, the Lankans rode on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka to cross the line in 48.3 overs and register their first win the tournament.

London: Sri Lanka rode on a solid batting display to register a seven-wicket victory over India in their Group B Champions Trophy match at The Oval here on Thursday.

ICC CT 2017, IND vs SL: Sri Lanka secure stunning 7-wicket win to give Group B interesting makeover


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Government welcomes Canadians’ views on NAFTA

Posted on 03 June 2017 by admin

June 3, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada.

Canada is committed to a progressive trade agenda that creates jobs and opportunities for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The input of Canadians is essential when considering trade agreements, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced expanded, online consultations with Canadians on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The consultations are an important next step toward the renegotiation process. The views gathered from Canadians will inform the federal government’s approach as we engage with the United States and Mexico.

In recent months, the Minister and her colleagues have been listening to Canadians from across the country and from all sectors and backgrounds.

The government is steadfastly committed to free trade in the North American region and ensuring that the benefits of trade are enjoyed by all Canadians.

We want to hear from Canadians, and we invite them to share their ideas, experiences and priorities on the modernization of NAFTA by visiting:


“I invite all Canadians to provide their views on how we can maximize the benefits of a modernized NAFTA. We are committed to hearing directly from Canadians on their priorities, and we will ensure that Canadians continue to have the opportunity to provide their input as we engage with our NAFTA partners.”

– Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • NAFTA, which includes Canada, the United States and Mexico, came into effect on January 1, 1994.
  • On May 18, 2017, the United States formally indicated its intent to renegotiate NAFTA.
  • NAFTA created what is today a US$20.7-trillion regional market with 478 million consumers.
  • Trilateral trade has increased more than threefold since NAFTA came into force.
  • NAFTA has been updated 11 times by Canada, the United States and Mexico  

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Canada’s economy grows 3.7 per cent on annualized basis

Posted on 31 May 2017 by admin



Canadian dollars in Vancouver, on Sept. 22, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jonathan Hayward)

Craig Wong, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017 8:35AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:45PM EDT

OTTAWA — Canada's economy picked up steam in the first three months of this year, driven by consumer spending, a turnaround in business investment, and the housing market, the national statistics agency said Wednesday.

Statistics Canada said real gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 3.7 per cent in the first quarter in a broad-based expansion.

Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter called it "a pretty impressive result."

"We've now had three quarters in a row of quite solid activity in Canada, so this is not a flash in the pan by any means. It does look like the economy is moving beyond the oil shock," Porter said.

He said he's now predicting growth for this year will come in at about 2.7 per cent, compared with an earlier prediction of 2.5 per cent.

"It's not a big change, but every turn of the screw helps," Porter said.

Despite the increase in the pace of growth, it was below expectations. Economists had estimated annualized growth of 3.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

And TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto said there are issues lurking beneath the surface, including evidence that housing markets are beginning to cool off.

"At the same time, the environment for business investment should remain supportive, but elevated uncertainty is likely to cap the pace of growth," he said in an analyst note.

"Consumers are likely to keep their wallets open, helped by past gains in housing wealth. But, it is again unlikely that the pace of first quarter growth, particularly for durable goods spending, can be maintained, and the credit-fuelled nature of recent spending growth remains concerning."

In a separate report Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund said the Canadian economy has regained momentum, but that the risks to the outlook are significant. It raised concerns about household debt and the possibility of a correction in the housing market.

The IMF also said business investment remains weak, non-energy exports have underperformed and housing market imbalances have risen.

"Macroprudential policy needs to protect the resilience of the household and banking sector," the IMF said.

It suggested a further tightening of tax-based measures to mitigate speculative investment in the housing sector and called for greater co-ordination between federal and provincial regulators.

Canadian economic growth in the first quarter came on multiple fronts.

Business investment in residential structures rose 3.7 per cent, boosted by new construction, the strong real estate market in Ontario and a gain in renovation activity.

After falling in four of the previous five quarters, investment in machinery and equipment advanced 5.8 per cent. Household final consumption increased 1.1 per cent, led by vehicle purchases.

However, Porter noted that exports were an area of key weakness in the GDP report.

"That is to me the one serious blemish in this report," he said. "That is a serious, legitimate concern and it's something the Bank of Canada is obviously concerned about."

Growth in March was stronger than expected, with GDP growing 0.5 per cent, above estimates of 0.2 per cent. Goods-producing industries climbed 0.9 per cent, while service industries added 0.3 per cent.

Overall annualized growth figures for the second half of 2016 were also revised higher Wednesday. The figures for the third and fourth quarters were increased to 4.2 per cent and 2.7 per cent compared to earlier readings of 3.8 per cent and 2.6 per cent, respectively.

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Request for Flood Relief Assistance to Sri Lanka

Posted on 29 May 2017 by admin

High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Request for Flood Relief Assistance to Sri Lanka

Request for Flood Relief Assistance to Sri Lanka – pdf

Request for Flood Relief Assistance to Sri Lanka (1)


The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Ottawa, Canada wishes to draw the urgent attention of all Sri Lankan expatriate community and well-wishers to the recent disaster in Sri Lanka due to the severe floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall during the past few days. As a result, around 500,000 people have been affected at the moment. Please visit the Disaster Management Center (DMC) website: for regular situation updates.

The Ministry of Disaster Management is soliciting urgent material and financial assistance to provide immediate relief services to the affected population.

Material Assistance:
The Ministry of Disaster Management has identified the following materials are urgently required for providing immediate relief.
Items Quantity
Bed Sheets 8,300
Blanket 1,500
Folding Mattress 6,100
Generators 75
Gum Boots 1,250
Life Jackets 500
Mats 9,150
Mobile Toilets 100
Mosquito Net 3,200
Pillows 1,500
Rain Coats 500
Tarpaulin 7,000
Tent 5,000
Torch 1,750
Towels’ 6,300
Umbrellas 500
Candle Boxes 2,200
Match-Box 2,000
Flash Lights 600
Soap 20,000
Sanitary kits (boxes) 8,000
Tooth Paste 9,000
Tooth Brush 9,000
Samon Tin 10,000
Milk Packets 7,500
Cooking Pots (large) 300
Water Pumps 250
Plates 8,000
Diapers 5,000
School Bags 9,000
Water Bottles (5L) 20,000

The Sri Lankan expatriates and well-wishers wishing to make material donations are kindly requested to bear the airfreight/shipment and other related charges. The consignment should only be addressed to the following;

The Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management 120/2, Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 07 Sri Lanka

Financial Assistance: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo has put in place a comprehensive mechanism to provide urgent relief assistance to those affected. The High Commission has been authorized to accept donations in cash for this purpose since it will help to purchase most of the urgent relief items locally in Sri Lanka and rush such items immediately to the affected areas.
Financial contributions could be directed to this High Commission by sending a cheque/bank draft drawn in favour of the “High Commission of Sri Lanka”.

Sri Lankan expatriates wishing to make donations through bank transfer/direct deposit are kindly requested to deposit them in the following official bank account of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa.
Name of the Account: High Commission of Sri Lanka Account No : 00006 – 77-02914 Name of the Bank : CIBC Bank Branch : Sparks Street, Ottawa Donors are requested to state the following message in respect of their bank transfers/deposits: “Donations for Flood Relief in Sri Lanka”.

The donors are also requested to fax or email a copy of the Bank transfer/deposit Receipt to the following Fax No./email address of the Sri Lanka High Commission along with their names, addresses and contact numbers. Fax No.: (613) 238-8448 / E-Mail:

Every financial contribution will be acknowledged by the High Commission with an official government of Sri Lanka receipt and the financial contributions will be transferred to the General Deposit Account (GDA) of the Government of Sri Lanka, which will eventually be utilized by the Ministry of Disaster Management for immediate relief assistance measures.

For further inquiries please contact the undermentioned officer of the Sri Lanka High Commission.

Mr. Dilan Perera, Attaché, Sri Lanka High Commission Direct telephone No. 613 234 4875 Gen. Telephone No: 613 233 8449 , Email:
High Commission of Sri Lanka Ottawa.
29th May 2017

333, Laurier Avenue West, Suite # 1204 Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1C1  Tel: (613) 233 – 8449 Fax: (613) 238-8448   E-Mail: Web Site: www.srilankahcottawa

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Prime Minister Trudeau attends 43rd G7 Summit in Italy

Posted on 27 May 2017 by admin

May 27, 2017.
Taormina, Italy

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Taormina, Italy. While in Taormina, the Prime Minister emphasized Canada’s commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms, advance gender equity, combat climate change, and deliver economic growth that benefits the middle class.

The Leaders signed a joint Statement on the Fight Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism, and renewed their determination to prevent radicalization and violent extremism, and to bring the perpetrators of terrorism to justice. Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted the need for G7 members to refrain from paying ransom to terrorist groups.

Leaders adopted the first G7 Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment to remove barriers to the full economic, political, and social participation of women and girls around the world. Canada is committed to advancing gender equity during its 2018 G7 presidency.

Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to take measures to transition to a low-carbon economy, and to implement the Paris Agreement. The Prime Minister emphasized that responsible development of energy resources and meeting goals under international agreements go hand in hand.

The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of fully implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – an important milestone in Canada’s efforts to champion trade deals that create good, middle class jobs and benefit everyone.

In 2018, Canada will hold the G7 presidency. Building on the themes of Italy’s 2017 presidency, Canada will showcase the country’s domestic and international priorities: to build a strong middle class, advance gender equity, fight climate change, and promote respect for diversity and inclusion.


“At the G7 this weekend, we had some excellent discussions on issues of security, climate change, gender equity, and economic growth that benefits the middle class. We talked about the global anxieties around inequality and how governments must help people deal with the uncertainty of a changing world. On this, I echoed my previous statements, calling on governments to work with their citizens to develop real, lasting solutions, together.”
— Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Leaders of the G7 – united by common values of freedom and democracy, and respect for human rights and the rule of law – come together each year to discuss issues of domestic and global concern. The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Representatives of the European Union also attend meetings.
  • The G7 dates back to the mid-1970s, and the G7 presidency, which rotates annually between member countries, sets the agenda for the year in consultation with G7 partners. Italy holds the presidency in 2017, and Canada will hold it in 2018.
  • G7 ministerial-level meetings are also held each year to build on the Leaders’ agenda. Italy will convene a total of twelve G7 ministerial meetings in 2017.
  • The Prime Minister met with his counterparts from France, Guinea (Chairperson of the African Union) along with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Japan, United Kingdom, Nigeria, and the United States of America.
  • During the Summit, Leaders committed to address inequality, harness innovation, and help workers bridge skills gaps. They also examined ways to support innovation across economies, and improve access to education and training relevant to today’s changing world and digital economy.
  • The Prime Minister emphasized Canada’s continued support for Ukraine and the need to maintain G7 solidarity regarding sanctions on Russia. Leaders also reaffirmed their commitment on non-proliferation and disarmament, including in North Korea.
  • The Prime Minister is deeply concerned by the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing conflict and persecution globally. Canada is committed to providing assistance and protection for refugees, and to addressing the root causes of their plight.
  • While at the G7, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan welcomed reaching substantial agreement on an acquisition and cross services agreement, and have agreed to sign it as soon as possible. Such an agreement will facilitate cooperation between Canadian and Japanese forces, notably during joint training exercises, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and United Nations peacekeeping missions.
  • Following the Summit, G7 Leaders issued a joint communiqué on key global priorities and challenges, including countering terrorism and threats to security, driving inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and strengthening the foundations for gender equity and the empowerment of women.

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Sri Lankan Culinary Show at the Embassy Chef Challenge in Washington

Posted on 25 May 2017 by admin

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Sri Lanka presented its authentic culinary at the Annual Embassy Chef Challenge held on May 24th at the International Trade Center in the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC.
At this well attended annual event over 30 Embassy Chefs showcased their culinary talents with food preparation skills and signature delicacies of each country.   
Sri Lanka was represented by the Embassy Chef Anuradha Wijesinghe, who received public compliments for his spicy kottu with chicken curry for its taste and presentation.  All participating Chefs were required to present one pre-prepared food item for sampling and for consumption by visitors.
The Embassy Chef Challenge event was a yet another platform for portraying Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage and attractive tourist sites. At the Sri Lankan culinary stall, an awareness program on Ceylon Cinnamon and Ceylon Tea was conducted which received appreciation by the visitors.  
The Embassy Chef Challenge event organized by the Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) offers a rare opportunity to showcase authentic food by Embassy affiliated Chefs across oceans during the month of May as a part of month long celebration of international cultural awareness.  

Embassy of Sri Lanka
Washington DC
May 25, 2017 

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