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Boris Johnson wins race to become UK prime minister

Posted on 23 July 2019 by admin

Boris Johnson elected Tory leader, set to become UK PM

Former London mayor beats Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

 LONDON — Boris Johnson was elected leader of the U.K. Conservative Party on Tuesday with a large majority and will become Britain's next prime minister.

The former mayor of London and figurehead of the Brexit campaign beat his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, by 92,153 votes to 46,656 — winning 66 percent of the votes. As leader of the largest party in parliament, Johnson will be invited by the queen to form a government on Wednesday, following the formal resignation of the incumbent prime minister, Theresa May.

In his acceptance speech, Johnson told the Tory faithful there would be people around the country “who will question the wisdom of your decision.”

But he said those in the room did not look or feel “daunted” by the challenge of Brexit.

Hardline Brexiteer Boris Johnson was announced as Britain’s new prime minister on Tuesday. The New York-born politician and President Trump favorite won a landslide victory against rival Jeremy Hunt to be his party’s pick to replace Theresa May as leader — and to finally lead the UK through Brexit.

Johnson, 55, the clear favorite, addressed his party soon after the announcement, thanking them for “the extraordinary honor and privilege that you’ve just conferred on me.”

“I know that there will people around the place who will question the wisdom of your choice,” he said, raising a laugh.

He now has just 100 days to deliver on his promise to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 and declared it the “most daunting” job of any British leader.

“We know that we can do it, and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it — and we know that we will do it.”

He showed off some of his quirky humor as he also noted that “some wag” pointed out his campaign promise to “deliver, unite and defeat” spells “dud,” telling his party that they missed the “e” for energize.

“I say to all the doubters, ‘Dude, we are going to energize the country!'” he said to more laughter.

He praised his opponent Hunt, telling him, “You’ve been a font of excellent ideas, all of which I’m going to steal forthwith.” He also paid tribute to May’s “extraordinary service to this party and this country.”

Trump sent his congratulations, predicting of Johnson: “He will be great!”

May held her last cabinet meeting Tuesday morning and was given a handbag as a farewell present, according to The Sun.

She will take her final Prime Minister’s Questions tomorrow — then make a short speech outside No. 10 Downing Street before going to Buckingham Palace and handing her resignation to the Queen.

Johnson will follow her to the palace shortly afterward and is likely to address the nation in Downing Street as he starts his work, the paper said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump announces new points-based green card system

Posted on 18 May 2019 by admin

Education, language skills to be rewarded in new proposal:


President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a proposal that will include significant changes to the way green cards are allocated, by dramatically reducing the number of family-based green cards and moving towards a -based (“merit-based”) system that will reward, among other factors, education, skills and English language proficiency. The plan, which the President outlined at a Rose Garden gathering, with senior administration officials and influential Hill Republicans in attendance, sought to boost border security and tighten asylum procedures.

Mr. Trump’s new plan, details of which had already been reported widely in the U.S. , will dramatically increase the number of green cards that are given through the skills route versus the family-based route. However, the overall number of green cards, just over 1.1 million in 2017, will remain the same.

Currently about 12% of those receiving green cards entered the U.S. visas (such as the H1B), while some 66% are family-based green cards. The new proposal will increase skills-based green cards to 57%. Points will be awarded to applicants based on their education, work experience, age (more points for younger workers), English language ability etc. New immigrants will have to show that they can financially support themselves and will need to pass a civics exam.

Mr Trump also announced that there would be a new “Build America” visa – details of which were not provided on Thursday. His Rose Garden speech made to foreign workers displacing low income Americans’ jobs and highly valuable graduates leaving America to start companies in their own countries because they could not get a visa in America.

People given Green Cards on humanitarian and diversity grounds will now only constitute 10% of all Green Card recipients, according to a handout given to the press at the end of the Rose Garden event. Currently, the diversity lottery offers 50,000 green cards to under-represented groups each year.

The proposals, if they eventually turn into law, are likely to have a significant impact on Indians who interact with the U.S. . A large majority (over 70%) of H1B visas, for skilled workers, went to Indians in fiscal year 2018. Many of these green cards. Indian residents getting green cards have been in the range of 57,000-62,000 in the 2015-2017 period.

However, it is far from clear that a shift towards a -based system will make the prospects of Indian skilled migrants wanting to settle in the U.S. , as bringing family members over, especially elderly parents, may get more complicated. Mr Trump said that spouses and children will be prioritized under the new system.

"If Trump's plan became law, millions of U.S. residents—including those who first arrived as H-1B workers—would in America with their parents and children,” Doug Rand, who worked on immigration in the Obama White House and is now co-founder of Boundless Immigration, a firm that helps immigrants get green cards and U.S. , told The Hindu.

“But this has no chance of becoming law—it's just a cynical PR move that pays lip service to high-skill as the Trump administration is systematically dismantling high-skill immigration with every tool at its disposal,” Mr Rand said. The Trump administration has made around legal immigration more stringent, such as by seeking to clamp down on work-permits for spouses of migrants.

The second part of the White House proposal seeks to reduce illegal migration to the U.S. barriers” in sections of the southern border with Mexico. It will also make it harder for individuals to claim asylum (which is a right under international law). It will create a border security trust by fees collected at the border, Mr Trump said.

The White House immigration plan was designed, as per reports, by Mr Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller, senior advisor to Mr Trump, who is considered a right-wing immigration hardliner

The proposal seeks to bring Republicans together around the immigration debate that will be a focus the 2020 Presidential elections. no means a given that appeal to the Republicans. Mr Kushner and Mr Miller lobbied Congressional Republicans earlier this week and reportedly failed to get strong support.

It is even less certain that Democrats will support the bill. Based on details currently available, the proposal also does not appear to address concerns the Democrats have with current asylum laws. It also remains silent on how to deal with the status of millions of “dreamers”, individuals who were brought into the U.S. Illegally as minors.

“The idea that for every immigrant they help, they “hurt one, all of that is no good,” the New York Times quoted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as saying.

“Don’t come up with a plan that Stephen Miller rubber stamps and say, ‘Now pass it.’ It’s not going to happen,” Mr Schumer said.

“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security, a negotiating position,” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally, said. Mr Graham released his own immigration proposal on Wednesday.

Courtesy: Sriram Lakshman – The Hindu

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Doris Day, Hollywood actress and singer, dies aged 97

Posted on 13 May 2019 by admin

 

Hollywood legend Doris Day, whose films made her one of the biggest stars of all time, has died aged 97. The singer turned actress starred in films such as Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk and had a hit in 1956 with Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be). Her screen partnership with Rock Hudson is one of the best-known in the history of romantic movies.

In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said she died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, California.

It said she had been "in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia".

"She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed," the statement continued.

Born Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff in April 1922, Day originally wanted to be a dancer but had to abandon her dream after breaking her right leg in a car accident.

Instead she began her singing career at the age of 15. Her first hit, Sentimental Journey, would become a signature tune.

Her films, which included Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much and That Touch of Mink, made her known around the world.

But she never won an Oscar and was nominated only once, in 1960, for Pillow Talk, the first of her three romantic comedies with Hudson.

Honours she did receive included the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2008.

Her last release, the compilation album My Heart, went to number one in the UK in 2011.

Day's wholesome, girl-next-door image was a popular part of her myth that sometimes invited ridicule.

"I've been around so long, I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin," the musician Oscar Levant once remarked.

Day herself said her "Miss Chastity Belt" image was "more make-believe than any film part [she] ever played."

Her life was certainly not as sunny. She married four times, was divorced three times and was widowed once.

She also suffered a mental breakdown and had severe financial trouble after one husband squandered her money.

In the 1970s, she turned away from performing to focus her energies on her animal foundation.

According to the organisation, she wished to have no funeral, memorial service or grave marker.

Dick Van Dyke, another Hollywood legend from the same era although he never worked with Day, said she had an "energy about her".

"She wasn't trying to act. It was just who Doris Day was, I think, a great energy and exhilaration, and she seemed to love life, at least that's the impression you got," he told BBC Radio 4's PM programme. "It was a great era."

Star Trek actor William Shatner remembered Day on Twitter as "the World's Sweetheart," saying she was "beloved by all".

Fellow Star Trek cast member George Takei said she was "synonymous with Hollywood icon", while Spanish actor Antonio Banderas wrote: "Thank you for your talent."

Novelist Paulo Coelho marked her passing by quoting lyrics from Secret Love, one of her numbers in Calamity Jane.

"We've lost another great Hollywood talent," tweeted Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, while actor Luke Evans said he had "always loved" her voice and "beautiful" songs.

Former Beatles member Paul McCartney paid tribute to Day on his website, describing her as "very funny lady who I shared many laughs with", adding: "I will miss her but will always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh".

And his daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, shared a photo of her and Day alongside words which read: "The one, the only, the woman who inspired so much of what I do."

 

 

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Crown Prince Family of Denmark attend funeral of ASOS owner’s three children who died in the Sri Lanka bombings

Posted on 09 May 2019 by admin

With files from Danish Royal Family + International Media:

On Saturday, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, and their four children (Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine) attended the funeral of the ASOS owner’s three children who died in the Sri Lanka bombings. The Danish Prime Minister attended the ceremony, as well.

The Danish billionaire, Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife, Anne lost three of their four children when the hotel they were holidaying was attacked by Islamic terrorists, together with several other hotels and churches, on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.

46-year-old Anders Holch Povlsen is considered to be Denmark’s richest man. He owns the international clothing giant Bestseller and has significant shareholdings in the online stores ASOS and Zalando.

The private funeral ceremony took place in Aarhus Cathedral. The royals attended the ceremony as friends of the Holch Povlsen family. Crown Princess Mary, was seen consoling her daughter, Princess Isabella, during the service who was said to have been good friends with one or more of the children who were killed. There were many other attendees, who stood by the church and attended the ceremony in silence.

It was five-year-old Alfred, twelve-year-old, Agnes and fifteen-year-old, Alma that were carried out of the church after the ceremony on Saturday afternoon. The coffins had pictures of the children and were decorated with flowers. The funeral was held two days after a memorial service in their hometown of Brande where Mr Povlsen described the family’s loss as “utterly incomprehensible”.

After several minutes of silence outside the church, the only surviving sibling, their 10-year-old sister, cut the string of balloons, which rose into the blue sky. Then, the cathedral choir sang the hymn “It smells the light green of grass”, while the hearses drove off. Just days before the attacks, Mr Povlsen’s daughter, Alma shared an Instagram photo of her siblings, Astrid, Agnes and Alfred, captioning the moment “three little bears”.

More than 250 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded when suicide bombers attacked three luxury hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka on 21 April. Among the dead were close to 50 were children and 40 foreigners.

Alma, 15, Agnes, 12, and five-year-old Alfred Povlsen died during a luxury family holiday when ISIS suicide bombers ambushed the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

With tears in her eyes and a look of extreme pain on her face, mum Anne leant into her husband for comfort as they watched the three small coffins arrive in three hearses.

They were joined by 700 mourners including members of the Danish Royal Family and the country’s Prime Minister.

During the emotional service, Pastor Arne Holst-Larsen said, “The loss of our beloved children Alma, Agnes and Alfred are completely incomprehensible. With the many lovely people we have around us, close friends, talented colleagues and our loving family, we will come together through it.”

“We greatly appreciate the humanity that is also shown in Brande tonight – not only to our families and children but to all the victims of the cruel acts in Sri Lanka,” he said.

And in a poignant moment after the service, Astrid released colourful balloons in memory of her sisters and brother.

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Royal baby: Duchess of Sussex gives birth to boy, Prince Harry announces

Posted on 06 May 2019 by admin

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced.

A beaming Prince Harry said they were "absolutely thrilled" and thanked the public for their support.

He said Meghan and the baby were doing "incredibly well", adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, who was delivered at 05:26 BST.

Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg), and that the duke was present for the birth.

It added: "The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.

"The duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage."

A framed notice of birth has been placed on display on a ceremonial easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, where it will remain until 20:00 on Monday.

The baby boy is seventh in line to the throne, behind the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and his children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – and Prince Harry.

He is the Queen's eighth great-grandchild.

[caption id="attachment_32275" align="alignleft" width="300"]Prince Harry announced the birth of his child outside the couple's home on the Windsor estate – Frogmore Cottage – suggesting Meghan had opted for a home birth.[/caption]Speaking after the birth, Harry added the child had been "a little overdue" and that he planned to make another announcement in two days' time "so everyone can see the baby".

Asked what it was like to be present for the birth, he laughed and said: "I haven't been at many births. This is definitely my first birth. It was amazing, absolutely incredible, and, as I said, I'm so incredibly proud of my wife.

"As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I'm just over the moon."

He added: "It's been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.

"How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension."

Courtesy: BBC News

 

Royal fans 'erupt' as crowds gather in Windsor

Crowds have begun to gather near Windsor Castle this afternoon.

The duke and duchess's home, Frogmore Cottage, is in the grounds of the Berkshire estate, west of London.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell says it is likely Meghan did give birth at home.

Helena Wilkinson reports from outside the castle: "Windsor is getting very busy.

"There was a group of people just a few minutes ago – on hearing that the baby had been born – erupted in applause. Just a bit further from where we are a lot of people are now gathering.

"There's a corner, not too far away from me just off the main street, where a lot of the royal fans tend to gather.

"Over the past couple of days somebody, rather prematurely, put a couple of banners up there: one of them 'congratulations on the birth of your baby girl', the other 'congratulations on the birth of your baby boy'."

 

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Four Sri Lankans arrested by UK counter-terror police

Posted on 13 April 2019 by admin

Four Lankans arrested by UK counter-terror police.

13 April 2019.

From files in U.K. Media.

Four Sri Lankan terror suspects arrested at Luton Airport moments after arriving on an international flight

  • The four men arrived on an international flight in Luton on Wednesday night
  • Airport police detained the four men before the arrival of anti-terror officers
  • The Sri Lankans in a Bedfordshire police station  

Counter-terror police have arrested four men at Luton Airport suspected of membership of a proscribed organization contrary to the Terrorism Act

Their group, who are all Sri Lankan nationals, were arrested on Thursday after arriving in the UK on an international flight the previous evening.

The men remain in custody at a police station in Bedfordshire while police investigate. 

A Met Police spokesman said: “Detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command are investigating after four men at Luton Airport were arrested on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organization, contrary to section 11 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Four Sri Lankan men have been arrested at Luton Airport, London, by British counter-terror police on suspicion of being members of a banned organization, UK’s The Independent news agency reported.

The men, all Sri Lankan nationals, arrived on an international flight on Wednesday evening and were arrested the following day.

Scotland Yard has said they are currently being held in custody at a police station in Bedfordshire.

A spokesman said: “Police at the airport were made aware of the men the next day, Thursday 11 April, and subsequently stopped them under schedule seven of the Terrorism Act 2000.”

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INTERPOL: 14 Sri Lankans on Interpol Red Notice list

Posted on 15 March 2019 by admin

 

15 March 2019 06:– Courtesy of Daily Mirror.

Fourteen Sri Lankan fugitives were under red notice as being wanted by Interpol either for the prosecution or to serve a sentence, according to Interpol statistics posted on its website. They were among 6,872 red notices on fugitives issued by them.

According to Interpol sources, four Sri Lankans, 34-year-old De Soyza Jagamuni Sujeewa alias Kosgoda Sujee, Antony Emil Luxmi Kanthan (42), Munisamy Tharmaseelan (46) and Viknarasa Selvanthan (31) are wanted by Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities.

The red notices were issued on Kosgoda Sujee over a murder case and to Emil Kanthan over criminal misappropriation. Tharmaseelan is wanted over possession of two hand grenades and 200 rounds of live ammunition while Selvanthan was charged over robbery and murder.

Meanwhile, ten more Sri Lankans has been issued red notices upon requests made by foreign countries over crimes they had committed in their territories.

Seven Sri Lankan nationals facing ten red notices are also wanted by India, while three fugitives, born in Sri Lanka, are also wanted by Romania, Canada and Cyprus.

Accordingly, 48-year-old Tharmalingam Shanmugam Kumaran, born in Kankesanthurai, Jaffna, is wanted over criminal conspiracy, violation of the Terrorist Act and the Indian Explosives Act while M.K.M. Ramzi Mohammed, a resident of Colombo, is wanted for criminal conspiracy.

Meanwhile, 53-year-old Balamurali Krishna, who was born in Jaffna, is wanted on charges of possession of heroin and drug trafficking, while a 57-year-old suspect named Nihal is wanted over the possession of heroin.

Ramasamy Alageshan Madhawan is wanted over criminal conspiracy, 56-year-old Mohamed Powmi of Elabodagama is wanted over a counterfeit currency scam and 53-year-old Rajan Maran Udayakumar, who was born in Colombo, is wanted by India over cheating and criminal conspiracy.

In addition, 48-year-old Kumarasamy Navaneethan, who was born in Vavuniya is wanted by Romania for murder, while 37-year-old Manickavasagar Vijayarajah, born in Jaffna, is wanted in Canada for first-degree murder.

An Interpol red notice has also been issued for 40-year-old Ranasinghe Arachchige Sanjeewa Prasanna Ranasinghe over theft in Cyprus.

A red notice is a request to law enforcement authorities worldwide to locate and provisional arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action, Interpol sources explained.

Meanwhile, the Interpol has also issued yellow notices to help locate missing persons, often minors, or to help identify persons who are unable to identify themselves.

Accordingly, two yellow notices have been issued on two Sri Lankans, a child and a woman. A yellow notice was issued on 16-year-old Gayindu Kithmuka Madurapperuma, born in Colombo, who disappeared in Colombo in 2008, when he was a 5-year-old.

The other yellow notice was issued on 34-year-old Ganesamoorthy Kajanthiny, who was born in Jaffna and had disappeared in 2009 when she was a 24-year-old. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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President Maithripala Sirisena on four-day official visit to Kenya

Posted on 14 March 2019 by admin

President Maithripala Sirisena, who arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, yesterday (13)on a four-day Official Visit to Kenya to attend the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) held in Nairobi received a grand welcome at the Airport.

The President including the Sri Lankan delegation was warmly received by a Kenyan special delegation.

The Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, Ababu Namwamba, the Cabinet Secretary and the Kenyan Minister of Water & Sanitation Simon Kiprono Chelugui and the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya Sunil Silva and others participated on this occasion.

The President participates in this Assembly on an invitation extended by the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta.

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Kenya Sunil Silva pointed out that as the Minister of Environment in Sri Lanka and as a leader who took many important decisions towards protecting the environment the President’s participation in this conference is significant.

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly will be held under the theme ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron and other dignitaries will attend the Conference.

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‘FREE TOURIST VISA FOR EU’ to have a positive impact on tourism, says Ravi Dias Jayasinha

Posted on 03 March 2019 by admin

 

Shirajiv Sirimane – Daily News (Courtesy).

The Mayor of Milan Dr. Giuseppe Sala at BIT 2019 Travel Show opening ceremony, together with Ravi Dias Jayasinha, President of Gateway SRL and Thoyyib Mohamed, the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation

The Mayor of Milan Dr. Giuseppe Sala at BIT 2019 Travel Show opening ceremony, together with Ravi Dias Jayasinha, President of Gateway SRL and Thoyyib Mohamed, the Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.

The ‘free tourist VISA for EU’ would have a major positive impact on Sri Lanka tourism, said veteran Sri Lankan born travel agent and President of Gateway SRL based in Italy, Ravi Dias Jayasinha.

“This move by the Sri Lankan government offering free visit visas to Sri Lanka sans any fees or pre-registration, was a wise decision and would definitely increase traffic to Sri Lanka as well as to the Maldives,” he said.

Multiple countries are to be granted visa free entry to Sri Lanka for six months from April 1, this year.

He said that most of the European tourists who fly direct to the Maldives, would now consider having a stopover in Sri Lanka, since they had no hassle in obtaining pre visas.”

Italy is the fourth largest source market to the Maldives, with 105,297 arrivals recorded in 2018. This is a growth of 18.5 percent, compared to 2017. The Italian market holds 7.1 percent of the total tourist arrivals to the Maldives.

This would be the 47th occasion Jayasinha would be participating at the ITB. He also said that Tourism Minister John Amaratunge looks at tourism in a very broad perspective and has a clear vision to develop the industry and the Minister should be commended for pushing this Visa free facility forward.

Jayasinha said that to gain larger benefits from this Free EU visa offer from the government, the Sri Lankan Airlines must seriously re-think of introducing their stalled direct flights at least to Frankfurt and France, as they are major aviation hubs in Europe.

Three destinations, Frankfurt, Milan and Paris were stopped by the national airline saying that they were not profitable routes. “As the national carrier SriLankan has an obligation to support the island’s tourism by considering to resume flights at least to Frankfurt, during the winter season, since Germany is the number one EU destination for Sri Lanka tourism.”

Jayasinha who is one of the leading travel agents in Italy, to feed mainly Maldives and Sri Lanka, said that this message should be conveyed boldly at the ITB Berlin travel show starting this week.”

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H.E. Manisha Gunasekera – Sri Lanka High Commissioner to the U.K.

Posted on 22 February 2019 by admin

Sri Lanka High Commissioner in the UK – H.E. Manisha Gunasekera

The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom, Manisha Gunasekera assumed duties at the Mission on 23rd October 2018. High Commissioner Gunasekera was received upon arrival, by Mr David Pearey, Special Representative of the UK Foreign Secretary.

Addressing the staff of the High Commission upon assumption of duties, High Commissioner Gunasekera spoke to the staff and outlined the importance and significance of Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the United Kingdom. Her assumption of duties was marked by the lighting of the oil lamp and milk rice and other sweetmeats being served in keeping with Sri Lankan traditions.

High Commissioner Gunasekera joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1996, and has among other posts, served as Ambassador of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Korea; Deputy Permanent Representative, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva; Director General (East Asia and Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka; Director General (Donor Coordination), Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka; Counsellor, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan; and Second Secretary, Embassy of Sri Lanka in France.

High Commissioner Gunasekera has a BA (Hons.) in English from the University of Delhi, a Masters degree in International Political Economy and Development from the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, a Masters degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Colombo and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Studies from Sciences Po, Paris. She is a past pupil of Musaeus College, Colombo.

High Commission of Sri Lanka, London

23rd October 2018

Courtesy of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the U.K.

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