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High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara presents Credentials to Indian President Pranab Mukherjee

Posted on 29 September 2016 by TSL

wagiswaraHigh Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India Chitranganee Wagiswara presented credentials to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday 26 September 2016.

Meeting the President of India after presenting the Credentials, Mrs. Wagiswara conveyed the greetings of the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to the President of India. She said that she is honoured to take up the post as the High Commissioner and extend her services of her Office to enhance the important relationship between India and Sri Lanka, which dates back to many centuries.

Prior to her appointment as the High commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, she served as the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka. After joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981, Mrs Wagiswara has served as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris and as High Commissioner to Canada.

Mrs Wagiswara is a graduate from Sri Janawardenapura University and completed her postgraduate studies at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Colombo and the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva.

 

High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi

India

 

28th September 2016

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Sri Lanka names Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara as High Commissioner to India

Posted on 10 May 2016 by TSL

CWEsala Weerakoon, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, will be the new Foreign Secretary.
He will assume office after the incumbent Chitranganee Wagiswara retires on May 30. Thereafter, she is to be named the new Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India.

One among two senior career officers who were next in seniority to Ms Wagiswara is being given an overseas posting. The other will remain at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Government sources said more changes in the Foreign Service are likely in the coming weeks.

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Senior foreign service officer Chitranganee Wagiswara appointed Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs

Posted on 19 January 2015 by TSL

Former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Canada Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara was appointed Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (formerly Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We wish Mrs. Wagiswara well as she starts a journey that carries huge responsibility, accountability, and recognition. Those who worked closely with her are confident she will accept this challenge and perform to very high standards as she is truly committed to excellence. Mrs. Wagiswara is the only Sri Lankan diplomat who served in Canada (Ottawa) twice in her 34 year foreign service career. She was in Ottawa from 1991-1994 and then again as High Commissioner from 2010-2014. She did yeoman service in this latter posting and exemplified the true meaning of been a first class diplomat.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Chitranganee Wagiswara!

Bio-data shown below.

Chitranganee Wagiswara joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981. Her first posting was in Rome, Italy from 1984 – 1988. After returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo she worked as Assistant Director, South Asia & SAARC Division. In 1991, she was posted to Ottawa, Canada as First Secretary/Counsellor. In 1994, she returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was appointed Director, West in the Ministry until 1996.

In 1996, she took up duties in the Sri Lanka High Commission in London as Minister and one year later, from 1997 – 1999 she held the post of Deputy High Commissioner in London.

In December 1999, she was appointed High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Singapore and served in that capacity until January 2003. From 2003 – 2005, she was appointed Director General, Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and subsequently as Director General, South Asia & SAARC.

In May 2005, she was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of France and Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO and served in that capacity until September 2008. On returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was appointed to the post of Additional Secretary (Political Affairs) in which capacity she worked upto December 2009.

She served as Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Canada and based in Ottawa from 2010 – 2014.

Ms. Wagiswara read for a degree in Bachelor of Commerce. She is married to Mr. Duleep Sarath Wagiswara.

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Stained Glass Mural by George Keyt in Montreal

Posted on 03 December 2012 by TSL

Montreal, Canada – Sri Lanka High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara accompanied by Minister Counsellor Sumith Dassanayake recently visited the Library Marie-Uguay in Montreal, Canada where George Keyt's one and only stained glass installation which was created based on Keyt's stupendous canvas ‘Lanka Matha’ is now displayed. The renowned Sri Lankan modern painter, George Keyt [1901-1993] stained glass mural was originally exhibited at the Ceylon Pavilion at the ‘Expo 1967’ held in Montreal, Canada and it was not brought back to Sri Lanka due to logistical problems. Keyt's mural which depicts a village maiden carrying on her hip the Punkalasa [amphora] symbolises abundance and fertility, had been a major attraction at the exhibition in 1967. At the conclusion of the exhibition the mural had been gifted to the City of Montreal. Over the years the mural had disappeared from official records and personal memories.

However, due to the institutional memory and, continuous commitment by former civil servant Tissa Devendra it was rediscovered with the assistance of Mr. Mahinda Padmasiri who is a long standing Sri Lanka resident in Montreal. Today, the large mural is mounted in the foyer of the Bibliotheque [Library] Marie-Uguay in Montreal. In April Mr. Padmasiri together with prominent Sri Lankan Mr. Laya Alles invited the Mayor of Montreal to view the stained glass mural.

During the visit to the Library the High Commissioner speaking on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka said that the High Commission is happy and proud to have the historical stained glass installation based on a painting of a prominent Sri Lankan painter in the City of Montreal, which establishes a linkage between the two countries through the medium of art. She also stated that more publicity should be given to this piece of art as this information is not known even within the Sri Lankan community living in Canada, and that the High Commission whould ensure that the location of this mural is recorded and will not be lost again.

The Municipal Councillor Ms.Huguette Roy, librarian Ms. Chantal Beaulieu Messers Mahinda Padmasiri and Laya Alles representing the Sri Lankan community were also present on the occasion.

A question that is being asked is, where is the original ‘ Lanka Matha’ ?

Sri Lanka High Commission

Ottawa

 

30th November 2012

 

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