Remarks by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs at 71st United Nations Day 24 October 2016
• It is a pleasure for me to join all of you here today, in your office to mark the 71st anniversary of the United Nations. As the UN turns 71 today, Sri Lanka’s formal relationship with the UN turns 61 this year.
Full text of the statement by President Maithripala Sirisena at the BRICS and BIMSTEC Outreach Summit, Goa, India, 16 October 2016
“Achieving shared prosperity is our primary objective. In our perspective, this means that we seek to benefit from the opportunities arising from cooperation while also ensuring that others in the region to benefit,” stated President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the BRICS and BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in Goa, India, yesterday (16).
Poson is a festival celebrated in Sri Lanka on the full moon day in June. Poson Poya is noteworthy to Sri Lankan Buddhists as the day on which Emperor Asoka's son, Arahant Mahinda, introduced Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C.
The recent floods, landslides and the inclement weather brought havoc especially in the western province and the Kegalle district. The immediate aftermath of such a calamity is carrying out rescue operations and to provide cooked meals to the affected people.