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It is hereby notified that the Office of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai will be closed for public operations from 22.04.2021 (Thursday) to 07.05.2021 (Friday).

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Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran assumed duties as the Deputy High Commissioner

Dr. Doraisamy Venkateshwaran who assumed duties on 12th April 2021 chaired his first staff meeting at 9.00 a.m. as the Deputy High Commissioner of the Mission.

I warmly welcome all members of the staff of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. I thank H.E. the President, Hon. Prime Minister, Hon. Foreign Minister and the Foreign Secretary for with much confidence on me, appointing me for this important post. Sri Lanka and South India are much connected through political, cultural, religious and economic links. Therefore, the role of the Deputy High Commissioner in Southern India is vital in strengthening Sri Lanka – India bilateral ties.

The Government of Sri Lanka has embarked on a mission in enhancing diplomatic ties between nations and expects actions from this Mission related to the following 5 areas:

  • Political Diplomacy
  • Economical Diplomacy
  • Consular Services
  • Cultural and Religious Relations
  • Science and Technology

Before my arrival in Chennai, I discussed prospective matters with senior politicians and government officials regarding bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Southern India. We have to work as a team with commitment to achieve our goals. Therefore, I require all your support for the smooth functioning of the Mission.

We need to progress day by day and that is what the Government expects from us. It is important that I report on quarterly basis to the political hierarchy in Colombo regarding our progress.

I met Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero and discussed regarding reopening of the Maha Bodhi Center in Chennai which is currently closed due to the pandemic to provide facilities to travelling pilgrims.

I commend the excellent performance of Mr. Kiritharan when he guided the Mission so well during tough times as the Head of Mission.

Therefore, lets work in unison as a team to perform the best for the betterment of our country and our people.

BNI- Coimbatore and Sri Lanka virtual Business Conclave

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai together with Business Network India, Coimbatore organized a virtual business conclave on 30th January 2021 with the aim of enhancing awareness of business opportunities available in Sri Lanka and India. Making the keynote speech at the meeting Mr. K. Kiritharan, Actg. Deputy High Commissioner highlighted the humongous trade and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka and invited Indian entrepreneurs to explore the business opportunities available in Sri Lanka in heterogeneous sectors. Moreover, all the concerns raised by the participants were answered by Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary (Commercial) of the Deputy High Commission.

More than 250 participants attended this virtual session.

Sri Lankan envoys to south India meet with industry professionals

Sri Lankan envoys to south India meet with industry professionals to seek business opportunities for bolstering the economy

Making a great initiative to start the New Year 2021, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai organized a business interaction session with industry professionals who have been operating in legal, film and investment sectors in south India. The objective of the session was to make the professionals aware of business and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka and promote Sri Lanka as a destination for shooting South Indian films.

Welcoming the professionals, Actg. Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. K. Kiritharan stressed the importance of doing business with Sri Lanka and cost advantages can be gained due to the exclusive proximity of Sri Lanka to the southern part of India.

Followed by his opening remarks, Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary, Commercial of the Deputy High Commission made a comprehensive presentation on trade, investment & tourism opportunities available in Sri Lanka and highlighted the concessions available under Indo- Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA).

During the discussion, the Mission official requested them to visit Sri Lanka to explore the possibilities and opportunities available for making films. Accepting the request, Mr.B.E.Vijith, an emerging player in the Tamil film industry, stressed his intention to visit Sri Lanka with the group of film professionals comprising directors, producers and celebrities upon the resumption of the airports for commercial flights. Further he urged his interest to meet with Sri Lanka`s leading TV Channels` professionals, film producers and directors.

Moreover, Mr. K.K. Sivasshanmugam, Senior Advocate, expressed his interest to provide their consultation generously whenever the Mission requires legal assistance.

The Actg. Deputy High Commissioner agreed to facilitate their visit and enticed the participants to invest in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission- Chennai
06.01.2021

73rd Independence Day of Sri Lanka

 

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai celebrated the 73rd Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka on 04th February 2021.

This year, the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions prevented the Mission from inviting fellow Sri Lankans as well as the well-wishers of the Mission residing in Chennai. The Acting Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Mr. K. Kiritharan, ceremonially hoisted the National Flag followed by singing of the National Anthem. The Mission staff and their families observed two minutes of silence honouring those who sacrificed their lives for the Motherland.

The proceedings began with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp after which pre-recorded multi-faith religious observances were screened. Blessings were imparted by Venerable Kalawane Mahanama Thero, Monk-in-Charge, Maha Bodhi Society, Chennai, Dr. T.S. Shanmugam Sivachariar Swamigal, Chief Priest & Administrator of Sri Kaligambal Kamateswarar Devasthanam, Rev. Fr. Dr. V. Ignatius SJ, Parish Priest, Fathima Church and Imam Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Quazi, Royapettah Mosque.

Tri-lingual National Day Messages of the Honorable Prime Minister were read out by Mr. K. Kiritharan, Actg. Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Thilina Jayawardena, Counsellor and Mr. Dilanga Hettiarachchi, Third Secretary (Commercial). The National Day message of the Hon. Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka was read by Ms. Neetha Chandrasena, Second Secretary.

Concluding the celebration, the promotional documentary jointly produced by the Foreign Ministry, President’s Media Division (PMD), Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau was screened.

Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka
Chennai
04th February, 2021

Full Media Release – https://www.facebook.com/SLDHC.Chennai

Baggage Reconciliation System

Invitation For Bids For The Provisioning of a Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) & Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA)

For Srilankan Airlines
Reference No: Cpit/Icb 14/2020
Chairman

Media Release

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare. There are around 600 Sri Lankan students all over India dispersed throughout various States. Out of this, in Southern India alone 191 students have registered themselves at this Mission. Details are as follows:

Tamil Nadu 62
Telangana 09
Kerala 04
Andhra Pradesh 04
Karnataka 112

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in touch with the students and respective institutions to ensure their welfare and has advised all students to keep indoors and remain safe by abiding all precautionary measures. This Mission constantly monitors their situation and is committed to assist and ensure the safety and welfare of the students.

Further, the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka launched “Contact Sri Lanka” a web portal welcoming Sri Lankans living abroad to voluntarily register at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk. Registering online in the web portal will allow the Ministry of Foreign Relations to reach out during emergencies such as the COVID 19 outbreak. This portal will connect Overseas Sri Lankans with stakeholders in Sri Lanka and network of Sri Lanka Missions aboard. A dedicated team of officials have already been assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to respond to quarries of Overseas Sri Lankans and also to act as an online help desk during emergencies.

Registration by country will also allow the Ministry of Foreign Relations to propose concrete policy decisions to critical response situations such as evacuation etc., depending on the number of emergency assistance, requests generated. Therefore, Sri Lankans living abroad are invited to benefit from this portal.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission
Chennai

27th March, 2020

Limitation of Consular Services

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai will offer limited Consular Services from 24 March 2020 until further notice taking into account the global circumstances associated with COVID – 19.

Accordingly, for the following emergency Consular services kindly contact the 24/7 hotline:
1. Issuance of Emergency Travel Document for Sri Lankan citizens
2. Issuance of Certifications related to death of Sri Lankan national
3. Any other emergency services considered necessary
4. Urgent inquiries regarding COVID – 19 pandemic

Hot Line: 8939594463 and 9789919905
Email: sldhc.chennai@mfa.gov.lk

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission
Chennai
23.03.2020