Sri Lanka donates Ceylon Tea to the Royal Hospital Chelsea

As a gesture of goodwill to appreciate the service rendered by the iconic veterans of the British Army, a donation of Ceylon tea was made by Sri Lanka to the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 26 August 2020.

The Sri Lanka Tea Board and seven leading tea producers in Sri Lanka, namely, Vintage Teas Ceylon Ltd,  Tea Trends Export Ltd (New English Teas), English Tea Shop,  Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Mlesna Ceylon Ltd, Stassen International Pvt Ltd and Akbar Brothers contributed to this generous donation.

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi at Sri Vel Murugan Temple in Lewisham

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi at Sri Vel Murugan Temple in Catford, Lewisham on Saturday, 22 August 2020.

Ganesh Chaturthi is an auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar which marks the birth of the Lord Ganesh.

The puja was conducted by the Head Priest of the temple, Sridhara kurukkal.  He invoked blessings on the staff of the High Commission, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, and on the whole world to be rid of obstacles created by the current COVID19 pandemic.

Sri Vel Murugan Temple was started 23 years ago on hired community halls conducting puja on every Friday, and it was formally established at the current location in 2014.  The Temple is being regularly patronised by Sri Lankan and Indian devotees.

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State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya reiterates need to strengthen relations with Asian neighbours

State Minister of Regional Co-operation Tharaka Balasuriya assumed duties at the Foreign Ministry today (19 August). The State Minister was received by Foreign Secretary Admiral (Prof.) Jayanath Colombage and other senior officials, upon his arrival at the Ministry. Religious observances were conducted to invoke blessings prior to the assumption of duties.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC -Suspension of issuance of visas for Sri Lanka

We wish to inform those who make inquiries on applying for visas for Sri Lanka that the temporary suspension of the issuance of visas put in place due to COVID-19 pandemic still continues. Accordingly, the issuance of all categories of Sri Lanka visas for all foreign nationals remains suspended until further notice. (For further details please visit:

Therefore, please note that at present the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK does not accept applications for the issuance of any type of Sri Lanka visas for foreign nationals.

11 August 2020

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