Ceremonial Commencement of Work for the New Year by the Sri Lanka High Commission in London
The staff of the Sri Lanka High Commission in the United Kingdom ceremonially commenced work for the year 2020 with a special programme held at the High Commission premises on Wednesday 01 January 2020.
The programme commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag of Sri Lanka at the Chancery building by the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the staff of the High Commission. Thereafter, two minutes’ silence was observed to commemorate war heroes and those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the Motherland. This was followed by the reading of the Oath of Public Servants by the High Commissioner and staff.
The High Commissioner in her remarks thanked the staff for the excellent cooperation and support extended to her to achieve the objectives of the High Commission during the past year. The High Commissioner also highlighted the importance of the public officials discharging their duties for the benefit of all Sri Lankans adhering to the policies of the new Government and in the national interest. She highlighted the need to uphold the highest standards of integrity, commitment and dedication by staff in executing the mandate of the public service and the development policy agenda of the Government.
The programme ended with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp and partaking in a traditional breakfast comprising milk rice and sweetmeats to celebrate the dawn of the New Year.
Sri Lanka High Commission
01 January 2020