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SriLankan refutes claim of ‘mishandling’ renowned monk’s flight (Update)

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National carrier SriLankan Airlines has issued a clarification with regard to recent reports of mishandling the travel of World renowned Buddhist monk – Ven. Ajahn Brahmavaṃso Thera.

Noting that the story is ‘completely false’, SriLankan airlines state that the Thera was booked on a different airline when the unfortunate delay occurred at the BIA yesterday (31).

“SriLankan Airlines, however, promptly stepped up and went beyond to help Venerable Ajahn Brahm find an alternative flight.”

“SriLankan Airlines therefore reiterates that the Venerable Thero was not originally booked to travel to Bangkok or any other destination on SriLankan Airlines when the incident happened,” the statement further notes.

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(Previous Update at  04:31 pm June 01, 2023)

Ven. Ajahn Brahmavaṃsa Thera ‘bumped’ to make way for PM’s entourage?

World renowned Buddhist monk – Ven. Ajahn Brahmavaṃso had been compelled to remain at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake for over 12 hours yesterday (31) after the Thera was not escorted to his scheduled flight, ‘Lankadeepa’ reports.

The Thera had been at the airport around 10.00pm on May 30, and was supposed to take the SriLankan Airlines flight which was supposed to leave for Bangkok, Thailand at 1.10 am yesterday

After completing all security checks, The Thero was seated at the VIP guest lounge to board the scheduled flight.

A little later, Prime Minister – Dinesh Gunawardena and his entourage had also arrived at the VIP lounge before being taken to the flight to Thailand on a special bus.

Around 2.30am, airport officials had informed the Thera that the flight was cancelled.

Quoting officials, ‘Lankadeepa’ further reports that the Thera had left the island at 10.45 yesterday morning, via SriLankan Airlines’ flight UL 314 which departed for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

According to some reports, the Ven. Thera had been ‘bumped’ to make room for the PM’s entourage.

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MFA Consular Division to be relocated to “Suhurupaya”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that their Consular Affairs Division will be relocated to the new premises at the 16th floor of “Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla with effect from May 02, 2024. 

All consular services will be provided to the public at the new office premises during regular office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.15 pm, an MFA media release notes.

It further adds :

Document authentication services provided by the Consular Affairs Division in Colombo will be temporarily suspended for the public on 29 and 30 April 2024 in order to facilitate the transition of the Electronic Document Authentication System (e-DAS) to the new premises at Suhurupaya.

However, during the said transition period, the Regional Consular Offices in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Kandy and Matara will remain open to the public during regular office hours. Applications for document authentication can be submitted to the Regional Offices as usual and the authenticated documents will be delivered to the applicants only on Thursday, 02 May 2024.

The public is also hereby advised to submit any urgent application for authentication to the Consular Division in Colombo, or any Regional Consular Offices by 4.15 pm on 26 April 2024, with a view to avoiding any inconvenience.

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Sri Lanka Railways GM passes away

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Sri Lanka Railways General Manager H. M. K. W. Bandara passed away today (23) due to a sudden illness.

He  was appointed as the railways chief in November 2023.

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CPC Vice Minister Sun Haiyan to visit Sri Lanka

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Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun Haiyan, is set to arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day official visit, as reported by The Thinakaran Newspaper.

During her visit, Sun Haiyan is scheduled to engage in discussions with high-ranking government officials, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The discussions are anticipated to cover various bilateral matters of mutual interest between China and Sri Lanka.

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