There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.

7 Truly Sri Lankan Foods

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful beaches, hospitality, spices, cricket, tea, wildlife and of course the cuisine. Our food really is quite unlike any other. I’m sure we’re all guilty of going abroad and sometimes craving the taste of our Lankan food more than the presence of any of our loved ones. It’s really quite understandable considering the flavoursome variety of delectable food that we are used to having on a daily basis. So here’s a list of a very few quintessential Sri Lankan foods that have shaped our lives.

Other than Kawum, Kokis, Kiribath, what else Truly Lankan Food.. Here some..

Regional cooperation strengthens borders

Friday, 10 November 2017 00:00 Written by

Australia and Malaysia have strengthened their ability to work together to combat maritime crime through a cooperative law enforcement training exercise called Exercise Redback.
Exercise Redback is part of an ongoing series of cooperative maritime law enforcement training exercises designed to enhance the capabilities of both countries to combat maritime crime including people smuggling and human trafficking.

Hon. Consulate of Sri Lanka Delivers Paramount Support to the Ground-Breaking Project of Application of Sports Science in Sri Lanka by Edith Cowan University

Renegades Champions League Team SL announced!

Friday, 03 November 2017 00:00 Written by

[Breaking news] on Renegades Champions League Team SL selections.

SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, made history today, with the commencement of the first-ever direct flight service between Colombo and Melbourne.

Australia PM set to visit Sri Lanka this week

Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00 Written by

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on a 2 day tour to Israel and will also visit Sri Lanka on his way back from Israel, meeting with the country's prime minister and president to mark the 70th anniversary of Australia's bilateral relationship with the country.

We will update more news on this tour.

INCOMING Greens MP Samantha Ratnam has become the new leader of the party’s Victorian branch.

The former Moreland Mayor was announced as the surprise choice today, with current upper house member Nina Springle taking the deputy position.

Ms Ratnam is replacing retiring former leader Greg Barber in the Legislative Council, and will officially enter the chamber tomorrow.
“This is an exciting time for the Greens. The balance of power in both houses is within sight and we’re working hard to take the first step with a win in the Northcote by-election,” Ms Ratnam said.

 

 

“It’s an honour to be appointed by the Greens MPs, who are all leaders in their own right. As a social worker and councillor I’ve witnessed state government failures first hand.

“Victorians are the most progressive people in the country and we deserve a government willing to lead on the big issues.”

Ms Ratnam flagged a focus on pokies, political donations and removing coal from the state were all on the agenda.

“I am excited, humbled and honoured to stand here today. We are excited to shake up the a Victorian Parliament,” she said.

Samantha Ratnam is the new leader of the Victorian Greens. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

 

 

Despite being new Ms Ratnam was confident saying the Victorian Greens had a “highly competent team” to support her.

However, Ms Springle admitted the move could be seen as controversial.

“We are a self-contained unit,” Ms Springle said.

“I am sure our federal colleagues will respect our decision.”

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale welcomed the announcement.

“I have known Sam for many years. She is extremely talented and well respected, as a Victorian Greens member, I’m incredibly proud to have her leading our party,” Dr Di Natale said.

“Alongside Sam, Nina Springle as deputy leader and their parliamentary team will continue to provide dynamic and progressive alternatives to the old parties as we look forward to the upcoming state election”.

Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell said there were no other members considered during the leadership discussions.

Integrity and Treasury and Finance are two new areas of focus.

It is understood the new leadership is a bid to bring in a “changing of the guard” and freshen the party.

Former Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber

The Greens are also hoping to win another lower house seat in the coming months with candidate Lidia Thorpe in a tight contest with Labor candidate Clare Burns in the Northcote by-election.

Ms Ratnam ran for the federal seat of Wills, in northwest Melbourne, last year but failed to win it from Labor.

She was born in Sri Lanka and fled the country in 1987 as a child before arriving in Australia with her family.

The leadership announcement comes after former Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber said he would step down from his seat.

 

 

Weeks before, he had flagged he would not recontest his seat in the upper house which will be taken by Moreland councillor Sam Ratnam.

Mr Barber told media he was leaving politics to go fishing.

“I’ve been a very busy Green, for more than 15 years,” Mr Barber said.

“I’m going to have a little rest, do some fishing and think about my future plans.”

 

Source & Credits: http://www.heraldsun.com.au

IMA deadline - Less than 2 weeks to apply

Sunday, 24 September 2017 00:00 Written by

[Media Release] Illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) who arrived in Australia illegally by boat must lodge an application for a Temporary Protection (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) visa before 1 October 2017 or leave Australia. The vast majority
have already applied.

Read the media releases in English, Sinhalese & Tamil 

Australia Sri Lanka Council Inc,.AGM and Networking Session

Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00 Written by

Australia Sri Lanka Council Inc. - Networking Session

Media release from DIBP Operation Sovereign Borders.

Read the media releases in English, Sinhalese & Tamil 

Education is key to combating people smuggling

Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:00 Written by

Media release from DIBP Operation Sovereign Borders.

Read the media releases in English, Sinhalese & Tamil 

Australia Universities Ranking 2018

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 00:00 Written by

MELBOURNE University remains the country’s best university, according to the latest rankings. But be warned, Australian unis are slipping behind.

All five Australian cities included in the Economist’s global liveability survey are in the top 20, with Sydney ranked 11

BARN HOUSE STUDIO OFFERS 10% OFF FOR AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:00 Written by

The Benevolent Experience of Sri Lankan Hospitality

Foreign inflows to the Sri Lanka stock market originating from Australia indicate a figure of Rs. 626.4 million year-to-date, which is an all-time record for foreign purchases from Australia in a calendar year.

[MEDIA RELEASE ]IMA deadline approaches - 2 months apply

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:00 Written by

[Media Release] Illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) who arrived in Australia illegally by boat must lodge an application for a Temporary Protection (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) visa before 1 October 2017 or leave Australia. The vast majority
have already applied.

Read the media releases in English, Sinhalese & Tamil 

Refugee Week: A time to celebrate and reflect

Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00 Written by

 

"Ran Roo" Concert in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00 Written by

"Ran Roo" Concert will happen in Sri Lanka for a charity project. The purpose of the concert is to gather funds for a Brain Operation. 

In May 2017, the Australian Border Force’s largest patrol vessel, Ocean Shield, conducted official visits to ports in Sri Lanka and India for the first time. Australian Border Force crew shared knowledge and conducted operational activities with the Sri Lankan Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.

Communications Minister Fifield today confirmed that the Australian Government will be shutting down free to air community television as of 30 June 2017.

One Love Melbourne to Sri Lanka Group managed to collect $10,000 for Sri Lanka, sent funds and destributed goods with in 2 weeks.!!

Special thank you to our on-site team led by Buddhika Weerasinghe & Mahesh Wickramasinghe and Bulathsinhala Divisional Secretariat.

One Love Melbourne to Sri Lanka Group has sent detail transactions, reciepts, pictures.

Images of Sri Lankan Australians: Immigration Museum

Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00 Written by

A photographic display celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Sri Lanka. highlighting the achievements and contributions of some significant figures within the diverse and vibrant Australian-Sri Lankan community. 

Sri Lanka named Asia's leading destination 2017

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 00:00 Written by

Adventure-seekers and intrepid globetrotters looking to blaze new trails in Southeast Asia will want to consider adding Sri Lanka to their travel bucket list, after the country claimed the title of leading destination and leading adventure tourism destination for Asia over the weekend.

Heavily armed police have been called to a plane at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport after a man who claimed to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

As aid groups brace for a dengue fever outbreak among flood survivors in Sri Lanka, Australia will chip in $500,000 for emergency assistance.

SriLankan Airlines has announced it will operate a non-stop service out of Melbourne Airport from 29 October 2017.

The new route will carry passengers between Melbourne and Colombo on an Airbus330-200 aircraft.

Flood and Landslide Disaster relief Appeal - 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:00 Written by

[media release] As you are aware adverse weather conditions affecting 230, 571 individuals of 56, 529 families in 14 districts of Sri Lanka. As of 1600 hrs of 27 May 2017, 100 deaths have been reported and 91 individuals declared missing.

 President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Australia on a state visit today.

Regulations are likely to be relaxed in the issue of visas to Sri Lankans currently holding foreign citizenship, investors, students and others, a Cabinet Minister said.  

මෙල්බන් දන්සැල්

Saturday, 06 May 2017 00:00 Written by

 

EXCLUSIVE | SriLankan Airlines will begin flying between Melbourne and Colombo towards the end of this year, marking the airline's long-awaited return to Australian skies. 

Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process.

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident – three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Premier Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community.

“It is important that they understand that they are making a commitment to our Australian values,” he said.

What are the changes?

In explaining what constituted “Australian values”, PM Turnbull said migrants must demonstrate support for religious freedom and gender equality.

“Respect for women and children … that is a key Australian value,” he said, adding domestic violence would not be tolerated.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment.

PE PLUS started promoting the business in Australia

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00 Written by

Leading industrial and household products supplier in Sri Lanka,  PE PLUS (PRIVATE) LIMITED started promoting there business in Australia. 

Sri Lanka, endorsed as a destination of choice for Information Technology and Business Process Management/Outsourcing by Global Consultancy Firms such as Gartner, ATKEARNEY and Tholons has grown from strength to strength during he past few years.

Investor Forum for Sri Lankans living in Australia

Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00 Written by

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), in collaboration with the Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia, conducted an investment promotion campaign for Sri Lankans living in Australia.

Organized by Aus-Lanka Business Council for the CSE.

Here some picture highlights of the event.

Media Coverage by AusNewsLanka.com

500 million households globally set to watch broadcast of world’s second most popular sport

Sri Lanka Investor Forum, Melbourne

Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka Investor Forum - 23rd March 2017 at Melbourne

Once again “Most Liveable City “ in the world to host another one of the worlds best events, here in Melbourne…. Australian international Air Show 2017.

Sri Lankan Star suspended after Sunday's Miracle

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Opening batsman cops two-match ban for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during second T20I against Australia

Gunaratne 84* caps stunning series win for Sri Lanka

Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka 8 for 176 (Gunaratne 84*, Tye 3-37) beat Australia 173 (Henriques 56, Klinger 43, Kulasekara 4-31) 2 wickets

Sri Lanka wins off last ball in MCG Twenty20

Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Chamara Kapugedera's last-ball boundary has given Sri Lanka a five-wicket win over Australia in their opening Twenty20 clash at the MCG

The Sri Lankan prime minister has urged his nationals held in Australian-run immigration detention centres to come home, saying his country is healing.

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe will undertake an official visit to Australia from 13-17 February at the invitation of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Operation Sovereign Borders welcomes new Commander

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, the new Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders.

Lasith Malinga picked for T20Is in Australia

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Dinesh Chandimal, who led Sri Lanka in the last of the T20Is in South Africa, has been dropped from the squad for the three T20Is in Australia, while a clutch of players stage a comeback to the side. The most notable of these is Lasith Malinga who has now recovered from injury.

Melbourne News - Aus Vs. SL T20 Series Event

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00 Written by

Interview on upcoming Sri Lanka tour of Australia in February and about the Gala Dinner on 18 February in Melbourne.

Tickets : AusNewsLanka.com | AusLankaTickets.com for Gala Dinner

Table Bookings Call - Johann 0412 273 928 | Mano 0452 544 951 | Lasitha 0400 830 611

Angelo Mathews' hamstring injury will keep him out of the forthcoming T20 series in Australia, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. A stand-in captain is expected to be named on Tuesday, when the selectors decide on the squad.

Media Release - SLC Function in Melbourne.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Opening batsman Aaron Finch will lead Australia in the absence of regular captain Steve Smith in next month's three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday.

TRAILSL AUSTRALIA CHARITY WALKATHON

Monday, 30 January 2017 00:00 Written by

Sunday 5th February 2017 @7.30am at Paramatta Park

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s government will grant residence permits of up to five years to foreigners investing a minimum of $300,000 in the country, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake announced Thursday.

Best alternatives to Bali for 2017

Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00 Written by

If Bali is not your thing and you’re longing for a destination without the crowds but still a great price, Expedia has unearthed nine international holiday spots that still offer long beaches, cocktails by the pool and great value-for-money.

Sri Lanka Consulate General Office, Melbourne invites the Celebrations to commemorate the 69th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka

Happy New Year

Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00 Written by

Team Aus New Lanka wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all those who trusted us and joined in this journey.

Looking forward to a fabulous new year with a great event line-up and exciting new offerings.

  May Peace, Happiness and Prosperity be yours during this holiday season and throughout the New Year!

Channel 31 Gets A Stay of Execution

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00 Written by

The station just received notice from the Federal Minister for the Arts that its broadcast licence has been extended.

The Sri Lankan girls from Victoria received a warm welcome at the Parliament on the invitation of the Speaker few days ago. 

Sri Lanka Consulate General Office, Melbourne has introduced a New Appointment System. 

AusNewsLanka.com interview with Major General Andrew Bottrell, Commander of the Joint Agency Task Force OSB about legal and illegal ways of coming to Australia.

Sri Lanka Festival 2016 draws unprecedented crowds in Canberra

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:00 Written by

Canberra community came in large numbers to savour a bit of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Festival organised by the High Commission on Saturday 12th November in the High Commission premises.

Australia’s borders are stronger than ever

Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00 Written by

Australia’s borders are stronger than ever

"Share The Dream" Workshop for Muthuhara Melbourne Children

Thursday, 27 October 2016 00:00 Written by

Organised by the 2514 Muthuhara Melbourne, “Share The Dream” youth workshop was successfully held on 23rd at the Notting Hill neighbourhood house, Notting Hill.

More than 800 days of no illegal boat arrivals to Australia

B2B Match Making & Networking Session in Melbourne.

Brisbane Property Investment Showcase in Melbourne

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 00:00 Written by

Dwellings Group has organised this excellent event in showcasing two of the finest apartment complexes in Brisbane, for property investors in Melbourne. 

Operation Sovereign Borders - Media Release

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:00 Written by

Australia’s strong border protection policies save lives

Blooming Spring

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00 Written by

Spring Events in Melbourne

Sign Up for Free Treatments offered by Sahanro Ayurvedic Welness Centre

Next Generation Bank Note Program

Media Release - Database of Sri Lankan Associations

Friday, 26 August 2016 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka Consulate General Office, Melbourne is in the process of updating the database of Sri Lankan Organisations in Victoria and requesting all organisations to provide the details mentioned in the attached letter. 

Media Relesae - Sri Lanka Festival - 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00 Written by

Organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission Canberra from 11.00am to 6.30 pm on Saturday 12th November 2016

Geelong set to host T20 international

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 00:00 Written by

Australia to take on Sri Lanka as CA announces T20 fixtures for 2016-17 summer

A discovery tour of a lifetime!

Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower is one of the best meteor showers of the year. This regular meteor shower is actually around for more than a month but peaks on July 28 and 29.

Former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera is working with some Australia Test players ahead of their tour to Sri Lanka, in his brief consulting stint at Australia's National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

Winter Events

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00 Written by

No season is a lazy season when you know what to do. Christmas in July is a popular theme for most winter events in Melbourne. There are many events and festivals that you can enjoy this winter. We picked up some popular events and festivals that may cheer you up.

Sri Lankan government to allow foreigners to buy land

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00 Written by

The government is gearing to introduce amendments to existing land laws within three to four weeks, in a major push to liberalize Sri Lanka’s land laws allowing foreigners to buy land, Mirror Business learns.

Aus News Lanka - Winter 2016 is out! [Read ONLINE]

Sunday, 19 June 2016 00:00 Written by

Winter issue of Aus News Lanka magazine is out and distributed across Melbourne suburbs. Interstate delivery will be next week  

Poson festival is celebrated in Melbourne at various Buddhist Temples and the activities include Dhamma Sermons, Sil Programs for both Adults and Children, Special Poojas, Displaying of Vesak Pandols and Lanterns and Food Fairs. 

Sri Lanka Flood Relief Australia

Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00 Written by

A group of volunteers in Melbourne joined their hands together to help the most in need for flood victims in Sri Lanka. 

Help Flood Victims in Sri Lanka

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00 Written by

A Group of Sri Lankans in Melbourne called "Help Flood Victims in Sri Lanka" has initiated a campaign in providing assistance to those who are affected from the devastating floods.

Media Relese - Immediate Disaster Relief

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00 Written by

The Government of Sri Lanka wishes to receive cash donations in the form of assistance from Sri Lankan expatriates since it would be economical and to purchase most of the urgent relief items in Sri Lanka and provide them to the needy in a faster manner.

Vesak festival is celebrated in Melbourne at various Buddhist Temples and the activities include Dhamma Sermons, Sil Programs for both Adults and Children, Special Poojas, Displaying of Vesak Pandols and Lanterns and Food Fairs. 

Study Melbourne Student Centre

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00 Written by

The Study Melbourne Student Centre (SMSC) is a ‘one stop shop’ where international students in Victoria and their families can access free and confidential information and support.

Sri Lanka is taking part at international sport events held in other countries for both medal prospects and experience. These events are held very frequently in different regions for selected sports disciplines. 

Western Australia New Year Celebrations 2016

Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Sri Lankan Cultural Society in Western Australia Celebrated the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival

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Images by Dushantha Karunarathne

Sri Lanka Tourism Road Show 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Sri Lanka Tourism has announced a series of industry roadshows to take place in May.

Queensland New Year Celebrations 2016

Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Sinhala Association of QLD celebrated the Sinhala and Hindu New Year Festival

The People - Photographic Exhibition

Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00 Written by

A photographic exhibition by two very creative Sri Lankan photographers - Athula Ranaraja and Dinesh Ayantha.

A Mystical Journey Captured

Saturday, 16 April 2016 00:00 Written by

Armed with his camera and collection of one-inch-to-the-mile maps, Cecil Perera has traversed 50,000 km across Sri Lanka to photograph his homeland in all its glory.

At the invitation of the Government of Australia Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs is undertaking an official visit to Australia from 04 to 06 April 2016. As part of this official visit the Hon. Minister visited Victoria on 04 April 2016. 

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals surged 22.8 percent in March 2016, from a year earlier, with India surging ahead of China, and key Western European generating markets growing 30 to 40 percent.

RACV Victorian Burglary Statistics

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00 Written by

RACV's analysis of the 2014/15 Victorian crime statistics has been released.

Victoria Police - Police Custody Officer Campaign

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00 Written by

VICTORIA POLICE - Police Custody Officer Campaign

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC Re: Dual Citizenship Applications of Sri Lanka, by Consulate General Office, Melbourne.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Internal Affairs S. B. Navinna on Tuesday clarified that the government will not suspend awarding of dual citizenship as it plans to encourage its citizens living abroad to return to the country and contribute to development.

Aus News Lanka Magazine - Autumn 2016

Sunday, 14 February 2016 00:00 Written by

A former Sri Lankan test cricketer will not be able to play in a grand final with an outer-suburban Melbourne cricket club following a Supreme Court decision after a suspension.

THE PEARLFISHERS

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00 Written by

Set in colonial Ceylon, Bizet’s romantic opera of golden sands, colourful silks and soul-stirring duets is being reimagined in this brand new Opera Australia production, directed by Michael Gow.

New Zealanders who arrived after 26 February 2001, but on or before 19 February 2016, have been living in Australia for the last five years, have been earning at least $53,900 and pass mandatory health, character and security checks are eligible for a new streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residency and citizenship.

Lets make Pineapple Fried Rice! COOK with DON - Australia

Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00 Written by

Lets make Pineapple Fried Rice! COOK with DON - Australia

The Sri Lankan government plans to grant dual citizenship to nearly 10,000 expatriates, Minister of Internal Affairs S.B. Nawinna said.

The Wedding Show in Melbourne

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 00:00 Written by

Legal - Tips and Updates

Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00 Written by

Legal - Tips and Updates article from AusNewsLanka Magazine