Victory Celebration - 2012
Plans are afoot to conserve the historic Fort in Jaffna for the benefit of the future generation. Our Special Representative Aruna Jayakody said the programme has been chalked out with the mediation of the Department of Archaeology. Jaffna Fort spans more than 15 acres. It was built during the Portuguese period. Thereafter, the Fort was demolished and rebuilt by the Dutch. The Fort built by the Dutch now stands in Jaffna. A special meeting was held to thrash out decisions on the initiatives that should be taken to conserve the fort. Northern Governor G.A. Chandrasiri chaired the meeting. Commissioner General for Archaeology Senarath Dissanayake said the Jaffna Fort will be rebuilt maintaining its pristine glory. Re-development programmes are afoot to enable the public to view all sites of archaeological interest based in Jaffna with the return of peace to the Peninsula. The archaeological reconstructions are in place in parallel to the Uthuru Wasanthaya programme.
new bridge will be constructed further strengthening the friendship between Sri Lanka and India. The Indian Government has mooted plans to build an Expressway and a rail track linking the two countries. Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said that these will be built as the Inter Asia Expressway and the Inter Asia Rail Bridge. The Minister was addressing the inaugural sessions of the second SAARC Transport Ministers meeting. The Minister observed that an opportunity will be available to further strengthen the relations with India which is the largest trading partner of the region following the building of the new bridge. Transport Ministers representing the SAARC region joined in the meeting. Ministers Rohitha Bogollagama, A.H.M. Fowzie, M.H.M. Mohamed, Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Geethanjana Gunawardena, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana, Chief Ministers Prasanna Ranatunga and Sarath Ekanayake and Provincial Minister Upali Kodikara were among those present.
SriLankan Airlines, which began operations in 1979, has re-invented itself in the recent past, winning numerous global awards and establishing a firm reputation as a leader among Asian airlines in service, comfort, reliability, and punctuality. As the National Carrier of Sri Lanka, SriLankan is proud to take to the air the qualities of warmth, caring and friendliness that are a distinct part of Sri Lankas culture. Route Network SriLankan is a network carrier, with rapid connections that link Europe and the Middle East on one side with Southeast Asia and the Far East on the other. It is also one of the largest foreign carriers operating to India, with 90 weekly flights to 11 destinations, and the largest carrier into the Maldives with direct flights from Europe. SriLankan now serves 45 destinations in 25 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Far East. Major destinations include London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Rome, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, and Dubai. Colombo as a Hub SriLankans main global hub is Colombos Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), with rapid connections throughout the network. BIA has earned a reputation as the finest airport in South Asia. It has a new terminal with aerobridges, comfortable lounges, and a duty free shopping complex that is second to none in the region. Awards SriLankan has consistently achieved very high marks for excellence, especially in polls of global travellers. The awards include: Worlds Best Airline in a survey of Economy Class passengers Worlds Friendliest Cabin Staff - Skytrax Worlds Most Reliable Operator of Airbus A330s (small fleet) - Airbus Industrie. Worlds Most Reliable Operator of Airbus A340s (small fleet) - Airbus Industrie. First Runner-up for Worlds Best Cabin Staff Skytrax Best Airline in South Asia (3 consecutive times) from Travel Trade Gazette Best Airline in Central Asia (4 consecutive times) - Skytrax Best Overall Inflight Entertainment (small fleet), twice World Airline Entertainment Association Best Airline Turnaround of the Year 2004 Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation Galileo Indian Express Award for Best Eastbound International Airline