It’s been a long time coming but the Oregon Buddhist Vihara ‘s is finally primed to expand.
The Theravada temple in Hillsboro, about 20 miles west of Portland, has just been greenlighted by the city for a 3,172 square foot, two-story building, its first expansion since opening in 2004 in a one-bedroom house.
“We are more like the US now” – Ambassador Independence Event
Career diplomat Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, no stranger to many who had known him during his tenure in Washington (1995-1998) received an enthusiastic welcome at an Independence Day event at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles last weekend. But he also had his work cut out trying to convince his compatriots that things are moving in the right direction in Sri Lankan-US relations. After all, many here suspect the US had a hand in the “regime change” that ousted President Rajapaksa last year. Read Full Story
FM Samaraweera in DC for US-SL Annual Partnership Dialogue
Washington, DC - Secretary Kerry welcomed Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to the State Department in Washington, D.C., on February 25 for the inaugural U.S.-Sri Lanka Annual Partnership Dialogue, which the two had announced during Secretary Kerry’s visit to the country in May 2015.
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon led the U.S. delegation for discussions on democratic governance, development cooperation, people-to-people ties, economic cooperation, security cooperation, international and regional affairs, and other issues of mutual interest. Read Full Story
Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera pose for a photo before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State [State Department photo]
Bandula Gunawardane Slams US Double Standards
Opposition parliamentarian Mr. Bandula Gunawardane speaking to expatriates in Los Angeles accused the US government of double standards saying that despite egregious violations of democratic and human rights the US has nothing but praise for the current Sri Lankan regime. Read Full Story
US 7th Fleet Flagship in Colombo
The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Colombo for a port call March 26, the first visit by a U.S. Navy ship since October 2011. The USS Blue Ridge team consists of more than 900 sailors, who will interact with their Sri Lanka Navy counterparts... Read Full Story