Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan President's intended Jumbo gift to Israeli President raises concerns among his staff
Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 01:30 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 06, Colombo: Staff at the office of Israeli President Shimon Peres are reportedly in a state of confusion to find room for a jumbo that will be gifted to the Israeli President by Sri Lankan President who will be visiting the country following his visit to Palestine.

According to a report in Times of Israel President Rajapaksa has made it known that he would like to present President Shimon Peres with a pachyderm, as a gift between friends.

The report said although the staff at the Israeli President's residence was thrilled at the gift, they were stressed to find a place for the jumbo which can weigh in at over three metric tons.

Although the staff had managed to make arrangements with the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo to house the animal as a member of the zoo's existing herd, the keepers have raised concerns in transporting the animal from Sri Lanka to Israel.

They have pointed out that in addition to a battery of veterinary checks there are international regulations controlling the movement of wild animals around the globe and the entire process was likely to take several weeks.

As a result, the there is no formal plan to bring the elephant, but a Foreign Ministry source has said that if President Rajapaksa formally announced during the visit his intention to send the gift, it would be warmly received, the Times reported.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka 2015 Budget highlights
-- [9 hours ago]
UN recognizes post war progress in Sri Lanka, works with government to resolve reconciliation issues
Former Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka clears himself of Rs. 1.5 billion fraud in coal purchase
New secretary to Sri Lanka Sports Ministry assumes duties
Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow
Murali Harmony Cup 2014to launch on 29 October in Sri Lanka's North
President presents Sri Lanka's next year budget promising relief for all sectors
Sri Lanka's 2015 budget focused on long term development - Central Bank Governor
Sri Lanka joins China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Sri Lanka hires eighth lobbying firm in the US

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.