Sri Lanka to enhance important relationship with India

Prior to her appointment as the High commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, she served as the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka. After joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981, Mrs Wagiswara has served as High Commissioner to Singapore, Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris and as High Commissioner to Canada.Mrs Wagiswara is a graduate from Sri Janawardenapura University and completed her postgraduate studies at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Colombo and the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara presented her credentials to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhawan in New Delhi.Meeting the President of India after presenting the Credentials, Mrs. Wagiswara conveyed the greetings of the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to the President of India. She said that she is honoured to take up the post as the High Commissioner and extended her services of her Office to enhance the important relationship between India and Sri Lanka, which dates back to many centuries. read more

Duchess of Sussex reveals she is six months pregnant with the baby

“I think it’ll take a lot of the pressure off , especially for first time mums, if they are struggling because you have to buy everything.”Before departing, the Duke and Duchess were asked to to jointly unveil a plaque officially declaring Number 7 open, as Mr Field said his short speech had been inspired by Meghan’s own words to him. The Duchess drinks and chats with locals at Number 7Credit:Anthony Devlin/PA One, a 69-year-old Buddhist monk named Kelsang Sonam, gave Harry a copy of a book entitled “8 Steps to Happiness” after the Duke told him he meditates every day.Allan Robinson and Kenny Robinson, in conversation with the Duchess, told her they were about to learn to cook at the cafe, inviting her back to taste their meals. “There’s nothing worse than getting a crappy hand-out, like a second-hand babygrow in a plastic carrier bag,” she said.“If you’re giving someone a gift it takes away the stigma. This is not about saying ‘poor you’, it’s just a gift. Sometimes more than anything it’s not about what you’re giving someone but them knowing you are there for them.” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain's Prince Harry unveil a plaque to officially open Number 7 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead The Duchess was asked to present a heavy moses basket full of gifts for a new baby to Angel Midgley, 27, who is 23-weeks pregnant with her second child, a baby girl.“I would say that I would lift it for you but neither of those us should be lifting right now,” she joked, embracing her and turning the gift basket for an official photograph. “When are you due?” she asked Angel. “So soon! Doesn’t it fly by?”Told the baby already has an older brother, six-year-old Isaac, Meghan replied: “You’ll have a little helper!”Of the sex of the Sussex baby, she added: “We don’t know. We’re keeping it a surprise – whichever way we’ll be thrilled with the outcome.”“She congratulated me on the baby and asked if I knew what I was having,” Miss Midgley said afterwards.“She said they didn’t know [the sex] and they were leaving it as a surprise. She said how lovely the moses basket was as well. The Duchess of Sussex arrives to officially open Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Princess Pavements, Pyramids Shopping CentreCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone as part of a visit to BirkenheadCredit:Danny Lawson/PA “Ma’am as you said, it’s a great example to the country and to the world,” he told her. “Yes it is,” she replied, nodding.Frank Field said the Baby Basics idea had stemmed from reports that found mothers were avoiding their first check-ups after birth because they felt embarrassed and worried they did not have the right clothes or equipment for their children.“Mums said they couldn’t actually present their babies as they were dead scared that social services would take them,” he said.“The idea is that we will provide a service so that every baby would be able to go to their first tests and nobody is about to tell their background: every baby is equal.”Of the supermarket, he added: ”We want it to be better than Waitrose.”Eve Barrett, community and strategic manager at the St James Centre, said they hoped to present the boxes as gifts to any mother-to-be including items for both mum and baby. “After a few months shopping with us, we hope they will have got a bit more money in the pocket and more of a margin before they hit crisis,” said Andrew Forsey, a trustee of Feeding Britain.“At the moment, there are those who just cannot afford to pay the rent and bill and afford food at the end of the month.“Barely a week goes by without a new face of poverty emerging.” Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain’s Prince Harry unveil a plaque to officially open Number 7Credit:Anthony Devlin/Getty Given a tour of the small supermarket, the Duke asked questions about where the food came from while the Duchess wondered whether clients were given a recipe card to help them. “They do? Great!” she said.Speaking of the upmarket-looking shelves, she said: “That’s the thing, the aesthetics are so incredibly important because it just feels like an experience anyone else would have [at an ordinary supermarket].”Praising the lack of plastic and customers’ ability to buy just one item of fresh fruit or veg, she added: “So you don’t need to get six of something? That’s really refreshing.”The royal couple then joined customers at tables to learn more about their experiences, asking questions about their backgrounds. The Duchess of Sussex arrives to officially open Number 7, a 'Feeding Birkenhead' citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Princess Pavements, Pyramids Shopping Centre In time, it is hoped Number 7 will become a hub for parents, with midwives referring people for support.There are plans in the pipeline for “Smile Boxes” for older children, with toothbrushes, toothpaste and games to combat the problem of tooth decay in poorer communities.The Number 7 supermarket, which opened shortly before Christmas, is set up to provide good quality food at a significant discount, aiming to set prices at between 50 and 80 per cent of the market rate.Open to members, who are referred via local housing associations once their needs have been assessed, it is aimed at those who struggle to make ends meet but are not yet at the level of financial crisis that would require a food bank.Organisers said they hoped the low prices would allow people with small budgets to make their money last longer, allowing them to save for unexpected payments without reaching the point of extreme poverty. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be “thrilled” with a baby boy or girl, the mother-to-be has said, as she looks after her growing bump with mint tea and no heavy lifting.The Duchess, who was visiting Birkenhead with her husband, said her pregnancy has “flown by” as she met a fellow expectant mother, who revealed for the first time she is due at the end of April or the beginning of May. Presenting a moses basket and hamper full of baby clothes and toiletries to Angel Midgely, she joked neither of them should lift the heavy gift as she placed a protective hand on her bump.The couple visited Number 7, a cafe and supermarket which offers discounted foods to help those on lower incomes live within their means.The Duchess appeared particularly impressed with the initiative, proclaiming it “amazing” and revealing she had been in discussions with Frank Field MP about visiting since the autumn.The royal couple’s conversions saw them happily talk about their baby, due in the spring, and call Number 7 a “prototype for the world”.“You can say it’s got the royal seal of approval now,” said Harry.Earlier that day, greeting crowds in Hamilton Square, the couple were bombarded with questions about their baby, relaying information about the due date and unknown sex repeatedly with good grace. Kim Thompson, who spoke to the Duchess, disclosed afterwards: “She said she is six months pregnant and due at the end of April, beginning of May.”The Duke, his wife told another well wisher, would make “a fantastic father”.At the cafe, the Duchess declined the offer of coffee due to her pregnancy but asked for a mint tea “or something herbal”.She also sampled the cafe’s lemon drizzle cake, made by staff member Caroline Noble from her mother’s recipe, and called it “delicious”. The Duchess drinks and chats with locals at Number 7 Food at the Number 7 supermarket is donated by brands, supermarkets and redistribution charities which take surplus stock to give to a good cause, with cereal from Kellogg’s and meat from Morrisons.Iceland, the frozen food supermarket, has promised to offer job interviews to members after learning about the project.Number 7 also features a community cafe, designed to have a reasonably-priced healthy menu which will one day help to run the running of the project.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were invited to Birkenhead by Frank Field, the veteran local MP, who wrote to them to tell them of the “good news stories” that chime with their own charitable causes and could use their public support.The organisation would now welcome donations from the public towards the baby boxes, including as-new clothing for newborns, hats, socks, mittens, winter coats, blankets and sheets, as well as packets of nappies, maternity towels, wipes, and baby shampoo. read more