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Coffee Hour at International Student Center, Kansas State University by Sri Lankan Students Association

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  • SRI LANKA “ The Pearl of the Indian Ocean” MAY YOU LIVE LONGER !!! 'AYUBOWAN' Sri Lanka Students’ Association
  • Country Profile: Geography SRI LANKA USA
  • Country Profile: Geography Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is an island situated in the Indian ocean, at the base of the Indian sub-continent latitude: - 6 – 10 o N longitude:- 80 – 82 o E (880 km north of the equator) View slide
  • Country Profile: Geography Area: 25,332 miles 2 ( 1/3 of Kansas and slightly larger than West Virginia ) Average Temperature: Low land along the coast: 80 0 F Hill country : 67 o F Capital: Colombo (Business) Sri Jayawardhana (Legislative) Highest Elevation 8281 ft MSL View slide
  • CITY OF COLOMBO
  • GALLE FACE, COLOMBO
  • Country Profile: Government Country Name - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Government Type - Republic Chief of State - President Legal System - Mixture of English common law, Roman-Dutch, Muslim, Sinhalese, and customary law Suffrage – 18 years First Female Prime Minister in the World ( 1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-00) Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • National Flag National Emblem National Flower ( Blue Water Lily ) National Tree ( Mesua Nagassarium )
  • Country Profile: People The Sri Lankan Society is rich with Ethnic and Religious diversity Ethnicity - Sinhalese 74%, Tamil 18%, Muslim 7%, Other 1% Population - 20 million Population / Area = 790 people/ miles 2 (34 in Kansas) Languages - Sinhala, Tamil, English
    • Religions - Buddhist 70%, Hindu 15%, Christian 8%, Islam 7%
    Country Profile: People
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  • Country Profile: Education
    • Literacy Rate - 92% ( 49% in South Asia)
    • A free education system with fully government funded Schools and Universities
    • Primary (Grade 1- 6)
    • Junior Secondary (Grade 7-11)
    • Senior Secondary (Grade 12-13)
    • Higher Education (University)
    • Medium of Instruction
      • Schools – Sinhala, Tamil & English
      • Universities – English
    • Less than 1% of Private Schools & Universities
  • Country Profile: Health
    • Life expectancy at birth – 73 years (62.8 in South Asia)
    • Free Health Care system
    • Government funded National Hospitals
    • No Mandatory Health Insurance
    • The Practice of AYURVEDIC Medicine is very popular
      • AYURVEDA - science of life or the Art of healthy living with herbal medicines and natural treatments
  • Culture
      • Civilized before 300 B.C. using agriculture and irrigation
      • Influenced by Portuguese, Dutch & British rule
      • Intimate connection between society & religion
      • Diversity ranging from traditional farming to Information Technology
      • World famous for hospitality of people
  • Culture: Festivals
      • Sinhala & Hindu new year
          • Celebration of the end of the major harvest season "Maha" of the year, in the month of Bak (April) according to the Sri Lankan calender.
          • Rituals based on times calculated according to astrology.
      • Thaipongal Festival
          • Mostly celebrate by Hindus in the month of January
  • Culture: Festivals
      • Vesak festival
          • Celebrates on the full moon day in May to commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Parinibbhana (death) of the Lord Buddha.
    Vesak Lanterns
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  • Culture: Festivals
      • Kandy Perahera (Procession)
          • Held annually in August to honor the living memory of the Buddha, the sacred tooth relic.
          • ‘ One of foremost World Heritage events' – UNESCO.
    perahara events
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  • Food
    • The Staple diet is Rice and curry
    • Very famous for spicy and hot food
    • Use of coconut cream for cooking is very common
    • Over hundred of varieties
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  • Sports
    • National Sport – Volleyball
    • Most Popular game – Cricket
    • Other Games – Soccer, Hockey, Rugby, Athletics
    • Achievements
      • Winners of 1996 Cricket World cup
      • Won the bronze medal for women 200m in 2000 Olympic
  • Susanthika Jayasinghe
  • Nature & Attractions Sri Lanka is one of the biodiversity hot spots in the world. Sinharaja rain forest, a primeval forest over 15 million years old is a world heritage site More than 50% of the flora & fauna of the Sinharaja forest are endemic.
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  • Nature & Attractions Sri Lanka has a rich and exotic variety of wildlife.
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  • Nature & Attractions In comparison to its size, Sri Lanka has perhaps the largest number of waterfalls in any country of the world (approx. 400 waterfalls) waterfalls in Sri Lanka
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  • Nature & Attractions Sri Lanka has the most picturesque white, sandy beaches.
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  • Nature & Attractions Sri Lanka has the largest orphanage for Asian elephants. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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  • Economy Sri Lanka's economy mainly depends on agricultural products, garment exports and tourism. GDP : $80.58 billion (2004 est.) Population below poverty line: - 22% (1997 est.) Unemployment rate: - 7.8% (2004 est.) Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee (US$ 1 = 102 Rupees) per capita : - $4,000 (2004 est.) composition by sector : -
    • agriculture: 19.1%
    • industry: 26.2%
    • services: 54.7%
  • Economy: Agriculture Sri Lanka is one of the largest Tea Producer in the World - Ceylon Tea has achieved a reputation as being the best tea in the world. Other agricultural exports include spices, rubber, coconuts, foliage plants & flowers.
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  • Economy: Industries Sri Lanka supplies 1.2% of US Garment needs and Apparel Industry accounts for 71% of Sri Lanka’s Industrial Exports Sri Lanka is a Leading exporter of high-grade graphite & rich in Mineral deposits such as Illemanite, Rutile & Apatite. Sri Lankan Ceramics are some of the finest in the world. Large deposits of precious stones can be found in and around Ratnapura, the city of gems.
  • Economy: Tourism Sri Lanka is a tropical gateway for thousands of visitors all around the World Every year more than 0.5 million tourists visit Sri Lanka
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    • National Parks
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  • Economy: Tourism
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka Sacred City of Anuradhapura – 1 st Capitol (4 th Century BC) Jetavana Dagoba, Sandakada Pahana, Samadhi Buddha Statue, Ruwanweliseya, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya
  • Ancient city of Polonnaruwa - 2 nd capital (1017 - 1284 AD) Buddha Statues, Watadage and guardstones UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
  • MAHA NUWARA (KANDY): LAST KINGDOM -1805 AD DALANDA MALIGAWA (TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC) UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
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  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka World famous for its unique landscaping and Frescoes Rock, Steps, Entrance & Frescoes
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  • THANK YOU ! ...