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Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne (Sinhala: අනුරාධ දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න) (born 22 March 1962) is a Sri Lankan politician and entrepreneur,[1] having been a former Member of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and former member of the United National Party National Executive Committee. He has served as the acting Diyawadana Nilame (Chief lay Custodian) of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy on several occasions for three decades appointed by the Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs with recommendation from Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters of Siam Nikaya.[2][3]

Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne
අනුරාධ දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න
A. Wijeyeratne.JPG
Diyawadana Nilame of the
Temple of the Tooth
Acting
In office
1975–2005
Councillor of Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council
In office
1988–1993
Personal details
Born (1962-03-22) 22 March 1962 (age 57)
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
Spouse(s)
Dayanganie née Gunasekara (m. 1985)
ChildrenYanushi
ParentsNissanka Wijeyeratne
(father)
Nita née Dullewe
(mother)
Residence168 / 7, Inner Flower Road,
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
Alma materRoyal College, Colombo
Kingswood College, Kandy
D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo
OccupationPolitician and Entrepreneur

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Early lifeEdit

 
Anuradha with his elder brothers Neranjan & Mano in 1964

He was born on 22 March 1962 in Anuradhapura to a prominent political family who had been in active politics in the country for eight decades since 1931.[4] Anuradha is the third son of Nissanka Wijeyeratne and Nita née Dullewe and has three brothers and a sister. They are Neranjan, Mano, Lankesh and Nishangani. His father Nissanka and grandfather, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne were prominent politicians who had become cabinet ministers. Wijeyeratne was educated at Royal College, Colombo, before moving to Kingswood College, Kandy and later D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo.

 
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne, Coordinating Secretary, Ministry of Justice with Dr. A. R. B. Amarasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Justice at UNESCO General Conference 1987 in France
 
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne with
President J.R Jayawardene
 
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne with
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike
and Hon.Lalith Athulathmudali

Political careerEdit

Wijeyeratne entered active politics in 1984 from United National Party's Samavadhi Student Union[5] and also served as member of the United National Party National Executive Committee. Later he contested the Provincial Council elections in 1988 and was elected to the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council. He had also served as the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Higher Education & coordinating secretary to the Ministry of Justice. He was a member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to the UNESCO 1979 Regional Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, member of the Sri Lankan Government Delegation in 1983 for the Commonwealth Sri Lanka festival held in London, member of the Government Delegation for the 1983 International Peace Conference, Hiroshima, Japan, a member of the Sri Lanka Government Delegation to UNESCO 1985 General Conference in Sofia, member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to UNESCO 1987 General Conference in Paris, France and member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to 1993 Asia Local government Conference in Kyoto, Japan. Wijeyeratne had also served as the Chairman of Dedigama Electorate Development Planning Committee.

 
Mr & Mrs Wijeyeratne with
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
 
The marriage ceremony of Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne and Dayanganie Gunasekara in 1985. President J.R Jayawardene (left) and Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa (right) are also in the picture
 
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne with wife Dayanganie and daughter Yanushi
in Geneva, Switzerland

FamilyEdit

He is married to Dayanganie née Gunasekara, daughter of Tudor Gunasekara (former minister and diplomat) and Chandra née Perera. Anuradha and Dayanganie have one daughter, Dr Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne (born 1986), a Cardiologist at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.[6][7][8][9][10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dr.Nissanka Wijeyeratne by Professor.Carlo Fonseka. The Island, Retrieved on 3 January 2008.
  2. ^ WIJEYERATNE – Family
  3. ^ RATWATTA – Family
  4. ^ An illustrious son of Sabaragamuwa. Daily News (Sri Lanka), Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  5. ^ Dudley Senanayake, the principled leader who was never power hungry. Daily FT (Sri Lanka), Retrieved on 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ British Cardiovascular Society. Articles By Dr.Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne.
  7. ^ Research Gate.
  8. ^ Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Adults. Daily News, Retrieved on 11 March 2013.
  9. ^ Blocking a heart block. Daily News, Retrieved on 4 July 2016.
  10. ^ Case study: Dr Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne.St George's University of London.