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Nissanka Manodha Wijeyeratne (Sinhala: නිශ්ශංක මනෝද විජයරත්න) (28 July 1957 – 29 October 2011) (known as Mano Wijeyeratne) was a former Politician, Government Minister, Coordinating Secretary to the President, Chairman of Road Accidents Prevention Authority , Member of United National Party and Sri Lanka Freedom Party chief organiser for the Dedigama Electorate in Kegalle District he was former Member of Parliament from Kegalle District[1][2]

Mano Wijeyeratne

මනෝ විජයරත්න
Mano Wijeyeratne.jpg
Minister of Enterprise Development
In office
28 January 2007 – 8 April 2010
Minister of Plantation Services
In office
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Kegalle District
In office
In office
Personal details
Born28 July 1957
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died29 October 2011(2011-10-29) (aged 54)
Resting placeFamily Cemetery at Meeduma, Rambukkana, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party (1989-2007)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (2007-2011)
Spouse(s)Dushyanthi Wegodapola
Bharathi Wijeratne
ChildrenSubodhana, Varnusha, Hasitha
ParentsDr. Nissanka Wijeyeratne
Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne
Alma materRoyal College, Colombo

Wijeyeratne had also served as Non-Cabinet Minister of Enterprise Development in President Mahinda Rajapakse's Government [3][4] and Minister of Plantation Services under President D B Wijetunga's Government.

Early lifeEdit

Mano, when he was five years old.
Mano with his two son's Subodhana & Hasitha

Born to a political dynasty in Sri Lanka, he was the second son of Dr Nissanka Wijeyeratne & Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne and he had three brothers and a sister. They are Neranjan, Anuradha, Lankesh & Nishangani. Mano Wijeyeratne's father Nissanka and grandfather, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne were prominent politicians who had become cabinet ministers.[5] He was educated at the Royal College, Colombo

Political careerEdit

Mano Wijeyeratne served as Member of Parliament for 17 years and had been elected to the parliament from Kegalle District four times from the United National Party in the years 1989, 1994, 2000 and 2004.He was a member of the United National party from 1989-2007 before crossingover to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (2007-till his death). He was a former District Leader of Kegalle District for the United National Party (2004-2007). He had also served as Non-Cabinet Minister of Enterprise Development and Plantation Services.[6] At the time of his death he was serving as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party chief organiser for the Dedigama Electorate.


He was first married to Dushyanthi Wegodapola Daughter of Colonel Stanley Wegodapola (ex ADC to President of Sri Lanka) and Mrs Prema Wegodapola of Ratwatte Walauwa, Ukuwela. Mano Wijeyeratne had three children Subodhana[7](a MA graduate in History from Cambridge University, Japanese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK) and Harvard University,[8] Varanusha (died at an early age), and Hasitha (a BSc graduate in Diagnostic Radiography from the University of Hertfordshire, UK). His second spouse was Bharathi Wijeratne.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Great loss to country - President of Sri Lanka. Daily News, Retrieved on 01 November 2011.
  2. ^ Condolence Motion of Sri Lanka Parliament. Daily News, Retrieved on 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ Lakshman Kadirgamar was deeply committed to lasting solution. Sunday island, Retrieved on 09 December 2007.
  4. ^ Drivers be more careful!. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 02 November 2008.
  5. ^ An illustrious son of Sabaragamuwa. Daily News, Retrieved on 20 October 2007.
  6. ^ Neranjan to recontest Diyawadane Nilame post. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 06 June 2015.
  7. ^ Tales From The Stone Lotus by Subodhana Wijeyeratne. Amazon.Com
  8. ^ Curriculum Vitae of Subodhana Wijeyeratne. Harvard University, USA.

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