A visionary for all time By Lakshman Hulugalle Gamini Dissanayake Source:sundaytimes.lk March 20, 2022 marks the 80th birth anniversary of the charismatic and extraordinary politician, the late Gamini Dissanayake. I still remember a day like today in 1992 how busy we were organising his book launch “Gamini Dissanayake 50, a Beginning” compiled by Dr. Sarath Amunugama and myself at the hotel formerly known as Lanka Oberoi for his 50th birthday. The colourful ceremony was presided over by India’s one time Foreign Minister Shri Natwar Singh and attended by more than 500 selected invitees. Gamini Dissanayake was born on March 20, 1942 in Kotmale, to Andrew Dissanayake and Welagedera Samaratunga Kumarihamy. He was the second in a family of seven and was educated at Trinity College, Kandy, which he joined in 1948. He entered the Law College of Sri Lanka in 1961 and passed out as an advocate, taking his oaths ...

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A Golden Period-by Meghavarna Kumarasinghe A batch of Ananda Colloge Prefects Source:Dailynews In 1995, A.P. Gunaratne completed 60 years and had to retire, but on an appeal by the Ananda College Old Boys’ Association and the College Parent–Teachers’ Association, President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga gave an extension of service for three years. It was the first time that a school Principal in a National School had been granted a service extension, but the official letter of extension of service was not received by him. After verifying the position from the Secretary of the Ministry of Education, he was informed that the letter had been issued, but the Minister of Education had wanted to personally grant the letter to him. Gunaratne had informed the Secretary that he was not willing to meet the Minister personally to accept the letter of service extension as the Minister was not on good terms with him ...

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Ever Green legendary Vocalist Christopher Paul is Paralysed , living in his twilight years – by Sunil Thenabadu in Brisbane  Ever green veteran oldest Sri Lanka’s living vocalist Adihettige Christopher Emmanuel Paul was born on 10th April 1936 as the eldest son of SA Paul who was an ex-serviceman and an employee of Registrar General’s Office from Moratumulla, Moratuwa. Christo as he is fondly called has had his education at St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa. In his senior classes there had been famous Roy de Silva and Freddie Silva. The trio had been famous in wearing wedding attires to ‘gate crash’ wedding parties to eat and drink, then to vanish from the reception halls before getting apprehended.  His close associates then were renowned musician Patrick Denipitiya, vocalists CD Fonseka, Maurice Dahanayake who were all senior. It was his music teacher in class Francis Perera who had identified his singing talents had advised him to ...

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