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Sirimavo Bandaranaike is a personality that cannot be forgotten - PM

by Sithara Senani

Sri Lanka's late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who created history 44 years ago by becoming the World's first woman Prime Minister, is a personality that cannot be forgotten or should not be forgotten, stated Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse addressing a commemorative meeting held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo, yesterday (21) to commemorate the 44th Anniversary, of late Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, assuming office as the first woman Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

The awarding of scholarships to three of the best students in the island, under the sponsorship of the Public Trustee's Department and opening of a Information Technology Centre at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya, by the Premier highlighted the proceedings. The scholarship awards were won by three students of the Ambadeniya Vidyalaya, Mawanella, Vidyathilaka Vidyalaya, Thimbirigasyaya and Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo.

The IT Centre is an aid under Stage II of the General Education Project of the World Bank Aid Programme.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said that when the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya was opened in 1973, the late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike declined to name the school after her, but, it was so done on the insistence of the then Education Minister the late Dr. Badi-ud-din Mahmud.

Among the many memorable achievements of late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the Nationalization of foreign estates, declaration of Sri Lanka as a Republic, annexation of Kachchativu island and extension of the territorial waters of Sri Lanka up to 200 nautical miles were conspicuous, he said.

At a moment when the entire planet was transforming in to a universal village, it is a great pleasure to declare open an Information Technology Centre at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya, Colombo, added the Premier.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike Balika Vidyalaya Principal Pushpa Kalubowila sought the Premier's support to get more building facilities to the College in proportion to the increase of the student population.

The Commemorative Meeting organized by the Sirimavio Bandaranaike Vidyalaya Leadership Foundation was attended by Urban Development and Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and a large number of distinguished invitees.

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