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Palitha Gunewardena

On a working day in October 2002, I received a telephone call from Director Economic Affairs of the Telecom Regulatory Commission (TRC) Palitha Gunewardena and after a self introduction, welcomed the writer for the new assignment at the TRC.

When I looked backed this first call of Palitha filled with warmness, it was the beginning of strong friendship. Not only did we became partners at work with a lot of challenges but close friends until he was snatched away by the December 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

From October 2002, we had to keep up to a time schedule drawn by the Government to liberelise the International Gateway which was a monopoly of the then incumbent operator Sri Lanka Telecom. Palitha was the skipper of the team of economic experts at TRC, myself had to draft the legal mechanism to facilitate new interconnection regime in order to make way for the newly liberalised International call origination and termination industry.

From October 2002 until March 3, 2003, the day Sri Lanka’s International gateway was liberalised not a single day passed without us meeting each other. In order to achieve the objects we had lengthy discussions, exchange of views and worked out strategies together to get the stakeholders to agree for the liberalisation of the Gateway. This short period, not only I met a person with academic knowledge but Palitha who had rare human qualities par excellence.

His excellent leadership given to the Economic Division of TRC was remarkable and was not a surprise, he being the son of Admiral Ananda Silva, the distinguished former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Palitha was appointed as the Director General Securities and Exchange Commission in July 2003 and I had the pleasure of working with him till he left the TRC, but found time in our busy schedule to strengthen the friendship.

The Tsunami not only took young and promising Palitha but also his wife Harshini at the Yala sanctuary, at a time where Sri Lanka would have been enriched with the vision of a Financial Regulator who was unbiased.

May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana - Sumathi Dharmawardena


Dr. Gamani Attygalle

It is very sad to learn the demise of very outstanding gentleman with sterling qualities and a Medical Practitioner. He hails from a very noble Aristocratic Attygalle Family. Dr. Attyagalle’s elder brother was late Deshamanya General Don Sepala Attygalle who was the Former Army Commander and Ex Defence Secretary.

He was educated at Wesley College Colombo 8. He excelled in his studies, Sports and other extra curricular activities in College. Dr. Attygalle was a member of the Tennis team of the Health Department Sports Club. He was successful in University Entrance and he entered Ceylon Medical College, Colombo for his medical studies. He got through MBBS (Ceylon) and Specialized on Anaesthetics FFARS (UK) in England. He served as a Medical Practitioner in several Provincial Hospitals and Colombo General Hospital and cured patients very kindly which is a very rare quality. He served on the panel of doctors which did the first kidney transplant in Sri Lanka. He got married to Kalyani daughter of a very respectable family in Sedawatte Walawwe, Kelaniya namely Don Walter Wijewardene and Mrs. Anula Wijesinghe Wijerwardene.

They have a very outstanding Son Dhammika Attygalle who is a Group Director of Upali Group of Companies which was founded by his very patriotic charismatic and illustrious fearless uncle late Upali Phillip Wijewardene, whose prestigious name known worldwide. Late Gamani Attygalle did social cultural and religious services to the community in the areas concerned. His illustrious, Patriotic and Charismatic son Dhammika Attygalle rendering great services to the area community and Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya being the Chief Basnayake Nilame of the Raja Maha Viharaya for generations since Dutch period.

May he attain Nibbane.

Capt. LB Lanka (Wilbawe) Jayaratne Weligama

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