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Salinda Dissanayake’s funeral on Thursday

The final rites of UPFA parliamentarian Salinda Dissanayake, will take place on Thursday at Kurunegala.

UPFA parliamentarian Salinda Dissanayake passed away at a private hospital in Colombo after brief illness. Dissanayake first entered to parliament at 1994 General election held a number of cabinet and non cabinet portfolios in the People’s Alliance government and the UPFA governments.

He held a number of portfolios including  Minister of Lands Development , Minor Export Agriculture crops, Deputy Minister of River Basin and Rajarata Development , Non Cabinet Minister of Coconut Development , Minister of Nation Building, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries in the PA and UPFA governments.

Dissanayake has given a new leaf to paddy farmers in and around Ibbagamuwa by introducing a novel farming method called Sri which could  record a harvest of 400 bushels per acre by sowing only four kilos of seed paddy.

He received his primary and secondary education at Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and Kingswood college , Kandy. He graduated from the University of Moratuwa.  Dissanayake is a chemical engineer by profession.

He pioneered in establishing SLFP union at the university in 1980 and later became the SLFP chief organizer for Hiriyala electorate.

His remains are at his residence in Kurunegala.

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