Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne
|Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne
අනුරාධ දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න
Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council
|Former Coordinating Secretary
Ministry of Justice
|Former Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Higher Education
22 March 1962 |
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
|Political party||United National Party|
|Spouse(s)||Dayanganie Dullewe Wijeyeratne
|Children||Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne|
|Residence||168 / 7, Inner Flower Road,
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
|Alma mater||Royal College, Colombo|
Anuradha Dullewe Wijeyeratne (Sinhala:අනුරාධ දූල්ලෑව විජයරත්න) (born 22 March 1962) was a Sri Lankan politician, having been a former Member of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and former member of the United National Party National Executive Committee. He had subsequently served as the Acting Diyawadana Nilame (Chief lay Custodian) of the Temple of the Tooth Kandy on several occasions for three decades, appointed by the Commissioner of Buddhist Affairs with recommendation from Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters.
He was born on 22 March 1962 in Anuradhapura to a prominent political family who had been in active politics in the country for eight decades since 1931. Anuradha is the third son of Dr Nissanka Wijeyeratne and Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne and he has three brothers and a sister. They are Neranjan, Mano, Lankesh and Nishangani. His father Nissanka and grandfather, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne were prominent politicians who had become cabinet ministers. He was educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo.
Wijeyeratne entered active politics from United National Party's Samavadhi Student League and also served as member of the United National Party National Executive Committee. Later he contested the Provincial Council elections in 1988 and was elected to the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council. He had also served as the Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Higher Education & coordinating secretary to the Ministry of Justice. He was a member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to the UNESCO 1979 Regional Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, member of the Sri Lankan Government Delegation in 1983 for the Commonwealth Sri Lanka festival held in London, member of the Government Delegation for the 1983 International Peace Conference, Hiroshima, Japan, a member of the Sri Lanka Government Delegation to UNESCO 1985 General Conference in Sofia, member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to UNESCO 1987 General Conference in Paris, France and member of Sri Lanka Government Delegation to 1993 Asia Local government Conference in Kyoto, Japan. Wijeyeratne had also served as the Chairman of Dedigama Development Planning Committee.
He is married to Dayanganie Gunasekara, daughter of Tudor (former minister and diplomat) and Chandra Gunasekara. Anuradha and Dayanganie have one daughter, Dr Yanushi Dullewe Wijeyeratne (born 1986), a Specialist Registrar in Cardiology at St George's Hospital and St George's, University of London.