A. S. P. Liyanage

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A.S.P. Liyanage
Born Colombo Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Other names P.D.P.S. Anura Liyanage
Education Nalanda College Colombo
Occupation Businessman, diplomat
Known for
  • Sri Lankan ambassador for Qatar
  • Founder and CEO, ASP Group
  • Television program A.S.P Paduru Partiya
Political party Sri Lanka Labour Party
Children Kasuni Liyanage and Githmi Liyanage
Notes
former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Nigeria

Panagoda Don Prince Solomon Anura Liyanage (a.k.a. A.S.P. Liyanage) is a Sri Lankan businessman, television and film producer, and diplomat. On 10 March 2017, he was appointed as the Sri Lankan ambassador for Qatar.[1]

Liyanage received his education at Nalanda College Colombo[2] and began teaching, publishing a number of textbooks.[3] In 1989, he established the ASP Group, a private real estate company, and served as its chairman and managing director.[4][5] Liyanage was a Millennium Development Ambassador to the People's Summit during the 34th G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan in 2008,[6] and to the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva in 2007.[7][8][9] Liyanage ran advertisements congratulating Barack Obama before his 2008 presidential victory, further raising his political profile.[10]

Liyanage conducted[clarification needed] the popular Sri Lankan celebrity TV program A.S.P Paduru Partiya for 7 years. This program was awarded "best entertainment program"[by whom?] for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.[citation needed] He also produced television and film adaptations of Suseema.[11]

Liyanage ran in the Sri Lankan presidential election of 2010 and 2015.[12] In the 2010 election, he achieved a distant third in preferential voting in the commercial capital of Colombo.[3] However, like a number of minor candidates, Liyanage was entered as a "dummy candidate" to maximize benefits for a frontrunner (Mahinda Rajapaksa) under the election laws.[13] Between the elections, Liyanage was appointed Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Nigeria.[3][14][15] He has two daughters.[2]

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  1. ^ Sanjeewa, Darshana (10 March 2017). "A.S.P. Liyanage appointed envoy to Qatar". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Samaye Piya to President". The Nation on Sunday. Sri Lanka. March 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Liyanage appointed High Commissioner to Nigeria". nation.lk. 19 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "A.S.P Group inaugurates special housing project at Kandana". The Nation on Sunday. Sri Lanka. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Samarasinghe, Sarashi (22 February 2009). "Investing in land better than money in bank". The Nation on Sunday. Sri Lanka. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sri Lankan Delegates at G-8 Peoples Summit 2008". The Nation on Sunday. Sri Lanka. 20 July 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lankan delegates meet UN Secretary General". The Nation on Sunday. Sri Lanka. 5 August 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Jeffery, Simon (1 November 2004). "Too close to call". Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Kirinde, Chandani (7 November 2004). "A brave step into the unknown that comes good". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Fazlulhaq, Nadia; Kotelawala, Himal (5 November 2008). "Sri Lanka's response to Obama's victory". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 
  11. ^ Fernando, Susitha R. (5 July 2009). "'Suseema' in cinema". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Kirinde, Chandani (20 December 2009). "22 in the fray, but only two stars". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "UPFA, NDF all set for do-or-die battle on Jan. 8". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 7 December 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  14. ^ New SL High Commissioner to Nigeria Archived 10 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Mr. A.S.P. Liyanage - nominated as High Commissioner to Nigeria

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