Keheliya Rambukwella

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Hon.

Keheliya Rambukwella

Minister of Mass Media and Information
In office
23 April 2010 – 12 January 2015
PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa
Prime MinisterD. M. Jayaratne
Succeeded byGayantha Karunathilaka
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Kandy District
Assumed office
2000
Personal details
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partySri Lanka Freedom Party
(2006–present)
United National Party
(Before 2006)
ResidenceNo. 61, Pajet Road,
Colombo 05, Sri Lanka.
ProfessionBusinessman

Keheliya Rambukwella is a Sri Lankan politician and a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.[1] He is the incumbent Media and Information Minister in Sri Lanka. Also, Rambukwella was the defence spokesmen during the Sri Lankan Civil War.[2]

Early life[edit]

Rambukwella was born and raised in Kegalle, Sri Lanka and he is a product of St.Mary's College, Kegalle. Keheliya Rambukwella is a professional Hotelier with a Post-Graduate degree from the Hotel School. In 1979, he turned out to be Sri Lanka's youngest film producer when he produced the record breaking Sinhala movie "Sakvithi Suvaya" which starred film legend, late Gamini Fonseka[3] His son Ramith Rambukwella is Sri Lanka national cricketer.

Politics[edit]

Rambukwella entered into politics by Gamini Dissanayake when the UNP split under late President Ranasinghe Premadasa. Keheliya joined the Democratic United National Front (DUNF) led by Lalith Athulathmudali. Rambukwella joined United National Party and he was elected to the 11th Parliament of Sri Lanka from Kandy district on 2000 by winning 154,403 preferential votes. In December 2001, again he was elected to the 12th Parliament of Sri Lanka from Kandy district on 2000 by winning 143,235 preferential votes. Later he crossed over to the President Mahinda Rajapakse's government.[4]

Accident[edit]

In February 2012, Rambukwella fell from the balcony of his third-floor hotel room in Melbourne, injuring his legs.[5] After being rushed to the hospital in Melbourne, he recovered from the injuries after few months.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Parliament of Sri Lanka – Directory of Members". Parliament.lk. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  2. ^ "The Hindu News Update Service". The Hindu. 22 April 2009. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Features | Online edition of Daily News – Lakehouse Newspapers". Dailynews.lk. 12 June 2010. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ Abeywardena, Rohan (11 February 2007). "Crossover not for personal gain". Sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Keheliya Rambukwella injured in an accident". Newsfirst.lk. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Keheliya recovering from surgery in Australia after fall | DailyFT – Be Empowered". Ft.lk. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.