Nimal Siripala de Silva

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The Honourable
Nimal Siripala de Silva
Minister of Transport
Assumed office
4 September 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Ranjith Maddumabandara
Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 January 2015 – 26 June 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Ranil Wickremesinghe
Succeeded by R. Sampanthan
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Badulla District
Assumed office
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Colombo District
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-09-06) 6 September 1944 (age 72)
Badulla, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
(2004 – Present)
People's Alliance
(1994 – 2004)
Alma mater

Nalanda College, Colombo

Carey College Colombo
Occupation Politics
Profession Lawyer

Nilenthi Nimal Siripala de Silva MP (born 6 September 1944) is Sri Lanka's Cabinet Minister of Transprt in 15th Parliament of Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and a Member of Parliament representing the Badulla District. He was also the former Leader of the Opposition, former Cabinet Minister (Irrigation and Water Resources Management), former Leader of the House.

De Silva is a lawyer by profession and received his secondary education at Nalanda College, Colombo.[1]

He is the Assembly President of the World Health Organisation.

On 4 July 1996 De Silva escaped with injuries in an attempted assassination by a LTTE female suicide bomber at the Stanley Road in Jaffna. This incident took place minutes after the Minister declared open a branch of Building Materials Corporation (BMC) in Jaffna. Brigadier Ananda Hamangoda (Jaffna Sector Commander), Ranjith Godamuna (Chairman, Lanka Cement) and 21 others were killed and more than 50 injured in this explosion.[2]

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  1. ^ Who is Nimal Siripala De Silva? A lawyer turned politician
  2. ^ Wasantha Siriwardena (1996-07-07). "Thursdays blast in Jaffna". The Sunday Times - Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2014-02-19.