Sri Lankabhimanya

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Sri Lankabhimanya (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය; The Pride of Sri Lanka) is the highest national honour of Sri Lanka awarded by the President of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government. It is the highest civil honour and is conferred upon "those who have rendered exceptionally outstanding and most distinguished service to the nation".[1] The honour can only be held by five Sri Lankans contemporaneously, and may also be conferred posthumously.[2] The honour is conventionally used as a title or prefix to the name of the person who receives the award. To date it has only been awarded seven times, since 1986. Currently, A. T. Ariyaratne, Lester James Peries and Christopher Weeramantry hold the honour. The title is also referred to as Lankabhimanya (Pride of Lanka).


Awardees include:


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  1. ^ Gunawardena, Charles A. (2005). Encyclopedia Of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 254. 
  2. ^ "Sri Lankabhimanya award for two distinguished Sri Lankans". Island. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "National Awards". Presidential Secretariat. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Front Page : Sri Lanka honours Arthur Clarke, Kadirgamar". The Hindu. 2005-11-15. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 

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