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Selacine founder Dr Wickrama Weerasooriya passed away

Selacine founder  Dr. Wickrama Sena Weerasooriya passed away peacefully  after a brief illness yesterday,  4 December 2018. 

He was an adviser to President Maithripala Sirisena and former President J.R. Jayewardene, a member of the University Grants Commission and functioned as Sri Lanka’s Insurance Ombudsman.

Selacine Television Institution was established  under the Ministry of Plan Implementation as the first establishment to produce programmes needed by the television industry in 1982. Mr Wickrama Weerasooriya has made a significant contribution towards the establishment and development of the Selacine.

Dr Wickrama Weerasooriya who was a lawyer and a well known legal academic. He was a student of Royal College and excelled in Law obtaining First Class Honours at the University of Ceylon and at the Ceylon Law College passing out First in order of Merit and winning the prize for Best Performance and the Law of Evidence. Thereafter, he obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics. He practiced law in Sri Lanka and then opted for an Academic career teaching both in Sri Lanka and in Australia as an Associate Professor in Law at the prestigious Monash University.

Dr Weerasooriya also held senior public sector posts in Sri Lanka as Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation; Acting Secretary, Ministry of Planning; Consultant, Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Tertiary Education. He also served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific countries.

He is the son of late N.E. Weerasooriya QC and Cathleen, beloved husband of Rohini, loving father of Senaka and Nilkamal, father-in-law of Anarkali, grandfather of Ayaan, Sidhara and Mika and beloved brother of Sarath, Jayanthi and the late Viswa and Norman.

His remains will lie at residence, No. 10, Claessen Place, Colombo 5 from December 5.

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