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B/N 882 - D. B. Wijetunga Birth Centenary

Date of Issue:

14th February 2016



Catalogue No. CSL 2149
Stamp Designer: Mr. Sanath Rohana Wikramasinghe
Sheet Composition: 20 stamps per sheet

The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued a new postage stamp in the denomination of Rs. 10.00 on 14th February, 2016 to commemorate the birth centenary of the former President, His Excellency the late Hon. D.B.Wijetunga.

D. B. Wijetunga Birth Centenary


Born on 15th February, 1916, he received his primary education at Weligalla Primary school which was then administered by the Church of Ceylon. For his further studied he got himself enrolled to St. Andrew's College, Gampola and having pursued his studied up to the final class there and obtained a First Class pass in the Junior School Certificate Examination in the English medium. Although he got a scholarship to enter the Trinity College, Kandy, on account of this First Class pass, he could not make use of that opportunity due to personal reasons. However, he was able to pass the London Matriculation and Inter-Arts Examinations on his own as an external student.:

Hon D.B. Wijetunga secured a position as a Co-operative Inspector in the first half of 1940 and having obtained training at Polgolla Co-operative College, served in the Udunuwara and Yatinuwara Divisions and in the Kandy District.

Following are the important mileposts in his career:

Hon D.B. Wijetunga represented Sri Lanka at a number of international events as a Minister as well as the Head of State of Sri Lanka.

IIn November, 1994, Hon Wijetunga retired from the office of Presidency and active politics and spent a leisurely life.

On 21st November, 2008 he breathed his last adding his name in history as a politician who had rendered an invaluable service to the development of the country and as an unassuming Head of State.

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