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Mano Wijeyeratne

Mano Wijeyeratne
මනෝ විජයරත්න
Non-Cabinet Minister of
Enterprise Development
In office
28 January 2007 – 8 April 2010
Minister of Plantation Services
In office
Former Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament for Kegalle District
Personal details
Born 28 July 1957
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died 29 October 2011(2011-10-29) (aged 54)
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United National Party
Spouse(s) Dushyanthi Wegodapola
(first marriage)

Bharathi Wijeratne
(2nd spouse)

Children Subodhana, Varnusha, Hasitha
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politics
Religion Buddhist

Nissanka Manodha Wijeyeratne (Sinhala:නිශ්ශංක මනෝද විජයරත්න) (28 July 1957 – 29 October 2011) (known as Mano Wijeyeratne) was Coordinating Secretary to the President, Chairman of Road Accidents Prevention Authority and Sri Lanka Freedom Party chief organiser for the Dedigama Electorate in Kegalle District he was former Member of Parliament from Kegalle District.

Wijeyeratne had also served as Non-Cabinet Minister of Enterprise Development in President Mahinda Rajapakse's Government and Minister of Plantation Services under President D B Wijetunga's Government.

Early life

Born to a political dynasty in Sri Lanka, he was the second son of Dr Nissanka Wijeyeratne & Nita Dullewe Wijeyeratne and he had three brothers and a sister. They are Neranjan, Anuradha, Lankesh & Nishangani. Mano Wijeyeratne's father Nissanka and grandfather, Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne were prominent politicians who had become cabinet ministers. He was educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo.

Political career

Mano Wijeyeratne served as Member of Parliament for 17 years and had been elected to the parliament from Kegalle District four times in the years 1989, 1994, 2000 and 2004. He had also served as Non-Cabinet Minister of Enterprise Development and Plantation Services. At the time of his death he was serving as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party chief organiser for the Dedigama Electorate.


He was first married to Dushyanthi Wegodapola Daughter of Colonel Stanley Wegodapola (ex ADC to President of Sri Lanka) and Mrs Prema Wegodapola of Ratwatte Walauwa, Ukuwela. Mano Wijeyeratne had three children Subodhana (a MA graduate in History from Cambridge University and Japanese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK), Varanusha (died at an early age), and Hasitha (a BSc graduate in Diagnostic Radiography from the University of Hertfordshire, UK). His second spouse was Bharathi Wijeratne.

See also


  • The Wijeyeratne Ancestry
  • Ratwatte Family Tree
  • Right Royal rally of old Royalists in the Sri Lanka Parliament

External links

  • Great loss to country - President of Sri Lanka
  • 'Late Mano Wijeyeratne joined the President to defeat terrorism'

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