National Honours Ceremony 2019

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday(19) conferred ‘National Honours’ on 70 distinguished personalities for their outstanding service to the country.

The ceremony which was organized by the Presidential Secretariat was  held at the BMICH .

Six personalities were presented with Deshamanya awards in recognition of their exceptional service to the nation including Ajita de Zoysa, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Merrill Joseph Fernando, Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto, Prof. Mohan Munasinghe and Dr Surath Wickramasinghe.

In addition to these awards 10 Deshabandu awards, 06 Vidya Jyothi awards, 09 Kala Keerthi awards, 08 Lanka Shikamanee awards, 03 Vidya Nidhi awards, 11 Kalashoori awards, 11 Sri Lankathilaka awards, 02 Veeraprathapa awards and 03 Sri Lanka Ranjana honours were awarded by the President.

Pictures by Saman Abesiriwardana