Srimani passes away

Former PA Minister Srimani Anoma Athulathmudali (58) died at a private hospital in Colombo yesterday (1) after a brief illness.

Widow of the former National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali, she entered active politics after Lalith was assassinated in the run-up to provincial council elections in 1993.

She contested the Colombo District at the August 1994 parliamentary elections and was appointed Minister of Transport, Environment and Womenís Affairs. She contested as the DUNF (Lalith Faction) leader and succeeded in polling over 150,000 preferences in the hotly contested Colombo district.

Several years later she quit the PA over differences with the top SLFP leadership. Srimani had her education at Ladiesí College, Colombo where she passed her GCE (OL) and the Lady Erwinís course and passed her examinations at the Rodgers Finishing School for Ladies.

At Ladiesí College, she had been Secretary of the Student Christian Movement. She had been a member of the College choir. She had been a keen athlete and excelled in several events and was one of the founder members of the Soroptimists club and several other organizations.

She had been with the Grants Advertising as a media assistant before joining the Ceylon Hotels Corporation.

Subsequently she joined the UNCTAD in Geneva. She married Lalith in 1982 and they were blessed with a daughter (Serala) in 1983. She established the Lalith Athulathmudali foundation in 1993, a few months after he was assassinated.


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