Ven. Sobitha’s final journey today

The funeral of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera is scheduled to be held at the Parliament ground at 3.00 pm today (12) with full state honours.

The government has declared Thursday a day of national mourning.

Ven. Sobhitha Thera passed away around 5.50 am (3.20 am Lankan time) Sunday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, where he had been treated at the intensive care unit for three days. His remains were brought to the Sri Lankan High Commission at No 76 of Andrew Road in Singapore around noon on the same day.

A social workers and political activist, Ven. Sobitha Thera campaigned for the abolition of executive presidency. He threw his weight behind Maithripala Sirisena at the last presidential election.

He played a leading role in urging the incumbent government to establish independent commissions.

Ven. Sobitha Thera was born on May 09, 1942 at Maduluwawa. His lay name was P. D. Ratnasekera. His parents were Pathirage Don Appuhamy and Karalinahamy. He entered Buddha Sasana in 1955 and obtained higher ordination in 1962.

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