Overall Management of the Northern Province.
Overall Management of the Northern Province.
Fishing boats and allied fishing implements and agricultural, water pumps were distributed to the people resettled in their villages of origin at a function held at the Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni headed by Hon. Basil Rajapaksa MP, Senior Advisor to HE the President and Chairman Presidential Task Force for the Northern Province.
“It is an accepted norm that Governor convenes a meeting to review the progress of each provincial ministry.”
A meeting with the Secretaries of Northern Provincial Council was held under the chairmanship of Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri on 09th September 2014 at Governor’s Secretariat.
In order to mark the President Mahinda Rajapkasa's birthday, an event to distribute gift packs to the needy people of Mullaitivu district was held at Mulliyavalai Vidyananda College on 17th November 2014. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the Chief Guest and gave the packs to the people.
Hon. Palihakkara retired as Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka on 31 Dec. 2006 after 37 years of civil and diplomatic service. His last diplomatic assignment abroad was as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations in New York 2008- 2009. He served as a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission on Reconciliation and Lessons Learnt (LLRC).. He was the Chairman of UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, United Nations HQ, New York. (2012) . HE the President of Sri Lanka appointed him the Governor of the Northern Province in February, 2015.
A Bachelor of Education (Honours) graduate (B.Ed-1968) from University of Ceylon, Peradeniya, he received a PSC appointment to the Sri Lanka public service (1969); entered Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1979; underwent diplomatic training in Australia (1980), was a UN Disarmament Fellow (1980s).
Palihakkara previously served as Sri Lanka Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations in Geneva and the Leader of Sri Lanka Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission and the Conference on Disarmament, the only UN multilateral negotiating body on international arms control and security matters, (1997-2000). .
He also served as Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Permanent Representative to Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, 2000-2004.
During the period 2002-2003 he functioned as Actg. Director General/ Deputy Director General of the Sri Lanka Govt. Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) .
Previously, he served a number of multilateral diplomatic assignments at the Sri Lanka Missions accredited to the United Nations in Geneva/ Vienna and New York representing Sri Lanka at deliberations and negotiations related to international peace and security, disarmament, human rights and humanitarian affairs and economic and social affairs. He was Director General, Multilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka from 1995-1997 covering inter alia work relating to preventive diplomacy, peace building, arms control/disarmament and non-proliferation matters.
He served as the first Chairman of the Governing Council (2007) of the newly restructured Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel management (SLITHM), the first public/private partnership venture in that area.
Born 21 Feb. 1947, Palihakkara is married to Sujitha Lakshmi, a science teacher at a National School in Sri Lanka. They have a son, a software engineer.
Hon. Reginald Cooray was one of the People’s Alliance's candidates in Kalutara District and he was appointed as a Member of Western Provincial Council in 1988.
In September 1993 he elected from Provincial Council election and became the Deputy Chairman of People’s Alliance's.
At the 1994 parliamentary election, he was elected and entered to the Parliament and appointed as the Deputy Minister of Samurdi Sports and Youth Affairs. And in 1995 he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Education and Higher Education. He was re-elected at the 2000 parliamentary election and was appointed as Minister of Ethnic Affairs and National Integration.
Shortly afterwards he was appointed to the Western Provincial Council and on 9 November 2000 he became the Chief Minister of the Western Province.
Hon. Reginald Cooray contested the 2004 parliamentary election as one of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance's candidates in Kalutara District and was re-elected to Parliament and was appointed as Minister of Information and Media.
In July 2004 he was elected as the Chief Minister of the Western Province for the second time by winning the Provincial Council election.
Thereafter he contested the 2010 parliamentary election as one of the UPFA's candidates in Kalutara District and was re-elected to Parliament and was appointed as Deputy Minister of Justice. Then he was appointed as Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion in November 2010 to 2014. Then he was appointed as Minister of Aviation in 2015.
Now Hon. Reginald Cooray is the Governor of Northern Province and was appointed in February 2016.