Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will confer National Honors on 90 distinguished personalities, who rendered a noble service to the country and its advancement at a ceremony tomorrow.
The Investiture Ceremony of conferring National Honors will be held on the 20th of March at 6.00 p.m. at the Nelum Pokuna Theater, under the patronage of President Sirisena.
At this ceremony which will be held after 12 years, the President will present national honors to 88 distinguished Sri Lankans and two non-nationals lauding their individual contributions in many spheres, stated the Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon.
Late music maestro W.D. Amaradeva is to be posthumously conferred with the highest civilian honor "SriLankabhimanaya."
According to the act of the National Honours - 1986, the awardees of these national honors are selected out of the nominations presented by individuals and public organizations. The nominations are also inspected by an intellectual panel. Ninety persons were selected out of 426 applications forwarded for this year's award ceremony.
These awards are bestowed on the most distinguished persons who have made outstanding contributions to the country and its advancement. Among the recipients of the national honors are artistes, scientists, doctors, singers, actors, journalists, businessmen and sports personnel.