Late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will be posthumously decorated with Sri Lanka`s highest national honour, the title of Sri Lankabhimanaya, at a BMICH investiture by President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Monday.
Sir Arthur. C. Clarke, the prophetic science fiction writer, who was able to predict some remarkable scientific developments years before they happened, will be honoured with the same title. Clarke, of British origin, has long been a distinguished resident guest in Sri Lanka.
The only previous holder of the Sri Lankabhimanya title was Mr. R. Premadasa, who was conferred the honour by President J. R. Jayewardene when he was Prime Minister.
Several senior public servants who served UNP administrations in the past, including Mr. K. H. J. Wijeyadasa, who was Secretary to President Premadasa, and Mr. Bradman Weerakoon, who served as Secretary to several Prime Ministers, including Mrs. Sirima Bandaranaiake, will be conferred the national honour of Desamanya.
Among the others who will receive this honour are Mr. M. D. D. Peiris who was also Secretary to Mrs. Bandaranaike, former Defence Secretary Chandananda de Silva whose nomination to be Sri Lanka`s High Commissioner to Canada was rejected by the Ottawa government, former IGP Cyril Herath and Dr. A. H. Sheriffdeen, the eminent surgeon.
Leading businessmen Sohli Captain and the controversial Harry Jayawardena, who controls some major companies like Distilleries, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation and many more will also be conferred the Desamanya awards.
Three former service commanders viz. Admiral Basil Gunasekera, Lt. Gen. Dennis Perera and Air Vice Marshal Paddy Mendis will also be honoured with the same title.
No national awards have been made and Monday`s investiture will see 200 distinguished Lankans honoured by the outgoing president.
Presidential Secretariat sources said that the full list will be only released on Monday.