• සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක

  • சிறிமாவோ பண்டாரநாயக்க

  • SIRIMAVO BANDARANAIKE

" The World's First Female Prime Minister "

Chronology


22 May 1972 – Birth of the Republic of Sri Lanka

The promulgation of a Republican constitution on 22 May 1972 saw the end of Dominion status and the birth of a completely independent Sri Lanka. Under the new constitution the office of Governor General, hitherto…

24 June–05 July 1972 – State Visit to China

Undertaking a State Visit to China, Mrs Bandaranaike was warmly received by Chinese leader Mao Tsetung, Premier Chou En-lai and senior leaders of the country. In her wide ranging discussions with her counterpart, Mrs Bandaranaike…

8 – 12 August 1972 – NAM Foreign Ministers Meeting in Georgetown

The Foreign Ministers of the Non Aligned Movement held their first meeting in Georgetown, Guyana in August 1972. This was an important for Sri Lanka as Mrs Bandaranaike had proposed the holding of the next…

27-29 April 1973 – Visit of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, regarded as a close friend of Mrs Bandaranaike, undertook a visit to Sri Lanka in April 1973. During her visit she addressed Parliament. The two Prime Ministers deliberated upon several…

17 May 1973 – Inauguration of the BMICH

The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, which was gifted by the Chinese Government, was inaugurated at a ceremony which included Mrs Bandaranaike, President William Gopallawa, Vice Chairman of the State Council of China Marshal Hsu…

04 September 1973 – Visit to the Vatican

Mrs Bandaranaike undertook a visit to the Vatican in September 1973, during which she had a private audience with Pope Paul VI at Castel Gandolfo. Mrs Bandaranaike had met Pope Paul VI during his short…

05 – 09 September 1973 – Fourth Non Aligned Movement Summit in Algiers

75 member states convened in the Algerian capital of Algiers for the 4th NAM Summit at which Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda handing over the reins of the Movement to President Houari Boumediène. Mrs Bandaranaike, leading…

22-29 January 1974 – Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day

Mrs Bandaranaike was invited along with Yugoslav President Josep Tito to be Chief Guests at India’s Republic Day ceremony in 1974. A historic occasion on which world leaders are invited to grace the Republic Day…

24 January 1976 – Visit to Thailand

The second leg of the East Asian tour took Mrs Bandaranaike and her delegation to Bangkok. Having held extensive discussions with Prime Minister Kukrit Pramojand Foreign Minister Chatichai Choonhavan, Mrs Bandaranaike met with King Bhumibol…

March 1974 – Proposal for the creation of a World Fertilizer Fund

Delivering the keynote address at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, in Colombo, Mrs Bandaranaike proposed the creation of a World Fertilizer Fund. The idea received support resulting in the…

26 June 1974 – Sri Lanka receives Kachchativu Island

The island of Kachchativu in the Palk Strait, having been a subject of controversy, was finally demarcated to lie on Sri Lanka’s side of the maritime boundary after intense negotiations on the part of Mrs…

04-09 September 1974 – Visit to Pakistan

At the invitation of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Mrs Bandaranaike undertook a State Visit to Pakistan in September 1974. During the visit, she addressed a joint session of the Senate and National Assembly of…

10 September 1974 – Visit to West Germany

Mrs Bandaranaike undertook a visit to West Germany at the invitation of Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. The energy crisis evolving in the world and its impact on developing countries was the focus of discussion between the…

06 October 1974 – Establishment of the University of Jaffna

The University of Jaffna was declared opened by Mrs Bandaranaike at 2.25pm on 06th October 1974 at the Parameshwara College which had been founded by Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan in 1921. The new University provided the…

10 November 1974 – Visit to the Soviet Union and Georgia

Mrs Bandaranaike undertook a visit to the Soviet Union and Georgia in November 1974, which saw her travelling to Tashkent and Moscow and finally on to Tbilisi. Meeting with Premier Kosygin and Foreign Minister Andrei…

09 December 1974 – Establishment of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies

Fulfilling the need for an institution of international repute in the field of International Relations, the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies which was inaugurated in December 1974 by Mrs Bandaranaike, engages in the dissemination of…

28 January 1975 – Visit of Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda

Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, with whom Mrs Bandaranaike had interacted at several international for a, undertook a visit to Sri Lanka, at a time when preparations were being made for the Non Aligned Movement summit.…

28 April 1975 – Oil Concessions from Iraq

Travelling to Jamaica for the Commonwealth sessions, Mrs Bandaranaike broke journey in Baghdad for four days. She was undertaking the visit in a backdrop of OPEC sharply increasing oil prices and countries like Sri Lanka…

29 April 1975 – 3rdCommonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Jamaica

The 3rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Jamaica and hosted by Prime Minister Michael Manley, came as the world focused its attention on the Vietnam War. Mrs Bandaranaike joined Indira Gandhi of India,…

10 June 1975 – International Labour Organisation Sessions, Geneva

Mrs Bandaranaike was a special guest at the session of the International Labour Organisation, held in the International Women’s Year, and devoted to the role of women in human progress. Delivering the keynote address at…