• සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක

  • சிறிமாவோ பண்டாரநாயக்க

  • SIRIMAVO BANDARANAIKE

" The World's First Female Prime Minister "

Chronology


01 January 1986 – Restoration of Civic Rights

A Presidential decree issued by President J. R. Jayewardene resulted in the restoration of Mrs Bandaranaike’s civic rights which had been removed in 1980. Former Minister Felix Dias Bandaranaike, who had since passed away, had…

29 July 1987 – Opposition to the Indo-Lanka Accord

Mrs Bandaranaike expressed strong and vehement opposition to the Indo-Lanka Accord that was signed between President J. R. Jayewardene and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Spearheading the campaign, Mrs Bandaranaike and her son, the Leader…

13 November 1988 -Contesting the Presidential Election

With the calling of the Presidential Election for 19 December 1988, Mrs Bandaranaike commenced her campaign in Nittambuwa where she held her first election rally after handing over nominations. Returning once more to the mainstream…

19 December 1988 – Defeat at the Presidential Election

Mrs Bandaranaike contested the Presidential Election for the first time in 1988. Articulating her stance against the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the presence of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in…

15 February 1989 – Defeat at the General Election

Following the dissolving of Parliament on 20 December 1988, General Elections were called for February 1989. Mrs Bandaranaike led the Sri Lanka Freedom Party securing 67 seats, resulting in the SLFP emerging as the second…

9 March 1989 – Leader of the Opposition for the second time

Following her election to the Parliament, Sirimavo Bandaranaike was appointed Leader of the Opposition when Parliament was convened in March 1989, a post she held until the dissolution of Parliament on 24 June 1994.

11 June 1994 – Establishment of the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute

Mrs Bandaranaike initiated the establishment of a diplomatic training institute which would support the professional Foreign Service and ensure the provision of sound training for career diplomats. She mandated Dr Vernon L. B. Mendis, Sri…

19 August 1994 – Minister without Portfolio

The General Election of 1994 saw Mrs Bandaranaike’s daughter, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga sweeping the polls, securing 48.94 percent of the vote and ensuring the return of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to the helm of…

14 November 1994 – Presidential Election

Within months of the General Election, the Presidential Election was held in November 1994. Mrs Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga obtained a record 62% of the votes cast, resulting in her resigning from the office of Prime…

10 August 2000 – Resignation from Premiership

Owing to ill health, Mrs Bandaranaike tendered her resignation from the office of Prime Minister and opted to retire from the political arena. Having been the world’s oldest serving Prime Minister when she stepped down…

10 October 2000 –End of an era

Having cast her vote at the Sanghabodhi Maha Vidyalaya in Nittambuwa for the General Election of 2000, Sirimavo Bandaranaike had carried out her last civic duty and was returning to Colombo when she passed away…

14 October 2000 – Final Journey

Mrs Bandaranaike’s demise made headlines across the world as nations mourned the passing of an exemplary leader who had paved the way for women, promoted and protected the values of non-alignment and articulated the cause…

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08 January 1963 – To China to seek concurrence for Colombo proposals

Mrs Bandaranaike visited China to apprise the Chinese Government on the outcome of the deliberations in Colombo. She secured a positive response and China expressed its gratitude to Mrs Bandaranaike for her initiative and efforts…

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…

Birth of Sirimavo Ratwatte

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Marriage to S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike

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Joined the Lanka Mahila Samithi

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Assassination of Prime Minister Bandaranaike

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Sworn in as a senator

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