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Former Minister Dr.Ranjith Atapattu’s funeral today

The funeral of former Health Minister Dr.Ranjith Atapattu will take place at 4.00 pm today at the General Cemetery, Borella.

Dr.Atapattu passed away last Monday at the age of 84.

He entered Parliament winning the Beliatta electorate at the 1977 election while representing the United National Party (UNP). He defeated former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to enter Parliament in the 1977 election.

He served in the J.R.Jayewardene Government as the Health Minister. He later served as the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare. Dr.Atapattu is the son of D.P.Atapattu who was a Deputy Minister in the 1965–70 Dudley Senanayake government.

- (Dickwella Special Correspondent G. Sirisena)