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YESL to recognise heroes of Sri Lanka’s economic success


The Young Entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka (YESL) is putting together a ‘Hall of Fame’ – recognizing the ‘heroes’ of Sri Lanka in the country’s economic and industrial progress over the years.

“We have recognized personalities from various sectors and with a view to inspiring our young children and entrepreneurs we are planning to prepare profiles of such pioneer entrepreneurs as role models,” said YESL President Patrick Amarasinghe. The programme is being launched to coincide with the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 later this month.

The personalities selected for the ‘Hall of Fame’ are -- D. R. Wijewardena, Upali Wijewardena, Harischandra (of Harischandra Mills), A.Y.S. Ghanam, Albert Page, Samson Rajapaksha, A. D. Gunawardena, Maliban Mudalali, Cyril Gardiner, Herbert Cooray, Ebert Silva, Sir Cyril Zoysa, Somasiri (of Somasiri Hullers), Justin Kotelawala, Edmund Cooray, Vipula Dharmawardena, M.D. Gunasena, Seelanatha Kuruppu, Henry Choksy, Mallory Wijesinghe, Chandra Karunanayake, U.K. Edmund, Vera De Mel, H. Don Carolis, E.H. Cooray, T.S. Jinasena and Clarence Amarasinghe.

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