Friday, December 19, 2008

239 scholarships awarded for children of war heroes

The second phase of the "Viru Sisu Pradeepa" scholarship agenda which awarded scholarships for the brood of war heroes was held at the Defence Ministry hall under the support of Prime Minister Hon Rathnasiri Wickramanayake yesterday, 18 December.
Under the "Viru Sisu Pradeepa" program 239 scholarships were awarded for the children who passed 5-year scholarship test in 2007 and 2008.
178 children of army personnel, 7 children of Navy personnel, 10 children of Air force personnel and 34 children of police personnel were awarded these scholarships. H.E the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the chairman of the National Defence Fund, has accepted the allocation of over 6 million rupees for awarding scholarships for the children of war heroes who have sacrificed their lives and limbs for defensive the place of birth.
Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Employment endorsement & Welfare Mr. Sunil S. Sirisena, Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Army Commander Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Roshan Gunathilaka, IGP Jayantha Wickramarathna, officials of the Defence Ministry, the scholarships winners and their parents were there at this occasion.

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