(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily News and diplomat Bandula Jayasekara has passed away at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital today (05) after a long-term illness. He was 60 years old at the time of his death.
Jayasekara, had been suffering from Myelodyplastic Syndrome, a type of blood cancer for about two years and was receiving palliative care during his last days at the Karapitiya Hospital in Galle.
The senior journalist was last working as a consultant for Sirasa NewsFirst. He also served as Director General, President’s Office Media Unit for some time during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure and Director General (Public Communication) at the External Affairs Ministry.
He has also served as the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Toronto, Canada and in Sydney Australia.
Bandula Jayasekara has also served as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.