For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The Inaugural Convention of the National Intellectuals and Professionals Organization founded by the intellectuals and professional serving throughout the island was held at the New Town Hall in Colombo yesterday (26th). Office bearers, a national organizer and an executive committee for the new organization were elected.
Specialist Eye Surgeon Dr. J.D. Dias was elected the President of the Organization while the Head of the Faculty of Physical Science in Open University, Senior Lecturer Rohan Fernando was elected the Secretary. Charted Accountant Sunil Gamage was elected Treasurer and Dr. Susil Ranasinghe of Anuradhapura General Hospital was elected the National Organizer. Geologist Jayakody was elected the Vice-President while Ayurveda Dr. Ms. H.S. Shantahilatha was elected the Asst. Secretary. The Convention of the National Intellectuals and Professionals Organization was chaired by Counsel Karunaratne Herath while the key note address was made by Prof. Kuma David.