K. W. Devanayagam

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K. W. Devanayagam
க. வி. தேவநாயகம்
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Minister of Justice
In office
1977–1980
Succeeded by Nissanka Wijeratne
Minister of Home Affairs
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Kalkudah
In office
1965–1989
Preceded by P. Manicavasagam
Personal details
Born(1910-03-26)26 March 1910
Died17 December 2002(2002-12-17) (aged 92)
Political party United National Party
Alma mater St. Joseph's College, Colombo
Ceylon Law College
ProfessionLawyer
Ethnicity Sri Lankan Tamil
Religion Roman Catholic

Deshamanya Kanapathipillai William "Bill" Devanayagam (26 March 1910 17 December 2002) was a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer, politician, government minister and Member of Parliament.

Deshamanya is the second-highest national honour of Sri Lanka awarded by the Government of Sri Lanka as a civil honour. It is awarded for "highly meritorious service", and is conventionally used as a title or prefix to the recipient's name.

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Early life

Devanayagam was born on 26 March 1910. [1] A Roman Catholic, Devanayagam was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo. [2] [3] A keen sportsman, he captained the school's cricket team in 1930 and was the East Ceylon champion in tennis. [2] [3] After school Devanayagam joined Ceylon Law College, qualifying as a proctor. [2]

Proctor, a variant of procurator, is a person who takes charge of, or acts for, another. The word "proctor" is frequently used to describe someone who oversees an examination or dormitory.

Career

Devanayagam practised law in Kalkudah, Batticaloa District for many years. [2] [3]

In its most general sense, the practice of law involves giving legal advice to clients, drafting legal documents for clients, and representing clients in legal negotiations and court proceedings such as lawsuits, and is applied to the professional services of a lawyer or attorney at law, barrister, solicitor, or civil law notary. However, there is a substantial amount of overlap between the practice of law and various other professions where clients are represented by agents. These professions include real estate, banking, accounting, and insurance. Moreover, a growing number of legal document assistants (LDAs) are offering services which have traditionally been offered only by lawyers and their employee paralegals. Many documents may now be created by computer-assisted drafting libraries, where the clients are asked a series of questions that are posed by the software in order to construct the legal documents.

Kalkudah Town in Sri Lanka

Kalkudah or Kalkuda is a coastal resort town located about 35 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa, Batticaloa District, Sri Lanka. It used to be a popular tourist destination, however due to 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War tourist numbers have declined. Pasikudah and Kalkudah are located few kilometers apart.

Batticaloa District Administrative District in Eastern, Sri Lanka

Batticaloa District is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the city of Batticaloa. Ampara District was carved out of the southern part of Batticaloa District in April 1961.

Devanayagam stood as an independent candidate for Kalkudah at the 1947 parliamentary election but was defeated by V. Nalliah. [4] He contested the 1965 parliamentary election as a United National Party candidate. He won the election and entered Parliament. [5] He was re-elected at the 1970 and 1977 parliamentary elections. [6] [7] He was appointed Minister of Justice in July 1977. [8] He became Minister of Home Affairs in February 1980. [3] [9]

Kalkudah Electoral District was an electoral district of Sri Lanka between August 1947 and February 1989. The district was named after the town of Kalkudah in Batticaloa District, Eastern Province. The 1978 Constitution of Sri Lanka introduced the proportional representation electoral system for electing members of Parliament. The existing 160 mainly single-member electoral districts were replaced with 22 multi-member electoral districts. Kalkudah electoral district was replaced by the Batticaloa multi-member electoral district at the 1989 general elections, the first under the PR system, though Kalkudah continues to be a polling division of the multi-member electoral district.

V. Nalliah Sri Lankan politician

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Devanayagam died on 17 December 2002. [2] [3]

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References

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