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News


Veteran journalist ‘Dharme’ dies

Veteran journalist Dharmaratne Wijesundera passed away in the early hours of September 28 following a brief illness. At the time of his death, ‘Dharme’ as he was affectionately known to the newspaper fraternity was the news editor of our sister paper ‘Rivira’.
Dharme began his journalistic career at ‘Dinamina’ in 1977. He joined ‘Divaina’ when it started in 1981 and had risen to be Deputy Editor of that paper when he left to rejoin Lake House.
Dharme, who had an irrepressible nose for news, is best remembered for the energy and enthusiasm he brought into his work. He built a reputation for himself as a journalist who would not miss any story. He went to extreme lengths to obtain his stories often quarreling with his superiors to allow him to do what he wanted in the way he wanted. He would get the story, wait until the relevant pages were set and then he would smile, happy as a little child who had got the toy he wanted.
He was passionate to a fault but was beneath all that an extremely sensitive man easily moved to tears. He is remembered by his friends at Rivira Media Corporation for the enthusiasm with which he embraced the hard work that needed to be done before the launch of ‘Rivira’ and ‘The Nation’ a few months ago. He was determined to make the venture a success. He will be missed by many as a colleague, a true friend and a remarkable and unassuming human being. The Nation offers its condolences to Dharme’s family in their moment of grief and wishes him the supreme bliss of Nibbana.