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JB new Ambassador to Thailand

Professor of Sinhala at the University of Colombo, eminent linguist and historian J.B Dissanayake has been named the ambassador designate to Thailand by President Mahinda Rajapaksa
The Nation learns.
Professor Dissanayake, a product of Ananda College Colombo, graduated from the University of Peradeniya in 1961. He later went on a Fulbright scholarship to the University of California, Berkley to read for a Masters in linguistics and obtained a PhD from the University of Colombo.
President Chandrika Kumaratunge bestowed the honourary title of Deshamanya to Professor Dissanayake for his scholarly services to the nation. The author of numerous books on linguistics, culture and history Professor Dissanayake was awarded with the title of “Emeritus Professor” by the University of Colombo upon retirement after a teaching career of over 40 years. Prior to his retirement Dissanayake served in the capacity of the Head of the Department of Sinhala at the University.
Sri Lanka’s links with Thailand had traditionally been due to its shared Theravada Buddhists roots. However in recent time Thailand has gained significance since the LTTE had used the islands off Thailand as an arms smuggling post. Trading links with the country have also strengthened during the recent years with Thailand emerging as a strong South Asian Economy.