Twin Army officers, Major General Pooraka Seneviratne and Major General Jayantha Seneviratne today signed their names to enter in the Guinness Book of World Records during a formal ceremony at the Army Headquarters.
Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Shavendra Silva as the Chief Guest, together with Sri Lanka’s authorized representative for Guinness Book records, Saman Amarasinghe, Chairman, National Steering Council, Guinness World Records at Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs attended the event that would create history in the 71-year old Sri Lanka Army and the world history.
Those twin brothers, Major General Pooraka Seneviratne of Sri Lanka Signal Corps, and Major General Jayantha Seneviratne of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, entered the school on the same day, studied up to Advanced Level in same classes, both served as school prefects, did sports together, enlisted to the Army together, commissioned on the same day, followed foreign courses in Quetta in the same syndicate, received simultaneous promotions in the Army, and are finally set to retire on the same day.
Army Commander thanked the country’s Guinness Record representative for his presence at the Army HQ for necessary documentation and arrangements.
Assistant Registrar General, Lakshika Ganepola, the official representative of the Registrar General’s Office of Birth authenticated two birth certificates of both twins and handed them over to the Chairman, National Steering Council, Guinness World Records at Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs at the ceremony.
After a while, the day’s Chief Guest, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva in accordance with criteria requirements authenticated all military career documents of both Majors General and delivered them to the representative of the Guinness World Records.
At the same time, Mr Amarasinghe awarded two letters of appreciation to both Majors General in recognition of their attempt to qualify for the Guinness World Record.