- Twin brothers enlisted to the Army together, commissioned on the same day
Twin Army officers, Major General Pooraka Seneviratne and Major General Jayantha Seneviratne yesterday signed their names to enter the Guinness Book of World Records during a formal ceremony held at the Army Headquarters.
Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Shavendra Silva as the Chief Guest, together with Sri Lanka’s authorised representative for Guinness Book of 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 world history.
The twin brothers, Major General Pooraka Seneviratne of Sri Lanka Signal Corps, and Major General Jayantha Seneviratne of Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, entered school on the same day, studied up to Advanced Level in the 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.
The 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 the twin brothers 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 Major Generals and delivered them to the representative of the Guinness World Records.
- They both served as school prefects, did sports together, enlisted to the Army together, commissioned on the same day