Asoka Jayatunga, an experienced journalist, has been appointed media attaché at the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington DC, USA.
President Ranil Wickremesinge has made the appointment on a recommendation by ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe.
His new duties involve him with Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Nations as well.
A past pupil of Mahinda Vidyalaya, Galle, Jayatunga is a founding member of ‘Lankadeepa’ newspaper.
For several decades, he wrote columns such as ‘Sanduda Hamuwa’, ‘Raja Veediya’, ‘Thiren Pitupasa’ and interviewed many political leaders.
He also presented the first live political talkshow ‘Janamandali’ on Sri Lanka Rupavahini in the 1990s, and went onto host ‘One-to-one’ on ITN later.
Recently, he wrote ‘Janapathi e kolama’ on social media.