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    "Ranaviru Real Star - Mission IV" Grand Finale Staged Featured

    July 27, 2014

    The rousing finale of the world's first ever "Ranaviru Real Star" reality show "Mission IV" was staged on grand scale at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday evening (26th July). A recorded number of over 10 million SMS's poured in supporting the seven finalists. "Ranaviru Real Star" is a brain child of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa which aims at bringing out the hidden talents of the war heroes of the three forces.


    His Excellency the President and Commander in Chief Mahinda Rajapaksa graced the occasion as the chief guest of the grand finale of the Ranaviru Real Star talent show and was welcome by Secretary Defence upon his arrival at the venue.


    A total of seven, six servicemen and one servicewoman were selected for the grand finale. Five from Sri Lanka Army, one from Sri Lanka Navy and one from Sri Lanka Air Force competed in several rounds showcasing their hidden talents in the final event.


    The panel of judges were comprised of professional and well reputed musicians and artists in Sri Lanka; namely, Visharada Edward Jayakody, Jakson Anthony and Yashoda Wimaladarma who contributed 60 percent in the selection of winners of the competition. The rest 40 percent was allowed public to decide upon their SMS.


    Aruni Silva of the Sri Lanka Army won the trophy in the face of stiff competition with other competitors, making history as the Ranaviru Real Star - Mission IV. She was presented the keys of a brand new luxury house valued at Rs. 20 million by First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa. The second place secured by Lac MGNMD Dayarathna of the Sri Lanka Air Force and was presented with the key of brand new Toyota "Yaris" car sponsored by Toyota Lanka and Rs. 1 million together with a trophy.


    The third and fourth places went to Medical Class 1 BAS Rishi and Lance Corporal KS Suranga of Sri Lanka Navy and Army respectively. The fifth and sixth places were secured by Captain MPRY Fernando and Lance Corporal WLMSK Lepothdeniya of the Sri Lanka Army while the seventh place was secured by the Major SKTW Chandrakumara of Sri Lanka Army. They were also awarded with valuable cash prizes, LED (HD) T.V sets, Dialog Satellite Connections, mobile phones and trophies.


    Moreover, competitors who secured positions from 7th place to 38th place were awarded special prizes by the service Commanders.


    The Ministry of Defence under the guidance and supervision of Secretary Defence set off this historic journey, the Ranaviru Real Star - Mission 1 on 05th November 2010. It is the concept of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and made possible with the generous sponsorship of Dialog.


    First Lady Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, chairperson of the MoD Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa, Service Commanders, Senior Ministry Officials and Senior Military officers were among the distinguished invitees. A large number of servicemen, family members of the contesters and fans were also attended the event. (MOD/KH)

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