Constitution of Sri Lanka 1978 (rev. 2015) | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

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December 1978
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constituteproject:881
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The constitution was drafted and enacted by the National Assembly and promulgated by the President.

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The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced circa 250 B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The Portuguese controlled the coastal areas of the island in the 16th century and the Dutch in the 17th century.

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