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Shehan dismisses Rajpal’s allegations

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Booker Prize winning author Shehan Karunatilaka dismissed allegations of plagiarism raised against him by journalist Rajpal Abeynayake over his book ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’. 
Abeynayake had accused Karunatilaka of stealing from a 56-page untitled ‘novella’ sent in 2011 seeking an author’s endorsement.
The statement issued by Karunatilaka is as follows :

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Nuwan Gunawardena passes away

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Veteran Sri Lankan singer Nuwan Gunawardena passed away this evening (Dec. 08).

He was receiving treatment at a hospital in Colombo at the time of his demise, according to family sources.

Gunawardena, who was also one of the leading playback singers in Sri Lankan Sinhala cinema, was known for his popular hits such as “Pawee Giyawe”, “La Sanda Eliye”, “Sanda Men Bala”.

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2 men arrested for harassing South Korean livestreamer

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Police in India’s Mumbai city have arrested two men for harassing a South Korean woman while she was livestreaming a video.

The incident took place on Tuesday night as Hyojeong Park, who is known by the name Mhyochi on social media, was walking through the city.

The video shows one of the men putting his arm around Ms Park, 24, and kisses her on the cheek.

The men have been charged with molestation, news agency ANI reported.

Ms Park, who has more than 12,000 followers on livestreaming service Twitch, usually posts videos of herself playing video games and trying out food.

She has been in India for a few weeks and has been documenting her experiences through live vlogs.

(BBC News)

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Squid Game actor faces sexual misconduct charges

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Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, South Korean judicial officials say.

The 78-year-old is accused of touching a woman inappropriately in 2017, officials said.

Mr O has denied the allegation, local media report.

He became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series after his performance in the chart-topping Netflix thriller earlier this year.

The alleged victim first filed a complaint with the police against Mr O in December last year, according to Yonhap news agency. But the case was closed in April without a charge being brought against Mr O.

The prosecution has now reopened the investigation “at the request of the victim”, the agency reports.

Mr O has now been charged without detention, it adds.

Following the charge, Seoul’s culture ministry decided to stop broadcasting a government commercial featuring Mr O, according to local reports cited by AFP news agency.

Squid Game – Netflix’s most popular series of all time – is a thriller series which tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games.

Mr O plays the oldest participant in the survival competition.

(BBC News)

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