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29-year-old behind death of Kalutara schoolgirl!

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A 29-year-old man, who allegedly went to a hotel room in Kalutara, stripped a 16-year-old girl befriended through TikTok and pushed her down from the third floor, police said.

The Kalutara South Police said the suspect, who seizes vehicles with defaulted insurance payments, is a married man.

The victim was identified as a 11th grade student of a girls’ college in Kalutara. She was a resident near the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara.

Police said the student had gotten to know the suspect through TikTok two days before and he had invited her to come to a hotel.

The girl and the suspect had arrived at the hotel located on Kalutara – Galle Road on May 6th at around 6 pm.

Since she was a minor, she had used the national identity card of a 20-year-old girl living next to her house to go to the hotel room.

A hotel employee told the police that another 19-year-old girl with her 22-year-old boyfriend had booked the adjacent air-conditioned room and all four of them consumed a bottle of Johnnie Walker red label type whiskey in one room.

After having drinks, the second couple had gone back to the adjoining room and had stayed there for a while before leaving.

Afterwards, the suspect had left the hotel in a hurry.

A person who came to the hotel to have food had informed the hotel staff that a naked body of a woman was lying on the railway track and then the staff had informed the 119 emergency hotline.

Officers of the Kalutara South Police had arrived at the location with a Suwa Seriya ambulance to find that the girl had passed away.

According to the investigations conducted by the Kalutara South Police under the instructions of OIC Chief Inspector Ruwan Wijesinghe, the 19-year-old girl and her 22-year-old boyfriend and the wife of the 29-year-old man who had a relationship with the victim were taken into police custody.

The wife of the suspect has said that she was not aware that her husband had such a relationship.

She told the police that her husband asked for Rs.2,000 and left the house the day before yesterday.

However, a senior police officer said that the young couple had moved the victim’s body away from the railway track and then surrendered to the police an hour later.

Police said that they have received information that the suspect who allegedly committed the murder had fled in a white coloured car and investigations are being conducted to arrest him.

It has also been revealed that the deceased girl is the daughter of a sister of a local politician in Kalutara.

Source – Aruna

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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