The assigned layout artist is Manjula Perera.
However, initially the paper had nominated renowned photographer Lakmal Wasantha for the President’s coverage but Perera has been reassigned at the last moment, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns.
Despite being thus nominated as a photographer to cover the President’s tour, Perera does not even possess a media ID issued by the Government Information Department, reports say.
Upon contacting the Director Administration of the Sumathi publications, Sujeewa Godaliyedda he said, “The head of the layout section is Manjula, but he too is a photographer. He covers special events and he even does the cover for Ridma. We had four main events and it was Manjula who covered all of them. We have proposed Lakmal Wasantha to cover the next event,” he added.
The newspapers under Sumathi Publications is managed under the supervision of the Deputy Speaker and head of the Cricket Board, Thilanga Sumathipala.
Its Director, Administration is an executive member of Sri Lanka Cricket.