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Beauty queen alleges she was asked for sexual bribes

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Magen Ratata Organization President Sanjaya Mahawatte claimed that the Sri Lanka representative for Mrs. Grand International 2022, Chamika Withanawasam, had allegedly been asked for sexual bribes.

Rasangi Chamika Withanawasam participated in the beauty pageant that was held in Mandalay, Myanmar, from November 8 to 14, while representing Sri Lanka.

While describing the tragic situation faced by Mrs. Withanawasam, the Magen Ratata Organization also claimed that they have a copy of the agreement that was made with the MR Entertainment company.

Mrs. Withanawasam claimed that she had been forced by the director of the MR Entertainment company, Malith Ranasinghe to take sexual bribes. An audio recording to prove that she had requested to use drugs that were banned in Sri Lanka was released to the media.

Malith Ranasinghe who represented the MR Entertainment company was tasked with organizing this international event in Sri Lanka. Mrs. Withanawasam had made an agreement with the said company to represent the Mrs. Grand International 2022 pageant show.

According to the agreement, the responsibility of maintaining the beauty of Mrs. Withanawasam for the pageant was up to her, and the expenses of representing the beauty pageant were to be borne by the MR Entertainment Company.

Mrs. Withanawasam, who was selected for the pageant to represent Sri Lanka, had left for Myanmar. After she arrived in Myanmar, the local organizers informed her that no payments for her participation in the panel had been made.That had made her very disappointed, and the pageant organizers informed her that she had no chance to participate in the contest without making the payments.

Later, she requested that her husband, who was in the United States, send money. According to Magen Ratata organization President Sanjaya Mahawatte, by the time she had paid, the place for her to represent the country was gone.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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