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Borelle Sirisumana Thera arrested over Priyamali’s fraud!

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Ven. Borelle Sirisumana Thera, a resident monk of a temple in Kadawatha, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (01) afternoon in connection with the investigation into the large-scale financial fraud committed by Thilini Priyamali.

The CID revealed that the arrested Thera had maintained a close relationship with Priyamali, the owner of the Thico Group, who is currently in remand as well as with businessmen who gave their money to Priyamali.

It has been revealed that the suspect has used many different technical methods, including a mobile phone App which deletes call records within 24 hours.

When the billionaires who deposited billions of rupees in the Thico Group demanded their money back, the monk had assured them that they would get their money soon.

It has been revealed in the investigation that the Thera had deceived a large number of people by saying that there is a large gold bar weighing 2500 kg in his Kadawatha Temple.

A senior officer of the CID said that they have received the photos of the gold bar and an investigation is being conducted.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said, “The CID officers arrested Sirisumana Thera based on the facts revealed during the investigations regarding the financial fraud allegedly committed by Priyamali.”

The suspect, who claims he has achieved the ‘Arhat’ status, is scheduled to be produced in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today (02).

Priyamali, her partner Isuru Bandara and Wijesuriya Arachchige Kasun who was a director of Thico Construction Company will also be produced in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court by the Prison officials today (02).

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One more COVID-19 death

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One more COVID-19 death was confirmed yesterday (04) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll is at 16,805.

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Auto Diesel price slashed

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has announced that the price of a litre of Auto Diesel will be reduced by Rs. 10/- from midnight today (05)

Accordingly, the new price of a Liter of Auto Diesel will be Rs. 420/-.

However, CPC states that prices of other types of fuel will remain unchanged. 

Meanwhile Lanka IOC says that they too will reduce the price of Auto Diesel by Rs. 10 from midnight today.

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Bandula asks SLTB chairman to resign

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Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Kingsley Ranawaka.

In a letter addressed to the SLTB chairman, the minister states that the ‘Park and Ride – City Bus Service’, which was initiated under a policy decision of the government, has been suddenly suspended without informing him, based on a decision reached by the Director Board of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

Therefore, the Minister, under the powers vested in him by Sri Lanka Transport Board Act, No. 27 of 2005, has instructed Mr. Ranawaka to resign from the posts of SLTB chairman and Director Board member with immediate effect.

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