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Boyfriends fight over contestant during Miss Sri Lanka New York

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During the “Miss Sri Lanka New York” pageant held at South Beach Vanderbilt, in New York, USA, the reception hall was severely damaged due to a clash between the ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend of a contestant who participated in the pageant.

The conflict has taken place between two sides of Sri Lankans living in the areas of Staten Island and Queens in New York.

Following the incident, all five luxury event halls in Staten Island have issued an announcement saying that they will not host any event organized by Sri Lankans in future.

A Buddhist temple is also located near the reception hall and that temple has also announced that no public gathering should take place near the temple during the Katina Pinkam.

More than fifty people have been injured in the conflict. The security personnel at the hall had removed all the personnel involved in the conflict from the venue.

A video is currently being circulated on social media sites showing how the people clashed outside the hall. The people are seen damaging all the items around the hall including decorative glass items.

When the police officers have reached the venue, no one has been arrested as both sides have agreed not to file charges.

Mohan Peiris, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in NY has attended the event as the Chief Guest and it is reported that a senior official of SriLankan Airlines has sponsored the event.

Angelia Gunasekara has been crowned as the first ever Miss Sri Lanka New York defeating 13 contestants. Over 300 people have attended the event.

Source – Aruna

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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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