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Chief custodian of Kataragama Devalaya, missing!

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A complaint has been lodged with the CID that the chief custodian of the Ruhunu Kataragama Devalaya – T. Somipala, has been missing for 02 weeks.

The complaint, lodged on Dec. 22 by a grandson of Mr. Somipala, has also noted that the disappearance affects the activities of the Devalaya while putting the artifacts at the location at risk.

It is reported that the issues had arisen due to a dispute between Mr. Somipala and the 12th Basnayaka Nilame of the Ruhunu Katharagama Devayala –  Dishan Gunasekara.

With reports citing that monetary and gold offerings by pilgrims are being stolen by the custodians of the Devalaya, the public have begun to donate more to the cancer hospital development fund box at the Devayala’s main office rather than keeping monetary offerings with the traditional fruit offerings (Pooja Wattiya), reports add.

This trend has also increased after the Attorney General had called for the arrest of the chief custodian. In this backdrop, many have tended to shift towards other Devalayas in the premises.

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CID investigates blackmail case involving actress and ex-boyfriend

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis that they have launched an investigation into a complaint by a popular actress. 

The actress alleged that her ex-boyfriend, currently residing abroad, blackmailed her by threatening to publish nude photos online unless she transferred money to him.

The CID stated that the actress and her boyfriend were in a relationship for about four years, and after her rise to fame, she ended the relationship. 

The ex-boyfriend retaliated by threatening to publish nude photos, prompting the actress to transfer money to prevent the act. 

The CID requested permission to obtain reports on the relevant bank accounts, and the Magistrate granted the request, instructing the CID to complete the investigation and report its findings to the Court.

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Google maps error leads drunken men to scale wall of ‘Temple Trees’

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Two individuals who scaled the wall of ‘Temple Trees,’ the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo, have cited a Google Maps error for their presence within the highly fortified premises. 

The suspects, aged 28, claimed that they were following Google Maps directions to their rented residence on Muhandiram Road when the route ended near a large wall.

According to their confession, after having drinks at a bar in Kollupitiya, they believed their residence was on the other side of the wall and decided to scale it. 

Officers of the Prime Minister’s Security Division apprehended the individuals, subsequently handing them over to the Kollupitiya Police.

The suspects, one working as a software engineer and the other as a merchant seaman, were released on Police bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 14. 

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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