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Complaint lodged against Mr.Kottu!

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A social activist by the name Wimukthi Ranasinghe has filed a complaint with the Maharagama Police yesterday (13) alleging that businessman Viraj Wickramanayake (Mr.Kottu), a former Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member of Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Municipal Council, has made a false complaint against him.

Ranasinghe alleged that Wickramanayake had made a false complaint to the police stating that he had demanded a ransom of Rs.500,000 from Wickramanayake and accordingly, he had to face difficulties as he was arrested.

The complaint is as follows.

In his complaint, Ranasinghe said that a disclosure was made through social media sites regarding the political activities of Wickramanayake.

Afterwards, on August 11 at around 4 pm, Wickramanayake arrived at Ranasinghe’s house with the Grama Niladhari and settled the issue.

Shortly after that, Wickramanayake made a phone call to Ranasinghe and said, “Malli, I will give you the money, please remove it,” and then hung up in 23 seconds without giving him the opportunity to speak.

Later on the afternoon of August 12, the Maharagama Police arrested Ranasinghe at his home on charges of criminal extortion. He was produced in the court yesterday (13), and then he was released on bail after pointing it out in the court that this was a false complaint.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Morning Show ‘Nuga Sevana’ had broadcast a 2-hour live show from the house of Viraj Wickramanayake (Mr. Kottu) on August 10.

Some of the posts published on social media sites in relation to the incident are shown below.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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