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Conflicts in DSI Board of Directors intensify

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The Board of Directors of DSI Samson Group is embroiled in an intensified conflict, it is learnt.

The company, which is one of the largest private companies in the country, has about 30 subsidiaries. The conflicts had begun following a proposal made by a former managing director to evenly distribute the shares of the company among the family members.

The former managing director has submitted the proposal to the Board of Directors in the first week of April this year.

It was reported that some of the most profitable subsidiaries of this company are being operated by the sons of this managing director.

DSI Samson Group Managing Director Kasun Rajapaka and the other Directors including Thusitha Rajapaksa, Asanka Rajapaksa, Rohan Somawansa, Bhathiya Amarakone and Nelani Rajapaksa have been accused of being behind this conflict.

It was also reported that the actions of Varuni De Silva, the company secretary, have further aggravated this conflict.

Even though the company secretary should act impartially, it was said that Varuni is being biased.

Meanwhile, one of the Directors, Sajith Rajapaksa, was remanded in custody in connection with a shooting incident. It was revealed in the court that the other directors had allegedly conspired to remove him from the positions he held in the board.

The board of directors has removed Sajith from the position of managing director of three companies of DSI Samson group and from the position of director of other five companies. After he presented facts in the court, the court issued an order to reinstate him.

However, it was reported that Managing Directors Kasun Rajapaksa and Thusita Rajapaksa and the board of directors have been sued in several courts over these conflicts.

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Election Commission invites tenders for election stationery

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The Election Commission has announced a call for tenders to procure essential stationery, including indelible ink, for the upcoming election. 

The required items include photocopy and printing paper, printed and data-printed envelopes, pens, pencils, carbon paper, staplers and stapler pins, calculators, and other necessary supplies for the election process. 

Tenders will be opened on August 2nd under the national competitive bidding process.

Meanwhile, Deputy Postmaster General Rajitha Ranasinghe stated that preparations for the Presidential Election are ongoing despite a staff shortage. 

He confirmed that 8000 mail delivery staff will be deployed for relevant tasks. 

However, the Election Commission and relevant authorities have been informed about the staffing issue.

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Sri Lanka announces squad for home series against India

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Sports Minister Harin Fernando has approved the 16-member squad for Sri Lanka’s upcoming home series against India, with Charith Asalanka named as the Captain.

The squad includes notable players such as Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, and Chamindu Wickremesinghe.

India’s tour of Sri Lanka will feature a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series.

**Sri Lanka’s 16-member squad:**

1. Charith Asalanka – Captain
2. Pathum Nissanka
3. Kusal Janith Perera
4. Kamindu Mendis
5. Dasun Shanaka
6. Wanindu Hasaranga
7. Mahesh Theekshana
8. Matheesha Pathirana
9. Nuwan Thushara
10. Dunith Wellalage
11. Dushmantha Chameera
12. Binura Fernando
13. Dinesh Chandimal
14. Avishka Fernando
15. Chamindu Wickremesinghe

ODI Series at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
– August 2
– August 4
– August 7

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Hospital to be established at Somawathiya Raja Maha Viharaya

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The Health Ministry has announced plans to construct a peripheral hospital within the Somawathiya Raja Maha Viharaya premises to serve the large number of devotees and nearby communities.

A special discussion on this initiative was recently held at the temple, led by the Chief Incumbent, Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thera. 

The Chief Incumbent highlighted the temple’s significant daily visitor count of around 1,000 devotees, which swells to over 50,000 on Poya days and exceeds 100,000 during Poson and Esala Poya days. 

Currently, devotees who fall ill are transported to Polonnaruwa Hospital, a process that will be significantly eased with the new hospital.

Under the Health Ministry’s directives, two ambulances from Polonnaruwa General Hospital have been stationed at the temple to assist sick devotees. 

The new hospital will provide much-needed relief to the local villages of Sungawila, Katuwanwala, Galkanda, and Kandakadu.

Health Secretary Dr. Palitha Mahipala outlined the facilities of the new hospital, which will include an outpatient department, an emergency treatment unit, male and female wards, and residential quarters for doctors and health staff. 

This hospital will function as an affiliate of Polonnaruwa General Hospital, with staff being deployed from the main hospital.

A special Cabinet paper for the hospital’s construction is set to be presented, with an allocation of Rs.100 million for the project this year.

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