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Heads to roll at leading Bank over large scale fraud 

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The Criminal Investigations Department has informed the Nugegoda Magistrate’s court yesterday (12 June) that more employees of a leading bank would be arrested in connection with a large scale fraud that is currently under investigation. 

It is been conducted due to a complaint made by the head office of the related bank. 

A suspect named Chathupama Ratnayake, who is working at the Bank’s Pitakotte branch, has been arrested in this regard and was ordered to be remanded till 26 June by the Nugegoda Magistrate court yesterday (12 June). 

The suspect has allegedly used a fixed deposit of a bank customer as a lien to get loans for Rs. 6.3 Mn in total. 

She has used her husband’s, mother’s and other close relatives’ names to prepare fake documents to commit this crime. 

Editor’s note : Although the bank in question was mentioned as People’s Bank in the original article, it was later removed after the Bank later stated no such incident had taken place at their entity. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused to any individual or entity in this regard.

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Prasanna urges Ranil to declare candidacy promptly

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During a spirited rally in Kadawatha today, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga passionately urged President Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly announce his candidacy for the presidency within the upcoming week.

“The people of Gampaha eagerly await your decision. Please do not delay any further in declaring your intention to contest,” Minister Ranatunga urged with conviction.

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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Former INSSSL Director General Asanka Abeygunasekara arrested

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The former Director General of the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Asanka Abeygunasekara has been arrested by police.

Abeygunasekara, against whom there was a pending open warrant over a case filed by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (21), police said.

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