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Health concerns at Avenra Garden cause upsets in police circles?

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The recent sealing of cool rooms at the famed Avenra Garden Hotel in Negombo by PHIs, has led to upsets in political circles, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns.

This is due to doubts whether a prominent politician in the Negombo area had been behind the incident.

This politician, as well as the Avenra Garden owner – Danesh de Silva, have been close associates of late politician – Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.

However, Mr. de Silva is now said to be a close associate of the Rajapaksa family.

During the ‘Aragalaya’ protests last year, the Avenra Garden Hotel was even set on fire by protestors, claiming that Yoshitha Rajapaksa’s money had been pumped into de Silva’s businesses.

The rise of de Silva, from a humble PT teacher at a school to a hotelier owning multiple properties, has also been questioned.

Attempted sabotage of Hiru Christmas party?

Also, separate rumours cite that the aforementioned raid by the PHIs was done as an attempt to sabotage the ‘Senehase Naththala’ christmas programme annually done at the hotel by the ‘Hiru’ TV channel.

However, the programme is currently being held at the hotel with no setbacks.

Legal redress

The Avenra Garden Hotel has also issued a public statement with regard to the raid.

It states that the PHI’s had falsely stated that a certain frozen food was stored incorrectly in the hotel cool rooms and sought a bribe from the hotel management to look the other way.

The statement further notes that the hotel will be seeking legal action and a police complaint has already been lodged in this regard.

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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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