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Man arrested for demanding sexual bribes from young women

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A man who conducted interviews via internet under the guise of operating a company that recruits flight attendants was arrested for attempting to solicit sexual bribes from young women.

The suspect, who is a meter reader of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and a resident of Hanguranketha, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The suspect was arrested during an investigation launched based on complaints received from two young women living in Matale and Kandy to Senior Superintendent of Police Lucky Randeniya, Director of the CID Computer Crime Investigation Division.

A team including Police Inspector Chathuri Dissanayake, Chief Inspector of the Computer Crime Investigation Division in Kandy, had seized four mobile phones, 13 SIM cards and a computer used by the suspect.

Nude photos of more than 20 young women were found on the computer.

The suspect has been operating a Facebook account for two years under the name ‘Ruwaththiyange Getalu’, pretending to be a woman, and connecting groups that provide advice on maintaining beauty, job opportunities and acting opportunities to young women.

Meanwhile, he had posted a Facebook post on recruiting flight attendants on the account using the name and number of a young woman.

Applications have been called from women through text messages and another number had been sent saying it was of the head of the institution.

Accordingly, the suspect had impersonated himself as the head of the institution.

The suspect has sent SMS to the applicants saying they have met the basic qualifications and then had asked them to send separate photographs of fingers, nails, legs, hair and face.

He has finally informed the applicants to send nude photos to his female officer to see if there are any scars on their body.

Accordingly, a large number of young women have sent nude photos to this number hoping to become flight attendants.

The suspect had then threatned the young women demaning sexual bribes.

He has been deceiving young women through this Facebook account for about two years.

Source: Aruna

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Decision on water tariff reduction, soon?

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Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman, announced that the reduction of water tariffs is being studied alongside the new electricity tariff revision, with a decision expected by the end of this week.

The Minister also highlighted that the Water Supply Board, previously experiencing a monthly loss of LKR 2.8 billion, has now achieved a profit of LKR 6.2 billion.

Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman made these remarks during the ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’ press briefing today (17)  at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC).

Minister Jeevan Thondaman, elaborating further, also stated:

We commend Minister Kanchana Wijesekera for initiating steps to lower electricity tariffs. The water supply sector is closely tied to electricity tariffs, making it likely that this revision will also lead to reduced water tariffs.

Water availability is influenced by various factors. We previously committed to lowering water tariffs in tandem with reductions in electricity charges. Currently, the Ministry is not only focusing on electricity but also assessing the impact of reduced interest rates, down from 26% to 11%. Additionally, we are studying the potential reduction in water tariffs based on changes in the dollar exchange rate. It’s important to note that the cost of chemicals procured by the water supply board is influenced by the dollar exchange rate.

It is expected that by the end of this week, a decision will be made regarding the extent of the reduction in the water tariff. When I assumed office in January 2023, the Ministry faced challenges, unable to even provide 1,000 new water connections. Moreover, I inherited a Ministry burdened with an USD 800 million debt and a Water Supply Board experiencing monthly losses of approximately LKR 2.8 billion. The board’s monthly recurring expenses of LKR 4.5 billion had a significant national impact.

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4 females arrested over brutal assault on child

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Aranayaka Police say that 04 female suspects have been arrested over brutally assaulting a six year old child.

The arrests were made after a video of the incident had gone viral online.

Accordingly, the women including the child’s mother, have been arrested and are to be produced before the Mawanella Magistrate’s Court today (July 17).

The child, who is under the care of his father, is to be produced before the Mawanella Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).

Aranayaka Police is conducting further investigation into the incident.

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Price of several fertilizers to be reduced

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The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera today (17) instructed the State Fertilizer Company to take steps to significantly reduce the prices of fertilizers used for plantation crops such as cinnamon, tea and coconut.

Accordingly, the President of State Fertilizer Company, Dr. Jagath Perera stated that the prices of 5 types of fertilizers such as APM, YPM, Urea ( Cinnamon), SA ( Cinnamon) and TDM fertilizers produced by State Fertilizer Company will be reduced from Rs.1500 to Rs.2000 with immediate effect.

A discussion was held today at the Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries regarding the reduction of fertilizer prices. The minister gave these instructions during the discussion.

(dailynews.lk)

 (This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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