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Man steps into witness box instead of Rohitha!

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A middle-aged man had stepped into the witness box when a case against former minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena was taken up in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court yesterday (30).

Earlier, Fort Magistrate Thilini Gamage imposed a travel ban on former minister Abeygunawardena and a group of people over the attack on the activists at the Galle Face Green.

When the case was taken up yesterday, a middle-aged man dressed in a t-shirt stepped into the witness box when the former minister’s name was read out.

President’s Counsel Shavendra Fernando, who appeared on behalf of Mr. Abeygunawardena, presented facts and sought permission for his client to travel to Dubai and Malaysia.

The court interpreter read out the name Rohitha Abeygunawardena, and many people in the court turned their eyes towards the witness box where the middle-aged man was seen instead of Mr. Abeygunawardena.

Aruna Court reporter confirmed that many people in the courtroom laughed at the moment.

The prison officials who were present nearby have taken him out of the witness box.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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