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MTFE linked to Subaskaran?

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Former champions of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) Cricket series, Jaffna Kings team owned by Subaskaran Allirajah, had received the sponsorship from Canada based MTFE SL Group on a request made to them, it was revealed.

Accordingly, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is reportedly looking into the companies owned by Allirajah and the MTFE SL Group.

Sources said that the investigation has become much easier since Allirajah is now in Sri Lanka and is staying at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.

Meanwhile, the CID informed the court yesterday (21) that MTFE SL Group has illegally amassed over Rs.1,000 million as deposits from the public.

The CID officials said that this institution has not been registered with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and that it has collected millions of rupees from a large number of people in Sri Lanka.

Sergeant (23072) Vijitha Rajapaksa attached to the CID revealed to the court that this company was registered at the Department of the Registrar of Companies in 2022, but the activities of the company had not been stated properly.

According to the information given to the Registrar of Companies by MTFE SL Group, which has been accused of engaging in pyramid scheme-type transactions, five persons identified as its directors including Randunu Devage Duminda Thushara Jayawansa, Randunu Devage Indika Niranjan Jayawansa and Withanage Kanaka Nalin Gunasekara have been banned from leaving the country. The travel ban was imposed by Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis recently.

Randunu Devage Duminda Thushara Jayawansa, resident of No. 521/B, High Level Road, Panagoda, Homagama, who is a director of the company had submitted an anticipatory bail application to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

The Chief Magistrate rejected the bail application pointing out that CID investigations may be hampered if the applicant is granted bail as an investigation is being conducted into illegal money transactions.

However, it was reported that Randunu Devage Duminda Thushara Jayawansa’s brother Indika Niranjan has fled to Dubai, UAE.

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President pays final respects to late Dr. Ariyaratne & Palitha Thewarapperuma (Pics)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (April 19) paid his final respects to the late social activist and founder of the Sarvodaya movement, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne as well as to former UNP Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma.Visiting the Moratuwa Sarvodaya Headquarters where Mr. Ariyaratne was laid to rest, the President offered his final respects and left a condolence note. He also shared condolences with the grieving family members. 

The President also paid his last respects and extended condolences to the grieving family and local community at the residence Palitha Thewarapperuma, in Yatadolawatte, Matugama.

UNP Chairman MP Wajira Abeywardena and several others attended the event.

(Pics : PMD)


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Flu & diarrhea cases among children on the rise

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Health Authorities have warned of a rise of diarrhea and flu cases among children after the New Year period.
Consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised parents to immediately seek medical attention if their children have been suffering from fever continuously for 3-4 days.

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Fortified rice distribution initiative commences

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The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for school students, commenced today, (19) at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.

In an effort to reduce iron deficiency among school children, fortified rice is provided for school meals. This distribution will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan, Director General for the Partnership Secretariat for World Food Programme Co-operation (PSWFPC), which operates under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

As planned, the distribution of 735 metric tons of rice to provincial-level schools commenced today as part of the first phase and will continue tomorrow (20). This rice stock is being delivered to schools under the supervision of officials from the respective Provincial Departments of Education and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

Meanwhile, Director General for the PSWFPC, Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan stated that 378.835 metric tons of dhal, 412.08 metric tons of sunflower cooking oil, and 300 metric tons of dates will be distributed to schools following the start of the new school term on May 19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has implemented measures to provide a main meal at school for all students in grades 1-5 across the country. Following nutritionists’ recommendations, students receive breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. daily before engaging in educational activities.

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Active Generation,’ the 2024 school meal program aims to reduce nutritional problems among students, increase daily school attendance, foster good eating and health habits, contribute to the improvement of educational achievement levels, and fulfil the fundamental objectives of promoting local food culture.The school feeding program for this year extends its benefits to 1.6 million students, including primary students from 9,134 government schools, as well as smaller schools with fewer than 100 students. A budget of Rs. 16.6 billion has been allocated to the nine provincial councils by the government, supplemented by sponsorship from entities such as the World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(President’s Media Division) 

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