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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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Tamil parties agree to field common Presidential candidate

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Several Tamil political parties and a group of representatives of civil organizations have reached an agreement to present a common Tamil candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The agreement was signed in Jaffna today by seven parties including TELO led by MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan, PLOTE led by MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Tamil People’s Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil National Party led by Attorney-At-Law N. Sri Kantha, and EPRLF led by Suresh Premachandran.

The Tamil People General Assembly, comprising of several Tamil civil organizations, also signed the agreement.

However, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) comprising President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran and the Tamil National People’s Front comprising Attorney-At-Law Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam did not sign the agreement today.

(News 1st)

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Club Wasantha’ murder: Tattoo studio owner makes confidential statement

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Dulan Sanjula, the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, has made a confidential statement before the Kaduwela Magistrate over the recent shooting and killing of two individuals including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’. 

Meanwhile, the seven suspects including Dulan Sanjula have been ordered to be remanded further until August 5, 2024. 

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the incident, had requested permission to make a confidential statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate. He made this request when the seven suspects arrested in relation to the incident were produced before the court on July 10.

However, the Kaduwela Magistrate had advised the suspect in question to rethink the decision and make the request again during an upcoming court date.

Furthermore, the magistrate ordered the prison officers to provide additional security to the suspects, since there are accomplices of the criminal figure infamously known as “Loku Patee,” who is suspected to be involved in the incident, detained in the prison.

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AKD meets Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs

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National Peoples’ Power (NPP) Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who is currently on a visit to Japan, has held discussions with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Tsuge Yoshifumi today (July 22).

The discussion, which took place at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, focussed on the current economic and political situation in Sri Lanka, the long-term friendship between the two countries and the next step in diplomatic and economic relations, while special attention was paid to Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election.

During the meeting, the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs congratulated MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake on his visit to Japan.

The Southwest Asian Affairs Director Tsutsumi Taro, Deputy Director of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iwase Kiichiro, and several members of the Japan Committee of the NPP were also present on the occasion. 

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