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Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera reveals about another ‘Priyamali’!

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Chancellor of the Colombo University and Chief Incumbent of the Abhayarama Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera alleged that his V-8 type Jeep worth more than Rs.30 million has been secretly sold by Colombo Municipal Council member Priyanka Jayasekara.

Accordingly, the Thera said that the statement made by the National Trade Union Coordinating Center Convener Wasantha Samarasinghe that Thilini Priyamali, who is currently in remand, had stolen his jeep is false.

He said that Ms.Jayasekara was a Dayaka Sabha member of his temple but Priyamali was not.

A donor in Japan has made a promise to Ananda Thera that he will give a modern vehicle as a gift to the Thera. Accordingly, the Thera has prepared to sell the V-8 type white Jeep donated to him by a philanthropist in Sri Lanka.

The municipal councillor who was a regular at the temple had taken away the jeep on the promise of giving money to the Thera.

Later, the Jeep was found at a vehicle sales center in Nittambuwa. The owner of the center has purchased this Jeep on lease.

The Thera said that he brought the Jeep from the vehicle sale centre but the representatives of the leasing company had taken it away. After he lodged a complaint at the Colombo Crime Division to take ownership of the Jeep, the Thera said a case was filed against the councillor.

He said the councillor has been released on bail and legal action has been taken in relation to the fraud.

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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President

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Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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