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NLB awards printing tender to DPJ which caused Rs.600mn loss!

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The National Lotteries Board (NLB) has awarded a fresh printing tender to DPJ Holdings, which has been accused of causing a loss of nearly Rs.600 million earlier by not printing Govisetha Lottery for almost two months claiming that there is no paper required for printing.

DPJ Holdings failed to print ‘Govisetha’ from March 14 to May 12 of this year. Govisetha draw number 3001 was issued on March 14 and the next draw number 3002 was issued on May 12.

Accordingly, the NLB has lost approximately 57 rounds of Govisetha. Nearly 600,000 lotteries are printed per each round.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture which receives 14% of the profits from selling Govisetha has also suffered a huge loss due to the lottery not being printed 57 rounds.

It was reported that the loss incurred by the vendors who depended on the sale of Govisetha is close to Rs.100 million.

However, the NLB has awarded a lottery printing tender to the same firm in October despite causing a loss to the DLB itself and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The tender was awarded saying DPJ Holdings had bid 0.05 cents less than the second lowest bidder.

Meanwhile, it is said that former NLB Chairman Lalith Piyum and Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, who works as a NLB Manager, have exerted influence in awarding this tender to DPJ Holdings.

It has now been revealed that DPJ Holdings is related to the Port Chairman previously appointed by former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena.

In the future, we will reveal many undisclosed facts regarding a scam of moving the NLB office to a new building and removing lottery draws which were televised on Rupavahini.

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French ambassador in SL, passes away

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The French Ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives Jean-François Pactet has passed away today (May 26).

According to the police, the ambassador has passed away at his official residence.

He was 53 years old.He has served as the Ambassador in Sri Lanka since October 2022.

A career diplomat, Pactet was previously Deputy Director of Culture and Education in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

From 2016 to 2019, Jean-François Pactet was in charge of the Ministry’s policy regarding global health, gender equality and education, and supervised French contributions to multilateral funds in these areas.

Prior to this, Jean-François Pactet has been posted at the French Embassy to the United States in Washington (2012-2016) and at the French Permanent Representation to NATO in Brussels. 

He was also a Deputy Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Veteran singer and musician Ananda Perera passes away

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Renowned singer and musician Ananda Perera has passed away at the age of 67.

Family sources confirmed that he died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Kandy.

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Tea represents harmony, social inclusivity, says China – SL reps. to UN (Video)

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Tea as a popular drink shared by multiple countries around the world stands for harmony, diversity and social inclusivity, said representatives both of China and Sri Lanka to the United Nations at a ceremony held in the United Nations headquarter in New York on Tuesday.

The event themed “Tea for Harmony” was held to celebrate the International Tea Day, which also fell on Tuesday with a nod to China’s centuries-old tea traditions. It is co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of China to the UN and China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“For thousands of years, tea has traveled along the Silk Road and the maritime routes to reach people around the world. Tea cultures from various countries, while sharing the same roots, have deeply integrated with their own customs and traditions. Just like this year’s theme ‘Tea for Harmony’ suggests, tea has indeed played an important role in promoting harmony within diversity,” said Dai Bing, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.

In his opening speech, Mohan Peiris, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN, noted that tea functions as a means to bring people together for a casual chat, and thus helps to encourage social interaction and stands for inclusivity.

“Drinking tea promotes social interaction. Sharing tea provides an opportunity for individuals to come together. And that’s something we do here in the delegates lounge. It facilitates conversation. Let’s have a chat over a cup of tea. It encourages inclusivity. Community drinking can bring people together. Well, it also fosters equal footing. The very act of sharing a cup of tea is typically egalitarian. It’s big,” he said.

Products from Xinyang, a well-known tea-producing region in central China’s Henan Province, were highlighted at the event, with tea masters making drink with Xinyang Maojian, a widely welcomed local green tea at the scene.

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