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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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Russian Embassy issues statement on controversial night event in Unawatuna

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The Russian Embassy in Colombo has issued a statement condemning all forms of racial discrimination and nationalism in response to the recent controversy surrounding a planned night event in Unawatuna.

The statement clarified that the event, organized with a “dress-code: white” theme, was planned by a group of entrepreneurs.

The Embassy acknowledged that, according to unconfirmed data, the main promoter and the bar owners who agreed to host the party have been identified as Russian citizens.

However, amidst confusion and concerns over entry conditions, the organizers issued apologies, clarifying that their intentions were not to cause harm, and subsequently called off the event.

The Russian Embassy emphasized Russia’s firm stance against such injustices and expressed a commitment to combating them.

Additionally, the embassy urged all Russian citizens visiting or residing in Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the country’s laws and respect local customs.

The statement aimed to address the controversy and reinforce the importance of promoting inclusivity and cultural sensitivity.


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TM Dilshan granted Australian citizenship

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has been granted Australian citizenship, confirmed by Australian MP Jason Wood in a social media post.

Dilshan, renowned for his explosive batting style, played a pivotal role in numerous victories for the Sri Lankan cricket team throughout his career. 

The 47-year-old’s acquisition of Australian citizenship marks a new chapter in his life post-retirement from professional cricket.

“Today’s citizenship ceremony was made even more special with the attendance of Tillakaratne Dilshan, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

“Dilshan is regarded as the best Sri Lankan player in run-chases in ODI history. 

He also holds the record for being the top run-scorer in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with 500 runs and scored a century against England in the semi-final. 

Additionally, he was part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20,” posted MP Jason Wood on social media.

MP Jason Wood, welcoming Dilshan as a new Australian citizen and local resident, expressed hope that the veteran would consider joining a local team.

“It was great to hear that his daughter Resandi is following in her father’s footsteps,” he added.

Tillakaratne Dilshan amassed over 10,000 runs from 330 ODIs since his one-day international debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. 

His Test career spanned 87 matches, during which he accumulated 5492 runs, including a high-score of 193. 

In 80 T20I matches, Dilshan made 1889 runs, featuring one century and 13 half-centuries.

Renowned for his unorthodox style, including the innovative scoop shot, Dilshan proved to be an extremely effective and versatile batsman across formats throughout his career.

Source: ABP News Bureau

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Chinese woman arrested for Financial Fraud

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A 52-year-old Chinese women has been arrested by the police for her alleged involvement in financial fraud amounting to nearly Rs. 8.4 million.

The female suspect was apprehended in the Kollupitiya police division on Saturday, following investigations initiated based on a complaint received by the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau on January 31.

According to the police, the arrested individual had reportedly obtained Rs. 8.4 million in total from multiple persons. 

She allegedly claimed that the funds were for a business venture and assured the amount would be returned.

The Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau is conducting further investigations into the case to gather more details about the nature of the fraud and the individuals affected by it. 

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