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Overseas travel ban on 5 employees of Sampath Bank

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The Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Nov.12) slapped an overseas travel ban on 05 employees of Sampath Bank, with regard to a financial fraud that had allegedly taken place at the Talahena branch of the bank.

The CID had urged the court to impose an overseas travel ban on the relevant officers, pointing out that it is necessary to obtain statements from them.

Taking up the case, the Kaduwela Magistrate also ordered to hold the former credit officer of the branch – Sachika Alwis, in remand custody until Dec. 20.

It was also revealed that the former manager at the Talahena branch – Ms. Thanuja Muthukumarana, has fled the country.

The travel ban was imposed on Ms. Thanuja Muthukumarana as well as on Deputy Manager – Lakna Jayasekara, Senior Manager (Debt. Recovery) – Aruna Jinadasa, Deputy Manager – Gayani Vidanapathiranage and credit officer – Hirantha Kodikara.

The magistrate issued the aforementioned order after considering facts presented by a panel of lawyers led by President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, who appeared on behalf of the aggrieved party.

The CID had initiated this investigation over a complaint lodged by globally renowned traditional medical practitioner Kelum Harsha Kamal Weerasinghe, who alleges that the bank had defrauded a sum of Rs.77.98 million from him.

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Former Minister Ronnie de Mel no more

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Former Minister – Ronnie de Mel has passed away today (27) while being treated at a private hospital, reports say.

He was aged 99 years old.A former civil servant, he was the Minister of Finance from 1977 – 1988 under the United National Party government and holds the record for the largest number of budgets presented by a finance minister.

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NPP to also back NCM against Speaker

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The National People’s Party (NPP) has also decided to back the No Confidence Motion against Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kieirella, Professor G. L. Peiris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody, Shan Wijayalal de Silva, and others have signed the motion on behalf of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and Samagi Jana Alliance.

Meanwhile, Dullas Alahapperuma, the leader of the Freedom People’s Congress has also said that they would back the NCM.

Yesterday (26), the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya had stated they would back the motion as well. 

The motion cites several reasons, including the Speaker’s failure to appropriately present the amendments proposed by the Supreme Court for the Online Safety Bill before its passage. 

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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