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Rs.12,260mn in bank accounts of Pastor Jerome & wife

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed the court that over Rs. 12 billion had been received by the personal accounts of Pastor Jerome, the accounts of his private firm, the accounts of his church and that of his wife Melanie Diane Vanculanberg in 12 state and private banks.

This was stated in the reports submitted by the CID based on the search operations conducted from July 7 to 12 on Frederic Christopher Jerome Fernando, also known as Pastor Jerome, who is alleged to have criticized several religions and beliefs by damaging the harmony among different communities and religions.

It was reported that Rs. 6.1 billion has been spent to establish the Miracle Dome located at Veyangoda Road, Katunayake where Pastor Jerome delivered his sermons.

The CID informed the Court that investigations are being conducted under the Money Laundering Act regarding how the money was received.

It is also mentioned in the report that 10 sermons had been held at the Miracle Dome from last March to May and two unedited CDs had been taken into custody.

The statement of Sachin Dhanushka Punchihewa, head of the media of that church, has been recorded.

Ashel Menaka Fernando, another employee, had said that the CCTV footage was not available at that time and that it would be provided immediately.

However, the CID had not received the footage so far. Therefore, the CID asked the Court to issue a notice to Sachin Dhanushka Punchihewa since he is deliberately concealing the evidence needed for this investigation.

Also, on July 18, the King’s Revival Church, which is said to be owned by Pastor Jerome, was searched based on the search warrant obtained from the Court and the report was submitted by the Police.

The report stated that Pastor Jerome had been preaching in all three languages since 2001 there and had 1,200 permanent members.

K.R.A.C. Kulasekara, the guardian of the church, has said that the sermons had not been recorded.

It was also informed that a place in Menerigama, Mount Lavinia was also inspected.

The members of Jamiatul Ulama Organization of Marandagahamula, Kalmunai, have volunteered to give a statement regarding the remarks made by the Pastor.

Jamiatul Ulama Chairman P.M.S.A. Ansar Mawlana has stated that Pastor Jerome had made hateful statements about Islam and its devotees, CID reported.

The CID asked permission to record statements from Ruwani Niwanthika, an organizer of the pastor’s organization, Mahendraraja Mayurathan of Ukulankulama, Vavuniya, Colombo 2 resident Mohammad Aslam Osman, Moratuwa resident Gayathri Sanjeewa, the Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs and the Directors of the Hindu, Muslim and Christian Religious Affairs Departments.

Accordingly, the Magistrate gave permission to record statements after considering the CID request.

Investigations conducted by the CID have revealed that millions of rupees have been exchanged through the bank accounts belonging to Pastor Jerome and others and orders were requested for further investigations in this regard.

On May 15, the CID filed a report in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court and asked for a foreign travel ban against Pastor Jerome. It was granted, but the suspect pastor had already left for Singapore the previous day (May 14).

Based on a complaint made by the Executive Director of the Buddhist Information Center Ven. Angulugalle Sirivijayananda Thera to the Inspector General of Police, investigations are being carried out by the Digital Forensic Laboratory of the CID.

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President pays final respects to late Dr. Ariyaratne & Palitha Thewarapperuma (Pics)

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe today (April 19) paid his final respects to the late social activist and founder of the Sarvodaya movement, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne as well as to former UNP Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister, Palitha Thevarapperuma.Visiting the Moratuwa Sarvodaya Headquarters where Mr. Ariyaratne was laid to rest, the President offered his final respects and left a condolence note. He also shared condolences with the grieving family members. 

The President also paid his last respects and extended condolences to the grieving family and local community at the residence Palitha Thewarapperuma, in Yatadolawatte, Matugama.

UNP Chairman MP Wajira Abeywardena and several others attended the event.

(Pics : PMD)


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Flu & diarrhea cases among children on the rise

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Health Authorities have warned of a rise of diarrhea and flu cases among children after the New Year period.
Consultant paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera advised parents to immediately seek medical attention if their children have been suffering from fever continuously for 3-4 days.

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Fortified rice distribution initiative commences

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The distribution of fortified rice, provided by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for school students, commenced today, (19) at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.

In an effort to reduce iron deficiency among school children, fortified rice is provided for school meals. This distribution will be conducted under the supervision of Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan, Director General for the Partnership Secretariat for World Food Programme Co-operation (PSWFPC), which operates under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

As planned, the distribution of 735 metric tons of rice to provincial-level schools commenced today as part of the first phase and will continue tomorrow (20). This rice stock is being delivered to schools under the supervision of officials from the respective Provincial Departments of Education and Public Health Inspectors (PHIs).

Meanwhile, Director General for the PSWFPC, Mr. M.H.A.M. Riflan stated that 378.835 metric tons of dhal, 412.08 metric tons of sunflower cooking oil, and 300 metric tons of dates will be distributed to schools following the start of the new school term on May 19.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Education has implemented measures to provide a main meal at school for all students in grades 1-5 across the country. Following nutritionists’ recommendations, students receive breakfast between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. daily before engaging in educational activities.

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Active Generation,’ the 2024 school meal program aims to reduce nutritional problems among students, increase daily school attendance, foster good eating and health habits, contribute to the improvement of educational achievement levels, and fulfil the fundamental objectives of promoting local food culture.The school feeding program for this year extends its benefits to 1.6 million students, including primary students from 9,134 government schools, as well as smaller schools with fewer than 100 students. A budget of Rs. 16.6 billion has been allocated to the nine provincial councils by the government, supplemented by sponsorship from entities such as the World Food Program (WFP) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

(President’s Media Division) 

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