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Seven arrested over selling two school girls for prostitution

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The Children and Women’s Bureau of Matara Police has launched an investigation into an organized racket in which two school girls have been forced into prostitution for Rs.5,000 each.

Seven persons suspected of sexually abusing these two girls have been arrested as of yesterday (08).

Among them are the managers of two rest houses, a student, a fisherman and the boyfriend of one student.

The investigations have revealed information about at least 40 people involved in the incident and the police said 13 more people are to be arrested.

The boyfriend of one 16-year-old girl had forced her into prostitution.

After a while, the girl had lured a 15-year-old friend of hers into prostitution.

The investigations conducted by Chief Inspector Varuni Bogahawatta, the OIC of Matara Children and Women’s Bureau, revealed that the 16-year-old girl had sold her friend for Rs.5,000 and had kept Rs.3,000 as a commission.

Renuka Jayasundara, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Children’s and Women’s Bureau, told the media that they would take legal action against the people involved in this racket under human trafficking charges.

The 16-year-old student has joined in this racket after befriending a young man through Facebook.

Information revealed that her boyfriend along with another person has sold her into prostitution.

Although the two girls had attended school occasionally, their parents had not paid close attention to them.

Once these girls were taken into police custody, the 16-year-old student had received a number of calls to her mobile phone from various people. Police said that they will take steps to arrest the suspects through these phone records.

Source – Aruna

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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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