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Soldier arrested over sexual assault & murder of woman

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A soldier was arrested by the Alawathugoda Police on suspicion of killing a married woman in a paddy field at Alawathugoda, Kandy.

The 26-year-old victim Dhanuka Madhuwanti Jayathilaka was a resident of Wilanagama at Allakade in Alawathugoda.

The victim was abducted when the husband had gone to attend a funeral on the night of March 10.

On the same night, several neighbors had heard the woman screaming, but had not paid much attention since her husband had earlier too quarreled with the victim after coming home drunk.

On the morning of the 11th, the husband had searched for the wife upon his return from the funeral. 

Several residents had also joined in search of the wife whose body was found in the mud of a field located about 100 meters away from the house.

A police dog has helped arrest the suspect as it had directly gone to the house of the suspected soldier.

Police investigations revealed that the arrested suspect is a 38-years-old married man and he is engaged in clerical duties in the army due to gunshot wounds suffered while serving in the army. The suspect has made several attempts to befriend the victim.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the suspect has been sending text messages and making phone calls to the victim, forcing her to come to various places.

A month ago, the suspect had promised not to bother the victim anymore and had apologized to her.

However, the suspect who had left the house at night to hunt animals had gone to the victim’s house and abducted her.

The post-mortem examination on the victim was conducted yesterday (12) at the Kandy National Hospital, where it was revealed that the woman was sexually assaulted and killed by strangulation.

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Indian-owned ship held in Colombo after oil spill; travel ban imposed on captain

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The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has taken custody of a ship which had caused an oil spill while anchored at the Colombo Port.

A spokesperson of the MEPA stated that legal action has been initiated against the company that owns the ship and the relevant insurance company regarding the oil spill. Under the Marine Environment Protection Authority Act, the MEPA is seeking compensation for the incident, the authority revealed.

The ship, owned by an Indian company, had recently arrived at the Port of Colombo for maintenance activities. A special investigation conducted by MEPA had revealed a leak of hydraulic oil from the ship. The company’s owner has admitted to the incident and agreed to provide compensation, according to the MEPA.

Furthermore, the Colombo Magistrate Court has imposed a travel ban on the captain of the ship preventing him from leaving the country, as per a request made by the Colombo Port Police.

(This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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5 companies fined Rs. 1,243 Mn. for illegal gold imports

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State Finance Minister Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that five companies have been identified for illegally importing gold into Sri Lanka during the past few years, and fines of Rs.1,243 million have been imposed on those companies.

The Minister said that one of the related companies was ordered to pay Rs.179 million as fines.

Emphasising that from now on, all licensed institutions carrying out import of gold goods should avoid these illegal acts, the Minister said that the relevant institutions will also be charged fines for the gold purchased by even third parties considering the production reports.

He said the efforts to stabilise the state revenue of the country are currently being carried out by closing all the loopholes related to the loss of state revenue gradually.

Certain parties who import gold goods have turned this into a big racket and therefore there is a mafia around it.There were various challenges and threats when the government tried to curb this mafia initially.

The Minister further said that there were various levels of threats, pressure and intimidation, and the government did not waver in the face of all these challenges and moved to the second step.

(dailynews.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Teachers & Principals launch TU action

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Teachers and principals in schools across the island will engage in trade union action today.

Convenor of the National Collective Against Teachers’ and Principals’ Salary Disparities Venerable Ulapane Sumangala Thero, says teachers and principals will report sick today.

The decision has been made due to the lack of solutions provided to issues related to salary anomalies.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education confirmed that schools will operate as usual today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, The strike initiated by non-academic employees of state universities continues for the 29th consecutive day.

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