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Soldier arrested over sexual assault & murder of woman



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.


Blacklisting Thuyacontha illegal: NPP




The National People’s Power (NPP) said that the blacklisting of retired Air Vice Marshal Sampath Thuyacontha was illegal.

Speaking at a press conference held at the JVP Headoffice last morning (22), NPP member Harshana Nanayakkara said Mr. Thuyacontha had been blacklisted by the Air Force without providing any legal document.

He said that the National People’s Power recently decided to form a collective of retired tri-forces personnel. 

“No party has been able to do this in the past. This is being made as a force across the districts. Mr.Thuyacontha is leading this. He is one of the people who risked his life as a fighter pilot throughout the war and was awarded the ‘Vikramaveera’ and ‘Vibhushana’ titles. For his dedication, he was awarded the highest rank of Air Vice Marshal and retired amidst all the honours,”

“If someone is being punished, they should be given the reasons as to why they are being punished. Was Mr. Thuyacontha told why he was blacklisted? He does not even know what the charge is. He has been blacklisted by an invalid document,” he said.

“Thuyacontha blacklisted to maintain internal administrative affairs”

Director (Media) of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said that the decision to blacklist Thuyacontha was taken with the aim of maintaining the internal administrative affairs without any political interruption.

Speaking to the media, he said that Thuyacontha cannot enter any of the SLAF camps and enjoy the facilities given by the SLAF. 

“Any retired officer of the SLAF can engage in active politics. But, the situation is very different when it comes to this matter. This officer enjoys all the facilities given by the SLAF. He can enter any SLAF camps as a result of this facilitation of privileges. Therefore, it will create a problem in the internal administration of the SLAF if this officer tries to influence our serving members after entering the camps,” he said.

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I had nothing to do with Asgiriya brothel: Sanoja Bibile




Veteran actress Sanoja Bibile said that she had nothing to do with the brothel that was operated at the address ‘Hansavila’, no: 144, Sumangala Road, Asgiriya in Kandy.

Ms.Bibile said this in response to the article titled ‘Statement to be recorded from Sanoja over brothel raided in Kandy!’ published on Sri Lanka Mirror website.

She said that the property in question belonged to four people including her mother and siblings. However, in April 2022, it had been rented out to an individual by the name A.G. Samantha Asela Kumara.

At the time of the raid conducted by the police, Samantha Asela Kumara was the occupant of the house. 

She said that the property was rented out on April 11 last year with the consent of her mother and siblings.

The lease contract is shown below.

Ms.Bibile also said that the electricity bill of the rented out property was not in her name but in the name of her mother D.R. Nalini Padmavathi Bibile.

The electricity bill is shown below.

We regret any inconvenience caused to Sanoja Bibile due to the previous article published by Sri Lanka Mirror.

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Statement to be recorded from Sanoja over brothel raided in Kandy!

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Sri Lanka receives first tranche of IMF bailout




The Ministry of Finance has received the first tranche of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF)  form the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Accordingly, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Mahinda Siriwardena confirmed that USD 333 million was received by the Ministry today (23).

He stated this during a meeting held in this regard with President Ranil Wickremesinghe  and the Heads of media institutions.

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