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State Minister Chanaka’s father-in-law killed by Sujee

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State Minister D. V. Chanaka’s father-in-law millionaire businessman Lalith Wasantha Mendis was shot in the head Saturday night (23) in his car in Galle by the accomplices of Kosgoda Sujee, one of the country’s leading underworld leaders who is hiding in Dubai, it has been revealed.

Investigations revealed that the murdered businessman had relations with an underworld leader named Rathgama Vidura.

Police suspect that the murder may have been carried out as a result of a deep hatred between Rathgama Vidura and Kosgoda Sujee.

Lalith Wasantha Mendis, the owner of the largest textile shop in Galle, was killed while he was returning home after closing the shop.

While he was driving his car, two assailants who chased him on a motorcycle fired several shots at the rear windows of the car in the Binge Kanda area, Galle.

When the businessman tried to park his car beside the road, the two assailants fired about 15 shots at his head and the chest area.

The businessman was admitted to the hospital by the residents but he was pronounced dead on admission, hospital sources said.

The underworld leader named Rathgama Vidura is currently hiding in Italy.

In the last few days, Kosgoda Sujee’s relatives and several members of his underworld gang were attacked by members of the Vidura’s gang in several areas including in Ambalangoda and Galle.

Police suspect that this businessman may have been killed as a result of these attacks.

Police are conducting investigations to identify the killers from the CCTV footage obtained from the area where the attack took place.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that the Criminal Investigation Department has obtained statements from the deceased victim regarding drug charges.

Source – Divaina

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Colombo air show and CADE 2024 exhibition postponed to next year

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The Colombo Air Show and Defence Exhibition (CADE 2024), initially set to take place from May 29 to June 2 at Galle Face and Colombo Port City, has been postponed to next year, according to the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).

The SLAF stated that the decision to reschedule the event was made in response to multiple requests from international partners, defence industry stakeholders, and foreign Air Forces. This postponement aims to enhance participation and provide a more diverse experience for spectators.

The rescheduled event will now be held from February 26 to March 2, 2025, coinciding with the 74th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

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 Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrives in Sri Lanka

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The Global Peace Ambassador and Spiritual Leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon (18) for a three-day visit. He was welcomed at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake by State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon and Eastern Province Governor Senthil Thondaman.

During his stay from May 18 to 20, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will participate in an event titled ‘Ekamuthuva: An Evening of Music, Meditation and Wisdom,’ which will be held at Taj Samudra on May 19. Renowned for his global humanitarian efforts and as a peace envoy, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is also an Indian yoga guru and the founder of ‘Transcendental Meditation’.

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President leaves for Indonesia

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has left for Indonesia this morning (18) to attend the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting in Bali, at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

The 10th World Water Forum is being held from May 18th to 20th in Bali, Indonesia.

This significant gathering, themed “Water for Shared Prosperity,” will convene global leaders to address pressing issues related to water management and sustainability.

President Wickremesinghe left for Indonesia on Saturday, following an invitation from Indonesian President Joko Widodo, underscoring Sri Lanka’s commitment to international cooperation on water-related challenges.

Scheduled to deliver a keynote address on May 20th, President Wickremesinghe will articulate Sri Lanka’s perspective on achieving equitable access to water resources for all, the President’s Media Division said.

During the forum, President Wickremesinghe is expected to engage in bilateral discussions, including a meeting with President Widodo, to explore avenues for collaborative action in water resource management.

His delegation, comprising senior officials from the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reflects Sri Lanka’s comprehensive approach to addressing global water issues.

President Wickremesinghe’s participation underscores Sri Lanka’s proactive role in advancing sustainable solutions to ensure water security, not only domestically but also on the global stage, the PMD said.

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