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Teacher caught in pyramid scheme dies by suicide

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A sports teacher from Walasmulla, who was caught in a pyramid scheme operating on the internet, has died by suicide in the school sports room, police sources said.

The deceased was identified as 38-year-old Srinath Darshana, a father of two, who worked as a sports instructor at Kanumuldeniya Vidyalaya, Pallekanda North in Walasmulla.

The teacher has been missing since July 1, and the principal found his body inside the sports room while they were looking for him.

The Walasmulla Police removed the body after the principal informed them about the incident.

Police said a letter written by the teacher with a red pen was also found.

The teacher has invested a large amount of money in an illegal pyramid scheme for an attractive interest, and the police suspects that he may have died by suicide since he had not received the invested amount back.

The teacher had told a friend about a month ago that he had invested a large amount of money in a pyramid scheme and that he would have no option but to die by suicide if he did not receive any benefits.

The Walasmulla Police said that neither his wife nor his relatives knew that he had invested money in a pyramid scheme, and investigations are being carried out in this regard.

Police sources said that many people including police officers in the Hambantota area were caught in this illegal pyramid scheme.

Many people have lost the money they have invested and the police have received a number of complaints in this regard.

The Walasmulla Police are conducting investigations under the instructions of Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of Tangalle Division K.B. Keerthiratne.

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Election Commission invites tenders for election stationery

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The Election Commission has announced a call for tenders to procure essential stationery, including indelible ink, for the upcoming election. 

The required items include photocopy and printing paper, printed and data-printed envelopes, pens, pencils, carbon paper, staplers and stapler pins, calculators, and other necessary supplies for the election process. 

Tenders will be opened on August 2nd under the national competitive bidding process.

Meanwhile, Deputy Postmaster General Rajitha Ranasinghe stated that preparations for the Presidential Election are ongoing despite a staff shortage. 

He confirmed that 8000 mail delivery staff will be deployed for relevant tasks. 

However, the Election Commission and relevant authorities have been informed about the staffing issue.

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Sri Lanka announces squad for home series against India

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Sports Minister Harin Fernando has approved the 16-member squad for Sri Lanka’s upcoming home series against India, with Charith Asalanka named as the Captain.

The squad includes notable players such as Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, and Chamindu Wickremesinghe.

India’s tour of Sri Lanka will feature a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series.

**Sri Lanka’s 16-member squad:**

1. Charith Asalanka – Captain
2. Pathum Nissanka
3. Kusal Janith Perera
4. Kamindu Mendis
5. Dasun Shanaka
6. Wanindu Hasaranga
7. Mahesh Theekshana
8. Matheesha Pathirana
9. Nuwan Thushara
10. Dunith Wellalage
11. Dushmantha Chameera
12. Binura Fernando
13. Dinesh Chandimal
14. Avishka Fernando
15. Chamindu Wickremesinghe

ODI Series at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
– August 2
– August 4
– August 7

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Hospital to be established at Somawathiya Raja Maha Viharaya

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The Health Ministry has announced plans to construct a peripheral hospital within the Somawathiya Raja Maha Viharaya premises to serve the large number of devotees and nearby communities.

A special discussion on this initiative was recently held at the temple, led by the Chief Incumbent, Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thera. 

The Chief Incumbent highlighted the temple’s significant daily visitor count of around 1,000 devotees, which swells to over 50,000 on Poya days and exceeds 100,000 during Poson and Esala Poya days. 

Currently, devotees who fall ill are transported to Polonnaruwa Hospital, a process that will be significantly eased with the new hospital.

Under the Health Ministry’s directives, two ambulances from Polonnaruwa General Hospital have been stationed at the temple to assist sick devotees. 

The new hospital will provide much-needed relief to the local villages of Sungawila, Katuwanwala, Galkanda, and Kandakadu.

Health Secretary Dr. Palitha Mahipala outlined the facilities of the new hospital, which will include an outpatient department, an emergency treatment unit, male and female wards, and residential quarters for doctors and health staff. 

This hospital will function as an affiliate of Polonnaruwa General Hospital, with staff being deployed from the main hospital.

A special Cabinet paper for the hospital’s construction is set to be presented, with an allocation of Rs.100 million for the project this year.

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