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Wanathe Olcott’s relative arrested for issuing death threats!

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Seven suspects who attempted to take ownership of a two-storey house at Fair Hill Park in Borella belonging to a deceased specialist doctor by threatening the residents with a toy pistol have been arrested by the Borella Police.

The police said a woman who is an aunt of a deceased underworld gang leader named “Wanathe Olcott” was also among the arrested.

The specialist doctor passed away a few days ago and his son, who lives in California, had returned to the US after performing last rites.

A few days after the funeral, a woman who came to the Borella Police had said that she is from Kandy and that the house was sold to her for Rs.8 million by the doctor and that she was moving into the house.

Sub-Inspector Sriyaratne Kuruppuarachchi, OIC of Borella Police’s Minor Complaint Division, who refused her request, informed the woman not to move in until an investigation is conducted and to file a complaint in this regard first.

Borella Police officers who went to the house to investigate the complaint had questioned a person who had taken care of all the affairs of the doctor and the house for many years. He had said that the doctor had not sold the house to anyone and that he had been given this house and land by a power of attorney on the condition that he should hand it over to the doctor’s son upon his request.

When this complaint was scheduled to be heard today (13), a group of seven people had visited the house and threatened the resident in the house with firearms and ordered him to leave.

Subsequently, the police arrested the suspects and it has been revealed that they have used a fake pistol to threaten the residents.

Further investigations revealed that the suspects had gone to the house on the request of deceased underworld leader Wanathe Olcott’s aunt.

The officers of the Minor Complaints Division including Sub-Inspector Sriyaratne Kuruppuarachchi are conducting further investigations under the instructions of Borella Police Chief Inspector A.J.M.R. Samarasinghe.

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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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