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Woman arrested for blackmailing gem businessman

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A woman who allegedly filmed her having sex with a married gem businessman on a mobile phone and demanded a ransom of Rs.7 million by threatening to release the video was arrested by the officers of the Kalutara Crime Investigation Division on the day before yesterday (17).
Accordingly, the 32-year-old mother of two residing in Maligawatta was arrested along with a 45-year-old man residing in Wattala.
The suspects were arrested based on a complaint made to the Kalutara Crime Investigation Division by the gem businessman from Beruwala.
The businessman had met the suspect while he was in India for a business purpose and they had spent the night together in a hotel.
The police said that the suspect had secretly recorded them having sex on her mobile phone.
The two had arrived in Sri Lanka on the 14th.
The police said the woman has made a phone call to the businessman and threatened to release the video recording of them having sex to his familiy if she was not given Rs.7 million.
The businessman had initially credited Rs.1 million to her account and after a few days, she had again threatened him demanding the rest of the money.
When he was harassed demanding money for the second time, the businessman complained to the Kalutara Crime Investigation Division.
Accordingly, police officers took action to arrest the woman after informing her to come to Kalutara to collect the rest of the money.
The male suspect who arrived in the vehicle with the suspected woman was also arrested on charges of aiding and abetting extortion.
The vehicle was also taken into police custody and the police said that the male suspect works as a driver.
Police said the arrested woman had left for India several times a month and brought gold and textiles with her and had sold them to local businessmen.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

The full context of the public appeal is as follows : 

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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