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Danushka allowed to use FB & Instagram

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Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Sydney can use Facebook and Instagram again after having his bail altered.

Australian media reported that Gunathilaka, 31, applied to vary his bail at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday.

He is facing four counts of sexual intercourse without consent and has not yet entered a plea.

Gunathilaka was initially banned from using Tinder and other social media platforms when he was granted bail in November 2022.

His bail conditions were altered in February so he could return to WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging platform owned by Facebook-parent Meta and popular in his home country, and go out at night.

The latest alteration to his bail allows Gunathilaka to use his existing Facebook and Instagram accounts.

However, he has been informed to refrain from making any threats to the victim through social media.

The court was previously told the alleged victim was being harassed on social media and had to close her accounts.

Gunathilaka’s case has been adjourned for three weeks so the prosecution can gather more information.

After matching on Tinder, meeting up for a date and heading back to her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the complainant alleges the cricketer refused to wear a condom and choked her three times.

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New record for Tharushi

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Tharushi Karunarathna set an Asian Continental record in the Women’s 600m event at the Bilbao International Invitational Track and Field Athletic Meet in Spain.  

Karunarathna, participating in a Women’s 600m event for the first time, returned a time of 1:24.84s and went on to secure second place in this event.   

The meet was held targeting the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in France. The previous Women’s 600m Women’s Asian Continental record of 1:28.06s was held by Ayano Shomi of Japan in 2022.  

Bender Oboya of Australia with a time of 1:24.53s won first place while Maria de Lima of Brazil clocked 1:25.34s to claim third place.  

Meanwhile,  Kalinga Kumarage, participating in the Men’s 400m event, came third, clocking 45.91s. 

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SL cricket team returns

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The Sri Lanka cricket squad returned to the island this morning after a disappointing run at the ICC T20 World Cup.

The team reached the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.

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Wedding bells for Tharjini

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Sri Lanka’s former star netball player – Tharjini Sivalingam has entered wedlock.

Fans have been delighted as photos of her wedding had made rounds on social media.

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