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SL women’s rugby captain goes missing in S.Korea

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The South Korean Police has launched an investigation into an incident where the captain of the Sri Lanka women’s rugby team, Dulani Palliyakondage has gone missing following the Asia Rugby Sevens Series.

She is said to have gone missing after the prize-giving ceremony of the tournament yesterday (14). The management of the team has taken steps to make a complaint to the police through the South Korea Rugby Union and it is said that no information has been received until last evening.

The Sri Lankan women’s and men’s rugby teams were scheduled to return to Sri Lanka last night. The South Korean police had informed the Sri Lankan officials that they will continue their efforts to locate her.

Dulani, who played in the women’s final of the Women’s Championship with the Hong Kong team on the last day of the tournament in Namdong, South Korea, joined her team to watch the men’s team between Sri Lanka and the Philippines for the third place. It is also reported that she had talked to the media later on about the team’s defeat and the team’s weaknesses.

The manager had gathered the players to go back to the hotel and she had learned that the team leader was not present at the moment. She had broadcast two messages in Sinhala through the loudspeakers of the stadium asking her to come back to the place where the team was staying.

The manager, who sent the athletes back to the hotel by the team bus about an hour later, has been trying hard to find the missing captain along with the manager of the men’s team, officials of the South Korean Rugby Union and police officers.

The 30-year-old Dulani Palliyakondage, who is an excellent player born in Matara, has represented the national team for almost a decade and has shown outstanding performance in the Asian rugby field.

She has also participated in the rugby tournament of the Commonwealth Games held in England recently.

She has played a great role towards the success of her team in the inter-club rugby field representing the Sri Lanka Army Sports Club.

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New drug network operated from Singapore detected!

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A daily newspaper has revealed information about a new drug network active in major cities including Colombo.

It is said that this network is being operated from Singapore and a large-scale drug trafficker connected to the underworld and released on bail operates the local network.

It was reported that his son had also been sent to Singapore.

The news further says:

“The anti-narcotics units have received information that this underworld leader is also planning to travel to Singapore. These smugglers pay a commission of Rs.50,000 per person for a daily sale of Rs.1 million worth of ice drugs and heroin in Colombo. The smugglers earn a daily income of about Rs.30 million from this drug network and more than Rs.10 million goes to the smugglers as net profit.

The drug deals are taking place at Kalipullawatte in Dematagoda, Maligawatta Alba Flats and Keselwatta.

Large-scale drug traffickers were mostly concentrated in Dubai and India. Majority of them operated the drug trafficking from these countries and two or three other smugglers were operating from the UK and France. This is the first time that this type of trafficking has been detected in Singapore.”

Source – Aruna

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No communal approach in supporting Sri Lanka: India

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Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar justified his government’s support to Sri Lanka, saying India would be shirking its responsibility if it did not step forward to support a crisis-hit neighbour.

According to PTI, the Minister expressed these views in Parliament yesterday (7) in response to MDMK member Vaiko who sought explanation as to why India abstained from voting on a draft resolution of the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka in Geneva.

Mr. Jaishankar said the economic support that India offered to Sri Lanka during its worst post-independence economic crisis was for the entire country and not based on any communal approach.

Replying to clarifications sought by MPs on his suo motu statement on foreign policy in Rajya Sabha, the minister said India absenting from a vote against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Commission was in accordance with the long-standing position — which was also followed by previous governments — that it “is the most constructive way of addressing, advancing the interest of Tamil community in Sri Lanka.” “That continues to be our approach,” he said.

On the support to Sri Lanka, he said, “We have given support to the entire Sri Lanka which also includes the Tamil community.” “We have not taken the communal approach in giving support,” he said.

“To have a neighbour in this kind of a serious economic situation, we would be shirking our responsibilities if we did not step forward at that moment and that is exactly what we have done.”

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Who’s behind taxing essential items instead of cigarettes?

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The government is not adhering to a correct tax policy when it comes to the tobacco company, and as a result the country is losing revenue in taxes, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam said.

He expressed these views at a joint press conference held in Colombo for the first time with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya.

The MP pointed out that the tobacco company has earned Rs.40 billion in 2021 and Rs.50 billion in 2022.

However, he said the government is taxing the essential items used by the poor instead of taxing the tobacco company.

Officials in tobacco company’s pocket

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa made a disclosure in this regard in Parliament and revealed that former finance minister Basil Rajapaksa cut the tax on Capstan cigarettes by 50%.

As a result, he said the country loses Rs.63 billion per year.

It was also revealed that some politicians and officials are in the pockets of tobacco companies.

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