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Another former domestic accuses Rishad’s brother-in-law of rape

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By Norman Palihawadane and Hemantha Randunu

Another 29-year-old former female domestic worker in a statement to the police has accused MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s brother-in-law of raping her at the former’s residence at Bauddhaloka Mawatha.

She has informed Chief Inspector Waruni Bogahawatte that she worked as a domestic aide for five years at the MP’s Colombo residence and she was raped several times by his brother-in-law during that period.

The alleged victim from Kelaniya has told the police that the MP’s brother-in-law had also raped several other women during that period.

The police have so far recorded statements from nine of 11 females who worked at the MP’s residence.

Meanwhile, a court-appointed specialist medical team has conducted the second postmortem on the remains of the teenage domestic worker who died after admission to the Colombo National Hospital with burn injuries suffered while serving at MP Bathiudeen’s house.

The postmortem was carried out over a period of 9 hours from 8.30 am to 5.15 pm on Saturday (July 31) at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital.

Dr. Jean Perera, Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Colombo,

Dr. Sameera Gunawardena, Head and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Forensic Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Colombo, and Judicial Medical Officer Dr. Prabhath Senasinghe, Specialist in Forensic Medicine, Peradeniya Teaching Hospital were appointed to carry out the relevant postmortem.

Police media spokesperson Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said the forensic team had carried out a CT scan to look for any internal injuries, fractures in the body.

“The post-mortem examination was carried out at length, and samples were taken from various parts of the body. They are to be sent for laboratory tests. After receiving all those reports, a full report will be issued.”

The body will remain in the mortuary of the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital until the report is issued, the Senior DIG said.

The girl, who was residing in the Dayagama area, was 15 years of age when she was brought to the parliamentarian’s residence at Bauddhaloka Mawatha for domestic work last October.

 

 



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Central Bank urged to save collapsing local industries

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The National Freedom Front (NFF) has requested the immediate intervention of the Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal to save micro, small and medium scale industries badly affected by the current economic downturn caused by the Covid-19.

The NFF parliamentary group comprises six members, including one National List.

Industries Minister Wimal Weerawansa, on behalf of the SLPP constituent parties, has warned of steep increase in unemployment, drop in the contribution made by small and medium scale industries to the national economy and the further widening of the gap between the rich and poor.

Party sources told The Island that the NFF had decided to take up the urgent matter because, in spite of repeated promises, those who had been severely affected were yet to receive assistance. Minister Weerawansa has urged the Central Bank to restructure loans obtained by affected industries and also extend the moratorium.

Weerawansa has in a letter dated Oct.18, told Cabraal that according to a survey conducted by the Industrial Development Board, micro, small and medium enterprises suffered serious setbacks. However, of the loans made available through the banking sector, a substantial segment had been disbursed among major players, the Minister said, while pointing out that in other countries in the region more than 50 percent of total loans were made available to micro, small and medium industries.

Unfortunately, here in Sri Lanka they received approximately 15 percent of the total given as loans, the minister said.

Minister Weerawansa said that though industries suffered, almost all state and private banks had recorded much improved performances with significant profits.

The Minister said that following his intervention with the cabinet of ministers, the government agreed on a plan of action to deal with the situation. It would be the responsibility of the Central Bank to implement the agreed proposals, he said.

(SF)

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So far no side effects among Pfizer vaccinated 15,000 A/L students

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Over 15,000 GCE AL students had been vaccinated with Pfizer and there had not been any side effects, Colombo District Director of Health Dr. Dilip Liyanage told the media yesterday.

He said that the Ministry of Education had given them a list of 20,688 that needed to be vaccinated.

“We would like to assure parents that there is no need to worry. Over 15,000 children have been vaccinated and there have been no problems so far. Trust the health professionals and vaccinate your child at the first opportunity you get,” he said.

Dr. Liyanage added that children who missed their chance to get vaccinated on weekdays, can get vaccinated at the MOH office near their home.

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Govt. approves prohibition of cattle slaughter

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The government has approved the prohibition of cattle slaughter. The decision was announced at the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Information Department yesterday (19). The government said the relevant laws and regulations, including those passed by Local Government authorities would be amended for that purpse.

The Legal Draftsman has drafted Bills to amend the following acts and ordinances.

• Authority 272 of the Cattle Slaughter Ordinance No. 9 of 1893

• Act No. 29 of 1958 Concerning Animals

• Municipal Councils Ordinance – Section 252

• Section 255 of the Municipal Councils Ordinance

• Ordinance No. 15 of the Urban Council Act of 1987

The Attorney General has certified that the said Bills do not clash with the provisions of the Constitution.

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