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Chinese Co. donates 100,000 face masks to Buddhist temples, organisations; second such gift this year 

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Consul General of Sri Lanka to Guangzhou Priyangika Dharmasena receiving the donation

 

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou transported 100,000 face masks donated by Hongda Xingye Co., Ltd, in association with the Guangxiao temple of Guangzhou, to be donated to Buddhist temples, organisations in Sri Lanka   Hongda Xingye Co., a major resource and energy integrated group in China, manufacturing PVC, hydrogen, caustic soda, rare earth new materials and soil conditioning agent and the President of the company Zhou Yifeng is also the President of the Chaoshan Chamber of Commerce.

Consul General of Sri Lanka to Guangzhou Priyangika Dharmasena took the opportunity during the photo ceremony for the donation to discuss fisheries cooperation between Sri Lanka and Chaoshan, which is a coastal area famous for its seafood and unique cuisine. She requested the Chaoshan chambers to assist Sri Lanka in finding buyers for Sri Lankan fishery products and President Zhou agreed to the request and also stated that his company is hoping to donate more items to Sri Lanka in the future. The Consul General Dharmasena appreciating the assistance of the Chambers, mentioned the emergency items that Sri Lanka required at present.

The Guangxiao temple is considered the oldest site in Guangzhou and its chief incumbent Most Ven. Mingsheng is also the President of the Guangdong Buddhist Association. Ven. Mingsheng  mentioned the on-going cultural cooperation and visits  between the temple and Sri Lanka. Both sides agreed for greater cultural cooperation.

In May this year, too, the Consulate General transported a donation of 600 protective suits to Sri Lanka.



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MP’s wife, father-in-law among three detained

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Rishad held under PTA to be questioned

16-year-old girl’s death:

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Police investigating the death of 16-year-old Ishalini, the domestic servant at All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader Rishad Bathiudeen’s Baudhaloka Mawatha residence have arrested Ayesha Shiabdeen, 46, the wife of the former minister.

Police also took into custody Rishad’s father-in-law Mohammed Shiabdeen, 70, and Ponnaiah Pandaram alias Shankar, 64, a resident of Dayagama.

Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said that Shankar had brought Ilashini from Dayagama to the Baudhaloka Mawatha residence of Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) Vanni District lawmaker late last year.

Having studied the post postmortem report, they were taken into custody in terms of Section 360 C and Section 308 B of the Penal Code that dealt with human trafficking and cruelty to children, the top police officer said. According to him, so far 20 statements had been recorded.

Asked whether MP Bathiudeen, too, had been among the questioned, Senior DIG Rohana said the parliamentarian detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) over 2019 Easter Sunday carnage, too, would be interrogated in that regard.

The ACMC contested the last general election on the SJB ticket. It switched its allegiance to the SJB ahead of 2020 general election after having represented the cabinet in UNP led yahapalana administration. Rishad has also served President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet during his second term.

Having suffered serious burn injuries on July 3 at the MP’s residence and admitted to the National Hospital, Illashini succumbed to her injuries on July 15th. Medical examination revealed that she had been raped over a period of time.

The police spokesman said that they intended to secure court approval to detain the suspects for 72 hours. A Superintendent of Police could obtain such approval on the strength of a B report submitted to the court in respect of offenses on children.

Although, the police indicated earlier in the day they would be produced in Colombo Magistrate court they weren’t brought in.

Meanwhile, the SJB said that interested parties were making a despicable attempt to politicize the incident. The police should be allowed to conduct the investigation without interference, a spokesman for the main Opposition party said.

 

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Women’s organisations in North conduct protests demanding justice for Ilashini

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A section of those engaged in Jaffna protests

 

By Dinasena Ratugamage

Women’s organisations in the North yesterday held a number of demonstrations in Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Jaffna against the death of J. Ilashini, the 16 -year-old girl who died while working at SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence.

The protesters urged authorities to ensure that investigations into the death are conducted in a transparent manner. The family of the victim should be compensated and those guilty punished, they said.

Representatives of the organisations said that if justice was not done, they would hold a massive demonstration in Tarapuram, Mannar, which Bathiudeen represents in Parliament.

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Dancer lodges complaint with police over FB post 

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Police headquarters yesterday (23) said that dancer Anusha Damayanthi had lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over a Facebook post alleging that she was running a brothel.

Police headquarters said that Damayanthi, while denying the accusation, had also brought to the CID’s notice that a minister was being accused of lambasting the Walana anti-crime strike force for carrying out the raid. Police said that an investigation was underway.

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