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Lalith, Anusha acquitted on all counts in ‘Sil Redi’ case appeal

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By A. J. A. Abeynayake

The Appeal Court yesterday acquitted former President’s Secretary Lalith Chandrakumar Weeratunga and former Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Pelpita on all counts in the ‘Sil Redi’ distribution case.

The bench comprised Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Devika Abeyratne.

In quashing the verdict delivered earlier by the Colombo High Court, the bench said the duo had acted within the jurisdiction of powers vested in them. There had been no misappropriation of funds,

Weeratunga and Pelpita were indicted by the Attorney General in the Colombo High Court on three counts on August 28, 2015.

They were charged with acting in contravention of the regulations of the TRC and transferring Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC to an account in a state bank in the name of President’s Secretary for the purpose of distributing ‘sil redi’, during the period October 30, 2014 and January 5, 2015.

On September 7, 2017, Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulatunga found Weeratungae and Pelpita guilty on all counts and sentenced them to three years rigorous imprisonment each and ordered them to pay a fine of Rs. 2 million besides paying compensation amounting to Rs. 50 million each to the TRC.

Subsequently, they were released on bail by the High Court.

Counsel Keerthi Tilakaratne, Faiza Markar, Shantha Jayawardena and Shavendra Fernando, PC, and Faiz Musthapha, PC appeareed for Weeratunga and Counsel Kanchana Ratwatte, and Janaka Ranatunge, appeared for Palpita.

Deputy Solocitor General Thusith Mudalige appeared on behalf of the Attorney General.

 

 

 



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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