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Sampayo further remanded

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Image grabbed from video footage of Sampayo speaking to the media on Sunday at Kurunegala

Superintendent of the Negombo Prison Anuruddha Sampayo, who was produced in the Negombo Magistrates’ Court yesterday by the CID, was further remanded till August 18 by Negombo Acting Magistrate K.G. Gunadasa.

Sampayo was arrested on Sunday following his surrender.

Sampayo has been interdicted for various malpractices in the Negombo prison. Earlier this year the CID launched an investigation into various malpractices at the Negombo Prison.

As a part of the investigation in February 2020, the Department of Prisons carried out a raid and found 66 grams of heroin, 11 grams of cannabis, 414 cigarettes, 400 grams of tobacco, eight mobile phones, 17 SIMs, 12 hands-free devices, eight Chargers and two card-readers in the L Ward at the Negombo Prison. They also found a digital scale, used to measure drugs.

On 11 May 2020, Prison officials raided three cells at the Negombo Prison and found a refrigerator and electric fan and a microwave oven. Several drug dealers were kept in those cells.

Investigators found Sampayo, the Head Jailer Sarath Bandara, a First Tier Jailer Sarath Nishantha and a Second Tier Jailer Kalinga Kaluaggala were allegedly involved in these misdeeds and AG’s Department decided that there was sufficient evidence to file charges against them.

 



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Avishka and Sadeera power Jaffna Kings to nine wicket win

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Half tons by Avishka Fernando and Sadeera Samarawickrema powered Jaffna Kings to a nine wicket win over Dambulla giants in the 3rd match of the LPL at MRICS Hambanthota on Wednesday (07)

Dambulla Giants 121/9 in 20 overs (Jordan Cox 43; Maheesh Theekshana 3/20, Vijayakanth Vijaskanth 3/24, James Fuller 2/16, Zaman Khan 1/28)

Jaffna Kings 122/1 in 15.4 overs (Avishka Fernando 51 , Sadeera Samarawickrema 62 not out; Noor Ahamed 1/28)

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Govt. says selling state assets only way to build reserves and prevent crippling shortages

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena yesterday (06) said Sri Lanka wouldn’t be in a position to be part of the international trading system unless it boosted its foreign reserves by selling some of its assets. Gunawardena, who also holds media and transport portfolios said so at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing.

Responding to a query about the government’s decision to divest vital national assets, the Minister said that if Sri Lanka did not shore up its reserves to the tune of over three billion dollars, international companies would not accept the letters of credit given by Sri Lankan banks.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Finance Minister, has proposed privatising of several state enterprises including Sri Lanka Insurance and Sri Lanka Telecom.

“Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga sold a number of state owned enterprises. If we don’t increase our reserves, to over three billion USD soon, we will have problems importing fuel, and other essential items. Last week, Fitch again reduced our rating. No matter who governs Sri Lanka, they will all face the same problem. We need to build our reserves,” the Minister said.

Minister Gunawardane said that the need of the hour was to sell some assets and boost Sri Lanka’s reserves.

“China, India, Vietnam, and Malaysia are attracting a lot of investors. Only we have failed to do so, and we need to think why this is. Even our entrepreneurs are leaving for other countries. We need to change the way we think, if we want to attract investors to Sri Lanka,” he said.

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Ven Siridhamma, Mudalige granted bail; latter re-arrested

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Convenor of Bhikku Balamandalaya affiliated Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thera leaving Court yesterday (06) after Kaduwela Magistrate Chanima Wijebandara granted him bail. The Thera was held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for causing damages to public property during a protest opposite the Education Ministry, over three months back. The Magistrate ordered the Thera released after the police failed to identify the monk at an identification parade. However, IUSF Convenor Wasanatha Mudalige, who was also released by the Magistrate, after the police couldn’t identify him, was taken into custody in connection with some other case.

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