Probe reveals suspect in custody supplied explosives to Hashim’s brother

A suspect remanded in connection to the Easter Sunday attacks has revealed that he had supplied explosives to the brother of the ringleader of the attacks, Zahran Hashim. Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said Rasik Raza has been transferred to the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) after new evidence had been uncovered. https://colombogazette.com/2021/04/30/probe-reveals-suspect-in-custody-supplied-explosives-to-hashims-brother/ Zahran was on Govt. payroll: Kiriella | Daily FTwww.ft.lk/front-page/Zahran-was-on-Govt–payroll…05/06/2019 · Leader of the House and Public Enterprise Minister Lakshman Kiriella yesterday told Parliament the Easter Sunday bomber Zahran Hashim was on the Government’s payroll during the Government of Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. Raising…

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ComBank wins three awards from Business Tabloid Magazine, UK

Apr 30 (CP) Colombo- The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has won three prestigious awards — the ‘Best Private Bank’ in Sri Lanka in 2021,’ the ‘Best Digital Transformation in Banking’ and ‘Best Mobile Banking Application’ –from Business Tabloid Magazine, a leading business magazine of the UK.  http://www.colombopage.com/archive_21A/Apr30_1619804027CH.php http://www.colombopage.com/archive_21A/Apr30_1619804027CH.php

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Stephen Karanja: Kenyan anti-vaccine doctor dies from Covid-19

BBC A Kenyan doctor who became a vociferous opponent of the Covid-19 vaccine has succumbed to the virus, weeks after saying the jab was “totally unnecessary”. Dr Stephen Karanja, chairman of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, advocated steam inhalation and hydroxychloroquine tablets. He clashed with the Catholic church over the safety of the Covid jabs. Health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) rejected his claims. “[The vaccine] being distributed in Kenya, has been reviewed and found safe not only by the WHO rigorous process but also by several stringent…

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CHINA ENTERS INDIA EXITS SRI LANKA.

By P.K.Balachandran A video conference of the Foreign Ministers of South Asian countries and China on the containment of the raging COVID-19 pandemic in the region was held on Tuesday. However, India and its allies, Bhutan and the Maldives, were conspicuously absent, perhaps due to the participation of China. New Delhi envisages no role for China in South Asia. Those who participated in the conference were the State Councilor Wang Yi (China), Dinesh Gunawardena (Si Lanka), Mirwais Nab (Afghanistan), A.K Abdul Memon (Bangladesh), Pradeep Kumar Gyawali (Nepal) and Makhdoom Shah…

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tells Chinse Defence Minister Wei Fenghe tht Sri Lanka Firmly Supports China’s Positions on Issues Concerning Its Core Interests Reports Chinese State Media

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka has prioritised developing relations with China and “firmly supports” China’s positions on issues concerning its core interests, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defence Wei Fenghe, according to Chinese state media. The Sri Lankan President said his country “has been pursuing an independent foreign policy and will never bend to pressure from major powers outside the region as well as never forge an alliance with any country,” Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Sri Lanka and China vowed to enhance…

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Racist Cardinal’s Candid Comments and and the Bathiudeen Brothers Brouhaha

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader and ex-Cabinet Minister Rishad Bathiudeen is a prominent Sri Lankan politician who is very often in the news for the wrong reasons. The 48-year-old Bathiudeen hailing from Dharapuram in the Mannar District is an engineer by profession. Known widely as Rishad, he was first elected to Parliament from the Northern Wanni electoral district in December 2001. He has been consistently elected as Wanni MP since then in 2004, 2010 ,2015 and 2020. Rishad has also served continuously from January 2007 to November…

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Mad King Nandasena Arrests Man For “Organizing” Honking Protest At Chinese Defence Minister’s Motorcade

In another sign of President Nandasena Rajapaksa’s growing insecurity complex, the 31 year old identified as being the organizer of the honking protest during a road closure for a VVIP traffic movement on Tuesday (27) night has been arrested by the police. He was arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and obstructing the duties of police officers, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said. The arrested man would be produced before the courts and charged under the Penal Code, he added. The police spokesman claimed that under the terms of the Vienna…

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UNP reminds MR of vehicle horning incident in May 2019

The United National Party (UNP) today reminded Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of an incident in May 2019 when motorists had objected to a road being closed for a VIP movement. The UNP said that Rajapaksa, who was then in the opposition, had defended the actions of the motorists. A motorist was arrested over allegations he obstructed the duties of the Police when Chinese Defence Minister, General Wei Fenghe arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said that the incident had occurred in Borella. Condemning the…

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