Friday, September 19, 2014

Six Thai women arrested at a brothel in Colpetty

Panadura Walana Anti-Vice Squad has raided a brothel which operated at hotel Juliana in Colpetty yesterday (15). The brothel had been operative in the disguise of a Thai Ayurvedic Spa. Six Thai women had been arrested at the raid along with two Sri Lankans who were in charge of the management of the brothel.

At the time of arrest they had two hundred and fifty thousand rupees in their possession which was declared as their half a day’s income. They had confessed that usually their daily income is around five hundred thousand rupees.

Four customers, two Sri Lankan youths and two Arabians were also apprehended during the raid, and it has been revealed that Arabians used to indulge in the luxuries of the Thai Spa whenever they came to Sri Lanka.

Six Thai women who were arrested had come to Sri Lanka on tourist visa.

One killed and 24 injured in Bandarawela accident : Senthil Thondaman among injured

The UPFA Uva Provincial Council candidate Senthil Thondaman , who was injured in an accident in Bandarawela last night, was admitted to a Private Hospital in Colombo, police said today.

They said the driver of the vehicle who had run away after the accident has surrendered to the Badulla Police and was taken to the Bandarawela  Police Station.

Thirty one people who were injured in the accident are receiving treatment at the Diyatalawa Hospital. A 48-year-old man was killed in the accident.

The victims had been canvassing in the Bandarawela area when Mr. Thondaman’s vehicle had ran them down when the driver accelerated the vehicle apparently by mistake.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Otara sells 44.5% shares of Odel to Softlogic

The Founder of ODEL Sri Lanka Otara Gunewardene and the directors Ajith Gunewardene and Ruchi Gunewardene sold out 44.5 percent of their company shares to Softlogic Holdings PLC an official said.

The shares has been sold for 22 rupees per share to Softlogic at the Colombo Stock exchange. A source said the shares had been sold for about 2.6 billion rupees. Odel Plc is a unit of Malaysia's Parkson Retail Asia Limited.

As at 30th June 2014, Otara held 80.8 mn shares, Ajit 39.4 mn whilst Ruchi held 1.0 mn shares in Odel Plc.Regional department store operator Parkson Retail Asia holds a 47.46 per cent stake in retailer Odel. Odel celebrated 25 years of fashion retail yesterday.

The business which began, incredibly, with the sale of export surplus clothing from the boot of founder Otara Gunewardene’s station wagon when she was in her early twenties, is now a chain of 20 fashion forward stores with annual sales in excess of Rs 4.6 billion. Over the past two and a half decades Odel has emerged as an iconic department store and a brand that is often compared to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, and come to epitomize the definitive lifestyle and shopping experience in Sri Lanka.

Odel recently disclosed plans to enter the Indian market with an aim to retail private labels under its fold through single brand outlets instead of offering the product range through multi-brand outlets.Softlogic Holdings is owned by billionaire businessman Ashok Pathirage, whose group has interests in healthcare and leisure sectors in the country amongst others.


I wish to inform the public that I, along with my family members Ajit Gunewardene and Ruchi Gunewardene, have disposed all of our shares in Odel Plc this morning to the Softlogic Group.
I believe that the sale of our shares to the Softlogic Group is in the best interest of Odel Plc, and a natural progression to its continued growth.

Having being nurtured from a simple retail operation from a car boot into one of the largest retail businesses in Sri Lanka during the last twenty five years, Odel Plc now needs to move to the next level of retailing in order to be competitive, locally and globally.

This requires the entry of a larger player with a deep commitment to retailing: which I believe can best be provided by the Softlogic Group, which has a proven history of dynamism and perhaps an unrivalled track record of such operations in Sri Lanka.

Apart from the overall interests of the growth of Odel Plc, my decision to sell out of the company is also based on my personal desire to focus on another passion I dearly treasure in life: the pursuit of a mission to ensure the welfare of animals and the development of the Embark brand which funds such programs.

The sale of my shares in Odel Plc will hopefully provide me with more time and energy to devote to these activities in the future.

I wish to state that I will continue my association with Odel Plc over the foreseeable future , and will provide all assistance and cooperation during the period of transition.

In conclusion, I wish to express my sincere thanks to all my shareholders,customers, stakeholders and all well- wishes who have made this a truly wonderful journey.

I hope that you will continue to support Odel Plc in the future.

Buddhika accepts ‘SL Amu Miris’ challenge

Matara District UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana accepted the SL Amu Miris (Sri Lanka Green Chilies) challenge and chewed up three green chilies within two minutes during a press conference in Colombo today.

The challenge has been initiated to collect funds for the treatment of the kidney patients in the country. The donations will be handed over to the SL aid organisation.

The one who accepts the challenge and eat three green chilies within two minutes have to donate Rs. 100 or any higher amount. If anyone failed to accept the challenge he would have to donate Rs. 1,000 or higher amount according to the rules.       

MP Pathirana was challenged by Anuradha Sennanayake, a member of the SL aid.

MP Pathirana made a donation to the SL aid and challenged Education Service Minister Duminda Dissanayake, UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma, Lawyer K. D. Aruna Deepal, Lakbima Journalist Saman Priyankara Nammunige and actor Kawinga Perera.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hirunika takes up Ice Bucket Challenge

Promptly accepting fellow Councillor Malsha Kumaratunga’s challenge, UPFA provincial councillor Hirunika Premachandra has participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted a video online.

Hirunika is shown standing outdoors in the rain and getting drenched by a basin of ice water. She then makes a brief impromptu speech listing out her three nominees, which includes UNP Uva PC candidate Harin Fernando, JVP  member Lal Kantha and Western Province UPFA Councilor Senal Welgama. She says she decided to nominate them as they are her ‘dear friends’ who she believes have ‘bright futures’.

In the description that is posted along with the video, Hirunika has written that to avoid wastage of water she has used rain water following Malsha who similarly used water from her pool to avoid wastage.

Malsha had named Hirunika, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister Mervyn Silva as her nominees for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Shanudrie Priyasad takes up Ice Bucket Challenge

Actress Shanudrie Priyasad,took the "Ice Bucket Challenge".

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