Four senior players refuse to play in Pakistan

Skipper Upul Tharanga, his predecessor Lasith Malinga as well as seniors Dinesh Chandimal and Anjelo Mathews will not play in the T-20 game against Pakistan at Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on October 29, according to BBC Sandeshaya.

This will be the first outing in Pakistan by Sri Lanka or any other foreign team since the Sri Lankan players was the target of a terror attack near the same stadium during a tour in March 2009.

Namal's secretary arrested in Abu Dhabi

A young woman who is said to be the former secretary of MP Namal Rajapaksa has been arrested in Abu Dhabi, reports say.
The individual, identified as Batapola Arachchilage Ornella Iresha Silva, was wanted by the FCID over her having aided Namal to launder Rs. 30 million of black money through Gower’s Corporate Services.

She is to be deported to Sri Lanka tomorrow (10), sources say.

Accounts of businessmen who gave money to Namal to be examined

The FCID is to examine 14 state and private bank accounts of three persons who had credited money to the account of UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa in the financial irregularity said to have taken place in the leasing of 4.3 acres of Krrish Transworld Square at Colombo Fort.

‘Dinamina’ reports that pursuant to the order yesterday (03) by Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, the accounts of Nimal Hemasiri Perera, Kishin Ramachand Bhutani and Nanda Jayadeva Lokuwithana will be examined.

Mahinda’s sudden visit to Japan – Intelligence units on alert!

Former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has left the country on a tour of Japan, it is reported.

His son Yoshitha Rajapaksa has also accompanied the former President on the tour.

However, the intelligence units are on the alert and are suspicious of his sudden tour without prior notice,learns.

Appeal to be filed against Vidya case verdict

The convicts in the Sivaloganathan Vidya rape and murder case will file an appeal within 14 days, according to their lawyer.

Lawyer Mahinda Jayawardena was speaking to the media after the three-member trial-at-bar found the seven accused guilty and sentenced them to death.

He said the crime had been committed by someone else.