Thursday, April 7, 2016

Most Ven. Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera is new Chief Prelate of Asgiri Chapter

The Most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thera was unanimously elected as the Mahanayake of the Asgiri Chapter of the Siam Sect on Thursday April 7.
The Most Venerable Thero’s appointment makes him the 22nd Mahanayake of the Asgiri Chapter.
The special Sanga Council meeting to elect the new Mahanayake for the Asgiri Chapter was held at the Asigiri Maha Viharaya on Thursday. The decision to select a Mahanayake Thero is taken with the consent of 19 Theras of the Sangha Council.
Venerable Vendaruwe Upali Anunayake Thero was also proposed for the post of Mahanayake of the Asgiri Chapter.
President Maithripala Sirisena extended his wishes to the newly appointed Mahanayake Thera on Thursday.
Despite the undue pressure exerted by a top official in the Department of Sri Lanka Customs, a group of officers have succeeded in uncovering information regarding a stock of vehicles imported to the country while evading taxes.
The vehicle parts had arrived at the Colombo Harbour inside a 40ft container on the 18th of March, 2016.
Customs officers yesterday (7) opened the container to examine the contents and found a BMW Z3, Mitsubishi Intercooler Pajero, Isuzu Crane Truck, Komatsu Excavator, Morris Mini Minor and a Honda motorcycle.
Most of the vehicles had been divided into parts of two or more before being stored inside the container, with the intention of reassembling them after being cleared by customs.
Customs sources revealed that the contents of the container had been registered as vehicle spare parts with the intention of evading taxes.
 A retired Additional Director General of Customs has been identified as one of the suspects behind importing the container while a high-ranking official currently serving in the Department had allegedly aided them, sources said.
A group of customs officers had managed to uncover information regarding the racket after preventing the container from being released by customs and opened it, despite the pressure exerted by the aforementioned official.
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