CID tells court relatives of MR grilled over Thajudeen murder

Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court today that relatives of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been questioned over the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.The CID also said that it was investigating into the pages of the vehicle log book of the Presidential Security Division which went missing just after Thajudeen’s murder. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was killed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US business stockpiles rose 03 per cent in September sales unchanged

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2015 8:01 am MDT Last Updated Nov 13, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in September by the largest amount in three months, while sales were flat.Businesses increased their inventories 0.3 per cent in September following a modest 0.1 per cent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the biggest gain since a 0.7 per cent rise in June.Sales were unchanged in September after a 0.6 per cent drop in August.A major effort to work down an overhang of unsold inventories was a big drag on the economy in the summer. That shaved 1.4 percentage points from overall growth as measured by the gross domestic product, which slowed to a modest gain of 1.5 per cent.GDP growth in the July-September quarter was less than half the 3.9 per cent growth rate in the previous three-month period.Economists are looking for growth to accelerate in the current quarter. Strong employment gains are expected to boost consumer spending, prompting businesses to resume restocking their shelves.The government reported last week that that businesses created 271,000 jobs in October, the largest amount all year, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5 per cent.Friday’s inventory report showed that stockpiles held by retailers rose 0.8 per cent in September, with wholesale inventories up 0.5 per cent. Manufacturing stockpiles fell by 0.4 per cent.A separate report Friday showed that retail sales rose a tiny 0.1 per cent in October, a modest gain that was held back by lower gasoline costs. US business stockpiles rose 0.3 per cent in September; sales unchanged read more