Mar 30, 2017

Lakbima facing closure? Janayugaya from April 4

The daily Lakbima newspaper is facing closure, according to reports, with tomorrow’s (31) issue being its last.

When contacted, its acting editor Sampath Deshapriya told Sri Lanka Mirror that they had been having administrative trouble recently, but that they have decided to continue with the newspaper by resolving those problems.

We also spoke to deputy speaker Thilanga Sumathipala, former managing director of ‘Lakbima’s publisher, Sumathi Newspapers, and he admitted to having learnt about the trouble, but refuted reports the newspaper would be closed.

If such a decision is to be taken, he will be informed about it, he said.

Sumathipala’s friends say he started Lakbima at the request of Bandula Padmakumara, but that he has gained nothing out of it, but lost much.

When this was posed to him, Sumathipala said Padmakumara joined Sumathi Newspapers in 1984, to start Rejina and Sarasi, long before Lakbima was started, and that there was no truth in that.

Gunasena family agrees to sell to Aloysius

Meanwhile, Janayugaya, by Arjun Aloysius, is to hit newsstands on April 04, reports say.

Implicated in the Central Bank bond scam, Aloysius is also reportedly going to buy the Sun and Weekend brands from the M.D. Gunasena family for Rs. 200 million.

Forty eight members of the Gunasena family are presently entitled to the two brands and all of them have agreed to sell them to Aloysius.

Accordingly, he will name his English daily as Sun and the weekly as Weekend.