The world’s largest strawberry dessert pizza was unveiled at the Grand Hotel Nuwara-Eliya yesterday. Chefs said that 200 kilos of strawberry had been used and the total weight of all ingredients was 1,400 kilos. The pizza was 25 feet in diameter and was six inches in height. The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Board Kavan Ratnayake, and the Mayor of Nuwara-Eliya Chandana Lal Karunalal participated in the cutting of the pizza, prepared under the instructions of the General Manager of Grand Hotel Nuwara-Eliya Rizan Razeen. The pizza would be on display for 10 days - from yesterday. It had been made by 100 employees, guided by the chief chefs of the hotel Priyantha Weerasinghe and Wiraj Jayaratne.

JO: CID made part of govt. circus to divert people’s attention

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied all accusations levelled against him by a team of CID interrogators when they questioned him over the 2008 abduction of Associate Editor of The Nation newspaper Keith Noyahr, according to sources.

The CID interrogators, led by Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne, questioned the former President for nearly three hours to record his statement, at his residence in Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo, yesterday morning.

The CID team had arrived at the former President’s residence around 11.32 am and left around 2.20 pm, sources said.

The team of CID officials included its Director Shanie Abeysekera and SP BJ Tissera.

"The former President considers questioning a diversionary tactic by the government which could not find solutions for the burning problems of the people," an aide of the former President said.



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