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Army Chief says pics of niece's wedding amidst COVID-19 pandemic is fake

Army Chief blasts critics, saying misusing present COVID-19 situation to spread fake news

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Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19, General Shavendra Silva yesterday denied claims that his niece's wedding had been held on Monday at a leading luxury hotel in Colombo amidst the pandemic, stating this was part of a campaign to sling mud at him.

Social media was rife yesterday with the pictures of a bride and groom being shared and another picture showing Silva hugging another military officer allegedly at the wedding, on several platforms claiming it was Silva's niece's wedding. The pictures went with a caption stating that the authorities had decided to ban all weddings for two weeks from Monday midnight to allow this wedding to take place during the day yesterday.
 
However Silva said these were all false claims stating his two nieces were aged 16 and 19 and they still had several years more to tie the knot.
 
"My sister's daughters are still students so this claim is absurd. I wish to reiterate that no one in my family or even in my distant family is planning on getting married for the coming two years atleast. The picture of me in uniform is from the day I was sworn in as the Army Commander," Silva said.
 
He further urged people to stop wasting time slinging mud at him and encouraged people to follow all health protocols to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Army Headquarters in a statement said that a person, believed to have placed this false social media blog was found later on correcting his wrong report. (JAMILA HUSAIN)
 
 
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  • BE FAIR Monday, 03 May 2021 09:38 PM

    You should have also ignored Social Media Posts

    Disillusioned Monday, 03 May 2021 10:20 PM

    Slinging mud at an innocent man is less dangerous than slinging handgranates at an innocent man.

    Ramesh Monday, 03 May 2021 10:42 PM

    Arrest those posted the news under PTA and throw them in jail for a prolonged period.

    Kalu Ganja Moona Tuesday, 04 May 2021 12:13 AM

    Without knowing the real truth, some people are spreading false statements to sabotage the government's efforts to overcome the pandemic situation. Check their fb page and arrest them asap.

    hello malli Tuesday, 04 May 2021 02:26 AM

    what about nuwara eliya VVIP parties?

    roobarbie Tuesday, 04 May 2021 03:25 AM

    Arrest and prosecute the vulgar man that posted these fake photos. No excuse. Hand him over to the general for some good old military training, hahahaha. That will teach the basket a lesson.

    FB Tuesday, 04 May 2021 04:48 AM

    Social media in the hands of wrong people is very dangerous! It is a serious issue!

    Lumbini Tuesday, 04 May 2021 05:34 AM

    Fake news is not a big deal. It is happening in every country. How about lying politicians? Do you want them in jail?

    Selvakumar Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:05 AM

    That's true!!!

    Hussain Rahumathullah Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:24 AM

    Spreading a fake news targetting an honest Government official is not acceptable. General Sir you may continue your duty ignoring all mud slinging by jelous peole.

    Lora Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:03 AM

    Yesterday I was in duplication road in the middle of the afternoon around 3pm passed a luxury old car with weeding flowers. Wedding are banned, someone yesterday took weeding and with that car is someone rich.

    common man Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:12 AM

    Sir, Stop wasting time by replying to these garbage and please focus on duty at hand.

    Errol Abeyratne Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:15 AM

    Issue is why weddings cancel from today? not from Monday?

    Joseph Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:19 AM

    The real issue is whether or not Shavendra Silva's Niece got married yesterday. The Govet, allowed the much talked about wedding to take place yesterday, and cancelled all other weddings for two weeks which should not have been the case Nobody has so far denied of the wedding held yesterday. It will do good to reveal the parties involved.

    Champika Wijesundara Tuesday, 04 May 2021 09:26 AM

    However, he doesnt deny that there was a wedding held and its some one's whom he knows and further he is quite whether he attended the wedding or not.

    Kalu suddha Tuesday, 04 May 2021 12:19 PM

    It may nit be his niece but someone with the right contact got his daughter married. Hence the delay in enforcing the ban.

    Angry Rajaratnam Tuesday, 04 May 2021 01:42 PM

    Our Army Chief is a honest and straight forward gentleman, I curse the people who were trying to sling mud on him. Those idiots should be arrested and kept behind bars.

    Anthony. R Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:46 PM

    There's No smoke, without Fire. Family or Friends, anybodies guess!

    nimal Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:18 PM

    I am totally disagree with fake news against Army commander who is trying to minimize covid 19 in srilanka, We should appreciate his commendable work instead of throwing mud him.He is not a politician


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