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Wenceslaus Family

Wenceslaus Family

The Wenceslaus family own 15.97 percent of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. Michael Gnanapragasam Wenceslaus, who passed away in June 2016, is the former Managing Director of Express Newspapers, former Chairperson of Nirmal Paper Converters (Pvt) Limited and Nirmal Printers (Pvt) Limited. Together with his wife Celine Arunthathy Wenceslaus, he had three daughters: Nirmala, Shyamala and Premila, who all own shares at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. Nirmala Aloysius (nee Wenceslaus) is the current Chairperson of Nirmal Printers (Pvt) Limited. She is married to Geoffrey Aloysius, and their son, Arjuna Aloysius, is the owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited. Earlier this year, Arjun Aloysius and Arjuna Mahendran, who is the father-in-law of Arjun Aloysius and the former Governor of the Central Bank, were further remanded by the Colombo Fort Magistrate owing to the ‘Bond Scandal’. At present, the two individuals remain accused of manipulating bond auctions between 2015 – 2016 which reportedly resulted in the loss of over USD 11 million to the state.

Shymala Amitraj, the second daughter of Michael Gnanapragasam Wenceslaus and Celine Arunthathy, is married to popular Indian tennis play and actor Vijay Amitraj. Shymala and Vijay have two sons, Prakash and Vikram. Following in his father’s footsteps, Prakash Amitraj is also a famous tennis player. Celine and Michael Wenceslaus’ third daughter, Premila Wenceslaus Ashok, is a doctor by profession.

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Michael Gnanapragasam Wenceslaus – Former Managing Director of Express Newspapers, former Chairperson of Nirmal Paper Converters (Pvt) Limited and Nirmal Printers (Pvt) Limited. Shareholder at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. Passed away in 2016.

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The official websites of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited and the Virakesari newspaper do not provide any information regarding the owners of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. However, the response provided by the company was referenced along with secondary sources and the annual returns available at the Department of Registrar of Companies. The most recent data was available for the year 2017. Limited information was available in secondary sources regarding the Wenceslaus family. Facebook profiles of individuals, LinkedIn profiles, and obituaries were utilised to gather information on the Wenceslaus family. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited by formally requesting for the company’s information on 20 July 2018, the company responded to the aforementioned request on 20 August 2018.

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