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Govt. will recover Rs. 9.2 bn from Perpetual Treasuries

Govt. will recover Rs. 9.2 bn from Perpetual Treasuries

No financial loss will be caused to the government on account of the Central Bank Bond issue since the government will recover the Rs 9.2 billion involved from Perpetual Treasures Ltd. according to the procedure recommended by the Presidential Commission.

Central Bank bond issuePrime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Dead army Intelligence officer’s claim doubtful: CID informed

Dead army Intelligence officer’s claim doubtful: CID informed

The Army Intelligence Officer who had committed suicide by hanging himself in 2016, having written a letter taking responsibility for the killing of senior journalist and Sunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, had in fact spent that day in the Kegalle area, the CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate yesterday.

This revelation is based on the officer’s telephone records, unearthed by the CID.

Lasantha WickrematungeMount LaviniaArmy Intelligence OfficerSunday Leader Chief Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge

Sri lankan Navy nabs 7Kgs of gold worth Rs.50mn at KKS

Sri lankan Navy nabs 7Kgs of gold worth Rs.50mn at KKS

Two suspects were arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy last night with seven kilograms of gold biscuits worth about Rs.50 million while attempting to smuggle them to India, Navy Media Spokesman Commander Dinesh Bandara said.

He said the suspects were arrested in the seas off Kankesanthurai (KKS) while they were sailing to India by using a dinghy.

“The raid was conducted following information received by the Navy and during the raid the navy had found seventy pieces of gold biscuits 100 grams each packed in parcels inside the dinghy ,”Commander Bandara said.

Sri Lankan NavySri lankan Navy nabs 7Kgs of goldsmuggleKankesanthuraiJaffna

Two remanded for posting greetings with LTTE symbols on social media

 LTTE symbols on social media,

Two persons have been remanded by the Colombo Additional Magistrate till January 24 for posting new year greetings with LTTE symbols and a picture of deceased LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on social media.

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) arrested the suspects, Dinesh Kumar and Wijekumar Wigilishan following a complaint made by Ratnapura Division SSP Buddhika Siriwardena.

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Sri Lanka know how to defeat terrorism: Qamar Javed Bajwa

Qamar Javed Bajwa

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were probably the only countries who understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism.

The army chief is currently in Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the chief of defence staff and chiefs of all three services.

Pakistan and Sri LankaQamar Javed BajwaChief of Army Staff (COAS)General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Challenges in Sri Lanka’s accession to Mine Ban Treaty

Mine Ban Treaty

On December 13, 2017, Sri Lanka acceded to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction (also referred to as the Mine Ban Treaty or MBT) becoming its 163rd State Party. Heralding the revival of Sri Lanka’s role as a champion of humanitarian disarmament, this step was taken by the Government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, towards which The Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL) carried out advocacy for many years.

Mine Ban Treaty

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PHU leader Udaya Gammanpila Faked power of attoreny

PHU leader Udaya Gammanpila

Australian businessman Brian Shaddick, 74, a key witness in the alleged financial fraud case filed against Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila yesterday informed Colombo High Court that he or his company had never given a power of attorney to Gammanpila to carry out a share transaction.

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Election Commission postpones Jaffna university forum

Jaffna University

The Election Commission intervened to postpone a forum on the Constitutional Assembly Interim Report at the Jaffna University yesterday.

The Election Commission, acting on a complaint it received has written to the University authorities to stop the discussion on the basis that it is likely to benefit certain parties and disadvantageous to others at the upcoming Local Government polls.

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Licence of pilot who flew Minister suspended

Licence of pilot

The Civil Aviation Authority has suspended the licence of the pilot who had flown the civilian aircraft that transported the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and his delegation to Palali without a proper flight plan and endangered the lives of his passengers.

A newspaper report was published claiming that the Air Force had flown the Minister to Palali and that the pilot had been uncertain of the route to his destination.

Licence of pilotMahinda AmaraweeraCivil Aviation AuthorityFisheries and Aquatic Resources

Largest haul of seized cocaine destroyed

Cocaine destroyed in srilanka

Enforcing the government’s commitment to create a drug free society, 928 kgs of seized cocaine valued at Rs. 16.7 billion was publicly destroyed for the first time in the country in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale and several other dignitaries in Katunayake yesterday. This is the largest stock of cocaine seized to date in South Asia and this is the first time that a seized stock of drugs was destroyed publicly in Sri Lanka.

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