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239 murders in 146 days this year

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A total of 23 people have been gunned down in Sri Lanka so far in 2023, revealed the statistics presented by Sri Lanka Police.

Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that 6 people were injured in shootings so far this year.

Priyantha Jayakody, the Former Senior DIG of the Crimes Division and Organized Crime Division said “In 2019, 273 homicides were reported, and that figure spiked to 523 in 2022.”

He went on to note that 239 homicides were reported so far within the 146 days in 2023. “This is a daily spike of 1.6%. This situation is not suitable for Sri Lanka at all.”

The Former Deputy Police Chief said that Sri Lanka Police needs to expand a successful and strong intelligence network to stop the weapons from being circulated in society and among the criminals.”

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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