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5 indicted over X-Press Pearl disaster

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Indictments were filed in the presence of Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte against five accused including the Captain of the X-Press Pearl vessel, and the location agent on Friday (25). 

The indictments come almost 18 months after the disaster took place.
X-Press Pearl was carrying 1,486 containers when it caught fire off Colombo on May 20, 2021, and  sank off the coast of Colombo several days later.

The Attorney General had filed the case against eight people, including the five accused, indicting them under eight counts for committing offenses under the Marine Pollution Prevention (MPP) Act No 59 of 1981.

The Colombo High Court Judge ordered for notice to be sent to the three accused who did not appear in court on Friday (25) to appear on the 12th of December 2022.

The five accused who were present in court on Friday (25) were barred from travelling overseas, and they were released on a personal bail of Rs. 1 Million each.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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