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80 SL women stranded in Dubai!

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Eighty Sri Lankan women who left for work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through various foreign employment agencies are stranded in Dubai, the Sri Lankan Embassy has informed the Bureau of Women and Children Affairs.

Fifty of them are currently living at the Sri Lankan Consulate General Office in Dubai while the rest have been located at a separate house, Consular General Nalinda Wijeratne said.

It was reported that most of these women have left for the UAE on tourist visas.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Women and Child Affairs Geetha Kumarasinghe said recently that the Ministry will work together with the Sri Lankan Consulate in Dubai to bring the stranded women back to Sri Lanka as soon as possible.

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Six killed in Nashville school shooting

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Six people have been killed in a school shooting in the US city of Nashville, Tennessee, BBC reported.

Three of the victims were pupils aged nine or under at Covenant School, a privately run Christian school.

They were named by police as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney.

The adult victims were employees and named as Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61.

Covenant School has about 200 students, and teaches pupils from three years old up to around 12.

Ms Peak was a substitute teacher working at the school that day. Mr Hill was a janitor and Ms Koonce is described as the Head of School on Covenant’s website.

Police named the suspect as a 28-year-old woman, Audrey Hale, who identified as transgender.

Hale was armed with three guns, including a semi-automatic rifle, and was shot dead by police.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake said the shooter had conducted surveillance, and that maps of the building showing entry and exit points were found at a nearby home.

Police received the first call about the incident at 10:13 local time on Monday morning.

Police said the suspect got in by firing through one of the school doors, which were all locked.

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Grenade found from garden of Kabaddi Federation President

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A live grenade manufactured abroad has been found in front of the house of Sri Lanka Kabaddi Federation President – Mr. Anura Dharmaratne, which is located in the Dolahamuna area in Hettipola.

Mr. Dharmaratne had lodged a complaint yesterday (26) with the Hettipola police, saying that there’s a grenade in front of his car which was parked on his land.

He had claimed someone had planted the grenade thus after someone who had been offended after it was announced that he was going to contest for the Kabbaddi presidency again.

Subsequently, police had visited the premises and seized the grenade.
So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

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Army Sanath arrested

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Notorious criminal and drug trafficker – ‘Army Sanath’ has been arrested in the Ahangama area during an operation carried out by the Police Special Task Force in Ahangama area.

He had also been in possession of 15 grams of heroin at the time of arrest.

According to the Police STF, ‘Army Sanath’ has operated the crime and drug ring of another notorious criminal – ‘Harak Kata’.

Authorities also say that it has been revealed that ‘Army Sanath’ had been in charge of transporting weapons for a spate of recent shootings as well as cleaning these weapons following the shootings and handing them over to various persons on the instructions of ‘Harak Kata’.

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