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Two Passport Dept officials arrested

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A Deputy Controller of the Immigration and Emigration Department and a former Deputy Controller have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for allegedly helping two underworld figures flee the country by providing them with fake passports.

They have allegedly prepared fake passports to underworld figures Nuresh Supun Dayaratne alias “Heenatiyana Mahesh” and Shan Arosh Liyanage alias “Mathugama Shan”.

After an investigation into the incident, the two were taken into Police custody and a senior CID official said that further statements will be taken from them to obtain more information about the incident as well as whether they have prepared passports in this manner to help other criminals.

Police suspect that the two suspects may have received large sums of money to prepare these passports.

Investigations have uncovered that the suspect, a Deputy Controller of the Immigration and Emigration Department, had provided “Heenatiyana Mahesh” with a fake passport and the former Deputy Controller of the  department had prepared a forged passport for “Mathugama Shan”.

In one passport prepared for “Heenatiyana Mahesh”  a false name called “Manikkuge Dinesh Silva” has been entered with a fake passport number and a fake national identity card (NIC) number.

Meanwhile,  the former Deputy Controller of the department is said to have prepared a fake passport for “Mathugama Shan” under the false name Donagoda Liyanage Kumara Jayasinghe.

The suspects have been arrested based on an investigation conducted under the supervision of the DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department Premaratne.

The Criminal Investigation Department further states that the suspected former Deputy Controller of the Immigration and Emigration Department is currently working as a Deputy Director at the Pensions Department.

A senior officer of the Immigration and Emigration Department said that an internal investigation has been started regarding the conduct of these two officials.

(dailynews.lk)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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