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All citizens to be registered with the Police

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Public Security Minister Tiran Alles told Parliament yesterday that the entire population of Sri Lanka will be registered with the Police due to the high crime rate.

He said that the aim is to create an internet database where any Sri Lankan can be identified at any time.

The Minister said this while replying to a question raised by the MPMano Ganesan as to why the Tamil community and especially the Tamils in Colombo are being registered with the Police currently.

He said that it has been decided to register the entire population in Sri Lanka irrespective of ethnicity and the allegations made by MP Ganesan that  only Tamil people’s information is obtained are baseless.

The Minister said that the information of 90 percent of the people living in the vicinity of Colombo has been obtained and all the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims are among them.

He said that records should be maintained regarding whether a person living in another province commits a crime and comes to Colombo and hides or whether a person living in Colombo commits a crime and hides in another province.

However, the Minister said that he explained the true situation in this regard on many occasions before and that this process cannot be stopped for any reason.

He said that the registration forms printed in all the three languages are distributed to houses all over the country to get the information.

“MP Ganesan told a blatant lie that information is collected from only houses that Tamils are living in. I told him this when I met him personally. I also gave him statistics. This application was given not after I assumed as a subject Minister. This form has been given for some time. It was also given during the war. We collect only the names and we don’t ask about their religion. If you need more information, let’s sit down and talk,” Minister Alles said.

“We can’t stop this process now. We have to be concerned about our national security. We can’t stop it. If we are concerned about security, we will do it. There is nothing to hide. Information will be collected to know about the people at home. Even though the war is over, crime has increased. We are now building a new computer database so that anyone can be identified at any time,” the Minister said.

(dailynews.lk)

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GCE O/L results out within 10 days

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Examination Commissioner General Amith Jayasundara said yesterday (23) the results of the GCE Ordinary Level Exam 2023 (2024) will be released within the next 10 days.

He stated that efforts will be made to release the exam results within this week and if it is not possible, the results will be definitely released within ten days.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Non-academic staff of schools to take TU action

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The non-academic staff of government schools have announced a decision to engage in a Trade Union action by reporting sick today (June 24) and tomorrow (25).

According to the Education Non-Academic Employees’ Union, the TU action is being carried out in the North Central, and North Western provinces and Kandy District today (24) .

General Secretary of the association Ajith K. Thilakarathne stated that the trade union action is being carried out based on several demands including a national policy for non-academic staff in the education sector.

Meanwhile, the National Organizer of the Principal Service Union – Sisira Rajapakse has announced that a nationwide strike has been planned for June 26.

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New State Minister sworn in

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MP Sathasivam Viyalendiran was sworn in as the State Minister of Trade and Environment before President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat a short while ago, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

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