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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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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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Fuel prices revised

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has announced that fuel prices will be revised with effect from midnight today (March 04).

Accordingly, prices of Petrol Octane 92 and Auto Diesel have remain unchanged.

Meanwhile, the prices of Petrol Octane 95, Super Diesel and Kerosene have been reduced.

A litre of Petrol Octane 95 has been reduced by Rs. 09 to Rs.447, while a litre of Super Diesel has been reduced Rs. 10 to Rs.458. The price of a Kerosene litre too, has been reduced by Rs. 05 to Rs. 257.

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8 Lankans trafficked to Myanmar, rescued

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The Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that 08 Sri Lankans out of the 56 trapped in cybercrime centres in Myawaddy area in Myanmar have been rescued by the Myanmar government authorities and are currently in the Myawaddy Central Police Station. 

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar is currently working on the early repatriation of the rescued Sri Lankans. As per information made available by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar, the 56 Sri Lankans who have been trafficked are being held in four separate locations in the Myawaddy area and the rescued eight Sri Lankans were in one of these locations in an area that could be accessed by the Myanmar government, a statement by the MFA adds.

The statement further adds : 

The rescue operation undertaken by the Myanmar government follows intensified diplomatic engagements including a communication from President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed to the Prime Minister of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing requesting for early intervention and support to rescue and safely repatriate the trapped nationals, which was conveyed via diplomatic channels to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar on 22 February 2024. 

In January 2024, Foreign Minister M. U. M. Ali Sabry took this issue up with the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Than Swe, requesting urgent intervention to rescue Sri Lankan nationals highlighting the seriousness of the situation of the Sri Lankan victims who have been enslaved in cybercriminal activities and urging that early action be taken to rescue all the affected individuals.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar continues to make every effort to rescue and repatriate all Sri Lankan nationals, who have become victims of human trafficking and are trapped in Myanmar, in close collaboration with the Myanmar government authorities. 

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