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Another three arrested over kidney racket

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Three persons including two Grama Niladharis have been arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) in connection with the alleged kidney racket at the Western Hospital in Borella.

The CCD said a chief broker who supported the smuggling and two Grama Niladharis who forged documents were among the arrested.

The chief broker was arrested from Armour Street while the Grama Niladharis were arrested from Rajagiriya and Kaduwela.

The Grama Niladharis belong to Kolonnawa and Sri Jayawardenepura jurisdictions.

They have taken an amount of Rs.20,000 to prepare a fake certificate of residence.

The hospital has paid an amount of around Rs.100,000 to Rs.150,000 to the broker for each person who offers to donate a kidney.

The CCD has so far arrested four people in connection with this smuggling.

Although it has been revealed that a police officer was also involved in this racket, the police have not yet taken any action against him, the Sri Lanka Mirror learns.

It was reported that the Attorney General’s Department has also questioned why Professor Rezvi Sheriff, the owner of Western Hospital, has not been arrested yet.

It has now been revealed that one of the six people who complained to the police about the non-payment of money after donating their kidneys has donated his kidney to Professor Sheriff.

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Victoria Nuland to visit Sri Lanka next week

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The United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka, next week.

During her visit to Sri Lanka, Under Secretary Nuland will mark the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations which coincides with Sri Lanka’s 75th anniversary of Independence.

The American Embassy in Sri Lanka says this in a statement.

Full statement is below.

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland Travels to Colombo for Bilateral U.S.-Sri Lanka Talks

United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in Colombo with an interagency delegation for meetings with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as business and civil society leaders.  Other senior members of the interagency delegation include Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Amanda Dory.

Under Secretary Nuland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris will co-chair the 4th U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue which will address strengthening democratic institutions, human rights, sustainable economic development, mitigating climate change, deepening trade and investment ties, regional security, and educational cooperation.

Under Secretary Nuland, Ambassador Chung, and the U.S. delegation will meet with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to discuss the challenges posed by the global pandemic and ways to strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lankan partnership.

Under Secretary Nuland and the U.S. delegation will also meet with representatives of civil society and the

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Public urged to inform of unauthorized power outages

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General Public and electricity consumers requested to inform the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) in writing of any unauthorized power outages imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

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Speaker endorses certificate on 2 Bills

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena endorsed the certificate recently (24) on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.

Accordingly, these bills come into force as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Act No. 2 of 2023 and the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act No. 3 of 2023.

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