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Yapa suspends 2 Principals backing NPP

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Governor of the Wayamba Province – Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena has suspended the service of two principals who had previously come forward as National People’s Power candidates for the LG polls.

The duo had been previously reinstated to their positions by the Wayamba Provincial Council after the polls were postponed.

However, Mr. Abeywardena had suspended these reinstated principals over the stiff opposition of politicians from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, reports say.

Meanwhile, it had been revealed at a special district coordination committee meeting in Kurunegala on Feb. 22 that there are attempts to remove the General Secretary at the Wayamba Provincial Council, who had reinstated these principals.
Housing and Construction Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Kurunegala District Coordinating Committee Co-Chairmen North Western Province Governor Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and Kurunegala District Member of Parliament Samanpriya Herath chaired this special committee meeting at the Kurunegala District Secretariat Auditorium.

Members of the SLPP have strongly emphasized that not just the principals backing the NPP, but also other candidates should be reinstated as soon as possible.

According to reports, General Secretary at the Wayamba Provincial Council – Ranjith Ariyaratne, and the secretary of the provincial education ministry – Nayana Kariyawasam, have been severely criticized at the meeting.

Stating that this was not a decision taken on their personal whims but on a recommendation sent by the main Ministry of Education, the officials have pointed out that they have not done anything wrong.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has stated that what they say cannot be accepted as it is the provincial council alone that has full powers to implement decisions with regard to government officials working under the institution.Responding, Mr. Abeywardena had stated that as a solution, he has already taken measures to suspend the reinstated appointments of the NPP candidates.

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Local multi-day fishing trawler seized with ICE & heroin worth over Rs. 3798 Mn.

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In another successful intelligence operation of the Sri Lanka Navy, a local multi-day fishing trawler (01) carrying a large haul of narcotics, with 06 suspects aboard, were intercepted about 133 nautical miles (about 246 km) off Dondra, south of Sri Lanka. 

The operation also resulted in the seizure of another local one-day fishing trawler (01) with 04 suspects, believed to have been there to fetch the consignment of narcotics mid-sea. The operation was mounted by deploying Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCG) Samudraraksha which made the apprehension on 12th April 2024.

 The haul of narcotics included about 179kg and 906g of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and about 83kg and 582g of heroin (with their packages). The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera arrived at the Galle Harbour on 13th April to inspect the consignment of narcotics held in this operation.
The Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard regularly patrol and conduct search operations along the island’s coast to prevent illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, stemming via sea routes.

During this dedicated operation based on naval intelligence, a suspicious multi-day fishing trawler, which was about 133 nautical miles (246 km) off the south coast of the island, was intercepted and searched by SLCG Samudraraksha. As the fishing trawler was suspected of smuggling a haul of crystal methamphetamine and heroin in 17 sacks, during the search, the narcotic-carrying trawler was held on 12th April, with 06 suspects aboard.

Additionally, SLCG Samudraraksha inspected another local one-day fishing trawler, which was plying suspiciously in the sea area. During the inspection, 04 suspects were apprehended, along with the trawler, on suspicion of attempting to exchange narcotics with the multi-day trawler previously seized.

Following a thorough search of the suspicious multi-day fishing trawler at the Galle Harbour on 13th April, authorities recovered 17 sacks containing crystal methamphetamine and heroin. The haul of crystal methamphetamine, weighing about 179kg and 906g (including packages), were in 129 packages, stuffed in 13 sacks and the stash of heroin, weighing about 83kg and 582g (including packages), were in 76 packages, contained in 04 sacks. The consignment of narcotics, along with the 06 suspects and the multi-day fishing trawler was handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) for onward legal action.

Moreover, the 04 individuals, along with the one-day fishing trawler, which were seized on suspicion of being involved in a drug exchange at sea, were also handed over to PNB for further legal action.

The individuals held in the operation are known to reside in the Weligama, Imaduwa, and Galle areas, ranging in age from 23 to 54 years old. Meanwhile, the gross street value of the consignment of drugs seized during this operation is believed to be more than Rs. 3798 million.

Including the recent confiscation, the Sri Lanka Navy has held drugs with a gross street value of over Rs. 9300 million during operations mounted so far in 2024. The Sri Lanka Navy – the country’s first line of defence is committed to coordinating with other law enforcement authorities, to carry out anti-drug operations of this nature in order to foil drug smuggling attempts being made in the guise of fishing.

(navy.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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