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ASP goes berserk at Piliyandala Police for not investigating friend’s complaint

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An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) had behaved aggressively inside the Piliyandala Police Station on Esala Poya Day accusing the police officers of failing to investigate a complaint made by one of his friends.

The Special Investigation Unit of the Police Headquarters had launched an investigation into this incident.

It was reported that the friend of the ASP was also with him at that time.

Sources said that the ASP of the Western Province Community Police Division had behaved in a manner unbecoming of a police officer over a complaint made by a woman in Polhena, Pelenwatta on July 3 regarding a money dispute that had occurred during a sale of textiles.

The ASP had yelled, “Do you only act if a good-looking woman comes and makes a complaint? You take money, I know what you do.”

He had been pacing up and down for over an hour inside the police station, berating the acting OIC of the Minor Complaints Division, a sub-inspector and other officers.

During that time, a large number of people had visited the Minor Complaints Division and other divisions for various requirements and as a result of the behaviour of the ASP, the police officers on duty had been inconvenienced.

Police sources said that the ASP who was in civvies had arrived in the official jeep of the Officer-In-Charge of the Community Police Unit and the ASP is said to have borrowed it saying that he was going to visit a temple.

Sources said that the ASP’s friend had complained to the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Western Province (South) as well as the Mount Lavinia SSP by phone stating that her complaint had not been investigated.

As a result of complaints made regarding this police officer’s aggressive behaviour, a special team of police officers from the Special Investigations Unit had arrived at the Piliyandala Police Station yesterday (4) and commenced an investigation.

A senior police officer said that statements have been obtained from eight police officers including the Officer-In-Charge of the Piliyandala Police.

(Source: Daily News)

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Anton’s TU life celebrated in Kusal’s ‘Humanist Without Borders’

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A book celebrating fifty years of Mr. Anton Marcus as a Trade Unionist will be held in Colombo next week.

Mr. Marcus is currently the Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and Public Employees’ Union.

The book entitled ‘Humanist Without Borders’ alongside its Sinhala version, will be launched on June 17, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo from 3.30pm.

The books are penned by political columnist and analyst – Kusal Perera.

Emeritus Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda and the former president and general secretary of New Zealand’s ‘First Union’, Mr. Robert Reed, will deliver guest lectures.
Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ in this regard, Mr. Kusal Perera said:

“My effort in profiling Anton in this book that traverses the fifty years of his trade union life is in the context of Sri Lankan politics. It’s because he himself is a political creature. Therefore my reading said, despite all rights, decency, dignity enshrined in the Constitution, in International law and for all that Anton fought for, it was no easy task in a world of the filthy rich whatever honourable labels one would tag them with.”

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Modi expected to visit SL?

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A high level delegation headed by the State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya is scheduled to visit Russia to arrange for the repatriation of Sri Lankan ex-military personnel deployed in Russia for military purposes and the related discussions will be held on June 26 and 27, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, President’s Counsel Ali Sabry.
The Minister also noted that a team of officials has been tasked with reviewing the Cabinet paper submitted to decide on Sri Lanka’s potential membership in the BRICS organization. Their report is anticipated later this month.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, President’s Counsel Ali Sabry, highlighted this during his participation in today’s (June 14) Press conference at the Presidential Media Centre, focusing on the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.

The minister elaborated further, stating that they are also anticipating a visit from the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs – S. Jaishankar followed by a visit by the Indian PM himself.

“President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited India to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Sri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.  Consequently, we anticipate a visit from the Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Sri Lanka later this month, with the Prime Minister of India expected to follow suit shortly,” Minister Sabry has said.

He further noted : 
Recently, I attended the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Conference in Russia, representing Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has submitted a Cabinet paper to explore the possibility of Sri Lanka joining the BRICS organization. A team comprising officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Treasury, Ministry of Finance, and Central Bank has been tasked with studying this proposal. The Cabinet is expected to receive their report later this month.

Furthermore, discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov focused on resolving the issue of Sri Lankan ex-military personnel serving in the Russian army. To address this, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a delegation including secretary to the Defence Ministry will visit Russia. These discussions are scheduled for June 26th and 27th. Concurrently, efforts have commenced to facilitate the safe return of Sri Lankans currently stranded in Myanmar.

(Excerpts : President’s Media Division) 

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Keheliya & 7 others further remanded

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Former Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella and 07 others have been further remanded until June 28 by the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin vials.

This order was issued when the case was taken up before the Maligakanda Magistrate today (June 14).

Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Department today informed the Supreme Court that it will not appear on behalf of former Health Minister Kehiliya Rambukwella and arrested NMRA officials over the case of purchasing medicines from two allegedly unregistered companies.

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