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Boxer addicted to drugs beaten up by underworld gang in Kandy



Police investigations have revealed that the incident in which a former boxer was abducted at Hospital Lane in Kandy, beaten up with iron rods and left near a stadium in Hanthana, was the result of a conflict between two underworld gangs involved in drug trafficking.

The 22-year-old man, who was once known as a skilled boxer, was arrested earlier with 10 grams of drugs. He was released on bail after being remanded.

The police have received the report of the seized heroin after it was sent to the Government Analyst, and it has been confirmed that there were 8 grams of pure drugs in it.

The ruling in the case is to be delivered by the Kandy High Court next month.

Meanwhile, this youth was abducted by four persons who came in three-wheelers near his house at Hospital Lane, Kandy at around 8:00 pm recently (12).

The youth’s relatives said his legs and fingers were broken when he was found abandoned near a stadium at Hanthana. They also said that several burn injuries were seen on his body.

The mother of the youth said an individual came to their house to talk about an issue related to a motorcycle with her son. When he had come out of the house, a group of people arrived in two three-wheelers had attacked him and taken him away in one of the three-wheelers.

A relative of the victim said that they searched all over Kandy and the youth was later found abandoned near the stadium.

His father has passed away while his mother is also facing three cases in court for drug possession, police said.

A brother and a sister of this youth have also been arrested by the police and remanded after being presented in the court for drug possession.

The victim, who was once a talented boxer, has travelled to several countries like Malaysia and India as a player.

Police suspect that he may have been kidnapped by a major gang involved in drug trafficking in the Bogambara area.

Source: Dinamina


Senior female cops stuck in same post for years




A statement from the Parliament of Sri Lanka has revealed that there has been injustice to police officers in the promotion of the Sri Lanka Police Service.

This was revealed when the ‘Select Committee of Parliament to look into and report to Parliament its recommendations to ensure gender equity and equality with special emphasis on looking into gender based discriminations and violations of women’s rights in Sri Lanka’ met in parliament recently, it added on Facebook.

MP Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle is the chairperson of this Select Committee.

It had been  disclosed that there are 92 female chief inspectors who have completed twenty-six years of service and completed four years in the position of chief police inspector, but no specific system or vacancies have been identified regarding their promotion.

The statement added that the method of recruitment of these female officers, and the salary level is the same as the male officers and the training is done together in the same training school without any difference, the deployment after the training is done in the same way without any difference, while the  the method of retirement is also the same.

However, aggrieved police officers pointed out that there is no problem related to promotions to male officers, and only female officers have issues related to vacant positions.

The Parliament of Sri Lanka said that during the committee session it was disclosed that a remedy for this issue not been prepared so far, and for that reason, female officers have to stay in the same position for a long time while male officers with less seniority are promoted.

Furthermore, to avoid this situation of concern, since more than 15% of the Sri Lanka Police are female officers, it was proposed to create vacancies for 15% female representation in all positions.

The Committee Chair recommended to the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Security that 15% of the total force of the Police Service is currently employed by female officers, so that 15% of the available vacancies should be reserved for female officers to solve this problem.

(News 1st)

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Egg prices on the rise again




Egg prices in the local market have been increased despite the festive season being just around the corner.

Although the price of an white egg was around Rs. 40 – 42 in the last week of November, it rose to Rs. 44 – 46 last week before increasing again to Rs. 55 – 60.

The price of a white egg and brown egg at the Narahenpita Economic Centre is priced at Rs. 50 and Rs. 52 respectively.

It is speculated that the prices will continue to spike, resulting in the price hike of bakery and confectionary products.

Experts in the field allege that Trade Minister – Nalin Fernando’s short sighted decisions are to be blamed for his.

The minister had recently halted egg imports from India, stating that the local egg industry has been stabilized.

However, experts say that the minister had initially imported eggs when the demand was low and had left the local market to depend entirely on the local market when the demand was at its peak, to secure another future chance to import eggs from India.

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Parliament votes to debate VAT bill today




The Sri Lankan Parliament has voted to debate the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill on today (Nov. 11).

The ruling party proposed that the VAT (Amendment) Bill be taken up for debate today, following the third reading of the appropriation bill.

However, as the opposition rejected the government’s move, the Speaker of parliament decided to call for a vote on whether the VAT (Amendment) Bill will be taken up for debate today.

Accordingly, a vote took place shortly after 9:30 am, with 92 votes in favour, 41 votes against and 01 abstention.

Earlier, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in a statement announced that they will vote against the VAT Bill.

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