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Boyfriend throws acid at student sitting for A/L!

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A student who was on her way to sit for the A/L examination was attacked with acid by a young man who claimed to be her boyfriend.

The student, her father and the suspect suffered burn injuries due to spilled acid and were admitted to the Kegalle General Hospital yesterday afternoon (23).

When the student was travelling with her father to the examination centre in Kegalle in a three-wheeler, the suspect had blocked the vehicle with his motorcycle at Paragammana, grabbed the student and tried to force acid down her throat.

The 21-year-old student’s father (45) had attempted to prevent the suspect (21) from attacking her daughter.

The father had snatched the acid bottle and attacked the young man. However, acid was spilled during the attack causing injuries to all three.

The student’s mother has told the police that her daughter had been in a romantic relationship with the 21-year-old boy of a friend of hers for some time. Both families have consented to the relationship.

On several occasions, the boyfriend had expressed his unwillingness to the student’s desire to pursue further education.

Therefore, the student has proposed to end the relationship due to strict rules imposed by the boyfriend.

The angered young man had even sent a text message saying that he would attack the student with acid.

Source: Aruna

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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