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CID to probe 94 OICs for collecting money

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IGP C.D.Wickramaratne has instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to launch an investigation into 94 Police Officers in Charge (OIC) for collecting money despite the orders given not to collect money to give gifts to senior police officers.

Accordingly, it was reported that the IGP would forward the name list to the CID today (17).

The IGP has said this during a Zoom meeting held yesterday (16) with the Provincial Senior DIGs and District DIGs.

The 94 OICs have collected money to host senior police officers visiting police stations to participate in annual and semi-annual inspections, to give vouchers and gifts to senior police officers for the New Year and/or when the senior police officers are being transferred.

This report has been handed over to the IGP by the Police Special Bureau, an intelligence unit of the police.

According to the intelligence reports, the OICs have collected money from the officers working under them in various amounts ranging from Rs.3,000 to Rs.10,000 and have given gifts worth hundreds of thousands of rupees to the senior officials.

Police headquarters information said that constables of the police, who receive a meagre salary, have faced many difficulties due to this. The IGP has investigated this information with the help of intelligence agencies following the many petitions junior police officers have sent to the IGP.

The intelligence reports have shown that some senior police officers have received money instead of gifts for the New Year this year, and some OICs have collected two to three hundred thousand rupees from their police officers.

Source – Dinamina

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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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