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Crashed aircraft was made in China in 2018: SLAF

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The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) said that the PT6 type training aircraft that crashed near China Bay Air Force Academy, Trincomalee, was manufactured in China in 2018 based on an order made by the SLAF.

SLAF Spokesperson Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said that although the total operational time of the aircraft is 4,000 flight hours, only about 800 flight hours have been conducted so far.

MP Dayasiri Jayasekara made a statement yesterday (08) in Parliament stating that the aircraft in question was an old aircraft manufactured in 1958.

Group Captain Wijesinghe said that all the planes owned by the Sri Lanka Air Force were purchased between 2000 and 2018. He said that the planes ordered in 2001 have also only completed 2,800 flight hours.

Accordingly, he said that there is no issue in using all the relevant planes in training activities.

He said that Hongdu Aviation Industry Group Ltd. (HAIG) formerly China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation or CNAMC commenced the manufacturing of this type of aircraft on August 27, 1958 but they were operationalised in 1960.

Group Captain Wijesinghe said these aircraft have been used for training in the Chinese Air Force as well.

However, apart from Sri Lanka, these planes have been given to many countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and so far the number of planes produced is more than 2,000, he said.

Two Air Force personnel-the pilot and an Air Force Engineer-were killed when this training aircraft crashed near the China Bay Air Force Academy in Trincomalee on Monday (07) at around 11.27 am.

Source – Dinamina

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Notice on rebuilding or compensating housing damaged by bad weather

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Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff to the President Sagala Ratnayaka, announced that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed to take the necessary measures to either rebuild or provide compensation, subject to a maximum limit, for houses that were completely damaged by the recent adverse weather conditions.

Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka also stated that measures will be implemented to assess the damage and provide compensation, subject to a specified maximum limit, for the repair of partially damaged houses.

Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka shared these views during a discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (20), concerning the rebuilding of houses fully and partially damaged by recent adverse weather conditions.

The discussion extensively covered the reconstruction of houses affected by natural calamities such as strong winds, floods and landslides, which have impacted various parts of the country in recent days. The provision of suitable compensation, subject to a maximum limit, was also deliberated.

To ensure appropriate compensation within specified limits, for fully damaged houses upon agreement with beneficiaries, and prompt construction of such houses with the assistance of the Armed Forces. Additionally, the assessment and repair of partially damaged houses, with compensation also subject to a specified maximum limit, were discussed.

Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka also directed District Secretaries to submit formal reports on houses fully and partially damaged by natural calamities.

In attendance at the discussion were State Minister of Defence Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, the three commanders of the armed forces, and heads of relevant line Institutions. Participating remotely were District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries via online technology.

(President’s Media Division)

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Piyumi’s income generated from Lollia Skin Care – CID

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has initiated a thorough investigation regarding a beauty products manufacturing company named Lollia Skin Care (Pvt) Ltd, which is said to be the main source of income of model Piyumi Hansamali, who is under investigation for her assets.

It was informed to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday by the Illegal Assets Investigation Division of the CID. This company has been registered under the Business Registration Number PV00256805.

According to the CID, the investigation will be focused on businesses carried out by this company, taxes paid and also the imports and exports carried out by the company.

The Illegal Assets Investigation Division of the CID on Wednesday (19) informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that an investigation was initiated regarding the purchase of a Range Rover Jeep for Rs.78 million, the purchase of a house from Grand Housing Complex in Colombo 7 for Rs.148 million and maintaining 20 bank accounts with suspicious transactions by Piyumi Hansamali. It has been revealed that these 20 accounts have been opened in relation to the National Identity Card numbers of her and people closely associating the model.

The investigations were based on a complaint lodged by President of the ‘Magen Ratata’ organization Sanjaya Mahawatta under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

(dailynews.lk)
(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Dharma Rashmi Homagama Poson Zone to commence today

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The Dharma Rashmi Homagama Poson Zone annually held to coincide with the Poson Poya will be held from June 21 – 23.

This year, the Poson Zone spans across 13 kilometres covering Diyagama, Pitipana, Dampe, Meegoda, Godagama, Panagoda and Homagama.

The event is jointly organized by the Homagama Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya, the Presidential Secretariat, the Transport and Highways Ministry, the Western Provincial Council, the Homagama Divisional Secretariat, Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha, the Homagama Zonal Education office, the Army and the Police.

Cash prizes to the value of Rs. 4 million will be given to the winners of the Poson Lantern competition.

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