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Deshabandu Tennakoon takes office as 36th IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon officially assumed duties as the 36th Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Sri Lanka, following his appointment on Monday (Feb. 26). Tennakoon, who had been serving as the Senior Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and Acting IGP, received his official appointment letter from Secretary to the President, Mr. Saman Ekanayake, at the Presidential Secretariat.

The appointment of Deshabandu Tennakoon as the new IGP aligns with the constitutional provisions outlined in Articles 41C.(1) and 61E.(b) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. President Ranil Wickremesinghe exercised the authority vested in him to make this appointment.

Tennakoon had been serving as the Acting IGP since November 29, 2023, and his official assumption of duties marks a significant development in the leadership of the Sri Lanka Police force. The new IGP will play a crucial role in maintaining law and order, ensuring public safety, and addressing various challenges faced by the law enforcement agency. Updates on the activities and initiatives under IGP Tennakoon’s leadership will be closely monitored.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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