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Direct mineral exports resume after 30 years

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A vessel carrying the first cargo of 30,000 tons of ‘Zircon’ left for China on Sunday (03) from the Trincomalee Port belonging to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) resuming the direct export of mineral sands which was halted for three decades due to the war.

SLPA Acting Resident Manager and Deputy Harbor Master Captain Sriyantha Arampath said that after the cessation of direct exports, mineral sand exports were done for three decades through an intermediary party.

The Acting Resident Manager said that Lanka Mineral Sands Ltd located in Pulmude will benefit by resuming direct exports and the SLPA will also receive a large income from these operations.

He said that 60,000 tons of ilmenite will also be sent to China in two more vessels in the coming days.

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Youth found dead in three-wheeler at Ward Place

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A 33-year-old youth was found stabbed to death inside a parked three-wheeler at Ward Place, Colombo, according to police reports.

The gruesome discovery was made early this morning (23) in front of the National Dental Hospital, following a tip-off received by Cinnamon Gardens Police around 1.00 a.m.

Upon investigation, police traced the three-wheeler’s registration to a resident of Middeniya. 

The vehicle owner revealed that he had lent it to his 33-year-old brother-in-law, who works as a taxi driver.

Cinnamon Gardens Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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Tamil parties agree to field common Presidential candidate

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Several Tamil political parties and a group of representatives of civil organizations have reached an agreement to present a common Tamil candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The agreement was signed in Jaffna today by seven parties including TELO led by MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan, PLOTE led by MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Tamil People’s Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil National Party led by Attorney-At-Law N. Sri Kantha, and EPRLF led by Suresh Premachandran.

The Tamil People General Assembly, comprising of several Tamil civil organizations, also signed the agreement.

However, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) comprising President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran and the Tamil National People’s Front comprising Attorney-At-Law Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam did not sign the agreement today.

(News 1st)

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Club Wasantha’ murder: Tattoo studio owner makes confidential statement

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Dulan Sanjula, the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, has made a confidential statement before the Kaduwela Magistrate over the recent shooting and killing of two individuals including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’. 

Meanwhile, the seven suspects including Dulan Sanjula have been ordered to be remanded further until August 5, 2024. 

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the incident, had requested permission to make a confidential statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate. He made this request when the seven suspects arrested in relation to the incident were produced before the court on July 10.

However, the Kaduwela Magistrate had advised the suspect in question to rethink the decision and make the request again during an upcoming court date.

Furthermore, the magistrate ordered the prison officers to provide additional security to the suspects, since there are accomplices of the criminal figure infamously known as “Loku Patee,” who is suspected to be involved in the incident, detained in the prison.

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