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Dubai Sudda arrested and released on bail

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Nishantha Priyadarshana alias “Dubai Sudda” was arrested by the investigation unit of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) yesterday (28) for allegedly sending Sri Lankans abroad for work without authorization.

The SLBFE said the suspect was arrested since he has committed a crime under the 37th Clause of the SLBFE Act.

He had attended a protest held outside the SLBFE yesterday. A group of persons who had allegedly travelled to Russia for employment through a foreign employment agency in the Nugegoda area, and were defrauded by the said agency, staged the protest outside the SLBFE premises yesterday.

Investigative teams said Priyadarshana has sent workers to several countries for work without proper authorization. After being brought before the Kaduwela Magistrate, he was released on two sureties of Rs.200,000 each.

At a time when there was a discussion about human trafficking in Oman, Dubai Sudda had returned to Sri Lanka saying that he wanted to stand up against the injustice done to the women who had been sent to Oman.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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