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Entering forest reserves in N’Eliya, forbidden

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Entering forest and wildlife reserves in Nuwara Eliya District, camping as well as trekking in the area, has been forbidden from today (Aug. 04) onwards.

The decision, taken during a discussion with the Wildlife Department, the Forest Conservation Department and the police, was announced to the media by Nuwara Eliya District Secretary – Mr. Nandana Galabada during a media briefing today.

He said that the decision was taken after discovering the remains of an unidentified female on the Great Western Mountain in Thalawakele.

He has also said that anyone who wishes to enter any areas under the Wildlife Department and the Forest Conservation Department in the future, should initially obtain permission after filling out a form with their details such as name, address, NIC number and telephone number etc. Also, they should hand over the details to the nearest police station and obtain their assent as well. After ending their visit to the areas, the visitors should inform the police in person or via a phone call that their visit had ended, he added.

Anyone who enters these areas without following this procedure could face arrest, he had further said.

(Source : Newsradio)

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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