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Family calls for probe on SI’s death on Expressway

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The family members of a Sub Inspector of Police who was found dead at a checkpoint on the Katunayake – Colombo Expressway are demanding a probe on the death, despite police claims they believe it was a suicide.

Sub Inspector Ruwan Rathnayake, from Rambewa, Nochchiyagama was found dead at the checkpoint on December 6. Police claimed his service weapon had been used to commit suicide.

But, his wife Priyadharshani Ekanayake said her husband had served in several police stations during the past 30 years and believes he had no reason to commit suicide.

She said he had been on leave the previous day and had been informed that he should present himself at the office of the Negombo Senior Superintendent of Police to make a statement regarding an incident of releasing a suspicious vehicle on the expressway without being checked.

She said that the Acting OIC had ordered the release of a vehicle in which there was a female passenger and two males a few days back. The Acting OIC had said there was no necessity to make a log entry.

‘My husband told me that they were trying to hold him responsible for the incident and that he would expose them. I have suspicion about the death and therefore calling for an inquiry’, he said.

The brother of the deceased, Kanchana Ratnayake said the death was highly suspicious in the manner how investigations had been carried out. He said even the scene of the incident where his body was found had been washed before the Magistrate visited the area.

He also called for a full inquiry.

(sundaytimes.lk)

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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Health Ministry’s Additional Secretary Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrested

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The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Additional Secretary of the Health Ministry Dr. Saman Ratnayake over the import of substandard human Immunoglobulin injections.

The arrest was made after Dr. Saman Ratnayake arrived at the CID to provide a statement.

Several key individuals including former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Former Health Secretary, the Medical Supplies Division Director are currently in remand custody over the Immunoglobulin scandal.

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