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Five arrested over arson attack on birthday party

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Five suspects were arrested in connection with the incident of setting fire to a house where a birthday party was being held in Thonikkal, Vavuniya.

Police said the suspects were arrested in Medavaithyakulam, Sivapuram, Pampemaduwa and Nelakkulama last evening (31).

Officers of the Vavuniya Police and Vavuniya Crime Investigation Division have conducted the raid to arrest the suspects along with three motorcycles on charges of aiding and abetting the crime.

The suspects aged 24, 27, 31 and 34 are to be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

On July 23, a group of unknown men entered a house where a child’s birthday party was held and attacked the people before setting the house on fire.

Ten people in the house were injured and a married couple who were taken to the hospital succumbed to injuries.

A two-year-old male child, seven-year-old and 13-year-old female children, four females between the ages of 19 and 41, and a 42-year-old male are still undergoing treatment at the Vavuniya Hospital.

Police said that it received CCTV footage showing a masked group setting fire to the house and attacking the residents. The suspects were arrested through investigations done based on the footage.

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MFA Consular Division to be relocated to “Suhurupaya”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that their Consular Affairs Division will be relocated to the new premises at the 16th floor of “Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla with effect from May 02, 2024. 

All consular services will be provided to the public at the new office premises during regular office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.15 pm, an MFA media release notes.

It further adds :

Document authentication services provided by the Consular Affairs Division in Colombo will be temporarily suspended for the public on 29 and 30 April 2024 in order to facilitate the transition of the Electronic Document Authentication System (e-DAS) to the new premises at Suhurupaya.

However, during the said transition period, the Regional Consular Offices in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Kandy and Matara will remain open to the public during regular office hours. Applications for document authentication can be submitted to the Regional Offices as usual and the authenticated documents will be delivered to the applicants only on Thursday, 02 May 2024.

The public is also hereby advised to submit any urgent application for authentication to the Consular Division in Colombo, or any Regional Consular Offices by 4.15 pm on 26 April 2024, with a view to avoiding any inconvenience.

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Sri Lanka Railways GM passes away

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Sri Lanka Railways General Manager H. M. K. W. Bandara passed away today (23) due to a sudden illness.

He  was appointed as the railways chief in November 2023.

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CPC Vice Minister Sun Haiyan to visit Sri Lanka

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Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun Haiyan, is set to arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day official visit, as reported by The Thinakaran Newspaper.

During her visit, Sun Haiyan is scheduled to engage in discussions with high-ranking government officials, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The discussions are anticipated to cover various bilateral matters of mutual interest between China and Sri Lanka.

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