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Fmr national rugby player arrested over robberies

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A former player of the national rugby team involved in several robberies of gold necklaces was arrested along with gold worth Rs.4 million, the Kaduwela Police said.

According to the information received by the Kaduwela Police OIC that a suspicious car was parked along the Vihara Mawatha in Kaduwela, the suspect was arrested with 5,400 milligrams of drugs in his possession.

The police were able to uncover the details of many robberies of gold necklaces following the interrogation of the suspect in custody.

The suspect had snatched several gold necklaces including one weighing one pound from a businessman in Welikada.

He has committed all the robberies by using stolen motorcycles which had been abandoned after the robbery.

The police have found all the stolen gold items in melted form from several gold shops in Hettiweediya and Grandpass.

Police said the suspect, who is a player attached to a famous sports club in Colombo, represented the national rugby team in 2003 and was addicted to heroin in 2007.

He is a resident of Delgoda.

(Ada)

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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