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4 stowaways on foreign ship, remanded (Update)

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The four individuals who had illegally boarded a Panama flagged cargo ship anchored at the Colombo harbour to flee the country have been remanded.

The group was remanded until April 18th by the Acting Galle Magistrate, Premarathne Thiranagama.

(Previous news: 11th April, 2023 at 10:55 am)

Four nabbed while trying to flee country by sneaking into foreign ship!

Four men who illegally entered a foreign ship anchored at the Colombo Port were arrested after being detected by the ship’s employees.

They were handed over to the immigration officials at the Galle Port yesterday (10).

The four had sneaked into the US-owned MVCMACGM Panama which had arrived at the Colombo Port on March 24, and the ship had left Sri Lanka on March 25 to Europe.

However, when the four stowaways were detected, the Captain of the ship had informed his parent company about them. Accordingly, they were handed over to the MV Jackson Bay ship belonging to the same company which was coming towards Sri Lanka on March 28.

The four youths were identified as residents of Jaffna Velanai, Thondamanaru, Pudukuduirippu and Araly North belonging to the ages of 21, 22 and 35.

Immigration officials said the suspects will be handed over to the Port Police to be produced in the court after completing their investigations.

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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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