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Four underage girls raped in Moneragala District

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Four incidents of rape involving underage girls have been reported today from the Buttala, Wedekumbura, Kudaoya and Wellawaya police areas in the Moneragala district.

A 13 year old school girl of Katugahagalge in Buttala had been abducted and raped by a young man and the suspect was arrested on April 27 during investigations of her mother’s complaint that she had gone missing after she went to school on April 19.

Investigations revealed that she had been in love with her elder sister’s lover and had eloped with him. The 25 year old young man had taken her to a lodge in Wellwaya area and raped her for about a week and later at a lodge in the Awissawella area. Buttala police are conducting further investigations.

A 15 year old school girl of Wedikumbura in the Moneragala police area had been raped by her 17 year old lover. Her parents told police that they warned the girl to give up relations with the young man, but she had eloped with him. Investigations revealed that they had lived as husband and wife at a house in the Medagama area.

A police team under HQI Monaragala Police P.S. Chaminda is conducting investigations to arrest the young man.

In another incident, a 15 year old schoolgirl of Thelulla in Ethiliwewa in the Kaduaoya police area had been raped and impregnated by a 22 year old man. When she complained of stomach ache she was admitted to hospital where she had delivered a child.

Investigations revealed that she had been in love with the young man since June 2023 and that he had raped her at times when she was alone in the house. The suspect was arrested by Kudaoya police.

OIC Kudaoya police S.T.M. Riyaz is conducting further investigations.

Meanwhile an individual who raped his 12 year old daughter was taken into custody by the Wellawaya police. The 47 year old suspect was produced before court and remanded till May 07. Police had initiated investigations on information received through the police emergency service 119 and arrested him.

The victim told police that her father took her to a room when she was alone at home and raped her. She had revealed it to a friend who informed the police emergency service.

(dailymirror.lk)

 (This story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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