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Gota still under protection of 226 VIP security personnel

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MP Thalatha Athukorala said that 226 security personnel from the VIP Security Division have been deployed to provide security to former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Speaking at a news conference held in Colombo yesterday (27), she said there are about 6,000 police officers in the VIP Security Division.

“Out of these 6,000, a large number of people have been deployed for the protection of former presidents. The former president who is responsible for many current plights in this country has been provided with a security detail of 226 personnel,” she said.

Apart from this 226 VIP security personnel, MP Athukorala said Mr.Rajapaksa has also been given military and Special Task Forces protection.

“On one hand, the Inspector General of Police says that 4,000 police personnel are suffering from illnesses. On the other hand, he says 16,000 more are retiring. We are not certain if these police personnel were already sick when they were recruited, if they became disabled during a police duty, or if the stress increased after joining the police. These 4,000 should not be removed from the police force. They should be given the opportunity to work in their selected fields,” she said.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (06) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,806.

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50-yr old bank manager involved with teen, arrested

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Bambalapitiya police say that a 50-year-old private bank manager was arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Colombo.

According to reports, the teen had been taken to public parking lots in a jeep with tinted glass and sexually assaulted.

The teen has been admitted to Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.

Reports say that the suspect is a widower with two teenaged daughters of his own.

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Met Dept. warns of gusty winds & rough seas

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The depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal (500km east of Trincomalee) has concentrated into a deep depression and located near latitude 8.7N and longitude 85.7E today morning, the Department of Meteorology said in an advisory issued earlier.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm around this evening.

The system is likely to approach the coast of northern Tamil-Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh over Southwest Bay of Bengal 08th December morning.

Wind speeds will be 60-70 kmph and can increase up to 80 kmph in sea areas between 02N – 15N and 80E – 95E.

Heavy showers or thundershowers and rough to very rough seas can be expected in aforementioned sea areas.

The naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankesanturai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa and southwest Bay of Bengal (02N – 15N, 80E – 95E) until further notice.

Meanwhile, those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or to move to safer areas immediately.

The fishing and naval communities are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued by the Meteorology Department in this regard.

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