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Haputale murder victim was under 24-hour police protection

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The man who was shot to death in a hotel in Haputale last night (22) had been killed because he was a witness in a murder case, police sources said.

Police said that the owner of the hotel was also injured in the incident.

The murder victim was a resident of Gandara and has been working in the hotel for about one and a half years.

Police said that six people are in prison in connection with a murder based on the testimony given by the deceased and that he has received death threats for giving the testimony.

Accordingly, the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses has ordered the police to provide him round-the-clock protection.

During his stay in Gandara, police protection was provided round-the-clock.

It was reported that he has been living a life in secret away from Gandara since his life was in danger.

When the Dewundara Perahera festival was held recently, he had returned to Gandara and had stayed there for three days.

As the police told him that staying in Gandara was life threatening, the man had left Gandara again. The police said that they provided 24-hour security during his stay in Gandara.

Police said that the victim was working as an employee of a hotel located on the Colombo Road in Haputale, away from Gandara.

A group of four had arrived at the hotel and carried out the shooting.

The police are currently analyzing security camera footage to identify the shooters and the vehicles they came in.

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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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