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Heroin haul seized in seas off Galle belongs to ‘Kudu Thamil’

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Investigations have revealed that the heroin stock worth Rs.4.5 billion seized by the Navy for the second time in a row in the deep seas off Galle also belonged to ‘Dewundara Kudu Thamil’.

The heroin haul seized by the navy a few days ago in the seas off of Dondra worth Rs.4 billion also belonged to Kudu Thamil, said the police.

The weight of the heroin haul seized in the seas off Galle is 225 kg and five smugglers from Sri Lanka were also taken into custody by the Navy.

The multi-day fishing vessel belonged to a businessman in Kudawella and the suspects are residents of Dondra, Matara and Kudawella.

Information regarding the transportation of this drug stock was revealed during an investigation by the Police Narcotics Bureau and the State Intelligence Service about three weeks ago.  

Accordingly, the navy was informed about the vessel loaded with these drugs.

It is suspected that this stock of heroin may have been brought from India. Navy sources said that the fishing vessel with heroin was brought to the Colombo Port last morning.

The Police Narcotics Bureau and the Navy are conducting investigations.

(The Island)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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