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Highest number of crimes in SL from Kelaniya

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During this year, 29,930 incidents of serious crimes have been reported, Professor Wasantha Athukorala of Peradeniya University’s Department of Economics said.

Professor Athukorala said that there have been 497 murders, of which 223 were due to shootings or assaults.

He said this was revealed in a survey conducted by the university.

During this period, 16,317 property-related crimes and 5,964 crimes related to people have been committed.

The survey said that 1,466 cases of vehicle theft have been reported in the past 11 months. Professor Athukorala said the majority of them are motorcycle and three-wheeler theft cases, of which 39 per cent have been reported from the Western Province, 14 per cent from the North-Western Province and 13 per cent from the Southern Province.

Among the police divisions where serious crimes have been committed, Kelaniya Police Division has recorded the highest number of crimes this year which is 2,287.

Prof. Athukorala said 2,058 crimes have been reported from Anuradhapura and 2,018 from Nugegoda.

In addition, it is stated that more than 1,000 crimes have been reported from the police divisions of Negombo, Kandy, Kurunegala, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Ratnapura, Gampaha, Kuliyapitiya and Panadura.

During the same period, 3,596 cases of kidnapping, 6,208 incidents of break-ins, and 2,159 robberies have been reported.

Compared to 2020, the number of serious crimes in Sri Lanka has increased by 4,336 in 2021.

In 2020, 31,098 serious crimes were reported and in 2021, the number increased to 35,434.

The survey said the economic crisis in the country has been the main reason for the increase in crimes.

However, Prof. Athukorala said the full report on crimes committed in 2022 has not been completed yet.

“According to the information received, about 29,930 serious crimes have been reported. About 36% of these crimes are reported from the Western Province, 13% from the North-Western Province, 10% from the Southern Province, 9% from Sabaragamuwa and 8% from the Central Province,” he said.

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Indian-owned ship held in Colombo after oil spill; travel ban imposed on captain

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The Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) has taken custody of a ship which had caused an oil spill while anchored at the Colombo Port.

A spokesperson of the MEPA stated that legal action has been initiated against the company that owns the ship and the relevant insurance company regarding the oil spill. Under the Marine Environment Protection Authority Act, the MEPA is seeking compensation for the incident, the authority revealed.

The ship, owned by an Indian company, had recently arrived at the Port of Colombo for maintenance activities. A special investigation conducted by MEPA had revealed a leak of hydraulic oil from the ship. The company’s owner has admitted to the incident and agreed to provide compensation, according to the MEPA.

Furthermore, the Colombo Magistrate Court has imposed a travel ban on the captain of the ship preventing him from leaving the country, as per a request made by the Colombo Port Police.

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

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5 companies fined Rs. 1,243 Mn. for illegal gold imports

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State Finance Minister Dr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that five companies have been identified for illegally importing gold into Sri Lanka during the past few years, and fines of Rs.1,243 million have been imposed on those companies.

The Minister said that one of the related companies was ordered to pay Rs.179 million as fines.

Emphasising that from now on, all licensed institutions carrying out import of gold goods should avoid these illegal acts, the Minister said that the relevant institutions will also be charged fines for the gold purchased by even third parties considering the production reports.

He said the efforts to stabilise the state revenue of the country are currently being carried out by closing all the loopholes related to the loss of state revenue gradually.

Certain parties who import gold goods have turned this into a big racket and therefore there is a mafia around it.There were various challenges and threats when the government tried to curb this mafia initially.

The Minister further said that there were various levels of threats, pressure and intimidation, and the government did not waver in the face of all these challenges and moved to the second step.

(dailynews.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Teachers & Principals launch TU action

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Teachers and principals in schools across the island will engage in trade union action today.

Convenor of the National Collective Against Teachers’ and Principals’ Salary Disparities Venerable Ulapane Sumangala Thero, says teachers and principals will report sick today.

The decision has been made due to the lack of solutions provided to issues related to salary anomalies.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education confirmed that schools will operate as usual today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, The strike initiated by non-academic employees of state universities continues for the 29th consecutive day.

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