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HRCSL recommends action against Peradeniya Professor

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has ruled that disciplinary action be taken against the Acting Head of the Archeology Department of the University of Peradeniya, Prof Ananda Jayawickrema of the University of Peradeniya for violating the rights of another professor of the same department.

The ruling has been given by the Chairman of the Commission, L.T.B. Dehideniya, a former Supreme Court judge and Commission member Nimal G. Punchihewa.

The petition had been filed by Prof M.W.C.N.K. Rambukwella, Chair Professor of the Archeology Department who had been prevented from attending an international conference organized by an Indian University by Prof Jayawickrema deliberately delaying approval to take part in the event held last month.

The International conference has been organized by the Mohanlal Sukhadia University in the State of Rajasthan, India to be held from February 2 to February 5 and Prof Rambukwella was due to Chair the event.

Besides, Prof Jayawickrema, the petitioner Prof Rambukwella also cited Dr Prabath Ekanayake, Dean of the Arts Faculty of the University of Peradeniya, Prof M.D. Lamawansa, Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya and the Acting VC at that time, Prof Terrance Madhujith.

Prof Rambukwella had submitted her leave application for nine days through the online system on January 19 to the Head of the Department. That was well within the stipulated period.

The Human Rights Commission has found that due to a string of other delays and other administrative mistakes the leave could not be approved in time.

Accordingly, the Commission recommended that the disciplinary action be taken before March 23, 2024 and to inform the petitioner and the Commission about the progress.

(sundaytimes.lk)

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Local multi-day fishing trawler seized with ICE & heroin worth over Rs. 3798 Mn.

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In another successful intelligence operation of the Sri Lanka Navy, a local multi-day fishing trawler (01) carrying a large haul of narcotics, with 06 suspects aboard, were intercepted about 133 nautical miles (about 246 km) off Dondra, south of Sri Lanka. 

The operation also resulted in the seizure of another local one-day fishing trawler (01) with 04 suspects, believed to have been there to fetch the consignment of narcotics mid-sea. The operation was mounted by deploying Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCG) Samudraraksha which made the apprehension on 12th April 2024.

 The haul of narcotics included about 179kg and 906g of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and about 83kg and 582g of heroin (with their packages). The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera arrived at the Galle Harbour on 13th April to inspect the consignment of narcotics held in this operation.
The Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard regularly patrol and conduct search operations along the island’s coast to prevent illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, stemming via sea routes.

During this dedicated operation based on naval intelligence, a suspicious multi-day fishing trawler, which was about 133 nautical miles (246 km) off the south coast of the island, was intercepted and searched by SLCG Samudraraksha. As the fishing trawler was suspected of smuggling a haul of crystal methamphetamine and heroin in 17 sacks, during the search, the narcotic-carrying trawler was held on 12th April, with 06 suspects aboard.

Additionally, SLCG Samudraraksha inspected another local one-day fishing trawler, which was plying suspiciously in the sea area. During the inspection, 04 suspects were apprehended, along with the trawler, on suspicion of attempting to exchange narcotics with the multi-day trawler previously seized.

Following a thorough search of the suspicious multi-day fishing trawler at the Galle Harbour on 13th April, authorities recovered 17 sacks containing crystal methamphetamine and heroin. The haul of crystal methamphetamine, weighing about 179kg and 906g (including packages), were in 129 packages, stuffed in 13 sacks and the stash of heroin, weighing about 83kg and 582g (including packages), were in 76 packages, contained in 04 sacks. The consignment of narcotics, along with the 06 suspects and the multi-day fishing trawler was handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) for onward legal action.

Moreover, the 04 individuals, along with the one-day fishing trawler, which were seized on suspicion of being involved in a drug exchange at sea, were also handed over to PNB for further legal action.

The individuals held in the operation are known to reside in the Weligama, Imaduwa, and Galle areas, ranging in age from 23 to 54 years old. Meanwhile, the gross street value of the consignment of drugs seized during this operation is believed to be more than Rs. 3798 million.

Including the recent confiscation, the Sri Lanka Navy has held drugs with a gross street value of over Rs. 9300 million during operations mounted so far in 2024. The Sri Lanka Navy – the country’s first line of defence is committed to coordinating with other law enforcement authorities, to carry out anti-drug operations of this nature in order to foil drug smuggling attempts being made in the guise of fishing.

(navy.lk)

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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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