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Ice drug issue behind murder of Dan’s brother!

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The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) arrested four persons including the main suspect involved in the murder of Pathiranage Prakash Thilina Kumara, a brother of Ape Janabala Pakshaya’s Spokesman and Chairman of Nawa Sinhale organisation, Dan Priyasad.

The suspects were arrested on the day before yesterday (04).

The victim was hacked to death under the Orugodawatta Flyover on July 25 last year during the night when the electricity was off.

The CCD said that three of the four arrested suspects are residents of Pansalhena Road in Wellampitiya aged between 21 to 25.

The fourth suspect who is from Webada is identified as Bandula Piyal alias Bandu, a 50-year-old.

It was reported that two suspects are father and son and are distantly related to the murder victim.

The two swords that were used in the murder were found hidden in the house of the Webada suspect and from the house of Dulan Madhushanka, also known as Dula, a resident of Wellampitiya.

The police also found the vehicle in which the suspects arrived at the location of the murder.

The CCD said the murder has been committed over a dispute over ice drug trade.

Police said that there were allegations of assault and intimidation against the person who was killed.

A case was pending against him in court for assaulting and injuring a person. Police said that he was on bail over the case.

The four arrested suspects have been remanded until February 08 after being produced in the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court.

The deceased 34-year-old Pathiranage Prakash Thilina Kumara worked as a machine operator in an ‘Amano’ gutter manufacturing factory.

His workplace was also located near the Orugodawatta Flyover.

Prakash Thilina, a resident of Kuruniyawatte, Meethotamulla in Orugodawatta, was a father of two daughters.

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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FR petition filed over Presidential Election dismissed with costs

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed seeking an order to prevent holding of the Presidential Election as the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has not been properly passed in Parliament, subject to costs.

This verdict was issued when the relevant petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Aruna Laksiri was taken up for consideration today (15) before a Supreme Court judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Arjuna Obeysekara and Priyantha Fernando.

Accordingly, the court ordered the petition dismissed with costs of Rs 500,000 to be paid by the petitioner before July 31, 2024.

The petition argued that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was not properly passed in Parliament and therefore called for a referendum to ensure its proper passage.

The Election Commission and its members, the General Secretary of Parliament and the Attorney General had been named as respondents of this petition.

The petitioner claimed that through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Article 70 of the Constitution has been amended to deprive the President of the power to dissolve an elected Parliament after one year has passed.

The petitioner asserted that the amendment has not been approved by a referendum, even though a Supreme Court bench ruled that the amendment should be referred to a referendum.

The petitioner pointed out that the amendment cannot be considered as a law because it has not been approved by a referendum and signed by the President.

Therefore, the petitioner had argued that it is wrong to continue to accept the 19th Amendment as a law.

(adaderana.lk)

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Sabry to visit Romania & Poland

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry will pay official visits to Romania and Poland from 16 to 19 July 2024.  

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, he will meet with his counterparts and other senior government ministers and officials.

Minister Sabry will also formally open the new Sri Lanka Embassy in Bucharest which commenced operation in 2023.

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