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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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MFA Consular Division to be relocated to “Suhurupaya”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that their Consular Affairs Division will be relocated to the new premises at the 16th floor of “Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla with effect from May 02, 2024. 

All consular services will be provided to the public at the new office premises during regular office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.15 pm, an MFA media release notes.

It further adds :

Document authentication services provided by the Consular Affairs Division in Colombo will be temporarily suspended for the public on 29 and 30 April 2024 in order to facilitate the transition of the Electronic Document Authentication System (e-DAS) to the new premises at Suhurupaya.

However, during the said transition period, the Regional Consular Offices in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Kandy and Matara will remain open to the public during regular office hours. Applications for document authentication can be submitted to the Regional Offices as usual and the authenticated documents will be delivered to the applicants only on Thursday, 02 May 2024.

The public is also hereby advised to submit any urgent application for authentication to the Consular Division in Colombo, or any Regional Consular Offices by 4.15 pm on 26 April 2024, with a view to avoiding any inconvenience.

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Sri Lanka Railways GM passes away

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Sri Lanka Railways General Manager H. M. K. W. Bandara passed away today (23) due to a sudden illness.

He  was appointed as the railways chief in November 2023.

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CPC Vice Minister Sun Haiyan to visit Sri Lanka

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Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun Haiyan, is set to arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day official visit, as reported by The Thinakaran Newspaper.

During her visit, Sun Haiyan is scheduled to engage in discussions with high-ranking government officials, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The discussions are anticipated to cover various bilateral matters of mutual interest between China and Sri Lanka.

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