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Illegally imported cigarettes worth over Rs.110mn seized

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A consignment of 4.5 million cigarettes worth over Rs.110 million was seized by the Customs yesterday (11), Customs Spokesperson Seevali Arukgoda said.

The consignment which was smuggled in from India was seized at the Grayline Container Yard in Grandpass.

The Customs Central Intelligence Directorate officials have received information from their Indian counterparts about the consignment shipped from Kattupalli Port on the 7th.

The Customs Spokesperson said the consignment had been declared to the Customs as “100% cotton fabrics and plastic buttons” by an importer in Wattala. “There were no such declared items in the container,” he said.

The government would have incurred a loss of tax revenue of Rs.360 million if the authorities missed the detection of the consignment of ‘Manchester’ cigarettes.

Two persons who arrived to get the container released have been arrested by the Customs officials. The Customs Central Intelligence Directorate officials are conducting further investigations.

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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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Chinese communist party vice minister Sun Haiyan visits 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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Two killed in police shooting following failed checkpoint stop

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Two people died in police fire on Tuesday (23) morning.

The Police Media Division said that officers opened fire at a three wheeler that failed to comply with orders to stop at a checkpoint near the Meegoda – Delketiya junction.

The incident took place at around 1:50 AM.

Sri Lanka Police said that after officers ordered the three wheeler to stop, the driver had slowed down the vehicle, and those inside had opened fire at the police and fled to Moragahahena.

Accordingly, the Moragahahena Police was immediately informed of the shooting.

A group of officers from the Colombo South Crimes Division who were at the Moragahahena Police for a separate inquiry upon hearing the incident had attempted to stop the three wheeler from fleeing.

The three wheeler that continued to disregard orders to stop had proceeded to the Tyre Factory located along the Meepe Road in Moragahahena, where shots were fired at them by officers from the Colombo South Crimes Division.

Sri Lanka Police said two people who were injured in the shooting succumbed to their injuries upon admission to hospital.

Another person who was in the three wheeler had fled the scene.

The deceased were 42 and 35 year old males from Thanamalvila.

Police said a firearm was also recovered from the three wheeler’

(newsfirst.lk)

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

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