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INS ‘Nireekshak’ arrives in Trincomalee

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The Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Nireekshak’ arrived at the Trincomalee harbour on a formal visit this morning (14th September 2023). The visiting ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval tradition.

INS ‘Nireekshak’ is a 70.5m long Diving Support Vessel manned by a crew of 137 and the ship is commanded by Commander Jeetu Singh Chauhan. Meanwhile, the Commanding Officer of the ship called on Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Suresh De Silva at the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters this morning.

During the ship’s stay, the crew will take part in several programmes, with a view to promoting cooperation and goodwill between two navies. In addition, diving training exercises with the Sri Lanka Navy Diving Unit, a health camp for the community in Trincomalee, and visiting some of the tourist attractions in the country are part of the itinerary.

The ship is expected to depart the island on 21st September.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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