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Lahiru’s missing piano: Probe into cops who assaulted father & son!

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The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Gampaha has launched a special investigation into the incident of two Gampaha police officers broking into a house in Divulapitiya on Saturday (27) in search of a suspect who allegedly stole musician Lahiru Perera’s piano and assaulting two men.

The father and son who were injured in the attack were hospitalised.

It was reported that a bakery in Gampaha belonging to the musician’s family members is being looked after by a member of this family.

Several musical instruments, including a piano belonging to the musician, have been stored in the building where the bakery was located.

The piano had gone missing a few days ago. The musician and his brother had said that it had been stolen by the family members who were looking after the bakery.

Accordingly, the Gampaha Police has also received a complaint in this regard.

Based on the complaint and on the instructions of the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Gampaha, the alleged suspect has been informed to be at his home at Salgaduwatte in Divulapitiya on Friday.

However, at around 1:00 a.m on Saturday, a group of civilians and two officers in police uniform had gone to the suspect’s house and attacked the father and son who were staying in the house at that time.

Residents have identified one of the officers and have lodged a complaint with the police stating that he is a sergeant working in the Gampaha Police.

Accordingly, a senior police officer said that investigations are being conducted to identify the other police officer.

Source – Dinamina

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Four SriLankan Airlines flights experience delays

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This morning, four SriLankan Airlines flights experienced delays as ground staff refrained from performing some of their duties, according to reports.

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“Dosti” Coastguard Exercise ends today

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Highlighting the importance of “collaboration and interoperability” among the coastguard personnel of the Maldives, India and Sri Lanka, Maldivian Defence Minister Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon said the trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ will unite the troika to address “shared maritime security concerns through collaboration.

” Maumoon was speaking at an event to formally inaugurate the 16th iteration of ‘Dosti,” the biennial exercise, which began on Thursday and would continue until today.

Indian Coast Guard ship Samarth and ICGS Abhinav along with Sri Lanka Naval Ship Samudura are participating in the exercise ‘DOSTI-16’ while Bangladesh is participating as an observer.

Sri Lanka has described ‘Dosti’ as a trilateral exercise that aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka. 

“Scheduled from February 22nd to 25, the exercise provides participating forces with opportunities to engage in various maritime activities, including interdiction operations, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and communication drills,” the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said in a statement.

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Presidential poll will be held first as scheduled: President affirms

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe affirmed that the Presidential election will be held as scheduled with the General Elections anticipated to be held early next year, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

The President gave this assurance during a meeting with the representatives of the United Republic Front headed by by its leader Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka at Sirikotha today.

The United Republic Front presented a proposal titled “A United Step for the Country” to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (24), at ‘Srikotha’, the United National Party headquarters in Colombo.

After engaging in discussions with the President, the leader of the United Republic Front, Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka, along with his delegation, presented this proposal to the President.

Speaking at the event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government’s concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country’s economy, which had faced significant challenges. 

Stressing the government’s commitment to steering the economy towards recovery through strategic reforms, the President expressed his determination to continue these initiatives with the collective support of everyone.

Recalling his open invitation to all political parties to unite under a common agenda on behalf of the country, regardless of political differences, the President reiterated his willingness to embrace constructive proposals from all political parties as part of the nation-building efforts.

The President responded positively to the request made by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka to allow other political parties to participate in the upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month concerning the restructuring of foreign debts.

United National Party Deputy Leader and President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena, along with Secretary General of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara were also in attendance at the event. 

Representing the United Republic Front were Karu Paranavithana, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and Attorney-at-Law, Shiral Lakthilaka.

(dailymirror.lk)

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