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Lester’s Ranamayura thief makes another attempt in Kandy

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The man who stole the Ranamayura Award of veteran film director Dr. Lester James Peiris has been arrested once again in Kandy on charges of attempting to steal a purse of a woman who came to see the Kumbal Perehara in Kandy.

The suspect had stolen the Ranamayura Award presented at the New Delhi Film Festival to Dr. Peiris for directing the film ‘Gamperaliya’ during Dr. Peiris’s funeral.

After conducting an extensive investigation into the theft, the police identified the suspect and took steps to arrest him.

The 71-year-old suspect, who is listed as a registered criminal in the Police Crimes Division, had attempted to steal a purse from inside a woman’s handbag during the Kumbal Perahara.

Police managed to arrest the suspect with the help of the bystanders.

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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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