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Mahindananda’s brother-in-law plays havoc at police station

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The brother-in-law of MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage had allegedly played havoc at a police station in the Gampola police division after the police officer had subjected his (brother-in-law) two sons to a security check, sources from the police said.

The suspect had gone to the police station with a group of people who had been drunk and had threatened the OIC.

Later the OIC of the police station had requested the police constable, who carried out the investigation, to tender an apology to the two children. The constable had then threatened to shoot everyone and shoot himself if the party came to the police station demanding an apology.

Also, it was reported that DIG Central Province Lalith Pathinayake in a letter to the acting IGP to transfer the police OIC of the particular police station who had not alerted the senior police officers about the incident.

Meanwhile, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage who clarified on the incident in Gampola said it was his sister’s daughter’s children who were under 12 years of age have been subjected to a security check by the police and their father had only made an inquiry.

“A police officer had come to the house where my sister’s daughter resides and had subjected her two small children to a security check. The children’s father who had come home after work had gone to the police station to inquire as to why small children were subjected to a security check. This is the only incident that had happened. I returned to Sri Lanka from abroad only today. Therefore I don’t know much about the incident,” he said.

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94th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw (Pics)

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The 94th Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda concluded in a draw at SSC grounds. 

Despite the draw, Ananda secured a first innings lead, having declared their first innings at 286 for 9 wickets in response to Nalanda’s first innings total of 277 for 8 wickets, which was declared on the first day.

In the second innings, Nalanda, batting at 120 for 3 wickets, maintained a cautious approach, and the match ended without either team pursuing a more aggressive strategy in their first innings.

Ananda’s all-rounder Kithma Withanaparhirana played a notable innings, scoring 76 runs in 92 balls with 11 fours and a six on the second day. 

However, the team fell short of a century, with number three batter Dinada Athalage contributing a significant knock of 71 runs in 165 balls with 9 fours.

Despite the draw, the match witnessed commendable performances from key players, with Nalanda skipper Sajitha Vithanage earning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century.

Both teams showcased sportsmanship in the annual encounter, and Nalanda retained the N.M. Perera Trophy, presented by former Nalandian legend Stanley Jayasinghe. 

The trophy has been a symbol of the prestigious Battle of the Maroons series.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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