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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.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Postage stamp to be increased to Rs. 100 in July

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A proposal has been made to increase the price of an ordinary postage stamp to Rs. 100 by July, Mass Media Ministry Secretary Anusha Palpita said.

He told the Daily Mirror that the Postal Department is currently incurring an annual loss of Rs. 7,000 million.

“Last year, the loss was reduced to Rs. 3,200 million. However, with a salary increase for postal employees costing Rs. 2,800 million this year, the Postal Department’s loss will rise again to Rs. 7,000 million.” he said.

“If the losses continue to increase, it might reach Rs. 5 billion by 2025. Less than 1.5 million people use postage stamps, yet the entire country bears the burden of the Postal Department’s losses,” he added.

The price of a stamp was Rs. 15 until 2022, and the current price is Rs. 50.

“We are awaiting approval from the Treasury to raise the price of a postage stamp. This decision is necessary due to the ongoing losses of the Postal Department,” Palpita said.

(dailymirror.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL health officials urge public not to panic over flesh-eating bacteria

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Sri Lankan health authorities have urged the public not to panic about the spread of Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS), or commonly known as ‘flesh-eating bacteria’.

Surging numbers of STSS cases across Japan have raised alarm globally.

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NDU delegation from China, visits Navy HQ (Pics)

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A National Defence University (NDU) delegation from the People’s Republic of China, currently in Sri Lanka as part of their overseas study tour, visited the Navy Headquarters yesterday (June 18). 

During this visit, the members of the delegation called on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera.

The NDU delegation, which comprised 41 student officers, was led by Rear Admiral Hu Gangfeng. Meanwhile, the delegation will be in Sri Lanka from 16th to 19th June.

During their official interaction, Rear Admiral Hu Gangfeng exchanged several views with Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera on several matters of mutual interests. The occasion culminated with an exchange of mementoes, signifying the importance of the occasion.

In addition, the delegation members took part in a briefing by the Commander of the Navy who outlined the roles and responsibilities of the Sri Lanka Navy. The Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake, Director General Operation, Rear Admiral Nishantha Peiris, Director General Training, Rear Admiral Buddhika Liyanagamage, Naval Assistant to the Commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral Kosala Warnakulasooriya and Defence Attaché of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo were also present on this occasion.

(Source / Pics : navy.lk)

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