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Man died in prison beaten for 3 days in Dehiwala Police

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A man who was arrested by the Dehiwala Police suddenly fell ill at the Prison hospital and later died while being transferred to the Colombo National Hospital in a critical condition on Wednesday (06), it was reported.

The victim was identified as 32-year-old Sandun Vasana, a resident of Kawdana in Dehiwala.

Relatives of the victim said the Dehiwala Police forcefully entered his house located at No. 11/6, Sirisangabo Road, Kawdana on August 26 and brutally assaulted him before taking him away.

They said the police produced him in court three days after he was arrested on charges of theft and possession of drugs.

The relatives of the deceased further said that while he was in police custody, he made a phone call to home and said that 15 police officers assaulted him.

The relatives said the deceased suddenly collapsed inside the prison and died after being hospitalised due to the assault by police officers. They said that it was a homicide and requested the Inspector General of Police to conduct a proper investigation.

Meanwhile, ‘Divaina’ newspaper reported quoting an officer of Dehiwala Police that the victim was arrested on August 27 with 15 grams of ice drug and he died after being admitted to the 15th ward of the Colombo National Hospital due to a fever.

He said the victim died nine days after being imprisoned.

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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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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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