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Manna Ramesh’s ‘Boocha’ & Uru Juwa’s ‘Kudella’ arrested with drugs

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A suspect named ‘Boocha’, an accomplice of underworld leader Manna Ramesh was arrested with a sword, five grams and 280 milligrams of heroin and Rs.220,680 in cash, the Police Special Task Force (STF) said.

The STF said the suspect has forcibly sold illegal cigarettes to the employees of the Avissawella-Seethawaka Export Processing Zone.

The suspect was arrested by the STF in September 2020 as well while in possession of a micro pistol.

According to the information received by the officers of the Pugoda STF Camp, the raid was carried out on the Awissawella-Kudagama Road in Awissawella the day before yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Hanwella Police said that an accomplice of organized crime gang leader Uru juwa was arrested in Diddeniya, Hanwella while he was involved in drug trafficking using the Easy Cash method.

The 27-year-old suspect known as ‘Kudella’ was arrested while staying at a rented out house in Diddeniya. 

About 10 grams of ‘ice’ drug, SIM cards, a mobile phone, a small scale, nine bank cards and a sharp weapon were found in the possession of the suspect.

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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Deshabandu Tennakoon appointed as IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon has been appointed as 36th Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka.

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake had handed over his appointment letter earlier today afternoon (Feb. 26).

Since Nov. 29, 2023, Tennakoon served as the Acting IGP. Deshabandu Tennakoon joined the police service in 1998 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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Palestinian PM resigns

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has announced the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, due to the escalating violence in the occupied territory and the war on Gaza.

“The decision to resign came in light of the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem and the war, genocide and starvation in the Gaza Strip,” said Shtayyeh, who submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

“I see that the next stage and its challenges require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new reality in Gaza and the need for a Palestinian-Palestinian consensus based on Palestinian unity and the extension of unity of authority over the land of Palestine,” he said.

Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and begin work on a political structure that can govern a Palestinian state following the war.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on numerous occasions rejected calls for the PA under Abbas to take control of a Palestinian state and govern Gaza.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers backed Netanyahu’s rejection of any “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The Knesset came together in an overwhelming majority against the attempt to impose on us the establishment of a Palestinian state, which would not only fail to bring peace but would endanger the state of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

(Aljazeera)

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