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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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President apologizes over compulsory cremations during Covid-19 pandemic

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has apologized for making cremation compulsory during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During this time there was a lot of pain, mainly felt not only by the Muslims, but also Hindus, Buddhists and Christians, I know who also prefer burial,” President Wickremesinghe said in Parliament.

He said that a committee appointed to look into the matter at the time had recommended cremation, a decision which was upheld by the Supreme Court as well. So, that had to be followed. There was no other alternative during that time, he said.

He assured that Sri Lanka will bring in a law that will allow the right of burial, right of cremation or gifting one’s body to medical institutions.

(Excerpts : 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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