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My son not involved in Yala incident: Amaraweera!

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Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that his son did not go to either Yala or Galle last Saturday (22) when a group of people arriving in jeeps behaved recklessly in Yala National Park.
Speaking at a news conference held at the Ministry of Agriculture yesterday (27), the minister said there were reports on social media sites that his son was also involved in the Yala incident. 
“This is completely false. He had only gone to a relative’s house in Mathugama. Many people ask whether my son is involved in this incident. I told them that if there is any proof that he is involved in this, to even say that he had gone beyond Galle that day, I would take full responsibility and resign,” he said.
He said that information has revealed that 32 jeeps were involved in the Yala incident, and that these vehicles were travelling on the highway at high speed. 
He said it is suspected that most of the jeeps that drove towards Kurunegala during the fuel crisis may have arrived at Yala. The minister said this group has spent Rs. 6 million for hotels alone.
The minister said that the law will be implemented against the people who drove vehicles recklessly harassing the wild animals, regardless of their status.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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