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Online Safety Bill approved subject to SC’s amendments

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The Sectoral Oversight Committee on Media, Youth, Heritage and New Citizen approved the Online Safety Bill, Subject to the amendments determined by the Supreme Court.

The bill was approved when the SOC met in Parliament today (22) under the chairmanship of the Member of Parliament Lalith Warankumara.

Thus, tomorrow (23), this bill will be taken for the second reading debate.

Officials representing the Ministry of Public Security, the Attorney General’s Department, the Legal Draftsman’s Department, Sri Lanka Police and the National Secretariat of Non-Governmental Organizations joined the meeting. Members of the committee – Gayantha Karunathilake, Jayantha Katagoda, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, Jagath Samarawickrama and S. M. M. Musharraf were present at the meeting. Also, with the approval of the Chairman of the Committee, Members of Parliament Iran Wickramaratne and Chandima Weerakkodi also participated.

Further time required 
Members of Parliament – Gayantha Karunathileka, Iran Wickramaratne and Chandima Weerakkodi pointed out to the committee that further time is required to make amendments to the draft bill and that there should be policy amendments in this regard. They pointed out that it is important to get more time without passing this bill quickly in the parliament.

Accordingly, the chairman of the committee mentioned that the parliament will be informed about the matter presented by these members.

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CID investigates blackmail case involving actress and ex-boyfriend

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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis that they have launched an investigation into a complaint by a popular actress. 

The actress alleged that her ex-boyfriend, currently residing abroad, blackmailed her by threatening to publish nude photos online unless she transferred money to him.

The CID stated that the actress and her boyfriend were in a relationship for about four years, and after her rise to fame, she ended the relationship. 

The ex-boyfriend retaliated by threatening to publish nude photos, prompting the actress to transfer money to prevent the act. 

The CID requested permission to obtain reports on the relevant bank accounts, and the Magistrate granted the request, instructing the CID to complete the investigation and report its findings to the Court.

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Google maps error leads drunken men to scale wall of ‘Temple Trees’

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Two individuals who scaled the wall of ‘Temple Trees,’ the official residence of the Prime Minister in Colombo, have cited a Google Maps error for their presence within the highly fortified premises. 

The suspects, aged 28, claimed that they were following Google Maps directions to their rented residence on Muhandiram Road when the route ended near a large wall.

According to their confession, after having drinks at a bar in Kollupitiya, they believed their residence was on the other side of the wall and decided to scale it. 

Officers of the Prime Minister’s Security Division apprehended the individuals, subsequently handing them over to the Kollupitiya Police.

The suspects, one working as a software engineer and the other as a merchant seaman, were released on Police bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on March 14. 

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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