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Police arrest woman who claimed her life was under threat

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Police have arrested a woman for making false claims that her life was under threat.

They made the arrest after a probe in response to her complaint to Central Province Senior Deputy Inspector General Lalith Pathinayake.

The probe led by SSP Anuruddha Bandaranayake and Crime Division OIC Tilak Samaranayke revealed that the 33-year-old woman had made several false claims to the police.

She had claimed that her father was an engineer and her mother was a teacher, but these claims were found to be false, and in addition, the address given was incorrect.

The woman was found to be a resident of Kekirawa, though she claimed she was from Hindagala, Peradeniya.

Though she claimed that she had received death threats from a person who wanted to extort money from her, it was revealed that she had deliberately sent messages to her phone from another phone and showed the police that she had received death threats.

The woman has, in the process, built close relationships with police officers.

Detectives said she was also wanted in connection with the investigations into the death of the former OIC of the Eheliyagoda Police, Suranjith Silva, who had reportedly shot himself in his quarters in October last year.

The officer had received the last telephone call from the woman.

The woman had taken part in the initial inquiry but later absconded from the investigations, thereby making it difficult for the police to conclude the investigations.

The woman was due to be produced before a magistrate yesterday.

 (This story, originally published by sundaytimes.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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