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Police protection for ATMs!

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Steps have been taken to increase patrols in areas where ATMs are available, police said.

Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said legal action has also been taken against the suspects involved in recent ATM robberies.

Meanwhile, an ATM belonging to a state bank at Gattuwana Junction in Kurunegala has also been robbed recently.

Police said a criminal who escaped from prison had stolen Rs. 9 million by cutting the ATM machine with a grinder on the pretext of repairing it.

The suspect is identified as Vidusha Indrajith Adhikari. He had escaped the prison while being imprisoned for stealing Rs.7.6 million from an ATM of a state bank fixed in the car park near the Minneriya Army Camp in the same manner on November 26, 2021.

The 30-year-old suspect is a resident of Eppawala.

A sign had also been placed outside the room where the ATM machine was located stating that repair work was going on.

Therefore, no one had suspected the robbery.

Police said he had taken about three and a half hours to cut open the ATM.

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MFA Consular Division to be relocated to “Suhurupaya”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that their Consular Affairs Division will be relocated to the new premises at the 16th floor of “Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla with effect from May 02, 2024. 

All consular services will be provided to the public at the new office premises during regular office hours from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.15 pm, an MFA media release notes.

It further adds :

Document authentication services provided by the Consular Affairs Division in Colombo will be temporarily suspended for the public on 29 and 30 April 2024 in order to facilitate the transition of the Electronic Document Authentication System (e-DAS) to the new premises at Suhurupaya.

However, during the said transition period, the Regional Consular Offices in Jaffna, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Kandy and Matara will remain open to the public during regular office hours. Applications for document authentication can be submitted to the Regional Offices as usual and the authenticated documents will be delivered to the applicants only on Thursday, 02 May 2024.

The public is also hereby advised to submit any urgent application for authentication to the Consular Division in Colombo, or any Regional Consular Offices by 4.15 pm on 26 April 2024, with a view to avoiding any inconvenience.

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Sri Lanka Railways GM passes away

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Sri Lanka Railways General Manager H. M. K. W. Bandara passed away today (23) due to a sudden illness.

He  was appointed as the railways chief in November 2023.

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CPC Vice Minister Sun Haiyan to visit Sri Lanka

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Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party, Sun Haiyan, is set to arrive in Sri Lanka today for a two-day official visit, as reported by The Thinakaran Newspaper.

During her visit, Sun Haiyan is scheduled to engage in discussions with high-ranking government officials, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The discussions are anticipated to cover various bilateral matters of mutual interest between China and Sri Lanka.

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