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Police summons PHIs who inspected Avenra Garden

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The 05 PHIs who had recently inspected the kitchens at the well known ‘Avenra Garden’ hotel in Negombo, have been summoned to the Katana police, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns.

Mr. Upul Rohana, Upul Rohana, President of the Public Health Inspectors’  Association, says that the management of Avenra Garden Hotel has created a conspiracy based on false allegations leveled against Public Health Inspectors.

He pointed out that the hotel management is in hot water over the offense of storing cooked and uncooked food in the same refrigerator, an offence they had committed for the second time.

A similar raid was conducted in the hotel kitchen 02 months ago with the same fault found, he notes.

Cooked food and uncooked food such as meat had been stored in the same freezer and those food items were subsequently destroyed. The management was not prosecuted but was given a warning. he added.

Mr Rohana points out the inspection of the Avenra Gardens Hotel is a part of a series of raids being conducted in the wake of the festive period.

All star class hotels are subjected to such raids but all have bowed down to the law instead of leveling baseless allegations against the PHIs and lodging police complaints by attempting to take up the might of politics in a disgusting manner, he said.

Noting that no one from the hotel management had even signed the necessary documents despite the elapse of 45 minutes since they were informed to do so, the management had instead gone on to intimidate the officiers not to file a police case.

As an association, maximum legal measures will be taken against hindering the officials involved in the raid as well as levelling false allegations against them, Mr. Upul Rohana further notes.

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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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Fuel prices revised

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (Ceypetco) has announced that fuel prices will be revised with effect from midnight today (March 04).

Accordingly, prices of Petrol Octane 92 and Auto Diesel have remain unchanged.

Meanwhile, the prices of Petrol Octane 95, Super Diesel and Kerosene have been reduced.

A litre of Petrol Octane 95 has been reduced by Rs. 09 to Rs.447, while a litre of Super Diesel has been reduced Rs. 10 to Rs.458. The price of a Kerosene litre too, has been reduced by Rs. 05 to Rs. 257.

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8 Lankans trafficked to Myanmar, rescued

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The Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that 08 Sri Lankans out of the 56 trapped in cybercrime centres in Myawaddy area in Myanmar have been rescued by the Myanmar government authorities and are currently in the Myawaddy Central Police Station. 

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar is currently working on the early repatriation of the rescued Sri Lankans. As per information made available by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar, the 56 Sri Lankans who have been trafficked are being held in four separate locations in the Myawaddy area and the rescued eight Sri Lankans were in one of these locations in an area that could be accessed by the Myanmar government, a statement by the MFA adds.

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The rescue operation undertaken by the Myanmar government follows intensified diplomatic engagements including a communication from President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed to the Prime Minister of Myanmar Senior General Min Aung Hlaing requesting for early intervention and support to rescue and safely repatriate the trapped nationals, which was conveyed via diplomatic channels to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar on 22 February 2024. 

In January 2024, Foreign Minister M. U. M. Ali Sabry took this issue up with the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Than Swe, requesting urgent intervention to rescue Sri Lankan nationals highlighting the seriousness of the situation of the Sri Lankan victims who have been enslaved in cybercriminal activities and urging that early action be taken to rescue all the affected individuals.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar continues to make every effort to rescue and repatriate all Sri Lankan nationals, who have become victims of human trafficking and are trapped in Myanmar, in close collaboration with the Myanmar government authorities. 

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