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Police to continue taking street children into custody

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The Sri Lanka Police have announced their intention to persist in taking street children into the custody of the state as part of ongoing efforts to address the welfare of vulnerable children. 

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Renuka Jayasundara, shared this information at a recent press briefing, emphasizing the success of a similar operation conducted in 2023.

During the 2023 operation, the police were able to take 102 street children into custody, many of whom were reportedly involved in begging activities. 

The subsequent initiative focused on placing these children in the care of suitable guardians to provide them with a more stable and secure environment.

DIG Renuka Jayasundara stated, “We were able to place them with suitable guardians. We will continue this operation in 2024,” underscoring the police’s commitment to addressing the welfare of street children.

Additionally, the Sri Lanka Police have introduced a dedicated hotline, 109, for child and female victims of abuse to seek assistance. 

This hotline is managed by female officers, ensuring privacy and a sensitive approach to handling cases of abuse.

The move aims to encourage victims to come forward and report incidents without the fear of mistreatment.

Furthermore, officials mentioned that the government is actively working on improving laws to combat child molestation and is in the process of compiling a sex offender list.

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Former Minister Ronnie de Mel no more

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Former Minister – Ronnie de Mel has passed away today (27) while being treated at a private hospital, reports say.

He was aged 99 years old.A former civil servant, he was the Minister of Finance from 1977 – 1988 under the United National Party government and holds the record for the largest number of budgets presented by a finance minister.

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NPP to also back NCM against Speaker

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The National People’s Party (NPP) has also decided to back the No Confidence Motion against Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kieirella, Professor G. L. Peiris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody, Shan Wijayalal de Silva, and others have signed the motion on behalf of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and Samagi Jana Alliance.

Meanwhile, Dullas Alahapperuma, the leader of the Freedom People’s Congress has also said that they would back the NCM.

Yesterday (26), the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya had stated they would back the motion as well. 

The motion cites several reasons, including the Speaker’s failure to appropriately present the amendments proposed by the Supreme Court for the Online Safety Bill before its passage. 

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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