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Prasanna Ranaweera berates SLPP Secretary in public!

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State Minister Prasanna Ranaweera has lashed out at Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) General Secretary MP Sagara Kariyawasam yesterday (08) for removing him from the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) in Parliament.
This incident took place at the end of the meeting of the ruling party members’ group chaired by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
“Why was I removed from the COPA?” the state minister asked the general secretary. 
MP Kariyawasam has replied,”Ask the Prime Minister.”  
“There is no need to create issues now. We need to protect the government. Don’t create political issues. Just tell me why I was removed,” State Minister Ranaweera has said angrily using profanities.
MP Kariyawasam has informed the SLPP higher-ups that an investigation is necessary over the incident.
It was reported that the State Minister is known to use profanities and scold others in this manner. Recently, he has publicly berated President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Western Province Governor Roshan Gunathilaka during a meeting of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha.
Ranaweera has behaved in this way over a decision taken by the Governor in terms of using the tax collected by the Pradeshiya Sabha in a business owned by him to lay interlock bricks.
The Governor has launched an investigation asking whether laying interlock bricks is essential at this moment.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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