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Fmr. MP who fired shots in the air, arrested

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An investigation has been initiated into an incident where a former MP of Kalutara district had fired gunshots into the air.

The former MP – Mr. P.D. Abayaratne, who is the Horana organizer of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, had done so to scare a group of people.

Horana police says that Mr. Abayaratne has been arrested and his 9mm type firearm has been seized with 03 live bullets. He is to be produced before the Horana Magistrate Court.

According to the police, Mr. Abayaratne had gone to inspect a tea cultivation owned by him. He had fired shots into the air after a heated exchange of words with a group of persons who had trespassed on the land which had escalated to a level where one trespasser had attempted to attack the regional politician with an axe.

Police say that Mr. Abayaratne had fired two shots into the air and that investigations have revealed that he does possess a legal permit for the firearm.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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