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Ranjan leaves for US

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Former Member of Parliament Ranjan Ramanayake who received Presidential Pardon last month has left the island for the United States.

Ranjan Ramanayake left the Katunayake International Airport at around 3.50 on a Doha bound flight.

He is expected to attend several concerts in the US and Canada.

Ranjan Ramanayake was prevented from boarding a flight and leaving the country on Thursday night due to a travel ban imposed on him.

Airport officials confirmed that he had obtained an order to lift the ban and cleared immigration.

Officials on Thursday said Ranjan Ramanayake was turned back as a travel ban had been imposed by court in relation to two cases pending against him.

On the 26th of August, President Ranil Wickremesinghe signed the document granting Ranjan Ramanayake Presidential Pardon.

He left Welikada Prison on the same day.

On the 12th of January 2021, Ranjan Ramanayake was sentenced to a four-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court on charges of contempt of court.

He was accused of the charge over making a statement to media following a meeting at the Temple Trees on the 21st of August 2017 defaming judges and attorneys in the country.

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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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