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Retired DIG, NWP politician to be quizzed

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Police are planning to question a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and another powerful politician in the North Western Province in connection with the investigation into the murder of Susith Jayawansha in Kuliyapitiya.

Jayawansha who went to his girlfriend’s house in Wassaulla, Kuliyapitiya, on April 22, on a request by his girlfriend’s father, had been later beaten to death and his body had been found in Madampe Panirendawa forest reserve.

Police have also received information that the former DIG retired after working in the North Western Province and his wife is a relative of the main suspect in this murder.

A senior Police officer involved in the investigation said that it was the retired DIG who misled the Police by saying that the main suspect, Singithi, and his wife would be handed over to the Police and later convinced them to surrender to Court.

Investigations have also revealed that Singithi, the main suspect in this murder, is in close association with several powerful politicians in the North Western Province.

Police have received information that he has taken legal advice from two North Western Province politicians who are also lawyers.

During an investigation of the telephone network, it has also been clearly revealed that Singithi had made several telephone calls to these politicians on those days.

Police had recorded a statement from Athula Wijesinghe, a former Chief Minister of the North Western Province, after it was found that Singithi had placed calls to him.

So far eight people have been arrested in connection with this murder.

Among them are the main suspect Singithi, his wife and his parents.

In addition, Singithi’s brother-in-law and the two carpenters who were brought by Singithi from Welimada to assist him with this murder too are under custody.

(dailynews.lk)

 (This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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