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Schaffter’s family granted permission to bury his remains

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The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today (16) granted permission for the family member of late businessman Dinesh Schaffter, to bury his remains, which were exhumed on a request of the five-member committee of judicial and forensic medical experts appointed to uncover the actual cause behind the death of the reputed businessman.

Accordingly, Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya ordered for the late businessman’s remains to be buried in a plot from the cemetery belonging to the “Church of England” denomination located at the Jawatte Public Cemetery in Colombo, where his wife requested permission for the burial.

The Additional Magistrate has issued this order following the consideration of the recommendations made by the five-member experts’ committee against the cremation of the deceased’s remains.

Later, the Additional Magistrate, who ordered the case to be recalled on October 31, also stated that the court expects the final report of the experts committee to be submitted on that date.

Earlier, the court had ordered the five-member committee of judicial and forensic medical experts appointed to uncover the actual cause behind the death of the late businessman to look into whether permission can be granted for the cremation of his remains and to inform the court.

There, the court was informed that wish of the deceased family members was to cremate the remains of Mr. Schaffter, and that if the court orders for the late businessman’s remains to be buried, his wife has allocated a plot from the cemetery belonging to the “Church of England” denomination located at the Jawatte Public Cemetery in Colombo.

The Additional Magistrate who took this request into consideration, ordered to submit the affidavits of the family members to the court in relation to that request, and to take measures to confirm the relevant facts.

However, the five-member experts committee had informed the court that the report indicating the cause of death of late businessman Schaffter cannot be submitted until his remains are released.

(adaderana.lk)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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