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Security beefed up amid Christmas celebrations in SL

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Billions around the world are celebrating Christmas today (Dec. 25).

In Sri Lanka, over 2,300 churches will hold masses on Christmas Day with the main Christmas Eve midnight mass at the St. Francis Xavier’s Church in Katana, Sri Lanka, led by Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

Meanwhile, special security measures have been enacted for churches conducting Christmas Day masses with more than 7,500 police personnel deployed.

Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that Acting IGP Thennakoon has issued instructions to all senior officers and OICs to take necessary arrangements concerning security.

To address security concerns, a dedicated hotline (0112472757) at Police Headquarters has been established for priests of churches.

Meanwhile, the public has been urged by the police to take precautions for the safety of homes and business premises when leaving for trips or events.

Police said special operations will be carried out targeting reckless drivers during the festive season.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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