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Security of Kelani Bridge to be entrusted with Rakna Lanka

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It was reported that drug addicts have removed the copper wires and nails worth Rs.286 million from the Golden Gate Kalyani or the New Kelani Bridge which was constructed with loan assistance received from Japan.

The copper wires inside the concrete covers have been removed by breaking the concrete covers at night.

In addition, it was revealed that drug addicts have even cut the high voltage wires on the Katunayake-Colombo Expressway (E03). As a result, the authorities have been unable to keep the street lights on along the Expressway.

This was revealed at the National Security Council which met last Tuesday (11) under the chairmanship of the President.

Transport Ministry Secretary Priyantha Mayadunne and the officials of the Road Development Authority (RDA) have forwarded all the reports in this regard to the National Security Council.

Meanwhile, MP Sarath Weerasekera told the media that it was revealed at the National Security Subcommittee of Parliament chaired by him that the new Kelani Bridge is in danger due to the cutting of the copper cables connected from the ground. Accordingly, he had directed the responsible departments to ensure the security of the bridge immediately.

He has suggested making the area a high security zone.

Accordingly, it was reported that attention has been drawn to entrust the security of the bridge and the expressway to Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited.

In addition to the electric cables on the E03, even the safety nets have been cut and sold for iron.

The Golden Gate Kalyani was inaugurated on November 24, 2021.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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