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Shots fired into air during commotion at Panadura 

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A shooting incident was reported at Sylvan Lane in Panadura last night (30), the Panadura-South Police said.

Police said the shooting was done by a lawyer working at the Hulftsdorp Court complex in Colombo, and no one was injured in the shooting.

The suspected lawyer and two women who were with him have been arrested, and the 9mm pistol used in the shooting and the luxury jeep they arrived in have also been taken into police custody. Police said the pistol was licensed.

A woman friend of the lawyer had given a loan to a person in Panadura. Since this person had failed to pay back the loan, the woman had arrived at his home at Sylvan Lane along with another woman and the lawyer.

Police investigations said that there was a heated argument between the two groups and the lawyer and fired shots in the air when the other group had attempted to attack him.

The luxury jeep in which the lawyer came had also been damaged.

The Panadura crime scene laboratory officials conducted investigations and found an empty 9mm ammunition casing lying at the place of the shooting, police said.

The suspects were to be produced in the Panadura Magistrate’s Court today.

(Lankadeepa)

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Victoria Nuland to visit Sri Lanka next week

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The United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka, next week.

During her visit to Sri Lanka, Under Secretary Nuland will mark the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations which coincides with Sri Lanka’s 75th anniversary of Independence.

The American Embassy in Sri Lanka says this in a statement.

Full statement is below.

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland Travels to Colombo for Bilateral U.S.-Sri Lanka Talks

United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in Colombo with an interagency delegation for meetings with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as business and civil society leaders.  Other senior members of the interagency delegation include Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Amanda Dory.

Under Secretary Nuland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris will co-chair the 4th U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue which will address strengthening democratic institutions, human rights, sustainable economic development, mitigating climate change, deepening trade and investment ties, regional security, and educational cooperation.

Under Secretary Nuland, Ambassador Chung, and the U.S. delegation will meet with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to discuss the challenges posed by the global pandemic and ways to strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lankan partnership.

Under Secretary Nuland and the U.S. delegation will also meet with representatives of civil society and the

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Public urged to inform of unauthorized power outages

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General Public and electricity consumers requested to inform the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) in writing of any unauthorized power outages imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

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Speaker endorses certificate on 2 Bills

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena endorsed the certificate recently (24) on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.

Accordingly, these bills come into force as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Act No. 2 of 2023 and the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act No. 3 of 2023.

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