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SL – China exchange letters on establishing data forensic lab

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Sri Lanka has signed two MoUs with China last week, as well as exchanged letters on establishing an electronic data forensic lab, according to the Chinese embassy in Colombo.

This had taken place when Mr. Deng Boqing – Vice Chairman of China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) visited Sri Lanka from April 04 to 07.

During the visit, the following key agreements were reached, says the embassy :

– MoU on Strengthening Development Cooperation and Promoting the Implementation of the Global Development Initiative
– MoU on Implementing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance (remaining funds of 134 million RMB, apx. 62 billion LKR)
– Letter Exchange on Establishing an Electronic Data Forensics Laboratory (at the request of Sri Lankan government)

During his visit, Mr. Boqing had met Sri Lanka President and Minister of Finance Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardane, Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles, and Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda.

“They had in-depth discussions on enhancing China-Sri Lanka bilateral relations, promoting the pragmatic cooperation of the two countries and jointly implementing the Global Development Initiative, and exchanged views on China’s continued assistance to Sri Lanka in infrastructure construction, culture and education, and emergency humanitarian aid,” the embassy had Tweeted.

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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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