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SLPP says won’t support for ‘vindictive’ 22A

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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is against the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, SLPP General Secretary MP Sagara Kariyawasam said.

Speaking at a news briefing held at SLPP Office yesterday (18), he said making constitutional amendments targeting Mr. Basil Rajapaksa will prevent obtaining services of intellectuals who hold dual-citizenship.

MP Kariyawasam said the SLPP will support the adoption of a Constitution that is essential for the betterment of the country to solve the issues within 6 months, instead of focusing on individuals.

He said that they have informed President Ranil Wickremesinghe that the party will oppose if a Constitution is brought targeting one person, religious group or based on other narrow gains.

MP Kariyawasam said the SLPP discussed the proposed Constitutional amendment with President Wickremesinghe recently and informed him about their decision.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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