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Sri Lankan expat dies in fire in Abu Dhabi hotel!

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A Sri Lankan woman died in a fire that erupted at a hotel in Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Deputy General Manager of the Foreign Employment Bureau Gamini Senarath Yapa said that five other people who were caught in the fire died.

The deceased was a woman who went to Abu Dhabi for work on a tourist visa in 2021.

Mr. Yapa said that the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi was still in the process of confirming her identity.

Meanwhile, the Deputy General Manager said that information is being received through the High Commissioner’s Office in Malaysia regarding the alleged incident of a Sri Lankan woman dying after falling from an apartment building.

He said that no specific information about such a death has been received so far.

Police Spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said that the Kobeigane Police received a complaint that a 42-year-old married woman had died in Malaysia.

She had left for Malaysia for domestic work in December last year. 

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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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