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Hostile street food owner bailed (Update)

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The street food owner who was arrested after being hostile to a tourist, has been granted bail.

When the accused was produced before the court earlier today (17), he was ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 and surety bail of Rs. 1 million.

The suspect was accused of trying to charge Rs. 1,900 from a foreigner for a Kottu Roti and becoming hostile after the foreigner refused to buy the food item at the quoted price.


(Previously published at 2024/04/17 at 9:33 am)

A street food outlet owner in Keselwatta who had become verbally hostile to a foreign national had been arrested yesterday (16), police say.

Videos of the incident had gone viral online.

The foreigner had approached the street food stall and inquired of the prices, refusing to purchase after the prices were stated. In response, the suspect had threatened the foreigner to move if he did not intend to purchase anything.

The arrested suspect is a 51 year old and a resident of the Colombo 12 area.

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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