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Suspicious parcel in plane toilet turns out to be gold

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A parcel suspected to be explosives, found in a toilet of an Indian bound aircraft today from the Bandaranaike International Airport, was discovered as a parcel of Gold weighing two kilograms, Customs officials have said.

As Flight AI-272 of Indian Airlines took off from Katunayake Airport today at 01.35 pm to the runway to depart for Chennai, India the airline staff had discovered there was an unclaimed black parcel in the rear toilet of the plane.

Accordingly, this flight did not take off and turned back from the runway at 01.40 pm.

All the passengers were taken out before the plane was taken to an isolated place. After being checked by the bomb disposal unit, the contents of the parcel were discovered.

After that, the parcel containing gold cream weighing two kilograms has been handed over to the airport customs officials for further investigation and none of the owners of this parcel has been arrested.

Subsequently, the Indian flight departed BIA at 04.43 pm for Chennai, India.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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