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3 Indians arrested with 92 kg of hashish

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During a special search operation carried out in the sea area of Sand Dunes, Talaimannar today (05th April 2023), the Navy intercepted a foreign dhow carrying approx. 92kg of hashish. The operation also led to the apprehension of 03 foreign suspects in connection to the illegal act.

The Navy remains constantly vigilant and conducts regular operations to prevent the influx of drugs into the country. As an extension of these efforts, the special operation was carried out by Sri Lanka Navy Marines attached to SLNS Thammanna in the North Central Naval Command, in the sea area of Sand Dunes today. Accordingly, a suspicious foreign dhow in the sea area was intercepted and the narcotic drugs were found from the dhow. Thus, the Navy took hold of the stock of hashish that weighed about 92kg. The drugs were in 95 packages which had been found in 03 sacks concealed in the dhow. Along with the drugs, 03 foreign suspects in connection to the incident and the drug-carrying dhow were also taken into custody.

The gross street value of the stock of hashish is believed to be over Rs. 92 million.

The suspects together with drugs and the dhow were handed over to the Talaimannar Police for onward legal proceedings.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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