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Unidentified illness at Galle Prison : 2 dead

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There is a risk of an outbreak of fever and a skin condition among inmates at the Galle prison, reports say.

Two inmates at the Galle prison have died and several others have been admitted to the Karapitiya Hospital due to an unidentified illness, the Prison Department had said.

Although the reason is yet to be formally announced, unconfirmed reports say that medical experts suspect the Meningococcal disease to be the reason. Meningococcal disease is said to be severe or deadly, especially to children and to those in poor health such as drug addicts.

It is said that medical staff at the hospital have been urged to take safety measures, such as wearing facemasks, when treating patients with such symptoms.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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