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Weapon gifted to Navy Commander found from car in Ja-Ela

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A firearm which was found in a car driven by an injured suspect fleeing a fight in Ja-Ela was revealed to be a gift from Pakistan to former Navy Commander and former Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijegunawardena. 

The weapon found was a type 5 gold-plated firearm made in Pakistan.

On the 11th at around 3.30 in the morning, a car skidded off the road near the Katunayake Expressway Entrance in Ja-Ela.

Ja-Ela Police Officers who arrived at the location had taken steps to send the two people who were in the car with cut injuries to the hospital in an ambulance.

When the police officers inspected the car, they were able to find the gold-plated firearm, Ja-Ela Police OIC Chief Inspector Senarath Balasuriya said.

Further investigation by the police revealed that several people who consumed alcohol in Ragama had gone to a nightclub in Katunayake at around 1.00 am on the 11th and had been involved in a fight with the bouncers.

They have come back to Ragama, had taken the firearm and gone back to the nightclub to threaten the bouncers who had attacked them with bottles.

The car had met with the accident while returning from the night club as the two had suffered serious cut injuries.

The injured are currently receiving treatment at the Ragama Hospital and Colombo National Hospital.

One of the suspects had been serving as a guard at the Ragama residence of the former Navy Commander, and the other suspect is the owner of a vehicle service center.

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CBSL appoints two New Deputy Governors

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has appointed two new Deputy Governors, effective this week. 

Assistant Governor and Secretary to the Governing Board A.A.M. Thassim has been appointed as Deputy Governor starting June 20, while Assistant Governor J.P.R. Karunaratne will assume his new role on June 24.

These appointments were made by the Minister of Finance, following recommendations from the CBSL Governing Board, in accordance with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Act, No. 16 of 2023.

Mr. Thassim brings over 31 years of experience at CBSL, having worked in various areas including Banking Supervision and Regulation, International Operations, and Risk Management. He has also been part of several high-level committees on monetary policy and financial stability.

Mr. Karunaratne, with over 33 years at CBSL, has extensive experience in the supervision and regulation of financial institutions, currency management, and public debt. He has significantly contributed to strengthening the legal framework and consolidation of the Non-Bank Financial Institutions sector.

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UK rejects TGTE appeal to lift LTTE proscription

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The UK Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission has rejected an appeal by the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to lift the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organisation in Britain.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Sabry, confirmed that the UK will continue to maintain the proscription on the LTTE. Announcing this on ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), Sabry noted that the independent court, headed by a high court judge and two retired senior diplomats, ruled against de-proscribing the LTTE.

The TGTE, which supports the creation of an independent Tamil state in north-east Sri Lanka, had appealed to the UK to lift its ban on the LTTE. However, the TGTE itself is not proscribed in the UK as it seeks to achieve its political and ideological objectives through non-violent means.

Sabry further stated, “The LTTE international network’s approach and strategy is to get foreign governments to de-proscribe the LTTE so that they could revive the LTTE.”

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Thai PM justifies frequent international trips, including a visit to Sri Lanka

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin defended his frequent globe-trotting during his first 10 months as leader of the Southeast Asian nation, in remarks aired in a television broadcast on Saturday.

A real estate tycoon and political newcomer who became prime minister in August last year, Srettha made 15 overseas visits and pledged a two-month halt in March in response to public criticism.

“Some of these visits are not avoidable,” he said, referring to those for official meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as to China and Japan, while a third was to Sri Lanka to sign a free trade pact.

Other visits aimed to draw trade and investment, said Srettha, nicknamed Thailand’s salesman, who has often spoken of his goal of luring more foreign investment to the country.

“It’s necessary to go,” he said in the remarks recorded in advance.

Source: Reuters

–Agencies

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