Connect with us

News

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

Published

on

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.

News

India, Sri Lanka Fishers Hold Firm on Fishing Rights

Published

on

By

Fishermen from India’s Rameswaram are demanding unrestricted access to harvest fish in the waters near Sri Lanka.

However, the Sri Lankan fishermen have reiterated their stance, asserting that there can be no room for concessions.

The recent sentencing of four Indian fishermen by the Delft court for trespassing in the Sea of Sri Lanka has ignited tensions, prompting protest actions among Tamil Nadu’s fishing community.

In response to the court’s decision, the President of Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association engaged in dialogue with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin.

“The fishermen detained in Sri Lankan prisons must be released. The boats held by the Sri Lanka Navy must also be released. As a permanent solution to the issue, Sri Lankan fishermen in Indian prisons, and Sri Lankan boats must be released,” said  P. Jesuraj, the Leader of the Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association.

The fishing community in Jaffna emphasize that there can be no further leniency or accommodation for any actions that violate established norms.

“The fishing community in the North have been very lenient with the fishermen from Tamil Nadu despite the use of Bottom Trawling to pillage our marine resources. Therefore, we will no longer allow them to pillage the Sea of Sri Lanka using illegal methods,” said Annalingam Annarasa, the Secretary of the Delft Fisheries Association.

(newsfirst.lk)

Continue Reading

News

“14.3% Surge in new HIV infections in 2023, reveals national program”

Published

on

By

The National Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS Prevention Program states that the reporting of new HIV infections has increased by 14.3 percent.

This is higher in 2023 compared to 2022, director, Dr. Janaki Vidanapathirana, community medicine specialist said.
She said that last year, 694 new HIV infected people were identified, most of them were men, and the number is 611, which as percentage is 88%. Last year, 81 HIV infected women were reported, which is 11.7 percent as a percentage. It is also
reported that there are 4100 infected people in society.

Continue Reading

News

Sri Lanka to Host Digital Economy Summit in July

Published

on

By

The State Minister for Technology, Mr. Kanaka Herath, announced that the anticipated National Cyber Security Act will be introduced this year, followed by the establishment of the Cyber Security Authority.

Additionally, the State Minister underscored the preparations made for the Digital Economy Summit scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka by the end of July. The summit serves as a platform for fostering innovation, collaboration, and investment in digital technologies, thus propelling the country towards a more resilient and prosperous digital economy.

Speaking at a press briefing titled “Collective Path to a Stable Country” held at the President Media Centre (PMC) today (29),

State Minister Herath further said;

The digital economy, which previously stood at 4.73%, has now surpassed the 5% mark, indicating significant growth.

This expansion has notably bolstered the country’s overall economic resilience. To further enhance this momentum, preparations are underway for the Digital Economy Summit scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka at the end of July. The summit aims to attract both local and foreign investors, with collaborative efforts from foreign embassies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Investment Promotion facilitating this initiative.

Furthermore, a sum of Rs. 50 million derived from the profits of Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) was allocated to the treasury in the previous year. In line with President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal, a new initiative has been launched to uplift small and medium-sized industrialists, who constitute 52% of the country’s economy. This endeavour seeks to empower such enterprises technologically, offering them Good manufacturing practice (GMP) and SLSI certifications. Additionally, plans are underway to facilitate access to low-interest loans through the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with the ultimate goal of guiding these small and medium-sized industrialists into the market.

(dailynews.lk)

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved