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Who is ‘Abuhid’?, questions NPP

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No investigation has been done on the individual named ‘Abuhid’ who has been linked to the Easter Sunday bombings, Upul Kumarapperuma P.C. has said.

Speaking at a media briefing held by the National People’s Power (NPP) yesterday (April 17), he said that it is yet to be ascertained whether this individual is an ISIS member, a foreigner, a local or whether this name is real, fake or an alias.

The name had come into light before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed on the bombings and is said to have functioned above the group of bombers including Zahran.

Speaking further, Mr. Kumarapperuma said that the creation of the suicide squad that committed the bombings, was a brainwashing that had continued for several years.

He pointed out that training such a squad was not easy as following a cookery video on Youtube.

“Soon after the attacks, the then Inspector General of Police – Pujitha Jayasundara and Defence Ministry secretary – Hemasiri Fernando were acquitted. In addition, a special criminal case is still being heard before three High Court judges. Apart from that, no other criminal case has been filed so far,” he added.

The NPP has pledged that proper legal action will be instituted under their administration against those implicated, either directly or indirectly, in the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks.

In a statement, the NPP highlighted that the government has an obligation towards the victims of this heinous act while raising questions as to whether this has been properly fulfilled.

The party also presented a 7-point action plan that it intends to implement under a future NPP government to serve justice to the Easter attack victims.

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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