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Youth arrested over false bomb scare in Akurana remanded

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The youth, who was arrested for giving an anonymous false tip-off to the police about a possible bomb threat to Akurana area recently, was remanded until May 04.

The 21-year-old was produced before the Hulftsdorp Police earlier today (April 22).

On April 19, he had called the 118 online emergency complaint system and falsely claimed that there was an impending bomb attack on mosques in Akurana during Muslim devotees’ prayers in the holy month of Ramadan.

Following the bomb scare, special police teams were deployed to Akurana to beef up security in the area while the police cyber crimes unit initiated an investigation into the matter.

The arrest was made this morning in the area of Harispattuwa after confirming the suspect’s identity, according to the police.

The youth in question is reportedly a Mawlawi named Issadeen Mohamed Sajid.

Speaking on the matter on Friday (April 21), Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa clarified recent reports circulated on the increased security in the Akurana area.

Thalduwa said the move was a precautionary measure in response to the call received via the emergency hotline claiming that a bomb attack was being planned in the said area.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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