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‘Yukthiya’ Operation: Over 12,000 suspects arrested in nationwide crackdown on drug traffickers

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More than 12,000 suspects have been arrested by police up to yesterday as part of the ‘Yukthiya’ (Justice) operation launched countrywide targeting narcotics traffickers and their distribution networks.

The vast majority of those arrested, however, have been released on bail, police confirmed.

Exact figures were unavailable as to how many remained in custody as of last evening. Police said 12,132 suspects had been arrested in 12,247 raids from December 17 to 22. They comprise 11,663 males and 469 females. Detention orders had either been obtained or were being obtained for 636 of the arrested suspects, while 151 were being subjected to asset investigations. Another 998 suspects have been sent for rehabilitation.

During the raids, drug seizures totalled 8.4 kilograms of heroin, 4.3 kilograms of Ice, 269 kilograms of cannabis, 235,680 cannabis plants, 163 kilograms of other drugs and 64,882 narcotic pills.

Police have also seized the alleged drug traffickers’ assets, amounting to about Rs. 300 million. They include vehicles, houses, and commercial properties.

Thousands of police and Special Task Force personnel were deployed for the operation. They were also assisted by military personnel.

The operation is a concept of Public Security Minister Tiran Alles and is being personally led by Acting Police Chief Deshabandu Tennakoon.

While the authorities insist that the operation has brought results, it has also been criticised for several reasons, including alleged heavy-handed tactics by the police.

(sundaytimes.lk)

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Mahela and Namal Grace attend Ambani’s Wedding

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene and MP Namal Rajapaksa are among the invitees of Anant Ambani’s wedding

The wedding of Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, to Radhika Merchant has taken social media by storm, featuring some of the biggest celebrities and sporting personalities from around the globe.

Lavish wedding celebrations for the son of Asia’s richest man resumed on Saturday with a star-studded guest list including Hollywood celebrities, global business leaders, and two former British prime ministers.

Billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant and fiancée Radhika Merchant, both 29, are tying the knot this weekend in Mumbai, India, following months of pre-marriage parties.

Saturday will see a blessing ceremony during which the world’s rich and famous will greet and pay their respects to the couple at a 16,000-capacity convention center owned by the Ambani family’s conglomerate.

This will be followed by a grand party where unconfirmed reports say pop stars Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Adele are likely to perform.

(dailymirror.lk)
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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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