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Afghan tour : SL team yet to get minister’s approval

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The Sri Lankan squad selected for the upcoming series against Afghanistan is yet to receive the approval of the Sports Minister – Roshan Ranasinghe, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns.

The squad was selected by the selection committee chaired by Pramodya Wickramasinghe.

The reason for this is there is an issue in the selection methodology when the committee chairman is not in the country to head the selections and add his signature for the selected team.

Another main reason is said to be that no physical fitness test has been conducted for the players since the Asian Cup.

According to reports, one player has a skin-fold test level of around 120 and the basis on which that player is selected for ODIs has also become questionable.

The three-match ODI home series against Afghanistan is to be held later this month. This is the first time the Afghan team is touring Sri Lanka and the tournament is to be held at the Pallekele grounds in Kandy.

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Armed gang robs Police OIC’s house

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An armed gang came in motorcycles ransacked a residence of an Officer In-Charge (OIC) of the Kalutara North Police this afternoon.

Police said the armed gang which broke into the house of the OIC, inspector Nishan Kumara of the minor complaints unit of Kalutara North at Welipenna reportedly stole two mobile phones and gold jewelry and fled.

The IP was not at home at the time of the robbery, but his wife who was at home was attacked by the robbers.  She was injured in the attack.

It was reported that robbers were carrying T-56 firearm.

Several police teams are investigating the incident.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Schoolboy dies after drowning in swimming pool

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A 14-year-old schoolboy who was swimming in the swimming pool in a hotel at Boralassa, Wennappuwa had drowned.

Police said the victim, a grade 10 schoolboy from Galagedara and was studying in a school in Sandalankawa.

It has been revealed that the schoolboy was swimming in the pool with fellow students while on an excursion with a group of 80 schoolchildren from a tution class in Makandura.

The Wennappuwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Applying for passports online from next year

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The Immigration and Emigration Department has planned to accept applications to issue passports online starting in January next year, the department’s IT controller Champika Ramawickrama said.

Through the program, an applicant will be able to submit his/her application to the department from the comfort of his home.

He went on to say that the applicant only needs to come to the department to attend to biometric formalities, such as finger prints.

For that, the department has decided to establish 50 front offices counters in each district to obtain fingerprints, Ramawickrama said.

He stated that 50 Divisional Secretariat Offices were chosen from each district for this purpose.

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