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An American among 102 applied for hangman's post

Feb 28 (AD) According to the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, 102 applications have been received by the ministry for the post of the executioner. Among the applicant, a foreign national, too, have applied for the post. However, the application of the foreigner will be discarded without consideration, he added. Reportedly, consideration of rest of the applications has already commenced and applicants will be called in for interviews more..

Salley clears wastewater in Maligawatte

Feb 28 (CT) Timely intervention of WP Governor, Azath Salley, has put an end to the month-long ordeal of the residents in the Railway Quarters, located on the Maithree Road in Maligawatte. Due to a leakage in the quarters’ sewerage system, residents of 40 out of the 80 houses were greatly inconvenienced due to the flooding in the areas within the enclave. Residents could not carry out their normal work since the whole neighbourhood was inundated with wastewater. more..

SL holds Int'l Dental Implant Symposium

Feb 28 (GDI) The 1st International Dental Implant Symposium was successfully held at the Dental Faculty of the University of Peradeniya recently, marking a new milestone in the local field of dentistry. The event was organized by NucleOSS Dental Implants, a leading dental implant company, together with the Kandy branch of the Sri Lanka Dental Association and boasted the presence of a number of experienced and eminent speakers in the field of implantology from various countries. more..

Sri Lanka prepares for Expo 2020 Dubai

Feb 28 (FT) The World Expo is one of the oldest and largest international events taking place every five years and lasting for six months where everyone can learn, innovate and create progress by sharing ideas and working together through a common theme. UAE has been selected as the host country for the forthcoming event to be held in year 2020. This World Expo will be held for a period of six months from more..

SL to further simplify company registration

Feb 28 (EN) SL will further simply company registration procedures with refors that will enable applicants to get more done through the registrar of companies, an official connected with the process said. Govt will do away with the need for a public notice in registering a new company, said project manager of ICTA. “We are changing section 91 of the companies act to remove the procedure of a business start up being required to have a public notice, which takes three days now,” more..

Constable commits suicide inside police station

Feb 28 (AD) A police constable has committed suicide within the Maharagama Police Station, this morning. The constable had shot himself with his firearm in front of the police canteen. The deceased constable is a 29-year-old who had been serving attached to the traffic unit of the Maharagama Police Station. Police suspect that the officer had committed suicide over an issue related to a romantic relationship. The body is currently kept at the mortuary of the Kalubowila Hospital and more..

Thajudeen’s murder: Court finds progress on finding evidence lacking

Feb 28 (AD) The Attorney General today informed the Colombo Magistrate’s Court that indictments would be filed against three suspects of the case on the murder of former rugby player Wasim Thajudeen. Accordingly, Attorney General is to filing lawsuits against the former Crimes OIC of Narahenpita Police Sumith Perera, former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and former JMO of Colombo Dr Ananda Samarasekara. more..

FCID leaking information: CID probe gets underway

Feb 28 (Island) The CID has commenced an investigation against top officials of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division including its head senior DIG Ravi Vaidyalankara, police headquarters sources said. Top officials of the FCID are alleged to have leaked classified information to some suspects, according to police headquarters sources, who said that a separate CID investigation would be conducted to ascertain how some FCID officials had amassed wealth during recent years. more..

Sri Lanka should forward a road map to the UNHRC to expel allegations

Feb 28 (DN) Leader of JHU and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that Sri Lanka should forward a road map to the UNHRC to get rid of so called human right allegations. He further said that a road map consists of the proper practical mechanism should be presented to the UNHRC by Sri Lanka aiming to clear the name within two year period. The two year road map should draw the attention on getting rid of continuous allegations of human right violations. more..

Justice Priyantha recuses from hearing Karannagoda’s rights petition

Feb 28 (AD) The Supreme Court has postponed considering the Fundamental rights (FR) petition, which was filed by Retired Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda’s lawyers seeking an order preventing the CID from arresting him, until 7th of March. The petition was taken up before the three-judge bench consisting of Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Priyantha Jayewardene and Justice Murdu Fernando this morning. more..

Rathgama murders: Blood samples, IP’s phone sent to Govt Analyst

Feb 28 (DN) Blood samples and other items found at the house where the two businessmen from Rathgama, Boossa were tortured and killed had been sent to Govt Analyst for examination, Police Spokesman said. Case pertaining to the abduction and killing of the two businessmen from Rathgama was taken up at the Galle Magistrate’s Courts yesterday. CID officers had found a house in the Akmeemana area where it is suspected that the two businessmen had been tortured and killed. more..

COMSATS Boss visits Science Ministry

Feb 28 (CT) Executive Director of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) S.M. Junaid Zaidi, and a delegation from Pakistan visited the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research, recently. The objective of the visit was to make the Ministry aware of the capabilities of COMSATS. Sri Lanka is a Founder Member of COMSATS, which is made up of 27 countries, including Asian, African, and Latin American countries. more..

Get ready for digital revolution soon: PM

Feb 28 (DM) Sri Lanka will have smart schools which will train students to prepare for the national digital strategy which would be a revolution, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said today. The Premier said this at the opening of a three storey building at Galahitiyawa Hemamali Maha Vidyalaya in Ganemulla, last morning. The PM said the first smart school will be set up at Kurunegala MV, while there will be such schools in Kandy more..

Video: 27-year-old arrested while transporting heroin

Feb 28 (AD) A person has been arrested in Kamburapola area of Kuliyapitiya police division along with 10kg of heroin last night. Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), acting on a tip-off received by them, had arrested the suspect, who had been transporting 1kg of heroin on a motorcycle. Further interrogations into the suspect had led to the seizure of 9kg of heroin hidden at his residence. The total heroin haul is estimated to be worth Rs 120 million. The arrestee has been identified as more..

Sri Lanka hands over consignment of pharmaceuticals to Afghanistan

Feb 28 (Island) A consignment of pharmaceuticals, sent as a gesture of goodwill of Prez Sirisena to the People of Afghanistan, was handed over to Deputy Minister for Health Service Care Provision of the Afghan Public Health Ministry Dr. Fedah Mohammad Paikan by SL’s Ambassador in Kabul, Air Chief Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala. The handing over of the consignment containing pharmaceuticals from the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of SL took place at Embassy of SL in Kabul on Feb 25, more..

SLFP introduces slew of new positions

Feb 28 (AM) Prez Sirisena appointed several new office bearers to the SLFP. Former Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, a supporter of Sirisena, was appointed the new Propaganda Secretary of the party while former Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanne was appointed the Trade Unions Secretary. This was the first time a Propaganda Secretary was appointed to handle the party's publicity activities in its 68-year history. more..

'14 from JO, 5-6 from UNP and 2 from NFF'

Feb 28 (CT) There are 14 JO MPs, five to six MPs of the UNP and two MPs of the NFF in the alleged list of MPs using cocaine, claimed MP Ranjan Ramanayake. He further alleged that there was also a female MP among the list of alleged drug users. When queried by journalists as to whether there were any cocaine users in the committee chaired by Minister Lakshman Kiriella which was appointed by the PM to look into this matter, Ramanayake alleged that he had seen various reports more..

Suspect in Rookantha case apprehended

Feb 28 (CT) Mirihana Police said that a suspect charged with assaulting vocalist turned UNP Dambadeniya Organiser Rukantha Gunathilaka had been apprehended by them on 25 Feb. They said the suspect had been nabbed following a search operation carried out in the Divulapitiya Police Division. After the incident, the singer turned politician had received treatment in a private hospital. Police said the suspect has been identified as 68-year-old A.J. Thillakaratna alias Nimal, more..

Two injured during teachers’ protest

Feb 28 (DM) Ceylon Teachers’ Services Union said two of their members were injured during the protest held in front of the Education Ministry, Isurupaya when the police attempted to disperse them by using water cannons and tear gas. Union Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said that they gathered at the Ministry not to create any tense situations but to talk with the Education Ministry Secretary. We held a peaceful protest and more..