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Airport PNB nabs inbound and outbound gold smugglers

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By Norman Palihawadane

The police took into custody two individuals at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake for smuggling in a stock of gold.

 The arrest was made by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers at the BIA. They first nabbed an individual, who arrived from Chennai, along with a stock of gold weighing 1.8 kilos. Later, they arrested another for aiding and abetting the smuggler.

Police said that the stock of gold jewellery was worth around Rs. 28 million.

The suspects were identified as residents of Wellampitiya and Grandpass, police said.

 Meanwhile, in a separate incident, the PNB branch, at the BIA, arrested a woman who tried to fly out of the country with a stock of undeclared gold.

The 38-year-old was apprehended along with 814 grams of liquid gold, police said.

Police said that the woman was a resident of the Wellampitiya area.

She was handed over to the Customs officers at the airport for further investigations



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Kerala cannabis with a street value of over Rs.132 million held by Navy in Negombo

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A special search operation conducted by the Navy in the Mankuliya Lagoon of Negombo today (21st September 2023) led to the apprehension of a dinghy loaded with over 400kg of Kerala cannabis with an estimated street value of over Rs. 132 million

The seized consignment of Kerala cannabis and the dinghy were handed over to the Negombo Excise Station for onward legal action

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IMF MD and President Wickremesinghe focus on Financial Reforms and Debt Restructuring initiatives

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In a crucial meeting held during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, met with President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to discuss vital economic matters.

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe in discussion with President Ebrahim Raisi of the Islamic Republic of Iran

President Ranil Wickremesinghe invited President Ebrahim Raisi of the Islamic Republic of Iran to visit Sri Lanka and ceremonially open the Uma Oya Hydropower Station when they met on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York on Wednesday (20).

President Raisi accepted the invitation and also extended an invitation to President Wickremesinghe to visit Iran. Both leaders agreed that these high level visits would give impetus to further consolidate bilateral ties.

The two leaders recognized that as countries belonging to the same region there is potential for regional cooperation in a range of areas of mutual interest including as members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The prospects for cooperation in the agriculture sector, particularly introducing modern technology in which area Iran has considerable expertise, was also discussed.

 

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