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Drone operations continue – Police Spokesman

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About 120 people had been arrested so far with the help of drones, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said yesterday, adding that 24 police ares were still isolated and steps had been taken to ensure that residents of those areas abided by the quarantine laws.

A special operation had been conducted in those areas together with drone surveillance, on Thursday, the DIG said.

“The security forces, police and health officers are doing what they can to control the situation. Some areas have been isolated to contain COVID-19. Residents of these areas have to be extra careful but we see some people are acting irresponsibly and that is why we are using drones.”

Rohana added that during the 24 hours that ended at 8 am yesterday, 46 people had been arrested for violating quarantine laws. The total number of people arrested for violating quarantine laws, from October 30, is 358. They would be charged under quarantine laws, the DIG said.

The Police spokesman said that wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing was part of the new normal that people had to come to terms with. “There are many people suffering from Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and we must do what we can to protect them from COVID-19. This is what the President also wants and this should be what all responsible citizens want.



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President orders probe into notification issued by Department of Immigration and Emigration

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It has been reported that President Wickremesinghe ordered an investigation into the notification issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration requesting all  Russian and Ukrainian tourists to leave the country within 14 days.

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the relevant notification was issued without prior approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.

The decision had reportedly been taken as certain foreign tourists are running illegal businesses in the country.

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Contentious Chinese research vessel docks in Maldives

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Xiang Yang Hong 03 has previously visited Indian Ocean on several other occasions

A contentious Chinese research ship reached the Maldives on Thursday in the latest sign of the archipelago’s diplomatic reorientation towards Beijing and away from its traditional benefactor India.

Local residents said they had spotted China’s Xiang Yang Hong 3 at the Thilafushi industrial port near the capital Male.The 100-metre-long (328-foot) vessel was at an anchorage near Male on Thursday evening, according to the website Marinetraffic.

The Maldives’ pro-Beijing government said earlier the vessel was docking for a port call to rotate crew and take on supplies, on the condition that it would not conduct “research” while in its territorial waters.

Media reports in India had suggested that the vessel was conducting surveillance for Beijing.

India is suspicious of China’s increasing presence in the Indian Ocean and its influence in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, which are strategically placed halfway along key east-west international shipping routes.Relations between Male and New Delhi have chilled since pro-China President Mohamed Muizzu won elections last year.

Muizzu has asked India to withdraw 89 security personnel based in the Maldives to operate reconnaissance aircraft by March 15.But the president has also insisted he does not want to upend ties with New Delhi by replacing Indian troops with Chinese forces.

Sri Lanka refused entry to Xiang Yang Hong 3 after two other port calls from Chinese vessels since 2022 raised objections from India.That included the ship Yuan Wang 5, which specializes in spacecraft tracking and which New Delhi described as a spy ship. (AFP)

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MP Harsha in Australia as “Special visitor”

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Opposition MP and Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) Harsha de Silva is currently in Australia as a special visitor.

Taking to ‘X’, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP said he had embarked on a nine-day visit on an invitation extended by the Government of Australia.

“My engagements with policymakers, academics, scientists and investment managers began in Melbourne and will continue in Adelaide and then public officials and politicians in Canberra,” he added.

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