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Easter Sunday carnage: Now Opp. lawmaker says no basis for accusations against GR, BR

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Samagi Jana Balavegaya lawmaker Asoka Abeysinghe yesterday (11) admitted that there was no basis for his recent claim SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and SLPP founder Basil Rajapaksa were responsible for 2019 Easter Sunday attacks.

Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that Kurunegala District lawmaker has said so when the police questioned him. The SJB MP arrived at the police headquarters, accompanied by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, SJB General Secretary Ranjith Maddumabandara and MP Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

When the media questioned MP Abeysinghe outside police headquarters in the afternoon, the former UNPer declined to explain why he had made such a claim.

 President’s Counsel Srinath Perera, who accompanied the SJB MP told the media the video footage of his client commenting on the Easter Sunday carnage could have been produced by some interested party.

 Opposition Leader Premadasa said that he had accompanied Abeysinghe as it was his responsibility to protect members of his parliamentary group. MP Sarath Fonseka, who had been present when Abeysinghe accused the SLPP of masterminding the Easter Sunday attacks, told the media there were far more important issues than the statement at issue. (SF)

 

 



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“Operation ‘Yukthiya’ will persist despite pressure” – Minister of Public Security

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Minister of Public Security, Mr. Tiran Alles, attending a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (21) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.emphasized his unwavering commitment to continue operations aimed at suppressing drugs, tackling the underworld and preventing violence against women and children, regardless of any pressure encountered.

Furthermore, Minister Alles disclosed that operation ‘Yukthiya’, which commenced on December 17, has resulted in the seizure of narcotics valued at Rs. 7.8 billion and assets including vehicles and buildings confiscated by law enforcement amount to Rs. 725 million. . A total of 58,562 raids have been conducted, leading to the arrest of 58,234 individuals involved in illicit activities.

 

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SLNS Samudura leaves for Maldives to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI

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Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Samudura left for the Maldives from the port of Colombo on Tuesday (20)  to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI. The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is scheduled to be held in Male from 22nd to 25th February.

The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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“Sri Lankan unity paves the way for rapid national development” – President

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Sri Lanka’s Chief Scout, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 10th National Scout Jamboree held at the Koneswara Hindu Vidyalaya Stadium in Trincomalee this morning (21), underscored the potential of Sri Lankans to steer the nation towards rapid development and fortify its security for future generations through unified efforts.

The President highlighted that participation in the National Scout Jamboree transcends divisions of caste and religion. He articulated that unity among Sri Lankans, spanning from the North to the South and from Colombo to Trincomalee, is pivotal in accomplishing shared objectives.

President Wickremesinghe pledged his support for the expansion of the Scout Association, noting its role in nurturing responsible citizens essential for the country. Furthermore, he announced the plans to facilitate collaboration between the Scout Association and the Ministry of Technology, underscoring the importance of leveraging interactions across sectors for national development.

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