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Harin runs down former President Sirisena before PCoI

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

Former President Maithripala Sirisena was a micro-manager, but he had had neither knowledge nor capability to do so former Minister Harin Fernando, on Wednesday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.

Fernando said that the former government had to take responsibility for the terror attacks on April 21, 2019. Due to the constitutional crisis and its aftermath there had been chaos in the country and Sirisena had excluded former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, and former IGP Pujith Jayasundara from National Security Council (NSC) meetings, Fernando said.

Fernando added that after the 52 days government in December 2018 the relationship between the former President and the former Prime Minister had been strained severely.

When a commissioner asked Fernando whether the Cabinet had ever discussed Islamic extremism, the witness said that they had not discussed it often. Former ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka and Rajitha Senaratne had spoken of extremism on a few occasions, he said.

“However, we discussed the Digana incident at length. Islamic extremism emerged as a response to Sinhala extremism. Because of the racism of the majority community, Muslims felt insecure and they tried to look after their own security. Through education and making sure Muslims don’t feel left out, we can address the problem of Islamic extremism.”

Commissioners again asked if Muslim MPs in the government had spoken of Islamic extremism. Fernando said they had not, but they spoken a lot about discrimination against the Muslims.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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