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HRCSL concerned over health and threats to Shani’s life

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‘Law mandates us to ensure welfare of those deprived of liberty’

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has written to Commissioner General of Prisons, Thushara Upuldeniya, expressing surprise over former CID director Shani Abeysekara being transferred to the Treatment Centre for prisoners at Gallella despite his multiple health issues.

In a letter to the Commissioner General, Ramani Muttettuwegama, HRCSL’s Commissioner in charge of Investigations and Inquiries, refers to its November 25, 2020 letter drawing attention to the concerns regarding health and threats to life of Abeysekara who has apparently contracted the COVID-19 virus while at the Mahara Prison.

“We have been made to understand that better treatment is available at the Welikanda Treatment Hospital. As you are aware the health and security of all prisoners including remandees, remain the responsibility of the Commissioner General of Prisons. Given the concerns already conveyed to you regarding security issues, we ask you to take immediate steps secure Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment”, the letter said.

“It may be best to transfer Abeyskera to the Welikanda Treatment Hospital. Further, his family has informed us that they have no information regarding his health situation or his whereabouts. We urge you to immediately keep families of all prisoners infected by the COVID-19 virus informed of their whereabouts and provide them with the results of their PCR Test”, the HRCSL further said.

It added: “We are also receiving many complaints from family members desperate for information regarding their loved ones in custody. Therefore, we suggest that you provide us with an updated list of all prisoners affected by the virus and their current location and treatment. We would welcome the appointment of a contact person in each treatment in case further information is required by family members”.

HRCSL clarified that the letter was sent under powers vested in itunder the HRCSL Act, No. 21 of 1996 10 (b), 11 (d), 28(2) where the Commission is specially mandated to ensure the welfare of those deprived of liberty.



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

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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:
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• 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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