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Only those who don’t consider themselves Sri Lankan refuse to take jab – Army Commander

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Only those who do not consider themselves Sri Lankans would refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus from an Army hospital, Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva said yesterday commenting on the decision by certain Tamil MPs not to visit Army camps to take the jab.

 

Issuing a statement, the army media unit said the Sri Lankan army was engaged in humanitarian operations as was public knowledge.

The army does its best to protect the people and to help usher in development, the army media united said, quoting the Commander: “These people claim they can’t get vaccinated at an army hospital. I don’t think a person that considers himself to be Sri Lankan would say such things. This is a democratic country and people have the right to have any stance. We can’t vaccinate people by force. If someone or a group feels that they can’t visit an army camp to be vaccinated, its their problem,” General Silva said.

“We must all work as Sri Lankans and that politicians that represent the Tamil community must think of the safety of the community.

“We are giving this vaccine to MPs because they mingle with people. Essentially this is done to protect the Tamil community. If the MPs don’t want to protect the community that they claim to represent; they can not take the jab.”



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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