October 30, 2020
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    A front page newspaper report in a national daily on Thursday (23) had claimed that a doctor connected to the Thowheed Jamaath had sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women during caesarean operations and that information has been received with evidence and investigations have commenced to arrest the doctor. The newspaper also claims that this doctor had carried out over 7000 surgeries. Commenting on this issue the Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara categorically denied any such investigations being carried out by the CID or any other special Police teams. He also said that Police have not received any such complaints. He made these remarks at a press briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya, last evening (23).

    Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC has directed acting Inspector General of Police in writing to take disciplinary action through the National Police Commission against the Western Province Senior DIG, the STF Commandant and National Intelligence Chief for dereliction of duties. The AG handed over two letters containing his legal advice on the two interim reports of the special Presidential Committee to probe the Easter Sunday attacks to acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratne.

    The Ministry of Finance said the ration and other allowances paid to all the officers and other ranks in the Tri-Services have been increased by the government.Some of these allowances had not been increased for over the last 20 years.In the Budget - 2019, Finance Minister, Mangala Samaraweera had proposed to increase the Uniform allowance, Rental allowance, the good performance allowance and the Commando allowance of the Armed forces.

    The State of Emergency imposed in the country has been extended by another month from today (May 22) considering the situation of the country. A Gazette Extraordinary with this regard, signed by President Maithripala Sirisena, was issued earlier today.

    It has been confirmed that Zahran Hashim, the alleged ringleader behind the Easter Day bomb attacks, has been killed in the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. This has been determined when comparing DNA samples of Zahran with samples of his daughter and his wife, stated the Government Analyst’s Department. It has been revealed that Zahran Hashim had been one of the two suicide bombers who attacked the Shangri-La Hotel on Easter Sunday (April 21).

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday Madrasas would be placed under the purview of the Education Ministry. Following a meeting held yesterday at his office, the Prime Minister said the Education Ministry together with the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry would regulate some of their activities. He said he discussed the matter with ministers representing the Muslim community and that they agreed to it.

    The Ministry of Defense has granted Kurunegala police permission to detain a translator at the parliament who was arrested over involvement with the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ). Accordingly, the suspect will be detained for a period of 90 days for purpose of interrogation, stated Police Media Spokesperson.

    Several web sites that came under a cyber attack earlier today have been restored, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Response Team (SLCERT) said. SLCERT said eleven websites with .lk or .com domains including the website of the Kuwaiti Embassy in Sri Lanka and had been subjected to a Cyber attack.

    Nearly 10 websites containing the domain names .com and .lk have come under a cyber attack, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) said. The Embassy of Kuwait in Sri Lanka has also fallen victim to this cyber attacks, according to the SLCERT. Cyber Security Engineer of SLCERT Ravindu Meegasmulla added that measures have been taken to curtail the situation. Preliminary investigations have uncovered that the databases of the websites in question have been subject to changes owing to the attack, Mr Meegasmulla further commented.

    State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said some through media and social media are attempting to slander him by giving a twisted interpretation on the presence of a heavy security arrangement during his recent visit to conflict-hit Minuwangoda area to examine the security situation.

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