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Four police officers suspended over the disappearance of a youth in Hambanthota.

Four police officers attached to the Hambanthota police station have been suspended in connection with the disappearance of a person who was in the police custody. The relevant police officers were also given transfers. The four officers were suspended by the senior superintendent of police of Tangalle from today under the instructions of the IGP.

Meanwhile minister Dr.Wijedasa Rajapakse said that though the suspects have grave allegations it is not the duty of police to punish them. The minister added that imposing punishments is a sole act of the courts itself. The minister was speaking at the opening of the magistrate court of Galgamuwa.

He pointed out that it is compulsory to protect victims and the witnesses to ensure justice. He added that the wave of crimes resulted in the country in the recent past was due to lack of protection given to the victims and witnesses. The minister recalled that the present government has already passed a legislation to protect them since last March.

The SLFP starts to select candidates for the local government election from the Gampaha district.

The interview to select candidates who contest under the ticket of SLFP for the Gampaha district in local government election was held at the SLFP headquarters today. A large number of applicants from the Gampaha district were present for the interview.

Ministers Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Wijith Wijemuni Soysa, former chief minister of Athula Wijesinghe, Former ministers Piyasena Gamage, Athauda Senevirathne, former deputy minister Shantha Bandara and Governor Saliya Mathew are the members of the interview board.

Discussions ensued to enhance technological cooperation with China.

A discussion was held with the Chinese government to enhance technological cooperation including satellite technology. Minister Rishard Bathiudeen says the related MOU will be signed soon. The Minister was speaking attending as the chief guest of China Asean trade exhibition.

He also said that the discussions have already been conducted with China to work collaboratively with industries like space technology, express trains, driverless vehicles etc., The minister said that the present government has taken measures to widen the spectrum of economic activities of the country. Economic and trade affairs will also be liberalized.

The man allegedly maintained a fake Facebook profile of the Inspector General of Police arrested.

Rajitha Madhushan Weerasekara, a resident of New Zealand, was re-remanded till September 19, by Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris. Madhushan Weerasekara was arrested for allegedly maintaining a fake Facebook profile of the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara.

It is alleged he used the fake profile to mislead women. The CID commenced investigations into the incident after a complaint was lodged by a woman in Kandy. Rajitha Madhushan Weerasekara was arrested at the Katunayake Airport upon arrival, on September 5.

National ceremony to mark World Children's Day to be held in Kegalle

The national ceremony to mark the World Children's Day which falls on 1st of October is to be held in Kegalle under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Ministry of Women and Child Affairs says it will be held at the St. Joseph's College in Kegalle. 850 children are also to take part in the event.


A natural gas power plant to be built instead of Sampur coal power plant

The Ministry of Power and renewable energy has decided to build a natural gas power plant instead of the proposed coal power plant at Sampur. The Sampur plant was expected to add 1,500 megawatts of electricity to the national grid. Secretary to the Ministry Dr. Suren Batagoda says the new power plant will be built fulfilling that requirement. However, the location for the new plant is yet to be announced.

A wider programme will be implemented for development work in each district from next year.

A wider programme will be implemented for development work in each district with the help of all public officers in all sectors of the relevant district.


An international seminar on right to information will be held in Colombo.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilake says preliminary work to implement the right to information act is being arranged at present. The International Right to Information day falls on the 28th of this month. An international seminar will be held in Colombo under the title of right to information and media reform to mark this day.


National issues can be addressed if unison government prevails - State Minister Dilan Perera

State Minister Dilan Perera says number of national issues can be addressed by maintaining the unison government further. Taking part in the Subharathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning he pointed out although such a system was implemented during the previous government it was a failure. The unison government does not support communalism or religionism. There is an immense value of having a unison government when the country is facing challenges at the UN Human Rights Council. 
Speaking further the State Minister pointed out a small group is attempting to divide the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Those who support communalism and extremism are leading that campaign. State Minister Dilan Perera emphasized however, the leaders of the SLFP are committed to take forward the party based on the principals of late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. 17 members of the United National Party joined the previous government. The State Minister pointed out senior members of the SLFP had to face immense unjust due to this situation. 
He was also of the view that two main political parties having different opinions regarding the national issue was an obstacle for the country's forward march. 

Cigarette contains 4,800 poisonous chemicals - GMOA

The Government Medical Officers' Association says a recent scientific research has found that 4,800 poisonous chemicals are found in a cigarette. Out of them more than 250 are highly poisonous.

It also includes 65 poisonous substances that cause cancer. Therefore, Additional Secretary of the Association Dr. Haritha Aluthgamage says his organization will submit nine requests to the government to discourage smoking. 

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