Written by Lethonkie Fernando

05 Jul, 2019 | 6:50 am

Colombo (News 1st)

Your Friday Morning Brief 

1. The Railway Control Room states that despite the calling-off of trade union action launched by the railway employees yesterday (July 5) train services have not returned to normalcy due to a lack of employees reporting for duty.

2.  The process of laying pipelines carrying oil from the Colombo port to Kolonawa which was stopped, re-commenced yesterday (July 4). The construction was stopped temporarily when only 140 meters of the pipeline remained to be laid, due to protests by residents of illegal settlements at Bloemendhal, Mahawatta.

3. A member of the National Thawheed Jamath was arrested at the BIA by the Terrorist Investigations Division following intel received by the Navy.  It was revealed that the suspect had taken oaths as a suicide bomber in the presence of Mohomed Zahran.

4. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has commenced an extensive investigation into four criminal cases involving the organized criminal, Makandure Madush. The cases involve the shooting of officials of the Police Narcotics Bureau at Piliyandala, the shooting of a prison bus at Kalutara, the murder of a man named Kos Malli and the gem robbery in Pannipitiya.

5. General Secretary of the UPFA, Mahinda Amaraweera stated that following lengthy discussions with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna that there is a nominal consensus to contest as the Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Peramuna at the upcoming elections.

6. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an attempt to clarify the government’s decision behind constructing smart classrooms stated that back in the day he was advised by Minister Haleem’s uncle, A. C. S. Hameed to first invest in education in order to develop the country.

7. Non-Cabinet Minister Ajith P. Perera while on tour in Britain made a statement on social media about the importance of internal democracy that should prevail within a political party by deriving examples from the UK parliamentary system.

8. The Department of Forest Conservation states that a land area of 90,00 hectares has been chosen for re-forestation in an attempt to increase the forest cover of the country to 32%.

9. 14,000 lakes maintained by the Department of Agrarian Development have reportedly dried up due to the prevailing hot weather.

10. The police request the general public to provide tip-offs related to drug usage to the hotline 1984.

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