102 Container terminals dispatched to Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom was recently confiscated by the Customs Department, upon having gained ‘wind’ that the consignment had contained garbage in its payload.

Accordingly, an elaborate plan had been taking place under wraps, through which polythene, clinical & other waste was shipped directly to Sri Lanka quite literally by the ton.

However, it has now been revealed that business mogul Dhammika Perera is responsible for the importation of garbage disposed by the UK, with his own Haley’s Group acting as a front for the whole operation.

At present the 102 containers of garbage shipped to Sri Lanka from the UK, which have been impounded are lying at the Katunayeke Free Trade Zone, and could be witnessed first-hand via google maps.

It has also been divulged that the Hayley’s Group had been carrying out Dhammika Perera’s squalid deal with UK for a considerable period of time, through which Dhammika Pererea and his group had amassed a ‘filthy’ profit.

The 102 containers of waste imported to Sri Lanka by Dhammika Perera’s Hayley’s will be re-shipped to the UK.

But however, it remains unclear as to what course of action would be taken with regards to the garbage which has been surreptitiously smuggled into the country thus far, as well as Perera’s standing agreement with the UK to import further consignments into the country.
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Attorney General Dappula de Livera informed the Supreme Court yesterday that he would not appear on behalf of the first and second respondents, namely Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, respectively in the 12 Fundamental Rights petitions filed in relation to the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

The petitions were taken up before a fuller bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court and the petitions were fixed for support on July 25.

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya directed the respondent parties, including the Attorney General, to file their limited objections regarding the petitions on or before July 18. The petitioners were also directed to file their counter objections on July 23.

Attorney General de Livera yesterday appeared in person before the Supreme Court to represent the interests of the DIG B. Dissanayake and the Attorney General. Attorney General de Livera told Court that he would not appear on behalf of the first and second respondents, namely the Inspector General of Police and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, respectively.

Meanwhile, Senior Counsel Viran Corea appearing for the first respondent (the IGP) informed Court that his client has already filed limited objections against these petitions and copies of the limited objections have been handed over to the Attorney General and other parties. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appearing for former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando stated that his client has also filed limited objections against the petitions.

Through these petitions, petitioners are pleading an order to prosecute those directly or indirectly responsible for the Easter terror attacks. They are also claiming compensation for the victims of these attacks. The twelve Fundamental Rights petitions, including a petition filed by a father of two deceased children who died during Easter Sunday attack, are to be taken up for hearing on the next date.
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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's second son Yoshitha Rajapaksa today got engaged to Nitheesha Jayasekera at a brief ceremony.

Only members of the former President's family and some of his close associates attended the function.

"YoshithaR couldn’t be happier for you on this extremely special day!The most amazing journey is ahead of you,with someone extremely special to take that journey with you. @nithiesha welcome to the family! You’ve always been such a blessing. Wishing you both nothing but the best," Yoshitha's brother, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa tweeted this morning.

Details of Yoshitha Rajapaksa's wedding ceremony are yet to be announced.
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Hirunika Premachandra Invites President Sirisena To Testify Before PSC Probing Easter Sunday Attacks
UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra yesterday invited President Maithripala Sirisena to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday explosions.
Premachandra said the Prime Minister has already expressed willingness to appear before the PSC.
In the same way, she added, President Sirisena should appear before the committee and make the public aware of the security situation of the country.
Sirisena is also the Cabinet Minster of Defence overlooking tri-forces and the Police.
The UNP Parliamentarian said no one should be allowed to wash their hands off by using former Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara as scapegoats.
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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna's No-Confidence motion against the government has been taken up for debate in Parliament.
The No-Confidence motion against the government was presented last month over the government's failure to ensure national security.
The JVP mooted a No-Confidence motion against the government in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.
Commenting on the matter, a senior Parliamentarian of the UNP said the government would easily defeat the JVP-backed No-Confidence motion.
The debate on the motion is currently underway in Parliament.
JVP-Sponsored No-Confidence Motion Against Government Currently Being Debate In Parliament: UNP Confident Of Victory
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Avant Garde owner Nissanka Senadhipathi and retired Commodore Vishvajith Nandana Diyabalanage, ordered by courts to be arrested immediately, have fled the court, the CID has informed the attorney general.
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According to the AG’s coordinating officer Nishara Jayaratne, the duo had left for Singapore yesterday (06).
The AG yesterday directed the Acting IGP to arrest Senadhipathi and seven others and produce them in Court in connection with the magisterial inquiry into the Avant Garde’s floating armoury case at the Galle Magistrate’s Court.
The Co-ordinating Officer to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne disclosed that the Attorney General had compelled to make these directions following the CID information that two suspects including Nissanka Senadhipathi had left the country even prior to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss five Fundamental Rights petitions filed by Nissanka Senadhipathi and four others seeking an order preventing them being arrested by CID.
Accordingly, the Attorney General directed the Acting IGP Chandana Wickremeratne to arrest the following suspects for illegally operating merchant vessel ships carrying a stock of firearms and explosives including 813 unlicensed automatic firearms and 200,935 rounds of ammunition on the seas off Galle.
They are; Retired Major General Palitha Fernando, Retired Major General Karunaratne Egodawele, Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi, Retired Navy Commodore Vishvajith Nandana Diyabalanage, Retired Air Vice Marshal P.D. Premachandra, National Police Commission Secretary and Former Additional Defence Secretary Saman Dissanayake, Former Senior Additional Defence Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne and Rakna Lanka company Chairman Victor Samaraweera.
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The Saudi government has increased the Hajj quota for Sri Lankan pilgrims by adding 500 visas to the existing number, bringing the total to 4,000 from this year, Azmi Thassim, the island’s ambassador in Riyadh, told Arab News on Saturday.
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Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, thanked King Salman and Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammed Salih Bentin for this enhanced facility to allow more people to perform Hajj.
The Sri Lankan minister said that the new quota would be distributed among the prospective pilgrims on the ministry’s waiting list.
The minister said that for the first time in Sri Lanka, its Hajj pilgrims would obtain their entry visas to the Kingdom through an online portal. “We are thankful to the Saudi government for the new service which will save time and effort to obtain the Hajj visas for the pilgrims,” Haleem said.
Prospective pilgrims have to apply with the required documents through a licensed travel operator in Sri Lanka, which will obtain the pilgrimage visas for the applicants provided they have not performed Hajj in the past five years. Applicants are required to attach their health certificates and other requested documents along with their applications.
“The Saudi government has been considerate in gradually increasing this quota from 2,240 pilgrims in 2015 to 3,500 to this year, and now an additional quota of 500 more pilgrims has been given on a request made by my ministry,” the minister said.
The minister explained that the Easter Sunday bomb blasts had an impact on the movement of the Hajj pilgrimage this year since about 100 pilgrims had withdrawn from the selected list due to pecuniary difficulties.
He said that the security situation was quickly returning to normal, and there was no reason for concern.
He said the first flight of pilgrims is scheduled to leave Colombo by Saudi Arabia Airlines on July 15 from Bandaranaike International Airport. Sri Lankan Airlines will also fly pilgrims to the Kingdom.
Commending the health facilities and services available in Makkah and Madinah, he said that the Sri Lankan government would also send a team to attend to pilgrims with any urgent medical needs until they were taken to the nearest medical facilities.
Last year, the minister recalled that a Sri Lankan pilgrim successfully underwent heart surgery in Makkah. “These facilities were offered free-of-charge by the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, to look after the millions of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims who visit the holy cities throughout the year,” he said.
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