Never wash your dirty laundry in public- Mahela

Commenting on recent series of developments in Sri Lankan cricket, former captain Mahela Jayawardane said that the emotional decisions are not allways correct.

“What happened in the last few days @OfficialSLC and to respond is tough. One thing is you should never wash ur dirty laundry in public. Emotional decisions are not all ways correct. Best is to think what is best for SL cricket and make none emotional decisions,” the former star batsman tweeted.

Mother, two daughters killed in accident

A 34-year-old woman, her 6-year-old and 12-year-old daughters were killed and another boy was injured when they were hit by a car in Pottuvil on the Pottuvil-Akkaraipattu Road last night.

Police said the car travelling towards Pottuvil had crashed into the victims while they were walking on the road yesterday evening.

They were admitted to the Pottuvil Hospital and the woman and her 6-year-old daughter succumbed to their injuries after admission while 12-year-old girl died while undergoing treatment at the Akkaraipattu hospital this morning.

The driver of the car has been arrested.

Police said the victims were identified as residents of Pottuvil.

Appeal Court grants bail to IP Rangajeewa

Police Narcotics Bureau Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa who was in remanded custody in connection with the investigation on the deaths of 27 inmates at the Welikada prison in 2012, was granted bail by the Court of Appeal today.

He was granted on bail by President of the Court of Appeal Preethi Padman Surasena on two sureties of Rs. 100,000, considering the bail application.

The CID arrested IP Rangajeewa and former Magazine Prisons Superintendent Emil Ranjan Lamahewa on March 28 in connection with the incident.

However, Emil Ranjan Lamahewa is still in remanded custody.

Sniper rifle going missing is a serious matter: MR

If a sniper rifle belonging to the Police Department has gone missing it is a serious matter, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa told the media at his Carlton residence in Tangalle today after participating in a Poya Day programme.

“If such weapons go missing from institutions such as the Police it causes much concern because nobody knows against whom will be used. It is a dangerous situation when one hears the news that the President and the former defense secretary are to be assassinated. Why is no action being taken against the suspects when there is evidence about a plot to assassinate important personalities,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

He voiced concern about the rising value of the US dollar affecting the economy with car prices increasing and imported food items such as lentils and sugar costing more.

Mr. Rajapaksa said during his tenure these items were not imported.

“My government had built up buffer stocks of sugar which were not released to the market. This government lacks management skills. Urgent steps must be taken, by the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and other relevant government authorities to curtail the crisis situation,” he said and added that the underworld was raising its head not only in the South but within the entire country. People are being killed every day and this government is helpless in stopping this situation.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the provincial council elections were in a quandary because hapazard changes are being introduced to please various political parties.

“Its a funny situation when the subject minister presents the PC elections Bill in Parliament and votes against it. Ranil Wickremesinghe has no clear plan and living in a world of make-believe,” he said

CDS back in the country

Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who left for Mexico last week, for an official visit, had arrived in the country this morning.

Earlier, the the Criminal Investigations Department summoned Admiral Wijegunaratne, to record a statement with regard to harbouring a suspect wanted in connection with the abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009.

However, he left the country on September 10, to attend the 208th Independence Commemoration Ceremony of United Mexican States, representing Sri Lanka on the invitation of Mexican Defence Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda.

An official said earlier that the CDS had informed the CID in writing about the visit and had requested for another date to appear before the CID.