US calls on President to reconvene parliament immediately

The US on Sunday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to immediately reconvene parliament and allow the democratically elected representatives to fulfil their responsibilities.

In a statement, Spokesperson of the US Department of State Nauert Heather said the US continues to follow developments in Sri Lanka with concern.

“We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence. We call on President, in consultation with the Speaker to immediately reconvene parliament and allow the democratically elected representatives of the Sri Lankan people to fulfil their responsibilities to affirm who will lead their government,” it said.

Mahinda Samarasinghe, Keheliya appointed new govt. spokesmen

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs Mahinda Samarasinghe and Keheliya Rambukwella have been appointed as new government Spokesmen.

RW’s security reduced from 1,008 to 10

The security detail of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had been reduced to 10 personnel from 1,008 on the directions of the IGP, Police said.

However, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara assured the reduction of the security personnel in number would not compromise the security of Mr. Wickremesinghe.

It was reported that the 10-member security detail would be comprised only of Ministerial Security Division (MSD) members and no STF members.

The IGP on Sunday instructed Prime Ministerial Security Division Head Jayantha Wickramasinghe to remove the extra security personnel provided to Mr. Wickremesinghe

Stray dogs invade public institutions in Colombo

Several complaints have been received by the Colombo Municipality that stray dogs have invaded several public institutions including some leading schools and hospitals and is a nuisance and a danger to visitors, CMC Chief Veterinary Surgeon Dr. I.V.P. Dharmawardane said yesterday.

He said the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, the Colombo National Hospital, the Castle Street Hospital, Elders Homes and leading schools such as Ananda, Nalanda, Gothami, Isipathana and railway stations and ports were among the institutions faced with this threat.

Dr. Dharmawardena said according to a recent census in September last year some 2,500 stray dogs were found in Colombo but however, there had been no reports of rabies from dog bites this year.

He said steps had been taken to sterilize female dogs as solution to breeding

Two Pakistanis who swallowed heroin capsules arrested

Two Pakistan nationals, a man and a woman, were arrested by the Police Narcotics Bureau at the BIA while arriving in Sri Lanka from Lahore after swallowing heroin capsules yesterday afternoon, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

He said the suspects were admitted to the Negombo General Hospital. So far, 35 heroin capsules have been found from the stomach of the woman and none from the male suspect.

The weight of recovered heroin so far is around 350 g which valued at around Rs. 4.2 million, he said.

The woman suspect had arrived in Sri Lanka six times during last year and this year. The male suspect had arrived in Sri Lanka for the first time, the spokesman said.

The suspects would be produced before the Negombo Magistrate today, he said.