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“I’m wondering when I’m going to grow up ‘cos I’m still doing stupid shit and I’m like, am I ever going to grow up?” Tommy Lee

CERT receives 1,700 Facebook complaints up to July

Nearly 1,700 complaints had been received against social media websites during past seven months, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) said yesterday.

CERT Information Security Engineer Roshan Chandragupta said the majority of the complaints were related to fake Facebook profiles.

He said Facebook users must take extra precautions to ensure their safety in cyberspace when posting their personnel images under the ‘friends only’ category.

“FB users should keep in mind to add only known people as friends and to avoid accepting unknown friend requests,” Mr. Chandragupta said and added that last year they had received 2,200 complaints on fake FB profiles.

Iran to use SL rupee for fuel trade

The Cabinet was told yesterday that Iran had agreed to use the Sri Lankan rupee as the medium of exchange to carry out its fuel trade transactions with Sri Lanka because of problems in using the US dollar because of economic sanctions likely to be imposed on Iran.

Iran is facing sanctions imposed by the United States making it difficult for it to international business transactions in the US dollar.

Sri Lanka purchases a bulk of its crude oil requirement from Iran and purified at the Sapugaskanda facility.

Iran’s willingness to carry out its business transactions in Sri Lankan rupees was conveyed to the Cabinet by Minister Sarath Amunguma. Iran purchases large quantities of tea from Sri Lanka.

I will never enter politics: Sanga

Former star cricketer Kumar Sangakkara confirmed that he will never enter politics despite varying opinions and speculations from both public and media on his imminent entry into politics as a possible candidate for the presidential election in 2020.

Posting a statement on his facebook, Sangakkara said politics and public service was a very serious responsibility and that public duty should always be served with accountability and integrity holding sacrosanct the public trust.

Speaker to make special statement next week

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had informed the leaders of political parties represented in Parliament that he will make a special statement on the Opposition Leader’s post when Parliament meets next week.

He had also said issues such as the allocation of speaking time to the joint opposition and also matters on appointing its members to various committees would also be looked into.

Speaker Jayasuriya had given the same assurance to the joint opposition when they raised the issue of the Leader of Opposition earlier during the sessions. He informed the members that he will have to obtain legal advice on the matter.

“It is my duty to obtain the opinion of all the party leader’s before appointing MPs to any post in the House,” the Speaker said.

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