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PM seeks bullet-proof vehicle for MR

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to have yesterday sought Cabinet approval to purchase a bullet proof vehicle for Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Cabinet paper submitted by the Premier was postponed for next week on the basis that Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera had different views.

Informed sources said the Finance Minister had pointed out that the people would find fault with the government for buying such luxury vehicles at a difficult time such as this.

All involved in terror attacks killed or arrested: Actg. IGP

All those who were involved in the recent terror attacks have been identified and all of them were either arrested or killed, Acting Inspector General of Police C.D. Wickremaratne said yesterday. 

He said that two bomb experts were among them and they have also died. “All those terrorists directly involved in the bombings are either dead or under arrest,” the Acting IGP said late Monday after a meeting with Defence Secretary Shantha Kottegoda and tri-force commanders at the Ministry of Defence.

Special HC issues summons on IGP, Ex-Treasury secretary

Colombo Special High Court today directed the Court Registrar to issue summons on Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera and former Secretary of the Ministry of Finance & Treasury P. B. Jayasundera to appear before the Court on May 13, 2019.

The Defence lawyers, in the case against former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath and three others, today submitted a witness list including the IGP and former Secretary to Treasury as witnesses of the Defence and requested the Court to issue summons on them.

Discussions underway to appoint SF as Law and Order Minister

Discussions are ongoing among government allies to establish a full-time Law and Order Ministry and appoint Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka in charge of it, UNP Chairman and Minister Kabir Hashim told journalists yesterday.

He underscored that several ministers were prepared to sacrifice their posts to accommodate Field Marshal Fonseka in the Cabinet. As per the Constitution, the number of Cabinet Ministers is confined to 30.

NEWS

The Bakery Owners’ Association yesterday said that it has decided to withdraw the price revision of a loaf of bread announced on Wednesday. It said the decision to increase the price of a loaf of 450g bread by Rs. 5 from Wednesday has been withdrawn and the price will be same as previous.The price increase was announced after two wheat flour companies increased the price of wheat flour by about Rs.7 per kilo. However following negotiations the price increase was suspended.

Economic…

The Health Ministry will buy the Dr.Neville Fernando Hospital soon by paying Rs. 3.5 billion. This valuation had been done two years ago, Health Ministry Secretary Wasantha Perera said. Addressing a press conference at the Health Ministry Auditorium in Colombo yesterday morning, she said that the Health Ministry has not made any payment to Dr. Neville Fernando so far. The hospital is located in a land belonging to the Urban Development Authority (UDA).

According to Perera, the Health…