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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.

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The Police Department has taken measures to promote over 31,000 police officers in service.President Maithripala Sirisena had issued instructions to promote all police officers who had not received any promotions over a long period.Accordingly, it has been proposed to grant promotions considering the seniority of officers belonging to the three categories - 2019-01-01, 2020-01-01 and 2021-01-01. The relevant promotions will be given to 5824 persons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on his centrist rival Benny Gantz to form a unity government, after the country's second election in a year ended in deadlock.Local media say both men's parties failed to win enough votes on Tuesday to build a coalition with a majority.There was no immediate response to the prime minister's offer from Mr Gantz.But he has previously ruled out joining a coalition led by Mr Netanyahu, who faces possible corruption charges.At a ceremony in…