Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department early this morning.
Before the arrest MP Bathiudeen tweeted that his brother Riyaj Bathiudeen was also arrested.
“The CID has been standing outside my house in Boudhaloka Mawatha since 1.30 am today attempting to arrest me without a charge. They have already arrested my brother. I have been in Parliament, and have cooperated with all lawful authorities until now. This is unjust.” MP Bathiudeen tweeted.
According to sources former minister was arrested over an investigation connected to Easter Attacks
Scores of people have been injured in clashes in East Jerusalem between far-right Jewish activists, Palestinians and Israeli police.
The violence erupted as police tried to keep Palestinians and ultra-nationalist Jewish protesters apart.
It follows nights of confrontations in the Israeli-occupied sector amid rising nationalist and religious tensions.
East Jerusalem has long been a flashpoint, with an uneasy coexistence there between Jews and Arabs.
Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war and considers the entire city its capital, though this is not recognised by the vast majority of the international community. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the future capital of a hoped-for independent state.
Coronavirus sub-clusters have emerged in multiple areas across the country following the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, health authorities said yesterday.
Among the areas where the sub-clusters emerged are Kurunegala, Narammala, Allawwa, Gampaha, Colombo, Puttalam, Trincomalee and Jaffna.
Public Health Inspectors Association (PHIA) Secretary M. Balasooriya told Daily Mirror that sub-clusters were initially reported from the Piliyandala, Maharagama, and Pamunuwa areas. Subsequently, sub-clusters emerged in a number of areas, Balasooriya said.
He said sub-clusters have also been reported from the garment sector, with infected individuals having already been detected at a few factories.
Twelve people from the Batuwatte area in Ragama and 26 individuals from Divulapitiya were found to have been infected after participating in various New Year related events. Health authorities are conducting contact tracing and have isolated those who have been identified as close associates of the infected.
Two stores in the Pamunuwa apparel market in Maharagama were closed, after two employees were found to have contracted the Coronavirus. Nearly 22 of their close contacts have been identified and have been isolated.
The Ministry of Public Security is to take special measures to detect individuals driving under the influence of drugs.
Police Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana said the Ministry has decided to purchase modern equipment that are globally used to detect individuals driving after consuming or puffing drugs.
The decision had been taken during a discussion held on the issues and operations concerning individuals who drive after having consumed drugs.
The discussion had focused on launching special operations across the country to apprehend drunk drivers and those driving after consuming drugs.
DIG Ajith Rohana said a fine of Rs. 25,000 can be imposed on individuals arrested over such offences and the court could order imprisonment.
He further said the court could also suspend the driving licence of such individuals.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera and all stakeholders, including the Chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, representatives of the National Transport Commission, Public Security Ministry and senior traffic police officers.
WhatsApp users are under yet another malicious attack by perpetrators of nefarious activities online. The most recent threat comes through a link being shared on the chat platform that can let hackers gain access to the device on which it is opened.
The new threat link is being shared under the name WhatsApp Pink and claims that it can turn the theme of WhatsApp from its iconic green to that of pink colour. The link also offers additional features to lure victims and tries to legitimise its existence by deeming the theme a new official look by WhatsApp.
Several WhatsApp users have reported receiving such a link on their phones, while many have forwarded it without knowing its real purpose.
However, a cyber expert has warned that the link performs no actions as advertised and instead is a tool for hackers to gain access to a target device. The link can possibly lock the victims out of their WhatsApp accounts or even their smartphones in some cases.
The expert warns that the link is devious enough to allow the hacker to gain full access to your phone and its data.
Taking to Twitter, cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia wrote, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in Whatsapp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost,”
While recording the highest number of COVID positive cases from the Kurunegala District as 171 yesterday, the daily reporting of COVID cases has risen to 578, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said.
According to the statistics issued by the NOCPCO this morning, 51 among them were overseas returnees and 11 foreigners and the rest (516) were locals.
51 from Puttalam district while 43 infected persons have been reported from Colombo and Gampaha Districts by this morning, the Prevention Centre said.
Health authorities have decided to get tough as daily infections spiral with over 500 people testing positive for the Coronavirus as of last evening.
According to Health Ministry, 516 people were detected infected, the highest number detected in recent days and the death toll had also reached 630 with five more deaths being confirmed yesterday.
State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Sudarshani Fernandopulle told that the health authorities have decided to strictly enforce the health guidelines. She said that the guidelines will be strictly enforced over the next several weeks.
The Health Ministry has also decided to take legal action against anyone violating the health guidelines. Health Ministry sources said that the authorities will also be advised to crack down on parties and events with large gatherings where health guidelines are not strictly adhered to. Social media posts showed parties and events being held in some places with little or no respect for the health guidelines.
The Health Promotion Bureau of the Ministry of Health had on Tuesday night said that there has been a rapid increase in the number of Coronavirus patients detected in Sri Lanka over the past few days. The bureau also said that there has been an increase in the number of patients being admitted to hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU).
In a warning to the public, the bureau said that everyone must act with responsibility in order to avoid travel restrictions and other strict measures from being enforced like in the past. Health authorities said that the failure to strictly follow the Coronavirus health guidelines during the New Year has led to the current situation.
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TikTok, the wildly popular video app, and its Chinese parent ByteDance could face a damages claim worth billions of pounds (dollars) in London’s High Court over allegations they illegally harvested the private data of millions of European children.
Anne Longfield, the former Children’s Commissioner for England and the so-called "litigation friend", or public face, of an anonymous 12-year-old girl leading the class action, said on Wednesday that affected children could receive thousands of pounds each if the claim is successful.
Longfield alleged that every child that has used TikTok since May 25, 2018, may have had private personal information illegally collected by ByteDance through TikTok for the benefit of unknown third parties.
Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has revealed that four people had suffered from blood clots after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine in Sri Lanka.
She told Parliament today that three out of the six individuals had died.
The Health Minister said however health experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) have studied the cases and confirmed that the blood clots were not caused due to the vaccine.
The WHO has found that it is inevitable that nearly four to five individuals per million people die due to blood clots linked to the vaccine, she said.
Minister Wanniarachchi further said the World Health Organization has however, advised to continue the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Sri Lanka has vaccinated over 900,000 citizens since the commencement of the vaccination programme on 29th January, 2021.
“Of the 925,242 vaccines administered in Sri Lanka thus far, the incidence of reportedly related blood clots is 0.0006%. The incidence of reported deaths from such blood clots is 0.0003%. The incidence of deaths caused by COVID in Sri Lanka is 0.64% as of today.” A news report published by NewsRadio said.
It has been reported that increasing incidents of chain-snatching targeting women and four such theft cases in this regard was reported, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
He said the incidents were reported from Yakkala, Wellawa, Walasmulla and Kalmunai police areas during the past 24-hours.
All the victims affected were women, he said.
"All the perpetrators were the riders and pillion riders of motorcycles and women are becoming victims of crimes of this nature. Therefore, all are advised to take precautionary measures in order to prevent such incidents," the police spokesman said.
He said the women who walk on isolated roads or in the poorly lit areas are becoming the victims of these snatch thieves.
The police have arrested 13 suspects who had involved in snatch theft incidents during the past three weeks.
The police investigations revealed that the suspects who were involved in these cases were members of various organised crime groups or drug addicts, the spokesman added
A total of 17 positive COVID-19 patients were found from the Pamunuwa shopping complex and 35 cases from a government bank, after the New Year festive season, the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said today.
The NOCPCO said one person tested positive on April 11 and the rest of them were found after tracing the close contacts.
A total of 300 PCR have been conducted in the government bank, Colombo
Meanwhile, contact tracing relating to the cases found from the government bank yesterday is underway, officials said.
The two shops where 17 positive cases were found in Pamunuwa has been closed and will be disinfected.
The Narcotics Control Bureau of India (NCB) on Monday seized nearly 340 kg of heroin from a Sri Lankan shipping boat and arrested five people for drug trafficking in Kochi, people familiar with the matter said.
Initial interrogation of the five men has led the NCB to believe that the Sri Lankan boat had picked up the drug consignment from a red-coloured Iranian boat. The NCB hasn’t clarified the intended destination of the drug consignment.
Officials said the Indian naval ship Suvarna intercepted the Lankan boat “DU Shashila” in the high seas of the Indian Ocean on suspicion of drug trafficking and brought the boat to Kochi’s Mattancherry Wharf for an extensive search by the NCB.
The preliminary search did not yield anything. But a thorough hunt for the narcotics led investigators to the 340 packets of heroin concealed in ice in the boat’s cargo hold. A senior NCB official said each packet was stamped with a crown symbol with the words “KING 2021”, a practice followed by drug trafficking syndicates to brand their merchandise.
According to the NCB, the consignment has a street value of ₹340 crore in India, and ₹1,750 crore in the international market
The Public Health Inspectors Union yesterday warned that if PCR and random antigen testing is not increased to at least 10,000 a day, Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 situation may lead to a disaster similar to what India is facing now.
PHI Union Secretary Mahesh Balasuriya told that health guidelines had been ignored during the past weeks leading to the New Year festivities and since border restrictions were not imposed in the vulnerable districts, they could expect its repercussions within the next 14 days.
He said presently an estimated 5000 PCR/Antigen tests were being conducted islandwide, but that needed to be urgently increased to at least 10,000 per day. He said some of the vulnerable districts were Kurunegala, Puttalam, Gampaha, Colombo, Trincomalee and Jaffna as a larger number of patients had been detected from these areas in recent weeks.
"From May 1 we feel if more PCR and antigen tests are conducted, there will be a larger number of patients that will be reported. If we do not take precautions and conduct tests, then what is happening in India will also happen here," Balasuriya said.
The Secretary further urged people to practice all health guidelines including wearing of face masks and maintaining social distance, stating that the COVID-19 was far from over.