Two Lankans held for heroin smuggling
Indian Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials arrested two Sri
Lankan Tamils, including a school teacher, and seized from them 1.5 kg
of heroin concealed inside rice cookers and electric ovens. The seized
drug is estimated to be worth Rs 1.5 crore in the international market.
Acting on a tip-off, the NCB officials on Friday night intercepted
Shanmuganathan, a Sri Lankan, at Chennai Airport just as he was to board
a flight to Sri Lanka. They inspected his hand baggage and found 750 gm
of heroin worth Rs 75 lakhs concealed inside an electric oven and rice
The NCB officials took him into custody before handing him over to
the airport police.
The police team learnt that he had been sent to the city by another
agent, who is active in a smuggling racket in the city.
“We recovered a mobile SIM card from him and retrieved the mobile
call list. The police mounted a close surveillance at a few suspects,
whom Shanmuganathan had been talking to before he entered the airport,”
a senior NCB officer said. To page 13
Saudi’s body to Jeddah after post mortem - Envoy
The body of a Saudi man who died in Colombo will be sent to Jeddah
after the post mortem, Saudi Ambassador in Colombo Abdul Rahman Al
Thameer Saeed Al-Zahrani, 28, died in Sri Lanka on Friday while being
rushed to hospital from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
Al-Zahrani died on his way to Negombo Base Hospital after suffering
severe chest pains. Al-Zahrani had been on board a Saudia plane SV 819
bound to Jeddah from Jakarta, which had made an emergency landing in Sri
Lanka at 8.33 p.m. after he complained he was experiencing chest pains.
According to a Saudia official in Colombo, authorities at the airport
mobilised a special state-of-the-art ambulance to ferry the man to
hospital, while providing him with medical care.
An official from the Saudi Embassy in Colombo said Al-Zahrani’s body
is at the Negombo Base Hospital. To page 13
Arms cache in Grandpass
Grandpass police yesterday recovered eight Kg of C4 explosives,
detonators and a stock of wires and accessories at a temporary housing
unit in the Madampitiya Housing Scheme in Grandpass yesterday.
According to Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera, a special police
team from the Grandpass police made this detection following a tip off.
Meanwhile, 12 persons were injured in a bus - lorry collision at
Pothupitiya, Wadduwa on the Galle Road yesterday. According to SSP
Gunasekera a bus heading to Colombo from Matara collided head on with a
lorry causing extensive damage to the vehicles.
The injured which includes the drivers of the two vehicles who are
critical, have been admitted to the Panadura Base hospital. Wadduwa
Police are investigating.
Prof. Wiswa Warnapala says...
Udul Premaratne, Convener of the Inter University Students Federation
quoted in an interview on page 4 of the Sunday Observer of August 24 is
no longer a student of the Dental Faculty of the University of
Peradeniya, Prof. Wiswa Warnapala, Minister of Higher Education said
The Minister said Premaratne’s studentship had been cancelled with
effect from July 29, 2008 for failure to complete the 2nd BDS
Examination in four attempts.
According to the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, Udul
Premaratne had neither sat for nor submitted a valid reason or a Medical
Certificate for his absence for examinations held in December 2007 and
He had not attended the academic Programmes of the Faculty of Dental
Sciences for over a period of one year without any notification.