Rugby: Havies defeat fighting CR 31-24

Havelocks SC recorded a resounding 31-24 victory against a fighting CR&FC in their second round game of the Dialog Rugby League 2018/19 played at Havelock Park today (19).

At halftime the Havies led 14-7 but CR bounced back brilliantly to level the scores at 19-all at one point. 

But Havelocks played clinically finish off  with another win after scoring from five tries and two conversions. 

CR scored from four tries and two conversions.

Rugby: Kandy fight hard to beat Cops 27-20

Defending champions Kandy SC had to fight hard to record a close 27-20 win against Police SC in a second round match of the Dialog Rugby League 2018/19 played at Police Park today (19).

Kandy led 24-10 at halftime but the Cops bounced back to give the eventual winners a scare before succumbing.

Kandy scored from four tries, two conversions and a penalty.

Police scored from three tries, a conversion and a penalty.

Rugby: Army bounce back to beat Navy 27-25

Army SC bounced back to record a thrilling 27-25 win against Navy SC in a second round match of the Dialog Rugby League 2018/19 played at Welisara today (19).

Navy led 17-14 at halftime and held on to a slender 25-24 lead even at fulltime before Army took the lead off a penalty and won the game. 

Army scored from four tries, two conversions and a penalty. 

Navy scored from four tries, a conversion and a penalty.

One arrested over Dec 25 Kudawella shooting incident

CID officials today (Jan 19) arrested an individual connected to the shooting at the Kudawella harbour which left four dead and eight injured on December 25 last year.

The arrest was a result of investigations that were carried out by ten police teams which were deployed for this purpose under the directives of IGP Pujith Jayasundara, Police Spokesman S.P. Ruwan Gunasekara said.

The suspect has been identified as a 33-year old resident of Nakulugama by the name of J.R.D.R. Kumudu Kumara.

Police had also confiscated a nine millimetre pistol which is suspected to have been used in the shooting. In addition, police also nabbed a Magazine which held eight rounds of ammunition.

Accordingly, police will produce the suspect before the Tangalle Magistrates Court and request for an interim order to conduct further investigations.

The Police Spokesman said that further investigations to apprehend those involved in aiding and abetting the shooting are currently underway

Mother and daughter killed in fatal train collission

A mother and her daughter were killed in an accident involving a motorcycle and a train in Ja-ela at 2:45 pm today (Jan 19).

The train which was travelling towards Colombo from Halawatha had collided with the motorcyle on the Thudella railway crossing.

The victims have been identified as 36- year old Sumali Silvani and her daughter Chanchala Samudaya aged eight who are residents of Ja-ela.

Another individual who had sustained injuries in the accident was admitted to the Ragama General Hospital, police said.

Police pointed out that there has been no railway gate keeper at the said crossing for several years.

Priest and two youths arrested over murder of teenager

An incumbent monk of a temple in Palugaswewa and two youths were arrested by the Police over the murder of a teenager, today (Jan 19).

The family of the victim had lodged a complaint at the Habarana Police on January 17 claiming that their child had gone missing.

Investigations by the Police led to the discovery of the victim's body which was found to have been murdered and dumped into a pit in a forest.

Police suspect that the incident had taken place as a result of a long standing feud.

Shopping mall in Polonnaruwa engulfed in flames

Seven shops were destroyed during a fire which broke out within a two-storied shopping mall in Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa earlier today (Jan 19).

The fire which erupted on the first floor had engulfed the entire building in flames.

Firemen of the Polonnaruwa Municipal Council, police officers and the general public managed to douse the fire.

The cause for the fire is yet to be determined while the cost of damages to the shop has not been estimated yet.

Polonnaruwa police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

(Reporting and pics by by G. Karunarathne)

One arrested over the possession of counterfeit currency

One individual has been arrested over the possession of counterfeit currency by the police in Jalthara, Embulgama today (Jan 19).

The arrest was made after the police had rounded up a place which is suspected to have been used in printing the currency. Police had also confiscated a printer along with 48 counterfeit Rs 1000 notes.

Earlier, police had arrested an individual who had used counterfeit currency to purchase goods in Welipillewa, Jalthara. The suspect was arrested while he was in possession of eight counterfeit Rs 1000 notes.

Details regarding the house in which the notes were printed came to light following a questioning carried out on the suspect.

President visits Philippine Police HQ ; expresses hope to eradicate SL drug menace

President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Quezon City earlier today (Jan 19).

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the President said that the commitment of the PNP against the usage of illegal drugs was inspiring.

On the same note, President Sirisena said that he hopes to cooperate directly with the movement in a bid to eradicate the menace of illegal drugs in Sri Lanka.

He had also attended a special briefing on the Philippine government's anti-illegal drugs campaign.