An individual was taken into police custody for alleged possession of illegal weapons in Ambalangoda police division last night. He had an unlicensed micro pistol, a magazine and five bullets in his possession, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.
The suspect is a 34-year-old resident of Ambalangoda area.
He will be produced in Balapitiya Magistrate's court today and Ambalangoda Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.Read the Full Article
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a special statement regarding the current political situation of the country, Prime Minister’s Office told Ceylon Today Online.
Wickremesinghe is set to address media at the Heritage Hotel in Badulla tomorrow at around 2.00p.m., they further said.Read the Full Article
An unidentified individual was critically injured after being hit by a train plying from Mount Lavinia to Fort, near Wellawatta Railway Station last night, Police Media Unit said.
The victim was rushed to Kalubowila Hospital. He was pronounced dead upon admission to the hospital, Police said.
His remains are kept at the morgue of Kalubowila Hospital and the post mortem examination is to be held today.
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Kim Kardashian's chart-topping Kimoji web icons are facing new competition from a set of emojis mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The "Kimunji" series features Mr Kim and his father and grandfather, as well as missiles and atomic blasts.
US-based web designer Ben Gillin said his main aim in creating the Kimunji was to mock the "terrible" Kimoji, which he said were damaging to society.
But he told the BBC he also hoped it got people talking about North Korea.
"Kim Jong-un is obviously a terrible person, but in some respects what the Kimoji app is doing to society is also terrible," he said.
Kim Kardashian's Kimoji app - which has more than 500 icons of her, her products and possessions as well as sketches of her more famous body parts, for people to use online - became the top-selling app on iTunes when it went on sale late last year.
Mr Gillin, who lives in Houston, Texas, told the BBC it "blew his mind".
"The content is terrible - I imagine little kids using it. It's ending up in their hands, advancing their minds in certain ways," he said.
He and his wife were laughing about how absurd it would be if Kim Jong-un did the same, he said. Then when an update to Kardashian's app was released at the weekend and at the same time North Korea broke UN sanctions by launching a satellite on a ballistic missile, he spent four hours making up the Kimunji before posting them online for free use.
The icons are based on the "news or fears that we have" about North Korea, he said.
There is one showing Mr Kim crying - which is strikingly similar to one of the more popular Kimoji - and others of Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, from whom Mr Kim inherited leadership of the repressive and secretive nuclear-armed country.
One of the icons shows US basketball player Dennis Rodman, a friend of Mr Kim's who has controversially visited North Korea several times.
That, said Mr Gillin, was "just funny on its own".
He said the Kimunji probably wouldn't have been so widely shared online as they have if he'd drawn on some of the darker sides of North Korea, like its labour camps and starvation.
"In no way do I want to downplay the human rights violations in North Korea - that's super serious and oftentimes overlooked," he said.
"But if my joke makes people look at it in a serious fashion, or look at it at all, then at least they've looked at it."
He also said he wasn't too concerned about angering Kim Jong-un, pointing out that the cast and crew behind The Interview - the satirical film about a plot to assassinate Mr Kim - were "still alive" despite North Korea's furious reaction.
If Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West were angry, he said, "that's more funny than it is scary".
"But I don't think they'll let it detract from their business goals."
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Police have commenced investigations into the death of an individual who had died upon admission to Matara Hospital, after being rescued from drowning at sea in Mirissa yesterday.
The deceased was identified as a 68-year-old resident of Mirissa area.
His remains are kept at the morgue of Matara Hospital. The post mortem examination will be conducted today.
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North Korea has vowed to cut two key communication hotlines with the South, amid rising tensions after Pyongyang's recent rocket and nuclear tests.
It comes after Seoul suspended its operations at the jointly-run Kaesong industrial complex in the North.
Kaesong is one of the last points of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of revenue for Pyongyang.
The North has called the shutdown "a declaration of war" and has designated Kaesong as a military zone.
Seoul says the suspension is aimed at cutting off money the North uses for nuclear and missile development.
Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test last month, and launched a satellite into space on Sunday, drawing international condemnation.
North Korea previously cut communication hotlines with the South in 2013, but reopened them after relations improved.
The hotlines, which are intended to defuse dangerous military situations, include one used by the military, and another used to communicate with the UN Command at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. A third hotline is maintained by the Red Cross.
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