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* PM says Police have not been instructed to engage in garbage disposal
Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 07:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 01, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse says that the police have not been instructed at any time to engage in the task to remove garbage.

The Prime Minister said at a media briefing in Kandy today that the removal of garbage is not the duty of the police and what they should do is inform and coordinate the relevant institutions if the waste is not properly disposed of.

Local authorities, such as municipal councils and urban councils, are responsible for keeping the area clean, the Premier said adding that it is the responsibility of the Environment Police to investigate whether this role is being performed properly.

Expressing his views on the Hambanthota Port, the Prime Minister said the government is in discussions with the government of China to reach a definitive agreement on the port that was handed over to China on a 99-year lease by the previous government in order to pay the loans taken from China to build the port.

Regarding the abduction of a local staffer of the Swiss Embassy, the Prime Minister said the police are still investigating the incident and lot more information can be obtained after examining the CCTV camera footage at the Japanese embassy.

Responding to questions, Prime Minister Rajapaksa said the party and the symbol for the general election will be discussed in the futures when the election is called.


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