CID tells court no evidence to back claims on Dr Shafi

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed court today that there was no evidence to back the allegations made against Dr. Shafi Shihabdeen, the doctor attached to the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.Lawyers appearing for Dr. Shafi told the Colombo Gazette that the CID made the submission to court when the case was heard today in Kurunegala. The CID had also informed court that reports by some media on the allegations against the doctor were false.Dr. Shafi Shihabdeen has already filed a Fundamental Rights petition in court against his arrest.The case has been postponed by two weeks. (Colombo Gazette) The CID had submitted a report to court based on the investigations conducted by the OIC of the CID Gang Robberies Branch, IP Nishantha Silva. However, the CID said that there was no evidence to prove the allegations.The CID had also said that it will seek approval to lift the Detention Order (DO) on Dr. Shafi. The doctor, who is now in CID custody, had been accused of illegally sterilizing several women during operations he had conducted, preventing them from being able to give birth again. read more

Colorados sustainable tourism push shows signs of success

DENVER — Colorado officials say the state took in more tourism money without increasing the overall number of visitors in what is perceived as a success for sustainable tourism.The Colorado Sun reports the Colorado Tourism Office research released Thursday shows travellers spent $22.3 billion in 2018, a nearly 7% increase over 2017.Officials say overall visitation numbers remained flat as revenues rose, indicating a two-year plan to bring tourists to less-visited areas of the state is working.Tourism authorities began a focused campaign in 2017 promoting travel while protecting the state’s natural resources and landscapes.A brochure offers advice such as avoiding shortcuts that erode trails and carrying out trash.A survey of 2,500 travellers showed an increasing number of people chose Colorado because of its environmental protection and sustainability focus.___Information from: The Colorado Sun, http://coloradosun.comThe Associated Press read more