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* Sri Lanka confirms 56 Covid-19 deaths occurred on Thursday, toll rises to 4,380

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Friday reported that 56 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed that 56 deaths occurred on Thursday, July 29 due to the COVID-19.
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* Remains of 16 year-old domestic aide at MP Bathiudeen’s residence exhumed

July 30 (CP) Colombo- The body of the 16 year-old girl who died of burn injuries while working as a house maid at MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence has been exhumed.
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* Shocking 17,500 video clips of Lankan children being sexually abused

July 30 (Island) There were over 17,500 video clips of Sri Lankan children being sexually abused, on the Internet and action had been taken to arrest those responsible, Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said yesterday. The Sri Lanka Police had sought the assistance of international law enforcement agencies
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* 113 quarantine law violators arrested

July 30 (DN) 113 persons were arrested yesterday for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distancing, said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana.
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* Coronavirus update: 2,370 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 304,202

July 29 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 2,370 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. Among the cases confirmed today, 2,329 are from the New Year cluster and 41 are foreign arrivals currently in quarantine.
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* Supreme Court decision on Finance Amendment Bill to the President and Speaker

July 29 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today concluded oral submissions on petitions seeking a ruling that the Finance Amendment Bill submitted by the Minister of Finance to Parliament is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has announced that it will soon refer its decision to the President and the Speaker of Parliament.
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* Coronavirus update: 1,940 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total exceeds 300,000

July 28 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,940 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday. Among the cases confirmed today, 1,919 are from the New Year cluster and 21 are foreign arrivals currently in quarantine.
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* Human Rights organizations urge Sri Lanka government to release Rights Activist Hejaaz Hizbullah and others

July 28 (CP) Colombo- New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) and 10 other organizations including Amnesty International have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to release lawyer and civic rights activist Hejaaz Hizbullah and others held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
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* Police record statements from previous domestic aides served at MP Bathiudeen’s residence

July 28 (CP) Colombo- A special police team from Colombo recorded statements from the family members of the broker, who brought 16-year-old Ishalini Jude Kumar to work at the MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence and from several other women who served in the MP’s house, at the Dayagama Estate yesterday (27).
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* Two years in prison, Rs. 15,000 fine for trafficking heroin

July 28 (DN) An accused was sentenced to two years in prison and fined Rs. 15,000 for trafficking 20 packets of heroin. Police said they found the heroin in the three wheeler of the accused.
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* Lankan in UK demands ransom from woman threatening to release her private pics

July 28 (DM) A Sri Lankan man from Jaffna who is currently residing in the UK has demanded Rs 1.7 million in ransom from a woman from Slave Island after threatening to release her photographs on social media.
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* Sarana Gunawardena acquitted in 8 cases

July 30 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today (30) ordered the release of former Petroleum Industries Deputy Minister and former Chairman of Development Lotteries Board (DLB) Sarana Gunawardena in eight cases filed by the Bribery Commission.
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* Suspect arrested with a stock of drugs worth Rs. 400 million in Bandaragama

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Kalutara District Crime Investigation Unit arrested a suspect in the Renukana area in Bandaragama early this morning (30) with a stock of heroin worth over Rs. 400 million, said Police Media Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana.
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* Man dies while being treated at spa in Thalawathugoda

July 30 (DN) The Thalangama Police launched investigation after a 36-year-old man has died while being treated at a Spa at Thalawathugoda in Thalangama yesterday. Police said the deceased was a resident of Homagama.
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* Sri Lankan court orders to ban all harmful websites

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Additional Magistrate Lochana Abeywickrema today (29) ordered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to ban all harmful websites in Sri Lanka. The Magistrate also directed the Commission to submit a report to the court containing all information pertaining to malicious websites accessing the internet, registration of such website names, payments and provision of services.
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* Sri Lanka confirms 66 Covid-19 deaths occurred on Wednesday, toll rises to 4,324

July 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Thursday reported that 66 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed that 66 deaths occurred on Wednesday, July 28 due to the COVID-19.
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* Special team of experts to conduct second post mortem on under-aged maid at MP Bathiudeen’s house

July 29 (CP) Colombo- A team of medical specialists has been appointed to conduct a second post-mortem examination of a 16-year-old girl who died of burn injuries while working as a house maid at MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence.
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* Sri Lanka confirms 63 Covid-19 deaths occurred on Tuesday, toll rises to 4,258

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Wednesday reported that 48 deaths due to COVID-19 occurred on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed that 63 deaths occurred on Tuesday, July 27 due to the COVID-19.
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* Sri Lankan drowns in flash floods in Oman

July 28 (TOO) Muscat- Tyron Thomas, a 31-year-old Sri Lankan national employed on Masirah Island, was so scared of what would happen to him, his wife, and young daughter if he was infected with COVID-19 that he made a 200 km trip to Jalan Bani Bu Ali to get vaccinated.
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* Over 17,000 child pornography videos uploaded to internet in Sri Lanka

July 29 (DN) More than 17,000 video clips and photographs related to child pornography which have been uploaded to the internet from Sri Lanka between June, July this year.
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* Army helps police catch two suspects transporting gold plated antique statues

July 28 (Island) The Vavuniya police, alerted by the Army intelligence operatives, nabbed two persons on Tuesday and took into custody two gold plated antique statues being transported in a three-wheeler to be sold. One of the statues was an animal icon of a canine while the other was a statue of the Hindu Goddess Kali
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