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* India will appeal Sri Lankan court's death sentence to five Tamil Nadu drug smugglers

Oct 31 (CP) New Delhi- India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that it will appeal the death sentences handed over to five Tamil Nadu fishermen by a lower court in Sri Lanka on charges of drug smuggling. The Colombo High Court Thursday sentenced the five fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in November 2011 and three Sri Lankan fishermen to death on charges of smuggling heroin into the island.
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* SLAF deploys 56 airmen, two officers to assist rescue operations

Oct 31 (DN) The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) deployed 56 airmen and two officers to assist the rescue operations on the ground from Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Diyathalawa. "However, the prevailing inclement weather and the ground conditions are preventing helicopter utilization," a military spokesman said.
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* Tamil Nadu CM condemns Sri Lankan court's 'unjust' conviction, says evidence fabricated

Oct 30, (CP) Chennai- The Chief Minister of India's Tamil Nadu State O. Panneerselvam today strongly condemned the Sri Lankan Court's ruling of death sentences to five Tamil Nadu fishermen on charges of drug trafficking.
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* Sri Lanka Appellate Court rejects the petition against Tamil National Alliance

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Appellate Court today rejected a petition filed against the Tamil National Alliance alleging violation of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. The petition was filed by a Sinhala organization called Patriotic National Movement.
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* India offers help for Sri Lanka landslide rescue operations

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- India today has offered assistance to Sri Lanka to help hundreds of people affected by Wednesday's landslide in the central hills of tea plantations. Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha spoke to Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris and offered the assistance to deal with the landslide disaster, the PTI reported.
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* No restrictions on travellers to North – Military spokesman

Oct 30 (Island) Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya yesterday said foreign passport holders would not be prevented from travelling to the North if they were able to meet the requirements specified by the Defence Ministry. "The government has imposed no restrictions on foreigners travelling to the north and some have been stopped from going there as they could not give valid reasons for their travel, the Military Spokesman, said.
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* Co-op manager arrested for swindling over Rs. 10 m

Oct 30 (DN) The former manager of the Badulla Cooperative Society (BCS) East Rural Bank arrested for swindling Rs.10 million from the bank was produced before the Badulla magistrate and remanded until October 31. The CID led investigations following a complaint by the BCS General Manager.
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* SC dismisses interdicted DIG's appeal

Oct 31 (Island) A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, on Wednesday, dismissed the appeal filed by the interdicted DIG of Police Vass Gunawardena, his son Ravindu, and four other persons accused of the abduction and murder of businessman Shyam, on May 22, 2013. The Supreme Court refused to grant bail to these accused persons.
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* Sniffer Dogs Join Search for Sri Lanka Mudslide Victims

Oct 31 (AFP) KOSLANDA, SRI LANKA- Sniffer dogs were brought in Friday to join the search for bodies at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, two days after a major mudslide buried alive scores of people.
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* Sri Lankan court sentences 5 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan fishermen to death for heroin trafficking

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Thursday handed out death sentences to five Indian and three Sri Lankan fishermen accused of trafficking heroin into the island. The Colombo High Court on Thursday sentenced five Tamil Nadu fishermen to death along with the three Sri Lankans on charges of drug trafficking.
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* Sri Lanka Army deploys troops and heavy machinery to assist landslide rescue operations

Oct 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army Wednesday deployed a contingent of over 500 troops from the Security Forces Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-C) to rescue the buried victims of the landslide that wreaked havoc in the Koslandawatta-Meeriyabedda estate areas of Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat in Badulla district Wednesday morning.
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* Sri Lanka landslide: Hopes fade for '100 buried'

Oct 30 (BBC) The deadly mudslide hit the Meeriyabedda tea plantation near the town of Haldummulla, about 200km (120 miles) east of the capital Colombo, on Wednesday morning. Part of a mountainside crashed into the tea estate, burying some of the workers' homes in 9m (30ft) of mud and debris.
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* Two killed; 3 injured in motor cycle accident

Oct 30 (DM) A-28-year-old motor cyclist and a-seven –months-old infant were killed and three others injured at Arakavila in Ingiriya when their motor cycle plunged into a precipice this morning, police said.
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