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Last Updated = Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 01:03 pm SL Time

* 3,556 road accidents in two months

Mar 07 (CP) Colombo- Police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that 15 people had been killed in road accidents on March 4 alone, the second highest number of deaths this year and that pedestrians and motorcyclists were more likely to be victims of accidents.
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* No weapons for planters, but NSC will take up their security concerns

Mar 07 (ST) The Government will not issue more weapons or provide weapons training to the plantation sector management, but instead will take up their security concerns at a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday, a minister said.
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* Police arrest health worker for accepting Rs. 1000 bribe to provide COVID vaccine

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- Maradana Police have arrested an office assistant of a Medical Officer’s office this afternoon (Mar. 06) for accepting a bribe of Rs. 1000 to administer the corona vaccine, the Police said.
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* Sri Lanka reports four COVID-19 deaths Saturday, toll rises to 497

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed four deaths on Saturday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 497, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 497 by now.
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* Ministry of Public Security plans a week-long ‘crime prevention wave’

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Public security plans to implement a one-week long islandwide ‘crime prevention wave’ operation combining Police Special Task Force, Army and Police to crack down on organized crime, drug trafficking and extortion.
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* Drunk driver runs over four people in Wellawatta, one killed

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- A motorcyclist was killed and three others were injured in two accidents involving a drunk driver near Rajasinghe Mawatha, Wellawatte early Saturday morning (06), the police said. A car coming from the direction of Kollupitiya has collided with a motorcyclist at around 6.10 this morning
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* Coronavirus update: 350 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 84,960

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 350 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday. Among the positive cases identified Friday are 325 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 13 of the prison cluster and 12 foreign arrivals.
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* Sri Lanka reports four COVID-19 deaths Friday, toll rises to 493

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed four deaths on Friday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 493, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 493 by now.
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* Deaths after vaccination; not due to effects of vaccine

Mar 06 (DM) The probe and the postmortem conducted into the two deaths that were reported following COVISHIELD vaccination, have revealed that the cause for deaths was not attributed to the vaccine and it had no links to it, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said.
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* IGP, others noticed over demolition of Kurunegala King’s Court

Mar 05 (DN) The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notices on several other respondents including the IGP returnable for May 18 in connection with the writ petition filed over demolition of the King’s Court built by King second Buvanekabahu in Kurunegala.
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* Police drain irrigation well in search of woman’s head

Mar 07 (Island) Police sleuths probing the brutal killing of a woman, whose decapitated body was found inside a travelling bag at Dam Street in Pettah on Monday, have begun draining an irrigation well at Badalkumbura on suspicion that the police officer may have dumped the victim’s head there to prevent it from being traced, a senior police official said.
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* Six-member committee to study PCoI report Guidelines to formulate fresh laws

Mar 07 (SO) Chief Government Whip and Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando said the mandate of the six-member ministerial Committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to study the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the Easter Sunday attacks is to provide guidelines to the relevant ministries to formulate fresh laws and amend some of the existing laws.
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* Coronavirus update: 376 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 85,336

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 376 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday. Among the positive cases identified Saturday are 358 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 02 of the prison cluster and the rest is foreign arrivals.
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* Army Commander receives his COVID-19 vaccine

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Head, National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army, received his COVID-19 Vaccine Saturday after over 62,000 frontline troops and over half a million of people of the country received their shots.
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* Sri Lanka Navy seizes over two tonnes of dried turmeric suspected to be smuggled via sea

Mar 06 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during two separate special operations in the last two days in the northwest has seized over 2200 kilograms of dried turmeric suspected to be smuggled via sea and arrested seven suspects in connection with the incidents.
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* Two COVID victims buried for the first time in Sri Lanka

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Ending its strict cremation policy, Sri Lanka today for the first time today commenced the burial of the bodies of people who died due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The burial took place at a government selected place in the Ottamawadi area in Batticaloa, the Head of the National Operational Center for the Prevention of the spread of COVID 19, Commander of the Army, General Shavendra Silva said.
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* President calls on Sri Lanka Air Force and other Armed Services to ensure all citizens are safe and secure

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today called on the Sri Lanka Air Force and other Armed Services to maintain national security and ensure all citizens of the country are safe and secure as for them to live without fear and apprehension is a core priority of the government.
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* Search operations in Kelani River to find head of Kuruwita female victim

Mar 05 (CP) Colombo- Police have launched a search operation in the Kelani River to find the head of a murdered woman whose decapitated body was found in a traveling bag left at the Dam Street in Pettah.
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* Wannila Aththo’s writ petition fixed for support

Mar 06 (DN) The writ petition filed by Uruwarige Wannila Aththo, the leader of the indigenous population known as ‘Veddahs’, challenging the clearing of the lands at Pollebedda-Rambakan Oya was yesterday fixed for support on May 3 by Court of Appeal.
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