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* Japan deports 26 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- Japan has deported 26 Sri Lankans including asylum seekers on Thursday, after their applications for refugee status were rejected. The government of Japan has determined that they did not qualify for refugee status rejecting each individual's application twice, a Japan Times report said.
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* Lone survivor of Sri Lanka Air Force plane crash dies

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- The lone survivor of the Sri Lanka military transport plane crash on December 12 succumbed to his injuries Thursday night at the Colombo National Hospital. Leading Aircraftsmen G.K.N. Chaturanga was being treated at the intensive care unit of the Colombo National Hospital Following the crash of the Sri Lanka Air Force Antonov-32 in Hokandara on December 12.
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* Sri Lankan court extends remand of 38 Indian fishermen till December 31

Dec 18 (CP) Jaffna- A Sri Lankan court Thursday ordered to further remand the 38 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy few months ago. Oorkavalthurai Magistrate has extended the remand until December 31, when the fishermen arrested on different occasions were produced before the court today
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* ‘Maga Maruwa’ arrested for burgling Aravinda’s house

Dec 19 (Island) The Fort police station have arrested a 39-year-old drug addict for breaking into former national cricketer Aravinda de Silva’s Thurstan Road residence last October and removing valuables and cash.
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* Best training for troops here and abroad - Army chief

Dec 19 (DN) Large allocations have been earmarked to provide the best training opportunities to troops here and abroad, Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake said.
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* Best training for troops here and abroad - Army chief

Dec 18 (DN) Large allocations have been earmarked to provide the best training opportunities to troops here and abroad, Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake said. Lieutenant General Ratnayake on arrival at SFHQs was received by the Commanders.
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* Madras high court suggests government free Lanka doctor held in camp

Dec 18 (TOI) CHENNAI- The Madras high court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to consider releasing a Sri Lankan Tamil doctor, now lodged in a special camp for refugees at Poonamallee, so that he could return to his country with his family and reclaim the property they had left behind during the civil war.
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* Sri Lanka court grants bail to former Army Commander's son-in-law

Dec 19 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to Danuna Tilakaratne, the son-in-law of former Army Commander and Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka after he surrendered to the court Friday (19). Colombo High Court judge Iranganie Perera released Tilakaratne, who appeared in court through legal counsel, on a cash bail of Rs. 400,000 and two sureties.
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* Sri Lanka main opposition accuses Army of political campaigning for President, Army denies

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) on Thursday accused army chief Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake of deploying troops to campaign for Commander-in-Chief President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential elections.
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* Sri Lankan court sentences two Pakistani men to death for drug trafficking

Dec 18 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Wednesday handed out death sentences to two Pakistani men accused of trafficking heroin into the island. Colombo High Court Judge Irangani Perera Wednesday sentenced the two Pakistani men, who pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
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* Bodies of mother and daughter found in Padiyathalawa

Dec 19 (DM) The bodies of a 30-year-old woman and her six-year-old daughter were found last night near the 51st milepost at Padiyathalawa in Mahiyangana, police said.
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* Two con men nabbed for duping tourist couple

Dec 18 (Island) KANDY- Two con men who had allegedly duped a Canadian couple promising to supply ‘ganja’ for Rs. 4,000 were arrested by the Kandy police. The duo aged 25 years and 28 years had approached the young Canadian couple while they were walking round the Kandy Lake and got them to smoke cannabis.
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* Nittambuwa claymores to be defused today

Dec 18 (DM) The two locally made claymore mines discovered yesterday at a cemetery in Bamunuwa, Nittambuwa would be defused by the Special Task Force today on a court order, Police said.
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