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* Two Philippine Navy ships arrive at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port on goodwill visit

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Philippine Navy ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday on a goodwill visit. Philippine Navy ships BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Ramon Alcaraz arrived at the port of Colombo on a three-day goodwill visit on 26th January.
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* IGP Pujith tells PCoI he did not put Shani on Buddha statue vandalism case

Jan 27 (Island) Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujth Jayasundera, who has been sent on compulsory leave, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday terror attacks on Saturday (25) that he had not instructed former CID Director Shani Abeysekara to take over the investigations on the vandalising of Buddha statues in Mawanella.
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* Constituent Council decides to question Attorney General on certain orders

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- The Constituent Council chaired by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to summon the Attorney General and inquire into some of the decisions taken by him. Attention of the Constituent Council was drawn to the order to arrest suspended High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.
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* Sri Lanka patients tested negative for coronavirus

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Tests conducted of four people with suspected symptoms of the coronavirus infection have come back negative, the government has said. The National Medical Research Institute said the tests have confirmed the four people tested for suspected symptoms of coronavirus were not infected by the coronavirus.
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* Suspect in robbery case caught hiding in WPC’s house

Jan 26 (Island) A suspect in a robbery case alleged by locals in the area to be a member of the LTTE was arrested by Manipay Police in the Jaffna Police Division while hiding in the house of a woman police constable in Telippalai, last week.
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* Influencing court : Magistrate Pilapitiya refutes allegation

Jan 26 (SO) The former Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya who has been implicated by the Ranjan Tapes says that despite death threats against his family he did not let UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake influence the court proceedings.
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* Two women suspected of contracting coronavirus in Sri Lanka admitted to the IDH

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo: Two women suspected of contracting the coronavirus have been admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Angoda.
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* Phone scandal: Some lawyers protest against move to arrest interdicted HC Judge Pilapitiya

Jan 25 (Island) A group of lawyers, yesterday (24), protested at Hultsdorp against what a spokesman for them, Sunil Watagala, called the Attorney General resorting to arbitrary actions in the wake of leaked audio clips containing conversations between judges and UNP lawmaker Ranjan Ramanayake.
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* Tamil journalists targeted with threat of execution

Jan 25 (Morning Star) TAMIL journalists in Sri Lanka were issued with death threats on Thursday in leaflets posted under the door of their office. Threatening leaflets were left at the Batticaloa Press Club in Sri Lanka’s eastern province
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* Passara accident caused by lack of maintenance

Jan 27 (DN) The failure of the Badulla Depot to conduct proper maintenance on the ill-fated SLTB bus had been the reason for the fatal accident that took place in Passara on January 6. This has been revealed by the special committee appointed on the instructions of Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera
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* Two transit passengers arrived at Sri Lanka international airport with symptoms of coronavirus infection admitted to hospital

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Two transit passengers who arrived at the Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo today, were suspected to be infected with the coronavirus, and referred to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Colombo for further treatment.
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* Pakistan’s Naval Chief arrives in Sri Lanka on an official visit

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 25th January 2020 for a five-day official visit to Sri Lanka.
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* Special traffic plan in Sri Lanka capital in preparation of Independence Day celebrations

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- A special traffic plan will be in place from today surrounding the area of Independence Square in Colombo due to the rehearsal of the 72nd National Independence Day celebrations.
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* CID freezes assets of the Edwards on money laundering charges

Jan 26 (ST) The assets of Rienzie Mahesh Kumara Edwards and his wife, Punya Priyanji Menike Edwards, two suspects in an international money laundering case, were frozen on Friday by the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit (FCIU) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), police confirmed.
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* Sri Lankan man, on Sabarimala pilgrimage, kills sister for hiding liquor

Jan 26 (NIE) CHENNAI- In a shocking case, a 50-year-old man murdered his sister under the influence of alcohol. R Tharageshwari, a Sri Lankan native, was staying at a rented house in Valasarvakkam with her mother and son.
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* IGP Pujith Jayasundera testifies before the presidential commission of inquiry

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, who has been sent on compulsory leave has arrived at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks last year.
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* Statements on abduction case: Court orders arrests

Jan 25 (DN) Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna, K.A.Gamini, Thushara Mendis and former LTTE member B.M. Wijekanthan
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