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* Same group responsible for Lasantha's murder and Keith Noyahr's abduction, CID tells court

Jan 18 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate Court that the same organized group of suspects had carried out both the murder of senior journalist and Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and the abduction and assault of The Nation's former Deputy Editor Keith Noyahr.
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* Italian man hit and killed by train in Mt.Lavinia

Jan 18 (DM) A 67-year-old Italian man died after being hit by a Railroad inspection train near a hotel in De Seram Road, Mount Lavinia last evening, Police said. The victim died on the admission to the Kalubowila hospital with serious injuries, they said.
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* First Sri Lankan women graduate from Army School of Ceremonial in UK

Jan 17 (CP) Catterick- The first women from Sri Lanka will graduate from the Army School of Ceremonial in Catterick this week. Every year, military personnel from across the Commonwealth travel all the way to Catterick
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* Special High Court to hear Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Museum case daily from Jan 22

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The Special High Court today ordered to hear the case against former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others daily beginning from the 22nd of January.
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* Person nabbed in Kaduwela with heroin worth over Rs. 60 million

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested a person with over 5 kilograms of heroin worth over Rs. 60 million. The officers of the Police Narcotics Bureau acting on a tip off arrested the suspect along with a three-wheeler near the Ceypetco gas station located on the Malabe-Kaduwela road at around 8.50 p.m. last night.
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* Udayanga transferred Rs 72 mn from Colombo to Dubai-AG tells court Probe on MiG deal

Jan 17 (Island) The Attorney General Department yesterday told Acting Fort Magistrate that in addition to one-time Sri Lankan Ambassador in Moscow Udayanga Weeratunga allegedly involved in MiG deal, his wife, brother-in-law (Lalith Nelum Mannamperuma) and mother-in-law (Latha Indrani Mannamperuma) had received large sums of money from overseas.
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* AG given time to file written submissions in ‘Sil redi’ case

Jan 18 (Island) The Court of Appeal yesterday gave the Attorney General time till Feb. 5 to file written submissions, pertaining to an appeal filed by Lalith Weeratunga, against the High Court judgment in the sil redi case.
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* FR petition against Chinese law firm

Jan 18 (DN) A Fundamental Rights petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order to prohibit Baqian Law Group Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. from engaging in any legal professional work in Sri Lanka. Attorney-at-Law Nayantha Wijesundara is challenging the decision of the Registrar General of Companies to incorporate a limited liability company which purports to provide legal services in Sri Lanka.
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* Germany authorities arrest suspect in the assassination of Sri Lanka Foreign Minister in 2005

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- German authorities have said that they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the assassination of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005, according to an Associated Press report.
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* Sri Lanka Army to release over 1200 acres in the North to original owners on Monday

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army complying with the President Maithripala Sirisena's directive prepares to return over 1,200 acres of lands held by the army in the North to the original owners with no impact to the national security.
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* Driver’s Demerit Points System will effect at the year-end: DMT

Jan 17 (DM) Driver Improvement Points which was known as Driver’s Demerit Points System would be added to the driver's licence by the end of this year, Motor Traffic Department (DMT) said. ‘Demerit points’ means the points assigned for traffic offences under the Motor Traffic Act in addition to any other penalties entered to the Driving Licence or Endorsement Form of the offender.
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* Udayanga Weeratunga: UAE begins extradition proceedings

Jan 17 (DN) State Counsel Udara Karunathilaka appearing on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department yesterday informed the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court that UAE authorities have commenced legal proceedings into the extradition of former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, a first cousin of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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