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* Sri Lanka Army says returned 19,500 acres of land in Jaffna to civilians

July 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Army says that it has gradually returned a large extent of land to the original owners after reducing the size of army camps in Jaffna. Military Spokesman and Ministry of Defence, Media Center Director Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the land occupied by the Army now has been reduced to 6,500 acres from the original 26,000 acres.
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* Police ask Hirunika to disclose Kolonnawa drug barons’ names

July 24 (Island) Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana yesterday, in response to the UPFA Western Provincial Councillor Hirunika Premachandra’s claim that she knew the drug barons in Kolonnawa, asked her to disclose their names and addresses.
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* UK court finds suspect guilty of murdering Sri Lankan pizza delivery worker

July 23 (CP) Sheffield- A British court in Sheffield today found a suspect guilty of murdering a Sri Lankan pizza delivery worker, who was on his last shift delivering pizza on his last day as a delivery worker before embarking on an IT career.
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* Indian court asks for written correspondence over the proposed sale of warships to Sri Lanka

July 23 (CP) Madurai- The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court in Chennai, hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed on the proposed sale of two naval warships to Sri Lanka, has called for the records of the written correspondence between the central Indian government and the state government of Tamil Nadu over the issue.
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* Pak heroin smuggler had hired registered firm for the job

July 23 (Island) The exact weight of the heroin retrieved from three plastic moulding machines imported from Pakistan was 93 kilos and 760 grammes with a street value of Rs. 656.32 million, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said yesterday. Customs were retrieving heroin secreted in the three machines the previous night and they had only got one machines examined by the time yesterday’s edition went to press.
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* Heroin case: three remanded

July 23 (DN) Three suspects involved in trafficking heroin and possessing three grams and 380 mgs of heroin valued at Rs. 100,000 were remanded by Panadura Additional District Judge and Chief Magistrate Ruchira Welliwatte.
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* Hostile reception greets TNA Provincial Councillor at Mullaithivu Courts

July 24 (DN) TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan was in for a rude shock when she arrived at the Mullaithivu Magistrate’s Court on Monday (21). She was confronted by a group of some 350 Tamil families demanding to know what she and her ‘missing’ husband LTTE’s Ellilan had done to their children.
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* Four sentenced to death for murder

July 24 (DM) Four people were sentenced to death by the Kandy High court today on charges of having murdered a van driver at Pelmadulla in 1999. Five suspects were produced in Court but one of them had died during the course of the trial.
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* Sri Lankan university students protest in Colombo

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Thousands of university students in Sri Lanka today marched in the streets of Sri Lankan capital Colombo demanding the authorities to revoke a suspension imposed on 28 of their fellow students at the Rajarata University.
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* Thavisha Peiris murder: Man guilty of pizza man's 'frenzied' killing

July 23 (BBC) A man has been found guilty of murdering a pizza delivery worker who was making his last deliveries before moving to his "dream job". Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25, was found stabbed in his car in Southey Crescent, Sheffield, on 27 October.
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* Turns out to be turmeric

July 23 (DM) The Customs Revenue Task Force discovered 27,000 kilogrammes of fraudulently imported Turmeric from India in two containers, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said. ”The consignment had been declared as rice, defrauding Rs. 5.6 million of tax revenue,” he said.
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* Religious unrest to continue in Sri Lanka but police action more likely when tourism affected

July 23 (Janes) Rising Buddhist violence in Sri Lanka peaked in June when monks ostensibly instigated anti-Muslim riots in the tourist towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Western Province, in which three people were killed.
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