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* Saudi court hands 5 years to American who killed his Sri Lankan wife

July 25 (CP) Riyadh- A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a US resident, convicted of killing his Sri Lankan wife, to five years in jail, according to a report in Arab News. The American is said to have hidden her body for eight months in a tube inside a pipe designed to detect gas in Al-Kharj desert.
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* Long delay in conclusion of corruption case highlights need for remedial measures - lawyer

July 25 (Island) Attorney-at-law Chrishmal Warnasuriya yesterday said that urgent remedial measures were required to obviate the inordinate delays in hearing both criminal and civil cases. Warnasuriya was commenting on Colombo High Court convicting former Director General of Emigration and Immigration J.A. Ariyasena (69) of bribery charges in respect of allegations 21 years ago.
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* Four killed, another four injured in two accidents

July 25 (DM) Four people were killed and another four injured in two separate road accidents in Warakapola and Mankulam yesterday, police said. A 21-year-old man and a 32-year-old man were killed and three others were injured
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* Sri Lanka Navy seizes 156 kg of Kerala Cannabis abandoned on the northwestern coast

July 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel have recovered a stock of 'Kerala Ganja' abandoned on the northwestern coast after spotting a suspicious boat in the seas off the area. Navy personnel who were on duty at the Radar Station at SLNS Therapuththa in Silawathurai belonging to the North Western Naval Command, detected a suspicious craft in the seas off Arippu on Friday.
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* Three hacked to death in Batticaloa

July 24 (DM) The bodies of three families members hacked to death were found in Vellawali, Batticaloa early this morning, Police said. The victims were identified by the as a 25-year-old woman, her farther and her 18-month old daughter.
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* Indian fishermen warned to avoid Diego Garcia waters; but not Sri Lanka

July 24 (ST) Fishermen in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu launched an indefinite strike from Friday in protest against the “arrest” of fishermen and “impounding” of their trawlers by the Sri Lankan Navy.
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* USS New Orleans arrives in Sri Lanka to provide training and disaster relief

July 25 (CP) Colombo- The United States Navy vessel USS New Orleans (LPD 18) with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU arrived at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka on July 24 on a goodwill visit. Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions welcomed the US ship on her arrival.
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* Man held for triple murder in Batticaloa

July 25 (DN) A man was arrested in Batticaloa over a triple murder yesterday. Investigations revealed the man had hacked to death his wife, father-in-law and child at Kakachchiveddai village, Vellaveli, Batticaloa.
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* Japanese, Omani naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka's Colombo Port

July 24 (CP) Colombo- SSri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese naval ships and a Royal Omani Navy Ship arrived at the Port of Colombo on Sunday.
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* Sri Lanka defense officials evaluate the status of land in North to accelerate resettlement of the displaced

July 24 (CP) Colombo- A high-level delegation of defense officials including the Secretary of Defense Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Commander of Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva on Saturday visited and evaluated the status quo of the Army-released civilian lands in Jaffna and the progress of the ongoing house construction projects of the Army for accelerated resettlement of the displaced persons.
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* Public interest litigation activist files FR against PM’s request over Singarasa case

July 24 (Island) A public interest litigation activist has filed a Fundamental Right petition seeking an Interim Relief with a direction to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to suspend any further action on the request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urging a ruling from the Speaker on the constitutionality of a Supreme Court judgement popularly known as the Singarasa case, until the final determination of the petition.
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* Cocaine haul: Customs has only two scanners working

July 24 (SO) Only two scanners of the four meant for container examinations at the Customs Yard were in working condition, while the Customs requires six such scanners to carry out functions smoothly. However, the Authorities were in the process of buying four new machines, Customs Media Spokesperson and Director Dharmasena Kahandawa said.
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