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* Australia deports 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Australia has deported the 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who arrived within the Cocos Islands via sea in a boat on Monday, and they have returned to Sri Lanka this morning. The Asylum seekers arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) early Friday morning in a special Australian flight.
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* Member of military intelligence killed

May 06 (Island) A member of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding on the Valachenai-Batticalo road collided head-on with an on coming bus on April 29th at 7.15 pm. The deceased was Panniah Jayaraj (37) of Kinniyady in Valachchenai. He was a married person. Valachchenai police are conducting investigations.
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* China, Pakistan pushing Sri Lanka to buy flawed JF-17 fighter aircraft

May 06 (ANI) London- China and Pakistan are wheeling and dealing in a big way to influence the Sri Lankan leadership to buy the highly-flawed JF-17 multi-role fighter jet in a deal which promises at least four million dollars per jet as kickbacks to those who are pushing for this sale.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests five Indians smuggling Ganja in to the island through sea

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan navy has arrested five Indians transporting a stock of Kerala Ganja in the territorial waters of the island on Wednesday. A Sri Lankan man was also arrested for helping them to transfer the stock of ganja.
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* Authorities receive 175 illegal firearms during Amnesty period

May 05 (CP) Colombo- According to authorities, the Amnesty period declared by the government to hand over illegal weapons from Monday April 25th has been successful. The authorities have received 175 illegal firearms so far during the amnesty period which will conclude on 6th May.
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* SB asks MR: Did CBK and Anuruddha get proper security

May 05 (DN) Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B. Dissanayake questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa whether he provided the required security for former Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga when they were prime targets of the LTTE.
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* Major General Sumith Manawadu of Sri Lanka Army passes away

May 06 (CP) Colombo- Major General Sumith Manawadu of Sri Lanka Army passed away this morning at the Colombo National Hospital after sustaining life threatening injuries when a wooden beam fell on his head. He was 55 years old.
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* ‘Senior DIG instructed not to investigate into Thajudeen’s wallet’

May 06 (DN) Defence Counsel appearing on behalf of former Narahenpita Crimes OIC Sumith Champika Perera yesterday informed Colombo Additional Magistrate that the former Crimes OIC was instructed by a Senior DIG not to carry out an investigate into the discovery of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s wallet in Kirulapone.
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* War Heroes Commemoration Month declared open in Sri Lanka

May 05 (CP) Colombo- The War Heroes Commemoration Month was ceremonially declared open with pinning of the first Ranaviru (War Hero) Flag on President Maithripala Sirisena at a function held at the President's Official Residence, Thursday.
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* Narahenpita Police OIC arrested for concealing evidence in rugby player's death further remanded

May 05 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today extended the remand of a senior police officer who was arrested for allegedly concealing evidence in the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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* Probe into shooting near Army camp

May 05 (DN) The Army is to conduct a special investigation into the incident where a mother of two was shot near the Bogoda Army Camp in Thanthirimale, Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera said.
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* PM: LTTE threat no longer exists

May 05 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has received assurances from both the police and the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been wiped out; therefore there was absolutely no likelihood of the group staging a comeback.
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