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* Rajitha’s white van media conference case postponed to April 03

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today (27) ordered to postpone the hearing of the case against the former Minister Rajitha Senaratne and three others in connection with the white van media conference.
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* Sri Lanka Tourism and Police in discussion to enhance the safety and security of tourists

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- To strengthen the safety and security of tourists and increase the tourist police presence in the country, State Minister of Tourism Promotions Arundika Fernando along with Sri Lanka Tourism Officials met with the Acting IGP of Sri Lanka Police Chandana Wickramaratne last week.
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* Air Force called in to douse fire in marsh at Rajagiriya

Feb 27 (Island) A Bell 212 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force was deployed yesterday evening to douse a fire by spraying water with a ‘Bambi Bucket’ on a marshy land at Perera Mawatha on Rajagiriya Buthgamuwa Road.
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* AG seeks arrest warrant against Pilapitiya

Feb 27 (DM) Appearing for the Attorney General (AG), Senior Deputy Solicitor General Haripriya Jayasundera yesterday requested the Nugegoda Magistrate to issue an arrest warrant against interdicted judge Gihan Pilapitiya
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* Navy officer arrested for abduction of 11 youths testifies before Presidential Commission on Political Victimization

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- Former Navy Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who was in remand custody over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths, testified before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimization, for the second day today.
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* Navy and Air Force also to assist traffic police to ease traffic congestion in Colombo

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The government has decided to deploy Navy and the Air Force in addition to the Army to assist the police to handle traffic as a measure to ease congestion in capital city Colombo and suburban areas, Acting Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.
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* Rajitha’s ‘white van’ driver and victim arrested over armed robbery

Feb 26 (Island) The Peliyagoda Crimes Division arrested six suspects including two persons who made controversial statements regarding ‘white vans’ at a press conference organised by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. They were arrested for robbing an Ayurveda centre in Gampaha and making off with Rs. 4.6 million.
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* Govt should remain vigilant over COVID-19: Namal

Feb 26 (DM) Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, yesterday called on the government to remain vigilant over the COVID-19 outbreak saying the virus had already spread to several countries, causing a severe impact on the global health and economic sectors.
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* Navy recovers over 21 kg of Kerala Cannabis from Point Pedro, arrests one

Feb 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in coordination with Excise Station-Shankane, recovered a stock of Kerala Cannabis at Thambalai area in Point Pedro. Along with the contraband, the Navy has taken into custody a suspect and a motor bike.
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* Udayanga Weeratunga Extradition Saga

Feb 27 (DM) The 2006 ‘MiG Deal’ is back in the spotlight, with the Financial Crime Investigation Division investigation into the saga has led to Sri Lanka’s first-ever successful extradition request of a suspect, Udayanga Weeratunga, who is the alleged mastermind of the deal according to police reports.
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* New Prisons coming up in Watareka, Homagama

Feb 27 (Times) The Government has approved the construction of a new prisons complex in Watareka, Homagama as an alternative to the over-crowded welikada prisons, Commissioner General of Prisons T.M.J.W. Tennakoon said today.
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* Udayanga further remanded

Feb 27 (DN) Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga, who was arrested over the alleged MiG Aircraft deal, was yesterday ordered to be further remanded till March 11 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.
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* Defense Ministry to expedite ‘Virusumithuru’ housing project for families of fallen and disabled soldiers

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The Defense Ministry is to expedite the ‘Virusumithuru’ housing project, which has been designed to address the housing needs of families of fallen and disabled soldiers.
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* CID probe into purchase of Rs. 1.3 billion worth communications equipment

Feb 26 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has initiated an investigation into the purchase of communication equipment worth Rs. 1.3 billion in 2016 and 2017 without following due process, Sinhala daily Lankadeepa reported according to sources.
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* Bogollagama indicted for excessive spending in 2006

Feb 26 (DN) The Bribery Commission filed indictments in the Colombo High Court against former Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama over corruption charges relating to excessive spending in 2006. The Bribery Commission alleged that Bogollagama while Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister had illegally given his approval to release Rs.1,170,444
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* How fear set in overnight in Sri Lanka

Feb 26 (BBC) It took years for Sandya Ekneligoda to get a real investigation into the disappearance of her husband, a political cartoonist in Sri Lanka.
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