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Last Updated = Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 01:16 pm SL Time

* Former LTTE couple arrested with a claymore mine planned two attacks - Police

Dec 04 (CP) Colombo- The couple, who were arrested by the intelligence services on Wednesday (02) while transporting a claymore mine along with their child, had taken the bombs to carry out two attacks in the North and East, police investigations have revealed.
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* Motorcycle thief arrested with heroin

Dec 04 (DN) A suspect was arrested for stealing motorcycles in Dagonna in the Minuwangoda Police Division yesterday. He had with him three grams of heroin at the time of the arrest.
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* CID takes statements from 26 regarding Mahara prison riot

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded statements from 26 persons regarding the incident at Mahara Prison, that left 11 inmates dead and 108 persons including two prison officers injured.
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* Sri Lanka reports 5 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, toll rises to 129

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported five more deaths Thursday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 129, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed following 05 deaths from COVID-19 infected patients
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* Legal action against the suspect who obstructed the duties of Atulugama PHI

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that legal action will be taken to arrest a person involved in obstructing the duties of a Public Health Inspector (PHI) who was attempting to treat a COVID-19 infected person in the Atulugama area in Bandaragama.
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* Cyclone Burevi moving away from Sri Lanka

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- Cyclone Burevi is currently leaving Sri Lanka off the coast of Illuppaikadavai in Mannar and will emerge into Gulf of Mannar by noon today, the Meteorology Department said. This Cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 70-80 kmph gusting up to 90 kmph is very likely to move west-northwestwards and its influence is expected to be gradually reduced during next few hours according to the Meteorology Department.
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* Sri Lanka reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, toll rises to 124

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka reported two more deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 124, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services has confirmed 02 deaths from COVID-19 infected patients
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* Basil’s travel ban imposed in Malwana case lifted

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- Gampaha High Court Judge Nimal Ranaweera Wednesday (02) lifted the travel ban imposed on former Minister Basil Rajapaksa by the Gampaha High Court. The Attorney General had filed charges against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Thirukumar Nadesan in the Gampaha High Court
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* Cyclone Burevi to cross Sri Lanka tonight, Naval and fishing communities warned

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- The deep depression over south-west Bay of Bengal which has now intensified into a cyclonic storm and is named Cyclone Burevi is very likely to cross Sri Lanka on Wednesday night, the Meteorology Department said.
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* Covid patient spits at PHI officer

Dec 03 (DM) A Covid-19 infected person from Atulugama, Bandaragama has spat on the face of a PHI who attempted to transfer the patient for medical treatment, police said. Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said when the area PHI had visited the inmate in order to transfer him to a treatment centre , he had refused to cooperate.
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* Mahara prison riot: How pills meant for mental patients triggered violence

Dec 02 (Island) A high-level investigation into the Mahara Prison riot took an unexpected turn yesterday (1) following the revelation that the prison dispensary had stored over 21,000 tablets prescribed for mental disorders and sleeping pills.
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* AG indicts Sampayo, four others for forgery

Dec 02 (DN) Attorney General Dappula De Livera has filed indictment in the Negombo High Court against interdicted Negombo Prison Superintendent Anuruddha Sampayo, four Prison officers and two inmates over an incident where a cell equipped with luxury utilities was discovered inside the Negombo prison.
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* Bus carrying Covid-19 patients met with accident in Welikanda

Dec 04 (DM) A bus carrying 23 COVID-19 patients heading towards Punani collided with another bus coming from Kattankudy to Polonnaruwa at Asela Pura in Welikanda this morning. Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said the drivers of the two buses were hospitalised and two patients who suffered minor injuries were taken to the treatment centre by the authorities.
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* Do not cremate the bodies of Mahara detainees until the inquest is over - Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says that there are three main reasons for the prisoner protest at Mahara Prison and the ensuing clashes.
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* Coronavirus update: 628 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 26,038

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 628 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. Among the positive cases identified Thursday are 627 close contacts of the infected from Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and one arrived from Italy and in quarantine.
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* Cyclone Burevi damages 65 fishing vessels in Mannar

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- The Mannar United Fisheries Association says that 65 boats anchored in the Mannar Pesalai fishing harbor were swept away by the cyclone this morning (03).
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* Mahara Prison inmate escaped from Ragama Hospital arrested

Dec 03 (CP) Colombo- An inmate of the Mahara Prison who escaped from the Colombo North Teaching Hospital in Ragama has been arrested by the prison intelligence officers in the Orugodawatta area. The inmate who was receiving treatment at the Ragama Hospital after being injured in the riot at the Mahara Prison has escaped last night.
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* Coronavirus update: 878 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 25,410

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 878 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday. All the positive cases identified Wednesday are close contacts of the infected from Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster.
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* Cyclone Burevi changes wind speed and path, government on standby to respond to the impact

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- The Meteorology Department of Sri Lanka says that there has been a slight change in the path of Cyclone "Burevi".
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* Situation at Mahara Prison peaceful - Secretary of Defense

Dec 02 (CP) Colombo- Defense Secretary Kamal Gunaratne Tuesday (01) said that the situation at the Mahara Prison, which was in a state of unrest recently, is now completely peaceful. He said so in response to a question raised by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa at the Consultative Committee on Defense in Parliament.
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* Former State Minister Nalin Bandara among those asked for suspects’ release on police bail

Dec 03 (Island) Former State Minister Nalin Bandara had urged police officers in Hettipola, on May 2019, to release six suspects arrested for allegedly attacking Muslim owned properties following the Easter Sunday attacks, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter Sunday attacks was informed yesterday.
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* Measures to release 6,000 prisoners held without bail

Dec 03 (DN) Steps will be taken to release about 6,000 prisoners who are being held in prisons without bail by next Monday (07), Justice Ministry Adviser U R Jayasinghe said. The release will take place at the Mahara Prison as a precautionary measure to reduce overcrowding in the prisons, he said.
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* Police force will be increased to 100,000: Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara

Dec 02 (DM) The Police Force that remains currently at 80,000 personnel will be increased to 100,000 to fight crimes in a more successful and vigorous manner, Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara said.
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