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* Sri Lanka police arrest ruling party politician for attacks on UNP PS member

Sept 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police Tuesday arrested a ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politician alleged of attacking an opposition United National Party local council member in Badulla district.
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* Sri Lanka Navy accused of damaging fishing nets of Indian fishermen

Sept 23(CP) Rameswaram- Indian fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu have accused Sri Lanka navy personnel of damaging their dishing nets when they were fishing near Katchatheevu Island.
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* Needs a far-reaching accountability process for reconciliation in Sri Lanka - UN rights chief

Sept 23 (CP) Geneva- While commending the Sri Lankan government for the progress it made in the resettlement and reconstruction, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights says a that a more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka is needed to achieve reconciliation between communities.
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* Supporters of Sri Lanka opposition parties clash in Uva, journalist among injured

Sept 22 (CP) Hali-Ela- Supporters of Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the main opposition United National Party clashed today in the Hali-Ela in the Badulla district of the Uva Province.
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* JVP complains of goon attack after the release of PC polls results

Sept 23 (Island) The JVP yesterday said that houses of its candidates and its election offices had been attacked allegedly by the UPFA supporters in the Uva Province after the release the results of Saturday’s PC polls. Armed with clubs and axes the goons had come in pick-up trucks, Moneragala District JVP Team Leader for the Uva Provincial Council Election R. M. Jayawardena told The Island.
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* Colombo's denial mode over ISI doesn't help things

Sept 22 (Rediff) The recent arrest of Sri Lankan Tamil national Arun Selvarajan by the National Intelligence Agency in Chennai may have exposed the sheer audaciousness – or, utter stupidity -- of Pakistani ISI operations in southern India.
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* Jumbo attacks farmer leaving for lunch

Sept 22 (DN) A farmer attacked by an elephant in his paddy field at Alicumbe in the Ampara district was admitted to Akkaraipattu Base Hospital. C.Karunakaram, 55, after working in the field had gone to another paddy field at Palaimadu to share his lunch with colleagues when a wild elephant had attacked him after smashing the bicycle the farmer was riding.
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* China, Sri Lanka pledge to boost military cooperation

Sept 23 (CP) Beijing- China today said it is ready to boost "pragmatic cooperation" in various fields with the Sri Lankan military. Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission hailed the friendship between the two countries when Sri Lanka's Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa called on him on Tuesday in Beijing.
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* A batch of 500 northern youth recruited to Sri Lanka Army complete training

Sept 23 (CP) Jaffna- A batch of 500 northern youth recruited to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) completed their three-month long training and passed out in a colorful ceremony on Saturday (20) at the Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) grounds at Kankasanthurai, Jaffna. (Sri Lanka Army Photo)
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* Major Tamil party affirms self-rule within a unitary state in Sri Lanka

Sept 22 (CP) Colombo- The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), the main constituent of Sri Lanka's Tamil political party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today in an affidavit to the Supreme Court affirmed that neither the ITAK nor the TNA will seek a separate state within the territory of Sri Lanka.
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* Tamil asylum-seekers being deported from UK despite evidence of torture

Sept 23 (Guardian) The UK continues to deport Tamils seeking political asylum to Sri Lanka, despite strong evidence that the security forces systematically use torture against those suspected of dissident activity five years after the end of the country’s civil war.
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* Commission completes probe on 1000th complaint

Sept 23 (DM) The Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has completed investigations into 1,000 complaints concerning missing persons, a commission spokesman said yesterday.
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* HRC Director killed, three others seriously injured in accident

Sept 22 (Island) A Director of the Human Rights Commission was killed and three others were seriously injured yesterday afternoon in a road accident at Beligala, Balangoda. The injured were admitted to the Balangoda Hospital. Police identified the dead HRC Director as Welikalage Thusitha Ruwan Kumari (44).
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* Kudu Ruwan arrested

Sept 22 (DM) Ruwan Dhammika alias ‘Kudu Ruwan’ was arrested on charges of possessing 804 grams of heroin by the Borella police in Mount Lavinia last night. Police officers opened fire at the vehicle he was travelling as he had defied police orders.
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