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* Man nabbed at airport with banned pesticides

Dec 09 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have arrested an individual while attempting to smuggle in 1,200 packets of 100 gram D-ERA pesticide packets which contain a pesticide banned in Sri Lanka.
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* SL unintended destination for cocaine shipments,claim sugar importers

Dec 09 (Island) A group of sugar importers has claimed that several cocaine shipments estimated to be worth several billions of rupees detected in Colombo since June, 2016 had been intended for the lucrative European market.A spokesperson for the importers told The Island that cocaine stocks had ended up in Colombo port due to the failure on the part of Portugal-based ‘cocaine Mafia’
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* Scot flies 5000 miles to defend himself in Sri Lankan court only for case to be adjourned

Dec 09 (DR) A Scot travelled 5000 miles to a Sri Lankan court to face claims he attacked a playboy - only for the case to be adjourned. James Casserly, 45, was hailed a hero after defending girlfriend Belinda McKenzie from a government minister's son.
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* Sri Lankan government not to change stance on Rs. 25,000 traffic fine

Dec 08 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to stand tough and not to change the decision to continue with the Rs.25, 000 fine on seven traffic offences despite the island wide strike the private bus unions and some other transport groups conducted recently.
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* Sri Lanka to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10

Dec 08 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) will commemorate International Human Rights Day - 2016 on 10 December 2016 under the theme "Stand up for Someone's Rights Today". The HRCSL says the need to stand up for the rights of fellow citizens is critical to the advancement of human rights in any society.
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* Relatives of Thajudeen in silent protest

Dec 08 (Island) Relatives of the late ruggerite, Wassim Thajudeen, yesterday held a silent protest outside the High Courts Complex Colombo, requesting that the killers and the former senior JMO of Colombo Dr. Ananda Samarasekera be arrested.
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* Gammanpila to sue Ranjan for defamation

Dec 09 (DM) MP Udaya Gammanpila said today that he would send a letter of demand to Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake demanding Rs. 500 million as compensation for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him.
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* Prison officials probe ‘VIP treatment’ for Duminda

Dec 09 (DN) Prison authorities are conducting a probe into the allegations leveled by MP Hirunika Premachandra that former MP Duminda Silva, who is on death row was enjoying special privileges. Premachandra alleged in Parliament that Silva even had a birthday party with his family members inside the prison recently.
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* AG to file charges of money laundering against MP Namal Rajapaksa

Dec 08 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General of Sri Lanka has informed the Colombo High Court that measures are being taken to indict MP Namal Rajapaksa and other suspects on money laundering in two cases.
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* President's proposal to liquidate state-owned security service provider Rakna Araksha Lanka Ltd gets approval

Dec 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has moved a proposal to liquidate the state-owned security service provider Rakna Araksha Lanka Ltd, and the Cabinet of Ministers have given their approval.
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* Pakistan Army hockey team visiting Sri Lanka

Dec 08 (CP) Colombo- As part of the ongoing Army-to-Army Sports exchange program, a 20-member Pakistan Army Hockey Team arrived in Sri Lanka on 4th December 2016 to participate in four friendly matches with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan Army.
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* JO to submit fourth complaint to Bribery Commission, FCID

Dec 08 (DN) Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage said yesterday he would submit the fourth complaint against a powerful Minister of the Government belonging to the Yahapalana Top 10 programme, to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption and the FCID .
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