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* Tamil Tiger fundraiser losses battle to stay in Canada as federal court upholds deportation order

Jan 17 (CP) Toronto- An alleged fundraiser for Sri Lanka's vanquished terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has lost his battle to stay in Canada after a federal judge dismissed his appeal against deportation.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests two with 45 kilograms of Kerala cannabis

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel Monday arrested two individuals transporting 45 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja). Naval personnel attached to SLNS Buwaneka located in Nachchikuda in the North Central Naval Command have arrested the two suspects with the consignement, in the sea area of Erukkulampiddi.
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* Travel ban imposed on Avant Garde Chairman and former Defense Ministry official

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today imposed a travel ban on the Chairman of controversial Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and former Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Palitha Fernando.
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* Another NFF MP at FCID

Jan 17 (DM) National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Padma Udaya Shantha arrived at the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) this morning to give a statement over alleged misuse of state vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secretariat.
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* JO begins protest campaign to obtain release of Wimal

Jan 16 (Island) The National Freedom Front (NFF) and the Joint Opposition will launch a protest campaign opposite the Fort Railway station today (Jan. 16) demanding the immediate release of NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa, MP, remanded till Jan. 24 on a charge of causing losses to the state by releasing vehicles to those not authorised to use them.
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* Two cops assaulted

Jan 17 (DM) Two police constables have been hospitalized after they were assaulted at Baththalangunduwa Island in Kalpitiya last night. Police said the two constables had gone to inquire into a complaint received from a women at the Island stating that her son was acting aggressively.
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* Sri Lankan national arrested in India for entering illegally

Jan 17 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan national has been arrested by Tamil Nadu police for entering the state illegally by a ferry, Indian media reported. The 27-year-old Sri Lankan was arrested at Arichal Munai, 15 km from Rameswaram today after he arrived by an illegal ferry, the police said. The police had arrested another Sri Lankan from the same area four days earlier.
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* Namal Rajapaksa pleads not guilty to contempt of Court charges

Jan 16 (CP) Colombo- Hambantota District parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa today pleaded not guilty to contempt of court charges filed against him. Contempt of court charges against MP Namal Rajapaksa have been filed for neglecting orders of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.
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* GA determines Musaeus fire an act of arson

Jan 17 (Island) The Government Analyst had determined that the fire that broke out at the Musaeus College auditorium on Nov. 04 in 2016 was caused by someone pouring kerosene on its stage and setting fire to it, the Cinnamon Gardens police yesterday reported to the Colombo Chief Magistrate.
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* Lasantha told family members about death threats, CID tells Court

Jan 17 (DN) Former Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge had told his family members that he had received death threats over the controversial MIG deal, the Criminal Investigations Department informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
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* Rakna Lanka to appeal against SIAC verdict

Jan 16 (DN) Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited is to file an appeal against the verdict of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) that the company must pay Rs. 840 million in compensation to the Avant Garde Company. The company has failed to make submissions through lawyers when the case was taken up before the SIAC, a Rakna Lanka Securities Limited spokesman said.
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