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Last Updated = Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 12:32 am SL Time

* Sri Lanka Police advise people not to be misled by rumors

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police today requested the public not to be misled by rumors about suspicious vehicles parked near schools and churches and panic. The Ministry of Defense emphasized that the rumors that bombs have been placed near schools and churches are completely false.
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* AG orders to arrest former MP and five others in connection with a fatal traffic accident

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- Attorney-General Dappula de Livera has instructed the head of the Police Special Investigation Unit today to immediately arrest six persons including the former Member of Parliament and journalist J Sri Ranga and former Senior Superintendent of Police of Vavuniya.
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* Sri Lanka to host international maritime conference 'Galle Dialogue' on October 21-22

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The tenth annual International Maritime Conference 'Galle Dialogue 2019' organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense is scheduled to be held in Colombo on 21st and 22nd October 2019.
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* Court publishes reasons for dismissal of petition challenging Gotabhaya's citizenship

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal, Tuesday published the reasons for rejecting the petition challenging the citizenship of former Defense Secretary and presidential candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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* Death sentence to the accused of Kotakethana mother-daughter double murder

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo High Court today sentenced the accused in the double murder of a mother and daughter in Kotakethana in 2012 to death. Colombo High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi today sentenced Lokugamhewage Darshana alias Raju, who was found guilty of the brutal killing
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* Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando asked to appear before Presidential Commission on Oct 18

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has been asked to appear before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing corruption and fraud committed at state institutions under the Yahapalana government. The Former Defense Secretary is due to appear before the PCoI at 9:30 am on October 18.
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* STF recover more artificial toddy

Oct 16 (Island) Police commandos yesterday morning raided an artificial toddy manufacturing plant at Kaluwamodera in Aluthgama and seized 83,000 litres of the illicit brew. Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekera said the owner of the operation, a 53-year-old man, had been arrested.
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* Suspect taking cash for jobs nabbed

Oct 16 (DN) An inquiry conducted by the Mathugama Police into six complaints received with regard to the defrauding of Rs. 386,500 resulted in the netting of the main suspect in the Agalawatte area on Sunday.
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* CaFFE to brief EC on fake news and organised misinformation

Oct 15 (Island) The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) would soon meet the Election Commission (EC) to discuss misinformation campaigns aimed at deceiving voters, CaFFE Director, Surangika Ariyawansha said.
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* Over 670 complaints to Election Commission within a week

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- The Election Commission says it has received 673 complaints related to the presidential elections during the past week. The complaints have been received during the period from October 08 to 15.
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* Sri Lanka court sentences Brazilian to life imprisonment for smuggling cocaine

Oct 16 (CP) Colombo- A Brazilian national has been sentenced to life in prison for possessing and smuggling 690 grams of cocaine to Sri Lanka. The Brazilian national along with the stock of narcotics was arrested by the Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on 16 February 2018.
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* AG to file indictments against former Navy Commander in the case of abduction of 11 youths

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department today informed Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake that the Attorney General had instructed to charge three suspects, including former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008-2009.
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* President orders maximum security for presidential candidates

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered relevant authorities to provide security for candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election.
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* Rajapaksa Museum case against Gotabhaya and others postponed for next year

Oct 15 (CP) Colombo- The Special High Court Trial-at-Bar today postponed the hearing of a the case against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others in connection with alleged misappropriation of Rs.33.9 million in public funds during construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana until 9th of January 2020.
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* Pedestrian killed after being hit by a bus

Oct 16 (Times) A pedestrian has died after being hit by a bus in Egoda Uyana yesterday (Oct 14). Police said that a bus plying towards Colombo had collided with the pedestrian who had been crossing the New Galle Road.
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* 60,000 complaints against charges made by parking meters in Colombo

Oct 16 (DM) Colombo Municipal Council has received about 60,000 complaints regarding alleged unfair charges made by parking meters installed in certain areas in the Colombo city limits, Colombo Municipal Councillor Sumith Passaperuma said.
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* One nabbed with 2300 illegal cigarettes

Oct 15 (Times) An individual has been arrested over the illegal possession of nearly 2300 cigarette sticks in Mount Lavinia yesterday (Oct 14). Special Task Force (STF) personnel acting on information had arrested the suspect at his residence.
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* Basilís almanac case fixed for November 28

Oct 15 (DN) The almanac case filed against two accused including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa was yesterday fixed for trial on November 28 by the Colombo High Court.
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