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* Supreme Court indefinitely postpones decision on former chief Justice's petition on PC election act

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today indefinitely postponed the order on granting leave to proceed the fundamental rights petition relating to Provincial Council Election (Amendment) Act filed by the former chief Justice Sarath N. Silva.
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* Indonesian Naval Ship arrives at Sri Lanka port on a goodwill mission

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed the Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit on Thursday (19).
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* Former JMO in Thajudeen case surrenders to court, granted bail

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- Former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer Professor Ananda Samarasekara implicated in the Wasam Thajudeen murder case surrendered to the Colombo Magistrate court today.
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* Arts Faculty of Colombo University temporarily closed following students' clash

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- The administration of University of Colombo has decided to indefinitely close its Arts Faculty following a brawl between two groups of students, Vice Chancellor Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake said. Two students were injured and admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following a clash between the first year students and third year students yesterday.
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* Return to Sri Lanka: Indian soldier revisits a brutal battlefield

Oct 19 (BBC) A 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka left at least 100,000 people dead on both sides of the conflict. In 1987, India sent a peacekeeping force, but it ended up getting drawn into the fighting.
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* ​Mother and son killed in their sleep

Oct 19 (DN) A 26-year-old mother and her 12-year-old son were killed last night, Police said. The two were found after Police received a tip-off on the emergency 119 hotline. The deceased were identified as Kirivan Maduwanthi and Piramberem Madushan, residents of ​Murungal Kovil road, Thannamun.
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* Four arrested for stealing Rs.21 mn worth blue Sapphire

Oct 18 (DM) Four persons had been arrested for stealing a blue Sapphire gemstone worth some Rs. 21 million from a businessman, Police said. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said the businessman from Beruwala had complained to the IGP Pujith Jayasundara
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* Northern protesters meet President for discussions on Tamil prisoners

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- A group of protesters including the Northern Provincial councilor K. Shivajilingam held a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday at the Presidential Secretariat regarding the Tamil prisoners.
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* Human Rights Watch makes submission concerning Sri Lanka's military occupation of schools to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Oct 19 (CP) Geneva- The New York-based global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has made a submission to the 77th Working Group of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) focusing on Sri Lanka's military use of educational facilities during armed conflict.
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* Malaysian national arrested for smuggling foreign currency worth over Rs. 54 million

Oct 19 (CP) Colombo- A foreign national who attempted to smuggle foreign currency out of Sri Lanka was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning, Sri Lanka Customs announced.
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* Sri Lanka Opposition Leader urges government to release all prisoners detained under PTA

Oct 18 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay.
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* Mahinda to take action against Namal

Oct 19 (Island) UPFA General Secretary Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said he would complain to the Attorney General and Chief Justice seeking an investigation into a statement made by MP Namal Rajapaksa and his lawyer Premanath C. Dolawatta.
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* Key witness, Anika, leaves country

Oct 18 (Island) Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda PC yesterday informed the presidential commission of Inquiry probing alleged bond scams that Anika Wijesuriya, a key witness who testified before the Commission, had left the country due to death threats from someone close to former Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s family.
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* Welikada Prison shooting in 2012: Appeals Court directs AG to file report

Oct 18 (DN) The Court of Appeal yesterday directed the Attorney General to file a report in court regarding the progress of the CID investigation into the Welikada prison shooting in 2012.
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