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Last Updated = Fri, May 24, 2019, 12:01 pm SL Time

* Sri Lankan linked to Easter Sunday bombings arrested in Myanmar

May 24 (CP) Yangon- A Sri Lankan man, believed to have connections with those involved in the Easter Sunday bombings that killed at least 250 people, was arrested in Myanmar on Thursday afternoon, irrawaddy.com reported.
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* Daily trial against Gotabaya fixed to begin on June 19

May 24 (Island) The Colombo High Court, trial-at-bar, yesterday, fixed the trial against Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Secretary Defence, for June 19, 2019. The trial will be held daily. The Court allowed Rajapaksa to visit Singapore from May 24 to June 2, for medical treatment.
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* Easter Sunday attacks: Acting IGP directed to take action against three senior DIGs

May 24 (DN) Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC has directed acting Inspector General of Police in writing to take disciplinary action through the National Police Commission against the Western Province Senior DIG, the STF Commandant and National Intelligence Chief for dereliction of duties.
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* Sri Lanka President pardons controversial Buddhist monk serving time for contempt of court

May 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has granted a presidential pardon to the hardline Buddhist monk, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero who is serving a six year jail sentence for contempt of court. The President has directed the letter of release of the leader of the Bodu Bala Sena organization to the Ministry of Justice today (23).
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* Wellampitiya Police OIC transferred with immediate effect

May 23 (CP) Colombo- Wellampitiya Police OIC Chief Inspector G.S. Hewavitharana has been transferred to the Galle Police division effective from Wednesday, May 22. The National Police Commission on the recommendation of acting IGP C.D. Wickremaratne has approved the transfer
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* Doctors bribe taken up at second High Court-at-Bar

May 23 (DN) The second Permanent High Court-at-Bar set up to hear high-profile financial frauds and corruption cases yesterday began its maiden hearing against a former specialist doctor at the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital.
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* Madu Madawa petitions Supreme Court to prevent ‘unreasonable arrest’

May 24 (Island) G. Madawa Arawinda Siriwardene alias ‘Madu Madawa’ of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya has filed a fundamental rights violation petition in the Supreme Court, requesting the Court to prevent the police from subjecting him to an unreasonable arrest, pertaining to the recent incidents of violence at Minuwangoda.
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* Country is still at risk from evil force: Ven. Gnanasara

May 24 (DM) Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera, who was released from the Welikada Prison yesterday said, as he had mentioned during the last five years, Sri Lanka is still at risk and therefore, we are committed to work for the country.
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* Special police inquiry into the Divaina report that claimed sterilization of 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women by Muslim doctor

May 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police will conduct a special inquiry into a report headlined in Sinhala daily Divaina today that a Muslim doctor connected to the banned Muslim organization National Thowheed Jma'ath (NTJ) has sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women.
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* Navy assists police and Army to nab two suspects with over 140 kg of Kerala cannabis

May 23 (CP) Colombo- Based on information provided by the Navy, the Army and Police apprehended two suspects with 142.812 kg of Kerala cannabis at the checkpoint of Medawachchiya on Wednesday.
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* Another NTJ mole in parliament to be arrested soon

May 23 (Island) Police have received information about another National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) member who works in the Parliament Complex. He would be arrested shortly, sources said. Information about the suspect has been revealed by Mohamed Naushad Jalaldeen, a senior NTJ member, who was arrested recently. Jalaldeen was working as a senior indexing officer at Parliament.
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