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* Former director of Sri Lanka Tourism Board arrested and remanded

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Police today arrested the former Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Kithsiri Ranawaka over misappropriation of funds of the Authority amounting to Rs. 5.7 million.
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* Sri Lankan President gives assurance to safeguard the dignity and security of armed forces

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says he is always committed to safeguard the pride of country's three-armed forces personnel and will ensure their safety and dignity. The President was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the ninth Defense Services Sports Tournament held at the Panagoda Sri Lanka Army indoor stadium on Monday. Addressing the event the President stressed that as the Commander-in-Chief and the Minister of Defense he will not undermine his responsibilities to ensure the safety and dignity of the members of the tri-forces.
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* Secretary of US Navy visits Sri Lanka Navy dockyard in Trincomalee

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- The United States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus visited the Sri Lanka Navy Dockyard in Trincomalee Monday (22) to witness the ongoing bilateral training between the Sri Lanka and US Navies. The visiting US Secretary of the Navy was received by Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne on his arrival at the Naval Dockyard.
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* Sri Lanka Army demining team receives international recognition

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) of the United States, an international humanitarian organization, has selected Sri Lanka Army demining team of Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Alvin and his handler Lance Corporal G.N.W.M Nawarathne of 7 Field Engineer Regiment, Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) as the best Mine Detection Dog (MDD) Team for the year 2016.
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* UNP-SLFP clash leave two hospitalised

Aug 23 (Island) Two persons were hospitalised following a clash between the supporters of Katana SLFP Electorate Organiser Deputy Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle and UNP Western Provincial Council Member Rose Fernando yesterday.
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* ‘Untouchable problem’ for cops

Aug 22 (Island) Maharagama police anti-narcotic sleuths have come across a huge problem as heroin smugglers have resorted to transporting the banned substance inside women’s bras. As a result policemen need to be accompanied by women police constables.
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* One dead, three injured in accident

Aug 22 (DN) A car and a three wheeler collided head on at Halpita in Piliyandala killing a three wheeler passenger. Two others travelling in the three wheeler were critically injured. The deceased was identified as K Janakasiri, 44, a resident of Gangarama Road in Thumbowila.
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* FCID investigates financial fraud at Sri Lanka Cricket Board

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka Police has commenced investigations against eight individuals including the former Minister of Sports over financial fraud alleged to have taken place at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) since 2010.
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* U.S. Pacific Command concludes Operation Pacific Angel in Northern Sri Lanka

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- The United States and Sri Lanka conducted humanitarian assistance operations from August 15-20, 2016, as part of Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) 16-3. The multinational team led by United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) concluded their week-long assistance program yesterday in Jaffna
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* Inebriated SriLankan pilot's license suspended

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka today suspended the license of the inebriated pilot of Sri Lanka national carrier, SriLankan Airlines with immediate effect. The Director General of the Civil Aviation, Chief Executive Officer said in a letter to the pilot informed that In view of the seriousness of the alleged violation, the Pilot License issued to the pilot, who due to his failing a breathalyzer test delayed the SriLankan flight from Frankfurt to Colombo on Friday, is suspended with immediate effect.
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* Two students arrested in Tamil Nadu for trying to smuggle 'Brown sugar' to Sri Lanka

Aug 22 (CP) Ramanathapuram- The district police of Ramanathapuram have arrested two engineering college students and seized from them one kilogram of suspected brown sugar, an adulterated form of heroin, in a secretive operation on Sunday, according to a report in The Hindu.
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* Millionaire businessman disappears: Wife says she heard Sulaiman knocking at the door

Aug 23 (DN) Mystery surrounds the fate of a millionaire businessman who disappeared from his luxury residence at Bambalapitiya in the wee hours of yesterday. M. Sakeem Sulaiman who had arrived at his residence around midnight after attending a party has gone missing since then, according to his wife.
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* Body found in a swimming pool

Aug 22 (DM) The body of a 26-year-old was found in a swimming pool in Asgiriya, Gampaha last night. Police said the victim identified as a resident of Kotugoda. The magisterial inquiry into the death is to be held today.
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