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Last Updated = Wed, Apr 23, 2014, 11:13 pm SL Time

* Extremist Sri Lankan Buddhist organization surrounds government ministry

Apr 23 (CP) Colombo- The extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization, Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), today surrounded a government ministry to protest the alleged resettlement of Muslims in Wilpattu National Park. The BBS surrounded the Ministry of Industries, charging that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thero was hiding in the ministry building.
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* Sri Lanka police ban passenger transport on hand tractor trailers

Apr 22 (CP) Colombo- Following the accident of a hand tractor trailer with passengers toppling into an irrigation canal and drowning 10 people, Sri Lanka Police has banned the unsafe transport of people in these vehicles. The police say the hand tractors are vehicles used only for transport of goods and not vehicles for transporting passengers, but in villages hand tractors are being used to transport people.
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* Woman arrested for providing land in Northern Sri Lanka to LTTE operatives

Apr 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities have arrested a Tamil woman for providing land in the North to suspected LTTE supporters. The anti-terrorist division of Kilinochchi police arrested the 63-year-old A woman, a resident of Uruthipuram in Kilinochchi for allegedly providing lands in Kilinochchi to a group of Tiger supporters.
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* Joint operation to nab the escaped LTTE prisoner in Sri Lanka

Apr 21 (CP) Vavuniya- Sri Lanka police have launched a manhunt for a former LTTE cadre who had escaped from the Vavuniya prison Sunday night. The Vavuniya police, Prison Officers and the Sri Lanka army have jointly launched a search operation to nab the escaped LTTE prisoner identified as Jeyabalan Stanley Ramesh, a resident of Kudirippu in Vavuniya local media reported.
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* Protest outside Jaffna Bishop’s House over girl’s suicide

Apr 22 (Island) Jaffna police have launched an inquiry into the suicide of Ms. J. Consolita (22) in the wake of recent public protests opposite the Jaffna Bishop’s House near Colombuthurai, Jaffna accusing two young priests of responsibility. Jaffna based sources told The Island that the victim, a resident of Mandaitivu had been involved in a teaching project within the premises of the Jaffna Bishop’s House.
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* Pakistan working closely with SL to thwart heroin smuggling – HC official

Apr 21 (Island) The government of Pakistan was working closely with Sri Lanka to thwart attempts to smuggle in heroin into Sri Lanka, a spokesperson for the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo told The Island.
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* Fisherman stabbed to death

Apr 21 (DN) A fisherman aged 46 was stabbed to death at Mawella. The Police said P. Samantha Ajith was stabbed while on his way to the sea. Police arrested a suspect while the knife believed to have been used to stab Ajith was also seized from the suspect's possession.
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* Coastal line train services disrupted in Sri Lanka as protesting workers block trains

Apr 22 (CP) Colombo- Protesting substitute workers of Sri Lanka Railways have blocked the southern coastal line trains leaving from the country's central Colombo Fort Station leaving thousands of commuters stranded at the evening rush hour. The Anti-riot Squad of the police has arrived at the station to disperse the protesters and to allow the delayed trains to leave.
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* Sri Lanka police to investigate Hambantota Mayor over the attack on opposition MPs

Apr 21 (CP) Colombo- The mob attack on a group of Sri Lanka opposition party parliamentarians visiting the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport on April 17 was reported to the court today, the police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
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* Sri Lanka's former Army Commander says attack on opposition MPs a violation of human rights

Apr 21 (CP) Colombo- Former Army Commander of Sri Lanka and Leader of the Democratic Party (DP), Sarath Fonseka says the recent attack on main opposition United National Party (UNP) MPs in Hambantota is a violation of human rights.
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* Sri Lanka to deport Buddha tattoo British woman

Apr 22 (BBC) A British tourist is to be deported from Sri Lanka because of a Buddha tattoo on her arm. Naomi Coleman was arrested as she arrived at the airport in the capital Colombo after authorities spotted the tattoo on her right arm.
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* Special op nabs 1,761 drunken drivers during festive season

Apr 22 (DN) The Police arrested 1,761 drunken drivers during the 10 day special island wide operation carried out in the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festive season. The special operation commenced on April 10 and ended at 6 a.m. yesterday. The majority held for driving under the influence of liquor were motorcyclists numbering 967.
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* LTTE suspect escapes

Apr 21 (DM) A LTTE suspect who was undergoing treatment at Vavuniya Hospital under prison custody had escaped last night. The Police said the suspect is a 28-year-old resident at Kudirippu in Vavuniya and had been arrested for allegedly possessing weapons.
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