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* Police arrest 206 in six hours for breaching curfew

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Police have arrested 206 people in the six hours from 6am to 12 noon today for violating police curfew imposed islandwide to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The police seized 56 vehicles that were on the road during that period.
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* Navy arrests suspect attempting to smuggle in 114 kg of Kerala Cannabis by sea

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy today arrested a man attempting to smuggle in 114 kilograms of Kerala Cannabis by sea in the North. During a search operation conducted in the seas off Uduththurei in Jaffna today (29th March 2020), naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command has spotted a suspicious dinghy.
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* Sri Lanka’s number of coronavirus cases increased to 115

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The number of COVID-19 coronavirus infections in Sri Lanka has risen to 115, the Ministry of Health said. According to the Health authorities, two new cases have been confirmed last night.
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* As Pandemic Rages, Sri Lanka’s President Pardons a War Criminal

Mar 29 (NYT) Sri Lanka’s president has pardoned a soldier who was sentenced to death for killing eight civilians during the country’s civil war, leading to accusations that the government was taking advantage of the chaos from the coronavirus pa
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* Another quarantined batch returns home

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Another batch of 309 people quarantined for 14 days at Punani, Kandakadu, Galkanda and Pampeimadu Quarantine Centers returned to their homes today after completing medical procedures and receiving their Quarantine Certificates.
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* Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 110

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The number of COVID-19 coronavirus infections in Sri Lanka has risen to 110 by the end of Saturday, the Ministry of Health said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau, four new cases have been confirmed today.
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* Police arrest 5,185 for violating coronavirus curfew, 11 for hosting a drug party

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Police Media Unit said 5,185 persons have been arrested by police stations across the country for violating the curfew. The suspects were apprehended by various police stations in the island between 6.00 pm Friday (March 20) and 6.00 am today (28).
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* Police & Tri-Forces to strictly implement curfew regulations

Mar 28 (Times) The government today insisted that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew currently in force island-wide. It has been imposed with the sole purpose of preventing the spread of COVID – 19 which has now become a major health issue, President Media Division (PMD) said.
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* Devotees who violated curfew arrested

Mar 28 (DM) A group of 18 devotees who participated in a prayer meeting at a mosque in Kivilekada, Horowpathana have been arrested on charges of violating curfew. The group had been arrested following a tip-off received by the Police.At least 80 devotees attended the prayer meeting, Police said.
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* Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka rise to 117

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Health states that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country have increased up to 117. According to the Health Promotion Bureau situation report at 8 pm Sunday, two new cases have been confirmed in the last 24 hours
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* Main suspect of the Easter Sunday Bomb Attack on Zion Church Arrested

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested the main suspect who led the suicide bomb attack on the Batticaloa Zion Church on Easter Sunday on 21 April 2019.
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* Curfew to continue in six districts until further notice

Mar 29 (CP) Colombo- The curfew in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice, President’s Media Division announced. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.
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* Police get tough on curfew violators

Mar 29 (ST) In view of what they call “irresponsible and indisciplined behaviour” by members of the public, who continue to disregard the curfew imposed to minimise the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, police have now decided to crack down even more heavily against violators who are putting both their own lives and those of others at risk.
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* First coronavirus death reported in Sri Lanka

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka today reported the first death due to coronavirus with a 60-year old patient dying from the infection while receiving treatment.
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* People arrived from Chennai requested to self-isolate immediately

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe says the individuals who arrived in Sri Lanka from Chennai, India recently should be quarantined.
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* Human Rights Watch calls for an international justice mechanism in Sri Lanka

Mar 28 (CP) Colombo- An International justice mechanism is needed in Sri Lanka to deliver justice for victims of the armed conflict and to deter future atrocities, the Human Rights Watch said after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa pardoned soldier convicted of massacring eight civilians this week.
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* Navy recovers more Kerala ganja

Mar 28 (Island) The Navy seized abpit 400g of Kerala cannabis, during a search operation conducted at Kakkativu Island in Kiranchi area, Mannar on Thursday (26). The Navy conducts regular anti-drug operations across the seas to prevent drug smuggling.
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