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Last Updated = Wed, Apr 14, 2021, 12:23 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka proscribes 11 extremist organizations to prevent terrorism

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette notification proscribing 11 extremist organizations in Sri Lanka under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. The gazette notification says the Government of Sri Lanka proscribed the 11 extremist organizations “in good faith for the purpose of ensuring the continuance of peace within the country...
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* Australia gifts Sri Lanka Police five aerial drones to support crime fighting

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- The Joint Agency Task Force Operation Sovereign Borders supporting the Sri Lankan Police to establish an aerial drone surveillance capability has gifted five drones to Sri Lankan police, Australian Federal Police (AFP) announced.
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* Customs officer arrested for forging documents for re-export of areca nuts to India

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested an Assistant Customs officer for forging documents on computer to claim 23 containers of areca nuts imported from Indonesia as produced in Sri Lanka in an attempt to re-export the consignment to India.
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* Indian Navy Ship Ranvijay to arrive at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port tomorrow

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Indian Navy Ship INS Ranvijay, fifth of the Rajput Class Destroyer, is scheduled to visit Colombo from 14-16 April 2021 on a goodwill visit, the Indian High Commission in Colombo announced today.
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* Coronavirus update: 263 new COVID-19 cases identified Monday, total rises to 95,394

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 263 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Monday. Among the positive cases identified Monday are, 203 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 22 associates of prison cluster and 38 foreign arrivals.
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* IFJ demands release of arrested freelance journalist

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Monday demanded the release of Freelance Journalist Malika Abeykoon, who was assaulted and arrested by Sri Lankan police on April 7 and remanded until April 12.
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* Police arrest six people with 13 kg of ‘Ice’

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Six persons, including two women, were arrested with 13 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine also know an ‘ice’ in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela.
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* Sri Lanka reports two COVID-19 deaths Sunday, toll rises to 598

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed two deaths on Sunday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 598, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 598 by now.
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* Car driven recklessly on expressway: Driver remanded

Apr 13 (DM) The driver who drove the car very dangerously on the Southern Expressway (E-01), was remanded till April 22, the police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. He was arrested by the Expressway traffic police division yesterday and produced before the Panadura Magistrate court.
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* Driver crashes into front fence of Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra

Apr 13 (Canberra Times) A Canberra driver has been charged by police after crashing into the front fence of the Sri Lankan High Commission overnight.
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* One injured in van accident

Apr 12 (DN) A van plying from Colombo to Ampara skidded off the road into a paddy field in Kadawathamadu in the Valaichchenai Police area along the Batticaloa-Trincomalee Highway on Saturday. Of the three passengers in the van, one was injured.
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* Ministerial Committee on PCoI report CID, TID told to carry out further investigations

Apr 11 (SO) Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the six-member Ministerial Committee appointed to study the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that probed the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks has given instructions to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) to conduct further investigations
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* Coronavirus update: 226 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 95,620

Apr 14 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 226 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday. Among the positive cases identified Tuesday are, 175 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 10 associates of prison cluster and 41 foreign arrivals.
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* Cop beaten up by commuter at a southern expressway exchange

Apr 14 (DM) A driver of a car was arrested for assaulting a policeman on the Kurundugahahetekma expressway exchange this morning, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. He said the policeman who was on duty at the expressway exchange noted a traffic violation committed by a commuter.
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* Four youths arrested for traveling unsafely on the expressway remanded

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Panadura Magistrate Jayanthi Silva today remanded the four youths who climbed out of the windows of a car and sitting on the doors while the car was traveling on the Southern Expressway for unsafe traveling.
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* Sri Lanka reports four COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, toll exceeds 600

Apr 13 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed four deaths on Tuesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 602, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 602 by now.
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* Five arrested with 100 kg of ‘ice’ in Sapugaskanda

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- Five suspects have been arrested by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) in the Sapugaskanda area with nearly 100 kilograms of the narcotic crystal methamphetamine (ice), police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
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* 580 people have died in accidents since January

Apr 12 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Police say 580 people have been killed in road accidents in various parts of the country since January 01. Five persons were killed in road accidents in various parts of the country Saturday (10) alone, said Police Media Spokesman, DIG Ajith Rohana.
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* Coronavirus update: 283 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 95,131

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 283 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday. Among the positive cases identified Sunday are, 175 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 50 associates of prison cluster and 58 foreign arrivals.
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* Police to crack down on COVID-19 rule violators

Apr 11 (CP) Colombo- A special circular has been issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take action against persons who violate public health regulations during the festive season, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
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* Police warn public over stolen goods cyber sales

Apr 13 (DN) Police uncovered a racket where stolen goods were being sold over the internet recently. They have urged people to be careful when buying goods online. The suspects are selling electrical and electronic equipment, as well as jewellery and books over the internet at low prices, police said.
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* FR petition filed against deradicalization regulations

Apr 12 (DM) A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been filed against the deradicalization regulations. The petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by Ambika Satkunanathan, a former Commission at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
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* Backlash against police use of archaic law to arrest female sex workers

Apr 11 (ST) The recent use of the Vagrants Ordinance against four women for “idling” at night caused a social media backlash against police for targeting women who are on the streets during late hours. But police do not apply the Vagrants Ordinance against women in general, a spokesman insisted, and the four arrests recently made were of sex workers.
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