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* Sri Lanka Navy arrest four Indian nationals with 36 kg of Kerala cannabis

July 17 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan navy has arrested four Indian nationals transporting a stock of Kerala cannabis in the territorial waters of the island Monday.
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* Mahason Balakaya members on hunger strike in prison

July 17 (Island) The health condition of alleged leader of the Mahasohon Balakaya, Widanapathiranage Amith Jeewan Weerasinghe (26), who is on a hunger strike in the Anuradhapura prison was deteriorating fast, his wife Jayanganai Siuthum Kumari told The Island yesterday.
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* NCPA to probe posting showing man giving alcohol to child

July 17 (DN) The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) had launched investigations regarding a video that was posted on social media last Saturday, where a child sitting on the lap of a man was being given something similar to an alcoholic beverage.
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* Investigations into checks cashed before 2015 presidential election are not suspended, PM affirms

July 16 (CP) Colombo: Police investigations into a complaint, which alleged that a large number of checks were cleared at country's banks before the 2015 presidential election and the money was given to officials in the then President's Office, are not suspended Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
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* Police arrest five people in Trincomalee with a high-powered metal scanner

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police following a tip-off received have arrested five people, who were transporting a high-powered metal scanner in a van. The police said the high-powered scanner is of the type that is used for the detection of archeological artifacts and buried treasure.
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* List of 18 submitted to justice ministry

July 16 (DN) A list of names comprising 18 prisoners convicted for drug trafficking and sentenced to death was handed over to the Justice Ministry yesterday, Commissioner of Prisons (Administration/Intelligence and Security) H.M.T.N. Upuldeniya told the Daily News
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* Sri Lanka Navy rescues two Indian fishermen drifting in the sea

July 17 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has rescued two Indian fishermen stranded in the seas off the northern coast of Jaffna on Monday. The Navy said the crew of a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, rescued the two Indian fishermen who were drifting in the sea, yesterday.
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* Five underworld leaders protecting a minister

July 17 (DM) A senior police officer said that five underworld leaders whom the police are looking to arrest have become the private bodyguards of a minister. He said the special police squad which is engaged in combating underworld activities has the photos of these persons with the minister as well.
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* Former police OIC, DIG arrested over Lasantha Wickrematunge's killing granted bail

July 16 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to former senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Mount Lavinia Police Crimes OIC, SI Tissa Sugathapala who were arrested and in remand custody over the killing of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge.
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* Sri Lanka remains a 'Human Rights Priority Country' in UK Annual Human Rights Report

July 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom's Annual Human Rights Report 2017 released today by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Sri Lanka is one of 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries' (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns
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* Most drug dealers cannot be hanged due to their appeals

July 16 (Island) Prison authorities have prepared a list of 18 death row inmates for hanging and it is to be submitted for the Presidentís signature, but some of those have appeals against their convictions pending.
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