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* Two former LTTE cadres arrested for killing Tamil MP in Sri Lanka

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police Thursday arrested two former cadres of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the assassination of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham.
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* Sri Lanka police to recruit 1,500 Tamil youths as PCs

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Police Department has decided to recruit 1,500 Tamil youths of the North as Police Constables to provide an efficient police service to the Northern civilians. The Department has decided to undertake the recruitments as there is a dearth of Police Officers who are fluent in Tamil, the Government Information Department said.
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* Petitioner refuses to withdraw case against Wilpattu reserve settlements

Oct 08 (Island) The Centre for Environmental Justice would not withdraw their petition, even if already 1,500 families had been settled in the Wilpattu Periyamadu, Mariachchkachchu area, said Counsel Ravindranath Dabare yesterday in the Court of Appeal.
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* Lycamobile’s Offshore Empire Is Embroiled In Sri Lanka’s Hunt For Stolen Assets

Oct 08 (BuzzFeed) The offshore empire of the Lycamobile tycoon Subaskaran Allirajah is facing investigation as part of a sprawling international probe into allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from Sri Lanka by associates of the country’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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* UPFA parliamentarian Janaka Bandara Tennakoon remanded

Oct 07 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court has remanded former minister and current United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Janaka Bandara Tennakoon over a 16-year-old murder case.
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* Kotadeniyawa girl's murder suspect's DNA no match, court told

Oct 07 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police today informed the Minuwangoda Magistrate's Court that the DNA from Dinesh Priyashantha, alias 'Kondaya', the main suspect of the 5-year-old Seya Sadewmi in Kotadeniyawa, does not match with those taken from the scene of the crime.
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* Wild elephant kills farmer

Oct 07 (Island) A 67-year-old farmer was killed by a wild elephant early yesterday morning in the Aralaganwila police area. The victim, identified as K. A. Ratna Appu of No. 159, Maldeniya, Aralaganwila had left home around 4.15 a.m.
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* Gotabaya Rajapaksa appears before Presidential Commission of Inquiry again

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources, and Privileges (PRECIFAC) today (8).
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* Sri Lanka Navy launches investigation into seized arms ship

Oct 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has launched an investigation into a Sri Lankan-flagged ship carrying weapons seized off the coast of Galle yesterday. The Navy has spotted the ship in the seas 12 nautical miles off the coast of Galle on Tuesday.
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* Seya Sadevmi murder: Student writes to IGP

Oct 08 (DN) The 17- year- old student in Kotadeniyawa who was arrested in connection with the murder of Seya Sadevmi has sent a letter to Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Illangakoon that the Kotadeniya Police OIC did not return his possessions.
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* Sri Lankan court sentences four soldiers to 25 years for gang rape of Tamil woman

Oct 07 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday has sentenced four government soldiers to 25 years in prison each for the gang rape of a Tamil woman in the former war zone in 2010. The High Court in Jaffna found the former soldiers of the 572 Brigade guilty of the raping the 27-year old mother of two, in Visuvamadu, Kilinochchi in June 2010.
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* Sri Lankan Court grants bail to former government officials Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita

Oct 07 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to the two high profile state officials of the former government charged of misusing state money. The Colombo High Court today released Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita on strict bail conditions.
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* Sri Lanka police arrest foreign tourist for public nudity

Oct 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police had arrested a foreign tourist for bathing in the nude in the sea off the Hikkaduwa beach based on a complaint made to the police. The seventy-year-Old tourist from Portugal, who had arrived in the country on August 31, 2015, was staying at a hotel in Hikkaduwa.
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* Hajj stampede: Body of Lankan pilgrim found

Oct 07 (DN) Muslim Religious Affairs and Posts Minister M.H.A. Haleem today said that a body of a Sri Lankan pilgrim, who was caught in the Hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia was found at a mortuary in Mecca. The deceased has been identified as Abubakr Abdul Aziz, 57 of Wellawatte.
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