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* Sri Lanka Customs nab man attempting to smuggle gold worth Rs. 2.4 million

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Sri Lankan man who was attempting to smuggle out gold worth Rs 2.4 million. A Customs official said the 30-year-old suspect, a resident of Wattala, was arrested when he attempted to smuggle 32 gold biscuits worth Rs. 2.4 million to Bangalore.
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* CPJ calls on Sri Lankan authorities to fully investigate murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- The New York-based international press freedom organization, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday called on Sri Lankan authorities to fully investigate the 2009 murder of the editor-in-chief of the Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and bring his killers to justice.
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* Civil society alleges Gotabhaya responsible for Noyahr abduction

Feb 24 (Island) A civil society grouping that campaigned for Maithripala Sirisena at the January 2015 presidential poll yesterday alleged that the wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was behind the abduction of Associate Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr in May 2008.
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* Objection overruled; Case against Rohitha fixed for trial

Feb 24 (DN) A case filed against former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena for the unlawful acquisition of assets estimated at Rs.41.1 million was yesterday fixed for trial by Colombo High Court. Accordingly, the case will be taken up for trial on June 5 and 6.
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* Japan grants Sri Lanka Rs. 327 million to strengthen public security and prevent terrorism

Feb 23 (CP) Colombo- The Government of Japan provides grant aid to Sri Lanka under various aid schemes annually to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. Accordingly, the government of Japan has agreed to provide Rs 327 million (250 million Yen) under non-project grant aid for the 2016/2017 financial year, for the provision of Japanese products in order to improve public safety and to strengthen anti-terrorist activities in Sri Lanka.
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* Ex-LTTE cadre and 3 others remanded

Feb 23 (CT) Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Atigalla yesterday ordered that a former LTTE cadre and three others be remanded till 1 March. They were charged with attempting to send a cap embossed with the official emblem of the LTTE, from the Bandaranaike International Airport to London.
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* PCoI allows legal representation to Perpetual Treasuries and CB

Feb 23 (DM) The Presidential Committee of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to investigate the Central Bank bond Issue yesterday permitted the Perpetual Treasuries and Central Bank Deputy Governor P. Samarasiri legal representation.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests five people with over 150 kilograms of Kerala cannabis

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel Thursday arrested five individuals transporting over 150 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) by a dinghy in the Northern seas. A Navy patrol craft, apprehended 3 suspects when they were transporting 154.6 kg of Kerala Cannabis by a dinghy in the seas northwest of Kankasanthurai yesterday.
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* Panelist gets death threats

Feb 24 (CT) Information has come to light that a group of unidentified persons had issued a death threats to a member of the three-member panel, appointed by the Prisons Department to probe an incident, where it is alleged that a sum of Rs 2 million has been deposited by a sister of a drug lord in the Prison Superintendent's bank account, sources said.
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* Katukurunda boat tragedy: Skipper arrested

Feb 24 (DM) The skipper of the boat which capsized off the coast of Kaluthara a week ago was taken into custody today, Police said. The accident which took place near Katukurunda due to over-crowding of the boat left 16 dead and 20 injured.
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* Sri Lankan national held for illegally entering India

Feb 23 (CP) Colombo- A 42-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil was arrested today at Mandapam refugee camp, on charges of unlawful entry into India, police said. Hailing from Thalaimannar in the island nation, Anthony Doss had clandestinely arrived at Arichalmunai in a boat along with another, named Kutti, on February 9, they said.
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* Sri Lanka 'hunting' refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Feb 23 (BBC) Sri Lankan asylum seekers living in Hong Kong fear they are being illegally pursued by police after sheltering the US whistleblower Edward Snowden in the city. Criminal investigators from Sri Lanka are believed to have visited Hong Kong looking for them, their lawyer said.
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* CA issues notice on those acquitted of murder of Raviraj

Feb 23 (Island) The Court of appeal on February 21 issued notice on the six persons, indicted in the High Court, but later acquitted after the trial held in respect of the murder of the TNA parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj. The aggrieved party, the wife of N. Raviraj, had filed a revision application on the Court of Appeal, seeking to revise the High Court acquittal, delivered after a jury trial.
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* Death sentence for Gampaha quintuple murder second accused

Feb 23 (DN) Gampaha High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando delivering the judgement in the Gampaha Mahawatte quintuple murder case yesterday, sentenced the second accused Welivita Liyanage Don Mahesh Lasantha Perera to death by hanging at the Welikada Prison.
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