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* Ukrainian captain of MV Avant-Garde granted bail

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court Thursday granted bail to the Ukrainian Captain of the MV Avant Garde ship, Gennady Gavrilov, who was charged with possessing and transporting illegal weapons.
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* Major General Mahesh Senanayake appointed Chief of Staff in Sri Lanka Army

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- Major General Mahesh Senanayake, currently serving as the Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), has been appointed as 50th Chief of Staff (CoS) of the Sri Lanka Army.
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* Chagie denied Australian visa over ‘war crimes’ allegations Unsubstantiated UN claims cited as reason

Mar 23 (Island) Australia has deprived Maj. Gen. Chagie Gallage of an opportunity to visit his brother, an Australian citizen on the basis of unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA).
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* Sri Lanka, India hold army-to-army talks

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- The annual Army-to-Army Staff Talks (AAST) between the Sri Lankan Army and the Indian Army were inaugurated for the sixth consecutive year today (22) at BMICH in Colombo.
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* Former Sri Lankan minister begins fast in remand prison demanding his release

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lankan minister and leader of National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa, who is currently in remand prison on allegations of misusing state vehicles, has begun a fast unto death campaign demanding his release.
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* Malaysian police nab Sri Lankan for sexually and physically assaulting two women

Mar 22 (CP) Johor Baru- Malaysian police on Monday have arrested a Sri Lankan national for sexually and physically assaulting two women in Bandar Baru Uda, a township in Johor Baru, according to a report in New Strait Times.
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* Police point finger at prison officers Prison bus massacre probe

Mar 22 (Island) Police yesterday said some prison employees had colluded with the suspects involved in the killing of seven persons inside a prison bus recently. The victims were a notorious underworld figure known as ‘Samayan’, his cohorts and two prison officials. The vehicle came under attack while it was carrying prisoners to the Kaduwela court on Feb. 27.
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* Three cops at BC for demanding bribes

Mar 22 (DN) Three Police officers manning the Singakkuliya checkpoint in Dankotuwa were arrested by officers of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption for questioning yesterday.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy on Wednesday has arrested 16 Indian fishermen in two separate occasions and impounded their fishing trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters.
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* Sri Lankan woman nabbed at Bangalore airport for drug smuggling

Mar 23 (CP) Colombo- The officials of the Air Intelligence and Customs at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru have arrested a 39-year-old Sri Lankan woman, who was smuggling contraband drugs to Colombo, according to a report in Deccan Herald.
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* A prime suspect in the Kalutara prison bus attack arrested

Mar 23 (DN) Police investigating the shooting at the two prison buses transporting remand prisoners at Ethanamadala, Kalutara North on February 27, arrested a main suspect wanted in this connection. The suspect was arrested from a hideout in Sella-Kataragama on March 21.
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* Sri Lanka cosponsors UN resolution, reaffirms commitment to implement proposals

Mar 22 (CP) Geneva- Sri Lanka today reaffirming its commitment to the reconciliation process and commitments articulated in the UN Resolution 30/1, announced that it will be co-sponsoring UN resolution 34/1 which will grant Sri Lanka two more year to implement the 30/1 proposals.
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* Sri Lankan court issues arrest warrant for ministry secretary for no show

Mar 22 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today issued a warrant for the arrest of Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy Dr. Suren Batagoda for failure to appear before the court as a witness.
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* Sri Lanka ex-leader’s brother denies role in killings, shifts blame

Mar 21 (AFP) COLOMBO— The brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied on Tuesday involvement in war-era death squads, blaming the then army chief for an alleged secretive campaign of extrajudicial murders.
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* Mahendran allowed to monitor affairs of the Commission

Mar 22 (DM) The Commission probing the Bond transaction yesterday allowed former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran to monitor the affairs of the Commission. Permission was granted by the Commission accepting a request made by his Attorney PC Romesh De Silva as per clause Number 16(1) of the Commission Act.
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* Lanka ex-leader’s brother shifts blame for killings

Mar 22 (AFP) COLOMBO- The brother of Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapakse denied on Tuesday involvement in war-era death squads, blaming the then army chief for an alleged secretive campaign of extrajudicial murders.
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