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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests two trying to smuggle 45 kilograms of gold

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy troops today arrested two Sri Lankans attempting to smuggle a stock of gold across the northern seas to India. Sri Lanka Naval Ship "Ranadheera" attached to the Northern Naval Command Wednesday evening intercepted the fiber glass dinghy with a stock of 45 kilograms of gold hidden inside in the sea off Madagalthurei in Kankasanthurai in Northern Jaffna peninsula.
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* Two Pakistan naval ships arrive in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed today two Pakistan naval ships PNS NASR and PNS SAIF arrived at the Port of Colombo on a four-day goodwill visit. (Sri Lanka Navy Photo)
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* Sri Lankan President orders the release of 76 Indian fishermen

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday ordered the release of 76 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. Officials at the Indian High Commission in Colombo have confirmed the President's order which comes days after the President had discussions with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations general Assembly in New York last week.
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* British diplomat in Sri Lanka describes surveillance on her during visit to East

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- A British diplomat in Sri Lanka says she was continually being watched during a recent visit to the island's East and the people she met have been questioned by the Sri Lankan authorities.
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* Two friends shot and injured by unknown gunmen

Oct 01 (Island) Two friends living in Dehiwala and Mount Llavinia were hospitalised last night after being shot by two unidentified men near a shop in Dehiwala on Monday night. The assailants had come on a motorcycle in heavy rain.
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* US stance on SL softens

Oct 01 (DM) President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful.
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* Sri Lanka dismisses asylum seeker abuse claims as 'baseless'

Oct 01 (SBS) The Sri Lankan Government has dismissed as 'baseless' the findings of an SBS investigation into the mistreatment of failed asylum seekers sent back to the country by Australia.
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* Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact

Sept 30 (Reuters) COLOMBO- A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.
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* PS Vice Chairman (52) assaulted while trying to bring back his teen wife

Sept 30 (Island) Vice Chairman of Badalkumbura Pradeshiya Sabha, Kapila Samarakoon, (52) was hospitalised after being assaulted by his 19-year-old wife’s father at their residence at Second Mile Post, Badalkumbura, yesterday afternoon.
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* Sri Lanka to create a mechanism to promote coexistence among communities

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to promote reconciliation and coexistence among communities as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
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* Indian Coast Guard arrests 12 Sri Lankan fishermen

Oct 01 (CP) Chennai- The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 12 Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boat on Tuesday for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the Chennai coast.
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* Sri Lanka Customs arrests two with illegal gold stock

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the international airport arrested today two Sri Lankan nationals when they attempted to illegally bring into the country a gold stock valued at over three million rupees.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy arrested 16 Indian fishermen along with their 4 trawlers for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary line and fishing in well within the country's waters.
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* ‘Call home’ facilities for prisoners soon

Oct 01 (DN) All arrangements are in place to provide telephone facilities to prison inmates to communicate with their families, relatives and friends, a Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry spokesman said yesterday.
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* Lanka Panel Moots Missing Person Certificates for Kin

Oct 01 (NIE) KILINOCHUCI- Sri Lanka's Missing Persons' Commission will suggest issuance of "missing person" certificates to families of those who could not be traced even after the best efforts, Suranjana Vidyaratne, one of the members of the panel, told newspersons here on the sidelines of the public hearing here on Monday.
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* Sri Lanka police stop online media workshop -rights groups

Sept 30 (Reuters) COLOMBO- Sri Lanka media rights groups said on Tuesday police had stopped an online journalists' association from holding a workshop on ethics and digital security at the weekend, the fourth disruption of media gatherings since May.
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* 'Will you give my daddy back?'

Sept 30 (AJ) As a journalist I always feel privileged and cursed for the ringside seat we have into peoples lives. Seeing the depths of despair, the agony of loss and the intensity of joy is a humbling experience.
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* More bogus job agencies uncovered

Sept 30 (DN) Sleuths attached to the investigation arm of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has uncovered three rogue foreign manpower recruiting agencies in the suburbs of Colombo. They have taken into custody several suspects along with pa
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