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* Hartal in the North to protest government preventing death commemoration of Tamils died in the war

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Steps have been taken to launch a Hartal in the Northern Province from this morning (28) to protest against the present government violating the rights of the Tamil people in the North.
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* Captain of the MT New Diamond ship appears before court

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- The Captain of the fire-stricken oil tanker ‘MT New Diamond’ ship that caught fire off the coast of has been produced before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court at Hulftsdorp today.
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* 13 PNB men re-remanded

Sept 28 (DN) The 13 Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers arrested for alleged drug trafficking charges, were today ordered to be further remanded till October 12 by Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohommed Mihail.
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* 484 suspects arrested in a special raid conducted in the Western Province

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- During special raids carried out in the Western Province, the police were able to arrest 484 persons for various offenses during the past 24 hours. The raids were carried out on the instructions of the Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Tennakoon.
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* Crew members of oil tanker arrived at Colombo Port found positive for COVID-19

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva says that a group of crew members of an oil tanker arrived in Sri Lanka have been diagnosed with COVID-19. PCR tests were conducted on all the crew members of the Indian oil tanker after one of them showed symptoms of COVID-19.
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* Bombings in Western Province could have been prevented : Ex-STF Commandant

Sept 27 (NF) Former Special Task Force commandant M.R. Latiff has said the bombings in the Western Province on April 21 last year could have been prevented if he was informed about the warnings of the attacks.
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* New laws for NGOs on the cards

Sept 27 (SO) It has been reported that of Rs. 50,000 million received by local NGOs, a large amount has been spent on anti-national activities and disseminating extremism in the country. The largest slice of foreign largesse has been channelled into the country via 280 NGOs.
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* Controversial Mauritius Ship Involved In Operation To Tow Broken Sri Lanka Oil Supertanker

Sept 27 (Forbes) The Panama- flag oil supertanker that had an explosion off the coast of Sri Lanka earlier this month, the MT New Diamond, is being helped by a controversial support vessel that led the operation to deliberately sink a large, Japanese iron ore vessel Wakashio in the coastal waters of Mauritius last month.
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* Nigerian government deports seven Sri-Lankans convicted of oil theft

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- Nigeria’s Federal Government has deported several foreign nationals including seven Sri-Lankans convicted for various criminal and immigration offences.
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* A Prison Commissioner gets monetary gifts from Makandure Madush in Dubai

Sept 26 (DM) Underworld figure ‘Kosgoda Tharaka’, who is remand custody has made a statement to the Criminal Investigation Department that a Prison Commissioner had allegedly received monetary gifts from notorious underworld criminal Makandure Madush, while Madush was staying in Dubai, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris said.
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* Special police operation in Western Province arrests 1,481 suspects in 24 hours

Sept 28 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested 1,481 persons for drug and alcohol offenses during special police raids conducted in the Western Province in the past 24 hours between 6 am yesterday and 5 am Monday.
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* Tuition teacher arrested with heroin

Sept 28 (DM) A special police team in Negombo had arrested three persons including a tuition teacher who were transporting a stock of Kerala ‘ganja’ and heroin worth more than Rs.5 million, in a motor car, on Saturday (26). Police said that two of the arrested suspects were pupils of the tuition teacher.
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* Separate team formed to trace Sri Lankan criminal Angoda Lokka’s close aide

Sept 28 (NIE) CBCID officials on Saturday formed a separate team to trace the whereabouts of Sri Lankan criminal Angoda Lokka’s close aide Chanuka Thananayaka, who is said to have absconded from Madurai with a pistol of Lokka.
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* STF had the capability to prevent Easter Sunday attack if intelligence information conveyed - Former Commandant

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Despite the unique ability of the Police Special Task Force (STF) to take action against terrorists, the then IGP and the Director of State Intelligence had not properly informed him about the intel provided by the foreign intelligence services before the attack, retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police M.R. Latheef said.
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* 21 Illegal containers of waste shipped back to UK

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs on Saturday took steps to re-ship 21 of the 263 containers of waste material illegally sent to the country from the United Kingdom in December 2017. The measure was taken with the permission of the Attorney General, Spokesperson of Sri Lanka Customs said.
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* Thajudeen murder: Case against ex-JMO concluded

Sept 27 (ST) While the Colombo High Court concluded the case against former Colombo Chief Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Ananda Samarasekara for concealing evidence related to the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, the case against another accused continues.
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* Motorcyclist transporting Rs. 40 million worth gold arrested in Puttalam

Sept 27 (CP) Colombo- A man was arrested near Daluwa Lagoon while transporting around Rs. 40 million worth gold pieces on a motorcycle, Puttalam Police said. The suspect is a resident of the Nagavillu area on the Puttalam-Colombo road.
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* Owners of fire-stricken New Diamond agrees to pay full compensation to Sri Lanka

Sept 26 (CP) Colombo- The owners the MT New Diamond supertanker which caught fire in sea off Eastern Coast off Sri Lanka while carrying two million barrels of crude has agreed to pay full amount of compensation demanded by the Sri Lankan government.
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* SC suspends errant lawyer

Sept 26 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the suspension of lawyer W. Wijewardene for seven years, effective from yesterday, September 25, 2020. The complainant, R. M. Karunaratne Banda of Kahawatta, Ambatenna, paid fees, but the lawyer did not carry out his professional duties.
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* Podi Lasie further remanded

Sept 26 (DN) Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekulawela further remanded Arumahandi Janith Madusanka alias Podi Lesie, a notorious gangster who is cited as the second respondent of the lawsuit regarding the death threats on the President, Defence Secretary and several high ranking prison officials at the Boossa Prisons until October 9, when he was produced before him yesterday.
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