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* Sri Lankan government to amend Motor Traffic Act to curb road accidents

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has received cabinet nod to amend the Motor Traffic Act in a bid to curb road accidents. Accordingly, the changes will make provisions to transfer the authority to magistrates and policemen to practically implement the demerit points system of drivers.
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* Sri Lanka Army Commander says no threat to national security from the incidents in North

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says there is no threat to national security from the incidents reported from the Northern Province.
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* UNP victims of violence to be paid compensation soon

Aug 16 (Island) Prisons Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry yesterday said that Cabinet approval would be obtained next week to pay compensation to families of UNPers killed due to political violence. The ministry said that 1,500 victims had been identified and the Rehabilitation Authority was in the process of making necessary arrangements to compensate them for their suffering.
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* Court rejects to intervene into controversial elephants case

Aug 16 (DN) The Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday refused to grant permission on an animal welfare organization’s request to intervene into a case where illegally caught wild elephant calves being sold to third parties.
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* FCID questions former president's son, Rohitha Rajapaksa over Supreme SAT

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- Rohitha Rajapaksa, the youngest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was summoned to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division to record a statement with respect to the financial irregularity over a satellite project.
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* Visiting Sri Lankan defense delegation learn about Rwanda's legislation process

Aug 15 (CP) Kigali- A 16-member delegation of students and staff from the Sri Lanka Defense Service Command and Staff College visiting Rwanda yesterday got the opportunity to learn about the East African nation's parliamentary system.
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* Video circulating on social media shows IGP manhandling Police HQ staff

Aug 15 (DM) A video posted by a popular ‘gossip’ website Lanka e News (LEN) was circulating on social media showing Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara manhandling two minor staffers of the Police Headquarters, who claimed to have disobeyed departmental rules of performing the morning meditation.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 9 people for causing destruction to fish breeding grounds in northern seas

Aug 16 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has arrested nine people yesterday for causing destruction to fish breeding grounds and illegal fishing in the Northern seas. Naval personnel deployed onboard Inshore Patrol Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command with the assistance of the Coastguard took into custody nine persons
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* Sri Lanka police chief slammed over meditation rage video

Aug 16 (Daily Mail) A video showing Sri Lanka's top police officer angrily assaulting an employee who refused to participate in compulsory morning meditation sessions has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Buddhist-majority nation.
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* Constitution does not allow special court

Aug 16 (DM) Amid pressure from his colleagues, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is reported to have ruled out the possibility of setting up a separate court to hear and dispense with cases of fraud and corruption involving members of the previous regime.
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* Sathyagraha campaign to urge the government to punish the corrupt

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- A Sathyagraha Campaign organized by the movement for the Protection of the Accord of 6.2 million people was held at Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo this evening impressing upon the government to punish the corrupt and fulfill election pledges.
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* Sri Lanka's CID questions former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa over rugby player murder

Aug 15 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department of Sri Lanka police today questioned the former first lady, the wife of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Shiranthi Rajapaksa over the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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* Police seek court permission to hold ‘Aava’ suspects in different prisons

Aug 15 (Island) Police have sought permission from the courts to transfer members of the ‘Aava’ group now in remand custody in the Jaffna prison to jails in other parts of the country. A senior police officer said that if all ‘Aava’ suspects were kept in the Jaffna Prison, they could plan subversive activities.
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* Bar Association condemns aspersions cast on AG’s Department

Aug 15 (DN) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today strongly condemned accusations levelled against the Attorney General’s Department in relation to its role at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Bond issue.
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