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* Police constable drowns trying to retrieve phone fallen into river

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Thihagoda Police say that a constable, who had attempted to retrieve his mobile phone that had fallen into a tributary of the Nilwala River, has gone missing in the river.
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* Sangakkara arrives at Sports Ministry SIU to record statement

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has arrived at the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry to give a statement over match the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations made by former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
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* Shocking case of undeclared narcotics in police custody AG asks IGP to expedite probe

July 02 (Island) The Office of Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC, yesterday (1), confirmed an unprecedented meeting between the AG and Acting IGP C. D. Wickremaratne at the former’s Office following a revelation that some Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers were dealing in heroin.
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* Sale of Marine Drive land using forged deed Five sentenced to 67 years RI

July 02 (DN) The five accused who were found guilty of selling a land in Marine Drive in the Kollupitiya area using a forged deed, were yesterday sentenced to 67 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) by the Colombo High Court.
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* Cases filed against 1937 for illegally obtaining electricity

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Legal action has been taken against 1,937 persons who obtained electricity illegally. On the instructions of Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, investigation teams of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) with the assistance of the police have begun operations to arrest those who illegally obtain electricity.
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* Former Solicitor General says former minister advised to arrest Gotabaya Rajapaksa regarding Avant Garde case

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Former Solicitor General Suhada Gamlath says that during the Good Governance regime, then Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka had told him to arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa if there is evidence in connection with the Avant Garde incident.
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* Defense Secretary holds senior police officers responsible for curbing crimes

June 30 (CP) Colombo- Defense Secretary (Retd.) Major General Kamal Gunaratne has said that the senior police officers should hold responsibility for curbing crimes in their areas.
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* Police have not ruled out another Islamic extremist attack

July 01 (Island) Police had not ruled out the possibility of another attack by Islamic extremists, former head of PSD and SDIG Southern Province, Rohan Silva yesterday told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday bombings.
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* PNB heads to roll, four interdicted

July 01 (DN) Acting IGP C.D.Wickramaratna has requested the National Police Commission (NPC) to transfer PNB DIG Sajeewa Medawatta and PNB Director SSP Manjula Senarath. Police Media Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said the PNB DIG and the Director will be transferred after National Police Commission approval is received.
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* Rajitha withdraws appeal petition

June 30 (DM) The appeal filed by former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratna challenging the Colombo High Court decision to refuse bail was yesterday withdrawn by himself. The Court of Appeal was informed that Rajitha Senaratna is not expecting to proceed with appeal petition
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* Suspect arrested with over 200 Kg of Kerala Cannabis

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested a suspect who was transporting 201kg of Kerala Cannabis in a lorry in the Periyakattu area on the Medawachchiya-Mannar road yesterday. The raid was conducted on information received by the officers of the Paranayakulam police station.
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* Defense Secretary assures to complete reconstruction work of St. Anthony’s Shrine soon

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Wednesday (July 1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to soon complete the remaining reconstruction work of the Shrine, which was badly damaged due to the Easter Sunday bomb attack.
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* Man arrested with ‘ice’ in Jaffna

July 02 (DM) An individual was arrested by the STF personnel with nearly two kilos of ice or methamphetamine at Point Pedro in Jaffna this morning, Police said. They said the suspect aged 66 was arrested on information received by the STF while transporting the drugs in a van.
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* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2054 with 7 new patients Wednesday

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2054 today with 7 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau report, as of 10 pm Wednesday, 295 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals.
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* Former Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara summoned before SIU to record statement on match fixing allegations

July 01 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has been summoned to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry tomorrow at 9 am to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations.
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* 1,441 failing to wear face masks, sent to self-quarantine Wed, Jul 1, 2020, 12:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 30 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Police have taken steps to self-quarantine 1,441 persons who had failed to wear face masks in public places. They had been identified during a 12-hour operation that ended 6 pm Monday in search of people who violate quarantine laws.
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* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2047with 5 new patients Tuesday

June 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2047 today with 5 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau report, as of 8 pm Tuesday, 325 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals.
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* Ranil likely to give statement to CID tomorrow

July 01 (DM) Former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is likely to report to the CID tomorrow to record his statement on the Central Bank bond scam, sources close to Mr. Wickremesinghe said yesterday. Clarifying the situation on his refusal to give a time to the CID to record his statement on June 29, they said the CID initially wanted a statement recorded on June 26
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* Englishman sentenced to jail for assaulting Italian over Lankan girlfriend

June 30 (Island) Galle Chief Magistrate Harshana Kekulawela sentenced an Englishmen, who had assaulted an Italian who had started an affair with his Sri Lankan girlfriend, to prison for six months and fined him Rs. 1,000.
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* Judge Pilapitiya’s petition Respondents given time to file objections

June 30 (DN) The Court of Appeal yesterday granted time to the respondents including the Nugegoda Magistrate and the Attorney General to file objections against a writ petition filed by interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.
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