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Last Updated = Mon, Nov 29, 2021, 01:51 pm SL Time

* Supreme Court begins hearing of FR petitions against Yugadanavi agreement

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court today commenced the hearing of fundamental rights petitions filed seeking to quash the Cabinet decision to transfer 40% of the government-owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power Plant to U.S. Company New Fortress Energy.
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* Whistleblower to make further revelations

Nov 29 (DM) The former Executive Director at the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), Thushan Gunawardena is preparing to make more startling revelations even as the heat remains over the garlic scam and gas cylinder issue. Speaking during a live discussion on social media on Saturday hosted by Daily Mirror and Lankadeepa, Gunawardena said that he resigned from the CAA to spill the beans over alleged illegal activities taking place at a number of Ministries.
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* Coronavirus update: 742 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 562,520

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 742new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:35 pm Sunday, a total of 562,520 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
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* Sri Lanka reports 27 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, toll rises to 14,305

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Sunday reported 27 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Saturday, November 27. Among the deaths reported today, 14 are of males and 13 of females.
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* 18 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka Navy return home

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- Eighteen fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on last month, returned home on Saturday, New Indian Express reported. Sri Lanka Navy arrested 23 Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai districts on October 13
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* Coronavirus update: 719 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 561,778

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 719 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:30 pm Saturday, a total of 561,778 COVID-19 cases have been reported
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* Another 13 dangerous ferries in the East, most in Trincomalee and Batticaloa

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- It has been found that there are another 13 more dangerous ferries in operation in the Eastern Province, Secretary of the Provincial Ministry of Road Development Mr. I.K.G. Muthubanda has said.
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* IGP summoned to testify at Easter Sunday case against former IGP

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- The three-judge bench hearing the case against the former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, who is accused of failing to take action despite receiving prior information regarding the Easter Sunday attack, has summoned the current IGP CD Wickramaratne on the 29th to give evidence in the case.
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* Five-judge bench appointed to hear FR petition against Yugadanavi agreement

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court has been appointed to hear fundamental rights petitions filed seeking to quash the Cabinet decision to transfer 40% of the government-owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power Plant to U.S. Company New Fortress Energy.
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* Tight security in North over LTTE Maveerar Day events

Tight security was maintained throughout the Northern Province yesterday with temporary checkpoints and patrolling of military personnel in streets as residents and organised groups held events to commemorate those killed in the separatist war.
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* STF launches special 24-hour operation island wide to nab organized criminals and drug traffickers

Nov 29 (CP) Colombo- The Police Special Task Force (STF) has launched a 24-hour operation covering the entire island to nab criminals involved in organized crime, drug trafficking and various other crimes.
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* The car toppled into the Mahaweli River recovered after a 14 hour operation

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The car that overturned into the Mahaweli River in the Ilukmodara area on the Tennekumbura Gurudeniya main road in Kandy last night was recovered this afternoon along with the body of the missing passenger after a 14-hour operation, the police said.
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* India, Sri Lanka, Maldives navies conduct joint exercise on maritime security

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- The Navies of India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives have commenced a focused operation which aims to enhance the interoperability between the maritime security agencies of the three countries in the Indian Ocean Region.
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* Another child injured in Kinniya ferry accident dies

Nov 28 (CP) Colombo- A seven-year-old girl who was critically injured in the ferry accident in Kinniya has died this morning (28), police said. The child died while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Trincomalee Hospital, police said.
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* STF arrests two persons with banned pesticides

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- The Special Task Force (STF) of Police has arrested two individuals in the Thalawa area while transporting a stock of banned pesticides in a van. The suspects were apprehended during a joint operation conducted by the STF and the Air Force Intelligence
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* Sri Lanka reports 20 Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, toll rises to 14,278

Nov 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Saturday reported 20 deaths due to COVID-19 after the figures were confirmed by the Director General of Health Services on Friday, November 26. Among the deaths reported today, 13 are of males and 07 of females.
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* Coronavirus update: 714 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 561,059

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 714 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday. According to the Epidemiology Unit report at 8:30 pm Friday, a total of 561,059 COVID-19 cases have been reported.
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* Navy provides safe passenger transport service at Kurinchankerny bridge

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has made arrangements to provide safe passenger transport service at the Kurinchankerny bridge commencing from yesterday (25th November).
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* Main suspect in Sunshine Sudda’s murder, ‘Tinker Lasantha’ killed in police shootout

Nov 26 (CP) Colombo- Underworld gang member Hewa Lunuwilage Lasantha alias ‘Tinker Lasantha’ was shot dead by police in Kalutara this morning (26). He was killed in a shootout with police in the Diyagama area in Kalutara, the Police said.
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* Treasury loses USD 18 mn as minister blocks CCD probe into generator fraud

Nov 27 (Island) An investigation by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) into a complaint of fraud, which caused a loss of over USD 18 million to the government coffers, has been stalled by a minister, according to police sources. The CCD commenced the investigation, several weeks ago, following a complaint against a Singaporean, of Sri Lankan origin,
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