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Last Updated = Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 11:21 am SL Time

* UN report calls on international community to take action against increasing militarization and right violations in Sri Lanka

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- A new UN report published on Wednesday warning that human right violations are increasing in Sri Lanka called on the international community to enhance monitoring and take measures to prevent recurrence of the policies and practices that gave rise to grave human rights violations in the past.
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* Govt. gets ready to sink sand mafia

Jan 28 (Island) The Presidential Task Force had intervened to put an end to sand being sold at exorbitant prices, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. Amaraweera yesterday said a cube of sand bought from Manampitiya for Rs. 14,000 is sold in the market at Rs. 55,000.
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* Coronavirus update: 772 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total exceeds 60,000

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 772 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday. Among the positive cases identified Wednesday, 742 are associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and 30 are arrivals from overseas including 29 from Israel and one from the Maldives.
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* Sri Lanka reports two COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, toll rises to 290

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed two deaths on Wednesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 290, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 290 by now.
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* UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals

Jan 27 (AFP) The UN human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by AFP.
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* Marine environment investigations in the vicinity of Little Basses Reef underway after MV Eurosun ran aground

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Marine environment investigations in the vicinity of Little Basses Reef are in the pipeline resulting in the bulk carrier run-aground incident, Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) Chairperson Darshani Lahandapura said Tuesday (26 Jan).
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* Ex-CID director says former President was informed of Saharan group’s activities, but he ignored

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Former Director of the Criminal Investigation department (CID) Shani Abeysekara Tuesday revealed that that he had informed former President Maithripala Sirisena before the Easter attack about an impending catastrophe as the same group is involved in the vandalism of Mawanella Buddha statues and the Wanathavilluwa explosives incident.
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* Coronavirus update: 755 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 59,922

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 755 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday. Among the positive cases identified Tuesday, 748 are associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster and seven arrivals from Israel.
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* Isolation Update: Several areas released from isolation from tomorrow

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of the Spread of Covid-19, announced several areas will be released from isolation as of 6 am Wednesday (27).
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* Shani sees no solid evidence about foreign hand in Easter carnage

Jan 27 (Island) The CID had not received concrete evidence of a foreign hand behind the Easter Sunday bombings until he was removed from the CID in November 2019, former CID Director Shani Abeysekera on Monday night told the PCoI investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.
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* Galle Police arrest 275 suspects

Jan 27 (DN) Police arrested 275 suspects for having firearms, drugs and for drunk driving during a special search operation in the 15 Police Divisions in the Galle SP Division recently. Two suspects with two firearms, 39 persons for drunk driving, five persons driving without licences,
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* Tennis balls filled with drugs thrown into Kandakadu Covid-19 treatment centre

Jan 26 (Island) Two tennis balls filled with drugs had been thrown into the Covid-19 treatment centre at Kandakadu, Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said. The contraband was found on Saturday by the Army officers attached to the facility.
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* 24 quarantine law violators arrested

Jan 26 (DN) 24 persons were arrested for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distancing during the last 24-hours, said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana. The DIG stated that 2770 suspects have been arrested since October 30 for not wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas.
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* UNHRC must take urgent steps to address the worsening human rights situation in Sri Lanka - Amnesty

Jan 28 (CP) Colombo- The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) must take urgent steps to address the worsening human rights situation in Sri Lanka Amnesty International said Wednesday, following the release of a damning UN report on the country’s efforts to ensure accountability for crimes committed during the civil conflict.
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* Anticipatory bail applications of former Swarnamahal Directors dismissed

Jan 28 (DN) Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohommed Mihal yesterday dismissed the anticipatory bail applications filed by the four former Directors of Swarnamahal Financial Service PLC seeking the prevention of their arrest.
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* Attorney General opposes bail for 5 narcotics officers

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Despite limited objections from the Police Narcotics Bureau regarding the granting of bail to five police officers, including an Inspector of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), who are in remand custody, the Attorney General strongly opposes the granting of bail to them, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris informed Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne today (27).
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* Navy recovers about 31kg of Kerala cannabis at Manthai beach

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- During a special operation conducted in Manthai area on 26th January 202, Sri Lanka Navy has recovered about 31kg of Kerala cannabis. The North Central Naval Command during the operation has recovered 14 parcels (about 31kg) of Kerala cannabis in a sack, hidden in shrubs by drug peddlers near the Manthai beach.
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* Antigen testing on people leaving Western Province on long weekend

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana stated that rapid antigen testing will be carried out on all persons leaving the Western Province over the long weekend.
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* SAKS Global expands operations to Brisbane to fulfil growing demand for world-class digital finance solutions in Australia

Jan 27 (CP) Colombo- SAKS Global, reputed Sri Lanka based business process management solutions provider, has expanded its operations to Brisbane, Australia, making available its expansive portfolio of world-class Finance & Accounting services to businesses across the country.
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* Sri Lanka Navy seizes consignment of dried turmeric and glyphosate smuggled in by sea, arrests three

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy during a special operation conducted today at Daluwa beach in Kalpitiya arrested three suspects and seized about 1340 kg of dried turmeric as well as 80 kg of glyphosate attempted to be smuggled into the country.
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* Sri Lanka reports one COVID-19 death Tuesday, toll rises to 288

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed one death on Tuesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 288, according to health authorities.The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following death caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 288 by now.
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* Propensity for vehicle accidents increasing - Police

Jan 26 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana states that there is an increasing tendency for road accidents in the country. Nearly 30 people have been killed in fatal road accidents in the week from January 17 to 22.
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* Kandakadu camp jailor suspended for possessing parcel to be given to inmate

Jan 27 (DM) A prison guard who was temporarily deployed at the Kandakadu COVID-19 treatment centre, has been suspended for illegally possessing a pack to be handed over to an inmate who was being treated for COVID-19.
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* Human rights study exposes brutal conditions in Sri Lankan prisons

Jan 27 (WSWS) The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has published an extensive report detailing the overcrowded and torturous conditions inside the country’s prison system.
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* No concrete evidence to foreign links: Fmr. CID Director testifies before PCoI

Jan 26 (DM) Former Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara yesterday testified before the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks said that there were no concrete information on foreign links that involved in the Easter Sunday suicide attacks at the time he was serving as the Director of the CID.
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