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* Three 'Ava Gang' members arrested for Manipai clash with police

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Police have arrested three persons suspected to be members of the 'Aava Gang' last evening over a clash with the police at Manipai in Jaffna, police said. A clash broke out between the police and a group of Ava members who came with sharp weapons to attack several houses in Inuvil area last Saturday (20).
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* Easter attack probe: AG calls for detailed report

July 23 (DM) The Attorney General (AG) has instructed the Acting IGP to submit a detailed report on the progress of the criminal investigation conducted into the Easter terror attacks, Coordinating Officer to AG, SC Nishara Jayaratne told Daily Mirror.
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* AG's petition against granting bail to former Defense Secretary and suspended IGP tomorrow

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The case against suspended IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, was taken up for hearing today by the Colombo Chief Magistrate court.
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* Police arrest 237 drunk drivers in past 24 hours

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police have arrested 4,624 drivers during a month-long special operation launched island wide since 5th July to nab people driving under the influence.
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* Ava member killed in clash with police

July 21 (CP) Colombo- A man has been killed in a clash between police and suspected 'Ava' gang members in Manipai Inuvil area, in Jaffna last night, police said. The suspected Ava member was killed when police opened fire at an Ava group when they tried to attack a group of police officers during an inspection.
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* NPC Minister sacked for corruption talks of virtues of Prabhakaran

July 22 (Island) The only person that the Tamil people had accepted as a national leader was the late LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, former Provincial Minister of Agriculture of the Northern Province, P. Ayngaranesan told media in Jaffna yesterday.
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* Rs. 40,000 fine for having 26 bottles of liquor, distilling equipment

July 22 (DN) A man was fined Rs. 40,000 for having 26 bottles of illegal liquor and distilling equipment by Trincomalee Magistrate Chamila Kumari Ratnayake recently. The accused is a 54-year-old resident of Gomarankadawala, Kalyanapura.
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* Road rage attack: Maths teacherís bodyguards surrender to police

July 21 (ST) The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) is investigating an incident seen on social media video clips where a popular Maths tuition teacherís bodyguards are seen intimidating and attacking a van driver at Kalagedihena in Nittambuwa.
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* CEJ files action against Customs for failure to regulate garbage imports

July 23 (Island) The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ), yesterday, filed legal action in the Court of Appeal against the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the Director General of Customs against their failure to regulate the importation of mixed contaminated waste over a period of time.
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* Pujithís, Hemasiriís Counsel complain to Chief Magistrateís Court

July 23 (DN) Defence Counsel appearing on behalf of IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernado yesterday complained to the Colombo Chief Magistrateís Court that a press release issued by the Attorney Generalís Department regarding IGP Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernado could adversely affect their clientsí image.
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* Will not allow to cut trees in Wilpattu, official tells court

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Director General of Forest Conservation Department has informed the Court of Appeal that the Department will not allow the trees in the Kallaru Forest Reserve Zone near the Wilpattu National Forest to be felled.
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* Dr. Safi's FR petition postponed to August 6

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing of the fundamental rights petition filed by Dr. Safi Sihabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital to the 6th of August as the respondents had not been issued notice properly.
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* Boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers headed for Australia is intercepted

July 22 (Daily Mail) A boatload of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers headed for Australia has been intercepted in the Indian Ocean in what is the third incident since May.
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* Beliatta PS Chairman arrested over assault

July 22 (DM) Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Siril Munasinghe has been arrested today over an assault of a former PS member, police said. They said the Chairman was arrested after he surrendered to the Beliatta Police station this morning.
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* Nine SSPs elevated to rank of DIG

July 21 (Island) Nine Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) have been promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) with the approval of the National Police Commission. The list of those promoted DIGs are as follows:
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* Avant-Garde case : AGís advice sought on absconding suspects

July 21 (SO) Police will seek direction from the Attorney Generalís Department on how to proceed regarding the arrests of the Avant-Garde Maritime case suspects currently absconding, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
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