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* Sri Lanka Army troops to support medical services in strike-hit hospitals

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The assistance of the Sri Lanka Army has been offered to conduct emergency skeletal services at island-wide government hospitals following a trade union action, staged by the minor staff working in hospitals Tuesday (26) morning.
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* Sri Lankan President pledges maximum punishment for culprits of Jaffna rape and murder

May 26 (CP) Jaffna- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged maximum possible punishment to the perpetrators of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl in Jaffna. President Sirisena, who paid a sudden visit to Jaffna Tuesday, assured to take all measures to impose maximum punishment to the suspects of the crime through a special court. He stressed not to leave any room in the future for such crimes to happen in the country. The President met with the mother and the brother of the murder victim, Sivayoganathan Vithya today (26) at the Jaffna Governors Official Residence.
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* Leader of Sri Lanka extremist Buddhist organization arrested

May 26 (CP) Colombo- The leader of an extremist Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka has been arrested for failing to appear before the court. General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has been arrested today (26), after he failed to appear before the Colombo Magistrate�s Court.
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* Sri Lanka Supreme Court justice recuses from former minister's FR petition hearing

May 25 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lanka Supreme Court Justice Eva Wanasundera has announced that she will recuse herself from the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
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* Sri Lanka police investigate death of a U.S. pilot

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's police have launched an investigation into the death of a U.S. Air Force pilot whose body was discovered from a hotel room in the capital Colombo last week, according to a Xinhua news report .
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* Palai police team in Jaffna comes under attack from residents after suspect was shot

May 25 (CP) Jaffna- A team of police officers of the Palai division had come under attack when they attempted to arrest a suspect Sunday, Police Media Unit said. The police officers have arrived at a residence of suspect who was wanted for assaulting another person.
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* Sri Lanka police bust fake Indian currency racket

May 25 (PTI) COLOMBO- Two persons have been arrested in Sri Lanka for printing fake Indian currency, police said today.
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* Johnston further remanded

May 25 (DM) Former Minister and Parliamentarian Johnston Fernando who was produced before the Kurunegala Magistrate this morning on the alleged financial fraud at Lanka Sathosa has been further remanded until June 8.
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* Indian Police remove Prabhakaran hoardings in Tiruchy

May 25 (DC) Tiruchy- Tension prevailed for a while at different places in the city in the wee hours of Sunday, when a group of volunteers of the Naam Tamilar Katchi objected to the police action of removing the party's flex hoardings, carrying the portraits of the banned LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, erected by them here.
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* Sri Lankan court bars protests in Chunnakam suburb of Jaffna over gang rape and murder

May 26 (CP) Jaffna- A Sri Lankan court in Jaffna has ordered a ban on protests for 14 days in a suburb of Jaffna over the gang rape and murder of student. The Mallakam court in Jaffna on the request of Chunnakam Police has banned staging demonstrations in Chunnakam in Jaffna for 14 days.
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* Leader of Sri Lanka extremist Buddhist organization released on bail

May 26 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court has granted bail to the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was arrested earlier today for failing to appear in court.
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* Secretary to former Sri Lankan president to be indicted over misuse of TRC money

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa along with two others will be indicted in the high court over the misuse of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) money, according to a media report.
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* Sri Lanka's former minister further remanded

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Former Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister of Sri Lanka Johnston Fernando was remanded further when he was produced before the court today.
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* Sri Lankan visa applicant for UK arrested for fraud

May 25 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan visa applicant was arrested for using deception to apply for a UK visa, the British High Commission said in a press release Monday. The 30-year old man from the Jaffna area was arrested for using deception in his UK visit visa application.
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* Bakery fire snuffs out three lives

May 26 (Island) Three persons died of inhaling poisonous gas emanating from a fire that broke out in a bakery at Maradana yesterday. The fire broke out at the bakery between the Elphinstone Theatre and Kaleel Nursing Home around 12 noon and lasted for nearly one and a half hours, according to residents.
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* Jaffna mayhem: Action will be taken against cops if found guilty John

May 25 (Island) Minister of Public Order and Christian Affairs, John Amaratunga, has called for a report from the IGP on the conduct of police over the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, which led to the biggest public demonstration recorded in Jaffna in recent times.
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* Financial crimes suspects to face direct indictment

May 25 (DN) Several powerful politicians and public officials of the previous regime under investigation by the FCID are likely to face direct indictments in the High Court. Up to now, the suspects were arrested by the police FCID after inquiries and were produced before court.
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