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* Sri Lanka police arrest a man dressed in a burka at the airport

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police today arrested a Sri Lankan Muslim man dressed in a burka arrested at the country's international airport in Colombo. The 30-year-old man, a resident of Colombo, was arrested at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning for suspicious behavior.
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* Case against former Minister Basil Rajapaksa over misappropriating Divi Neguma Funds fixed for December 06

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The case against former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former director General of the Divi Neguma Department R.A.A.Kithsiri. Ranawaka will be taken up for hearing on December 06.
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* Body of SL expat worker to be buried in Saudi

July 23 (DM) The Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry today said they had got approval from the family of Mohamed Siyan Shihabdeen (32), a Sri Lankan expatriate worker who was allegedly stabbed to death by his room-mate in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia a few days ago, to bury his body in Saudi according to Islamic religious traditions.
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* No fraud charges against Amarapala: FCID informs ministry

July 23 (DM) The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has informed the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry that the Ministry’s former consultant Vidya Amarapala had no involvement in any financial fraud though his name was mentioned in the controversial Panama papers.
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* Human rights situation in Sri Lanka continued to improve this year but challenges remain - UK report

July 22 (CP) London- The human rights situation in Sri Lanka continued to improve between January and June 2016 but much remains to be done for the island nation to fulfil the commitments made in the October 2015 UN Resolution, the United Kingdom said in its human rights report.
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* USS New Orleans to arrive in Sri Lanka on July 24

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The USS New Orleans (LPD 18) with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will arrive in Sri Lanka for a port visit on July 24. The ship and embarked MEU are in Sri Lanka to increase bilateral ties with the Sri Lankan Navy and provide U.S. support and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
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* Refugees for closure of special detention camp

July 22 (Hindu) Two women Sri Lankan refugees, whose husbands are detained in the special camp in Tiruchi, have demanded closure of the camp as it is allegedly being used by ‘Q’ Branch police in an extrajudicial manner to detain refugees under inhuman conditions.
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* Former LAK SATHOSA Chairman remanded

July 22 (DN) Former Lak Sathosa Chairman Nalin Fernando arrested on the charge of misusing vehicles belonging to Lak Sathosa during the previous Presidential election, was yesterday ordered to be remanded till July 28 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.
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* FCID clears former Ministry of Megapolis adviser of financial fraud allegations

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) of Sri Lanka police has cleared the former consultant to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and former chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Vidya Amarapala of financial fraud allegations.
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* Remembering Sri Lanka's Black July

July 23 (HP) Sri Lanka's civil war pitted the almost exclusively Sinhalese military against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE fought for a separate Tamil state in the northern and eastern parts of the country. In May 2009, Sri Lankan military forces militarily defeated the LTTE.
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* Lasantha's killing and Ekneligoda disappearance Army Courts of Inquiry reports to CID soon

July 23 (Island) Army headquarters intends to submit comprehensive reports in respect of investigations into the alleged disappearance of various documents sought by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) probing two high profile cases to courts and the law enforcement authorities.
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* Policeman dies in motorcycle crash

July 23 (DN) A Police Constable attached to the Pooneryn Police died when his motorcycle crashed into a culvert in Pooneryn yesterday. PC Udara Esala Bandara was travelling along the A32 after duty when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a culvert, near the Sangupitti Bridge, investigations revealed.
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* Sri Lanka to release 73 Indian fishermen in custody

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan authorities have decided to release at least 73 Indian fishermen in custody for violating the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in the island's waters.
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* Attorney General indicts six suspects in Sri Lankan Tamil MP's murder

July 22 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General Thursday filed indictments in the High Court against six accused over the killing of former TNA Jaffna District parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj and his body guard in 2006. Indictments were served on the six suspects based on five charges under the provisions of Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Penal Code.
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* Victims’ parents want security restored

July 22 (Island) Parents of the Sinhala students of the Jaffna University yesterday said their children wouldn't return to Jaffna until the government guaranteed their security. Addressing the media at the National Library Auditorium the parents said they weren't at all satisfied with action taken by the University administration in the wake of the unprovoked attack.
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