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* Sri Lanka Navy deploys lifesaving teams to assist devotees

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy has deployed Rapid, Response, Rescue, and Relief Squadron (4Rs) personnel to provide lifesaving and other necessary assistance to the devotees at Okanda and Thalawila during the festival season, the Navy Media reported.
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* Gunmen open fire at Sri Lanka election rally, one killed

July 31 (CP) Colombo- Unidentified gunmen opened fire at an United National Front election rally in Colombo today killing a woman and injuring 12 others, the police said. The rally was held in support of the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Kotahena area of Colombo and the people killed and injured were believed to be supporters of the Minister.
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* Sujeewa Senasinghe threatened me: Police sergeant

July 31 (DM) A sergeant attached to the Athurugiriya Police has complained that Deputy Justice Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe had threatened him when he requested the deputy justice minister to refrain from holding a road show at the Habarakada junction in Homagama last night.
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* Sri Lankan government to investigate failures of Bribery Commission

July 30 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided to investigate the failures on the part of the Chairman and Commissioners of the Bribery Commission appointed by the previous government to dispense with complaints lodged with it during the last four years.
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* Police look for UPFA candidate over abduction and assault

July 30 (Island) Matale police are looking for Matale District UPFA candidate and former Deputy Minister Lakshman Wasantha Perera and a group of his supporters for allegedly abducting a man and assaulting him for launching a campaign against the proliferation of ethanol and printing a set of posters to be pasted in public in that regard.
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* Businessman arrested over rape charges

July 30 (DN) A leading businessman from the shipping industry was arrested and produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court on rape charges yesterday. The businessman was later released on a surety of one million rupees.
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* Woman's body found in a travelling bag at bus stand in Colombo identified

July 31 (CP) Colombo- A woman's body found in a travelling bag at the Bastian Mawatha private-bus terminal in Pettah on Wednesday, has been identified as that of a 34-year-old woman from Vaddukoddai, Jaffna, police said.
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* Woman drug peddler arrested by Welikada police in dawn operation

July 31 (Island) The Welikada police in the early hours of yesterday arrested a female drug peddler known as ‘Kudu Renu’ at Obeysekerapura with 3g and 500mg of heroin with a street value of Rs. 100,000. The police had received a tip-off that the suspect was planning to sell the banned substance to another person.
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* PS Chairman arrested over 'distorted' flag at UPFA rally

July 31 (DN) Yatinuwara Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Thusitha Kumara Welagedara was arrested yesterday by police for distorting the National flag. These 'distorted' national flags were hoisted at a rally organised by the UPFA in Yatinuwara.
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* Police arrest six for abducting UNF candidate's supporters

July 30 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police today arrested six persons suspected of abducting three supporters of a United National Front candidate in the Southern Province. The Akuressa Police have rescued the three people who were being abducted while putting up election posters in the wee hours of today in the Thibbotuwawa area in Akuressa.
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* Action against BC

July 30 (DM) The Cabinet decided to initiate investigations into the failure on the part of the Commissioners of the Bribery Commission to dispense with complaints lodged with it during the last four years, a minister said yesterday.
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* Lankan refugee observes fast

July 30 (Hindu) A Sri Lankan refugee lodged in the Special Camp here went on a fast on Wednesday demanding that he should be released. Police sources said the inmate Hasan Mohamed (30) had completed his conviction period in a fake visa case booked against him.
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