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Last Updated = Sun, Jan 25, 2015, 11:19 am SL Time

* Sri Lanka Appeal Court to take up petition against former LTTE leader on Tuesday

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka Tuesday (27) will take up a Writ Application filed by the Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) seeking an order to arrest and prosecute former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP.
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* Religious minorities feared BBS rampage, if Mahinda was re-elected President

Jan 25 (Island) Sinhala Buddhist extremism had led to the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential Election, one of his former Ministers said yesterday.
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* National Security, Govt's prime concern - Defence Secretary B.M.U.D. Basnayake

Jan 25 (SO) Secretary to the Ministry B.M.U.D. Basnayake said that without any solid study of the true situation of the current position in the defence sector, the Government will not take drastic changes.
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* Missing Persons Commission of Sri Lanka seeks meeting with President on future proceedings

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Chairman of the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka, Maxwell Paranagama has sought a time with the new President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the future proceedings of the Commission.
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* CID probes Shashi’s two IDs and passports

Jan 24 (Island) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has launched an investigation into an allegation that former minister of Housing and Urban Development Affairs, Wimal Weerawansa’s wife, had used forged documents to obtain a diplomatic passport while having another passport with the original date of birth, the Police Spokesman said yesterday.
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* UN High Commissioner for Human Rights notes probe on Sri Lanka in annual report

Jan 25 (CP) Colombo- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein has referred to the investigation on Sri Lanka in the High Commissioner's annual report.
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* High-level drug menace to face powerful taskforce

Jan 25 (ST) Battling a “really powerful” drug ring, the newly-appointed Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, John Amaratunga said a special taskforce will be appointed to tackle the escalating flow of drugs into the country.
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* Sri Lanka Police OIC resigned due to political pressure reinstated

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- A police officer, who tendered his resignation citing constant political pressure from the previous government, has been reinstated in his duties as the officer-in-charge (OIC).
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* Police question Sri Lanka's top judge on alleged election night coup

Jan 24 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka police has questioned the country's Chief Justice Mohan Peiris over an alleged coup attempt hatched by the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his loyalists on the night of the presidential election on January 8.
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* Ex-deputy minister, two others re-remanded

Jan 24 (DN) A former deputy minister and two others were re-remanded by Pelmadulla Magistrate Dinesh Lakmal Perera until January 26. They were convicted of having shot to death a UNP supporter during the recent presidential election. The judge allowed permission for the deputy minister to attend parliamentary sessions.
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