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* Sri Lankan university students to hold protest march in Colombo tomorrow

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka university students' union, Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) will hold a protest march tomorrow from Colombo Fort to the Ministry of Higher Education. A spokesman of the IUSF said that the march is organized by the Students' Union of the Rajarata University.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 38 Indian fishermen for poaching

July 22 (CP) Kankasanthurai- Sri Lanka Navy on Monday arrested 38 Indian fishermen along with their nine fishing trawlers on two separate occasions when they were engaged in poaching well within Sri Lankan waters.
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* Absconding ruling party legislator in Sri Lanka surrenders to court

July 22 (CP) Kurunegala- A Sri Lankan legislator who was wanted by police for assaulting a government official surrendered to the court today. The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance parliamentarian Nimal 'Nilwala' Wijesinghe has surrendered to the Kurunegala Magistrate Court this morning.
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* Wasp attack at a pre-school: 35 injured

July 22 (DM) At least 35 persons including 29 pre-school children were hospitalized following a wasp attack at a pre-school in a temple in Kataragama this morning, Police said. The injured children and others were admitted to the Kataragama District Hospital.
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* Sri Lankan MP wanted for attacking a public official absconding

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana says that the Kurunegala district MP Nimal Nilwala Wijesinghe who is wanted for assaulting a Village Officer (Grama Niladhari) is absconding. The Police had conducted a search in his residence but the suspect has already fled the area, the police media spokesman said.
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* India refuses visa to UN team probing Sri Lanka

July 21 (CP) Colombo- India has refused to grant visas to the United Nations team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to probe the alleged human rights violations during the last seven years of three-decades long conflict in Sri Lanka.
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* Sri Lanka to prevent NGOs from receiving foreign funds - report

July 21 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government had decided to prevent certain Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are threats to the national security from receiving foreign funds, according to a local newspaper report.
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* GoSL sees no reason to comply with Pillay’s requests Await OHCHR position on war-time UN report

July 21 (Island) Top UN coordinator in charge of the ongoing war crimes investigation into accountability issues in Sri Lanka, Sandra Beidas and Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha are unlikely to meet officially, though UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navanethem Pillay has asked for a powvow between the duo and the naming of a focal point, authoritative sources said.
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* Drunk driver knocks down student

July 21 (DN) Galle Additional Magistrate Gunenedra Kumara Munasinghe remanded a school van driver until July 31 when Galle Harbour Police produced him before courts for allegedly knocking down a student at Magalle, Galle.
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* Tamil Nadu Chief Minister opposes installing buoys on the IMBL between India and Sri Lanka

July 22 (CP) Chennai- The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa has written to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi again to express her disapproval to a proposal that suggested installing buoys on the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Sri Lanka as a measure to address the fishermen issue.
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* Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Chief Minister accused of assaulting a man

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Chief Minister of Sri Lanka's Western Provincial Council Prasanna Ranatunga is accused of attacking a voter. The victim, who is receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital for injuries allegedly suffered during the assault, has complained to the police that the Chief Minister and a group of his supporters assaulted him with a cricket bat on a dispute over a king coconut tree.
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* About 100 kg of heroin in 3 machines

July 22 (Island) Customs High Risk Unit at Gray Line 1, cargo terminal at Orugodawatta yesterday detected three plastic moulding machines containing about 100 kilos of heroin with a street value of Rs. 700 million. Four suspects were arrested when they came to clear the consignment.
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* Ganja plants come to light during dengue inspection

July 22 (DN) A resident in Hantane who had cultivated Ganja plants in flower pots kept in the first floor of his house was arrested by Kandy Police on July 19. Police said the Ganja plants were discovered during a routine check carried out in the house under the dengue eradication program.
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* Large heroin haul of over 100 kg seized in Sri Lanka

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Narcotics Division of Sri Lanka's Customs Department has seized a large heroin haul of over 100 kilograms today at the Orugodwatta container yard today, the Customs said. The heroin hauls was hidden inside industrial grinding machines imported from Karachi, Pakistan.
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* Sri Lankan government bans sending workers to Libya, brings back all workers home

July 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion Dilan Perera says that the government of Sri Lanka has banned sending employees to work in Libya. The government has taken this decision due to the perilous situation that prevails in Libya, said the Minister.
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* Tigers in custody spill the beans – investigators

July 21 (Island) Three LTTE members arrested in Malaysia and extradited to Sri Lanka last Friday have spilled the beans on Tiger activists under questioning by the sleuths of the Terrorism Investigation Division. They have told the interrogators that they had never thought that the LTTE would be defeated militarily in the North.
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* Prisoner sentenced to 20 years’ could be free in under 13 years

July 21 (DM) A person sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment need only serve a term of 12 years and 9 months in terms of prison law, said prisons department sources. They said a person sentenced to one year in jail need only serve eight months and six days if the prison’s records show that his conduct has been good.
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