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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests four people with 3.4 kg of Kerala Cannabis

Feb 25 (CP) Colombo- On receipt of intelligence information Sri Lankan Navy personnel in coordination with Police have arrested four individuals transporting 3.4 kg of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) in the general area of Mattakkuliya. The suspects were transporting the stock of cannabis by a three-wheeler when the arrest was made.
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* Namal slaps CBK with defamation

Feb 25 (CT) Hambantota District SLFP MP Namal Rajapaksa has sent a letter of demand to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga demanding a sum of Rs 250 million for defamation of character by the latter. aken against her.
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* Dhal container collapses killing one and injuring four

Feb 25 (DM) One person was killed and four others were injured when a dhal storage container collapsed on them at a warehouse in Pattiwela, Kelaniya today, Police said.
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* Sri Lanka Customs nab man attempting to smuggle gold worth Rs. 2.4 million

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake have arrested a Sri Lankan man who was attempting to smuggle out gold worth Rs 2.4 million.
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* CPJ calls on Sri Lankan authorities to fully investigate murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- The New York-based international press freedom organization, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Thursday called on Sri Lankan authorities to fully investigate the 2009 murder of the editor-in-chief of the Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge and bring his killers to justice.
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* Civil society alleges Gotabhaya responsible for Noyahr abduction

Feb 24 (Island) A civil society grouping that campaigned for Maithripala Sirisena at the January 2015 presidential poll yesterday alleged that the wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was behind the abduction of Associate Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr in May 2008.
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* Objection overruled; Case against Rohitha fixed for trial

Feb 24 (DN) A case filed against former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena for the unlawful acquisition of assets estimated at Rs.41.1 million was yesterday fixed for trial by Colombo High Court. Accordingly, the case will be taken up for trial on June 5 and 6.
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* Helmet for motorcycle, pillion rider made compulsory

Feb 25 (CP) Colombo- A Gazette notification was issued on Thursday by the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva stipulating that a motorcycle and a pillion rider must wear a helmet that conforms to the new guidelines.
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* Prison officer declines to be involved in probe after death threat

Feb 25 (Island) A senior Prison official appointed to a committee to probe into an incident where a high ranking prison officer attached to the Pallekele Prison had allegedly obtained a bribe of two million rupees to extend favours to a prisoner convicted on a drug related offence, has declined to serve in the committee after he received death threats from the suspect.
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* Sri Lankan fishermen alleged of attacking Tamil Nadu fishermen

Feb 24 (CP) Rameswaram- Four Tamil Nadu fishermen suffered serious injuries after they were attacked, allegedly by Sri Lankan fishermen, near Kodiyakarai off the island nation, PTI reported. The Sri Lankan fishermen first threatened them with hand guns and attacked them with sharp weapons, Pamban Country Boat Association leader S Arul said.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests five people with over 150 kilograms of Kerala cannabis

Feb 24 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan Navy personnel Thursday arrested five individuals transporting over 150 kilograms of Kerala cannabis (Kerala Ganja) by a dinghy in the Northern seas. A Navy patrol craft, apprehended 3 suspects when they were transporting 154.6 kg of Kerala Cannabis by a dinghy in the seas northwest of Kankasanthurai yesterday.
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* Panelist gets death threats

Feb 24 (CT) Information has come to light that a group of unidentified persons had issued a death threats to a member of the three-member panel, appointed by the Prisons Department to probe an incident, where it is alleged that a sum of Rs 2 million has been deposited by a sister of a drug lord in the Prison Superintendent's bank account, sources said.
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* Katukurunda boat tragedy: Skipper arrested

Feb 24 (DM) The skipper of the boat which capsized off the coast of Kaluthara a week ago was taken into custody today, Police said. The accident which took place near Katukurunda due to over-crowding of the boat left 16 dead and 20 injured.
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