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* Sri Lanka Customs arrest French national attempting to smuggle gems worth over Rs. 11 million

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning arrested a French national who tried to smuggle in several precious stones worth over Rs.11 million.
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* Sri Lanka Navy rescues another two elephants swept out to sea

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy today came to the rescue of two more elephants that were swept out to the sea. A group of naval personnel attached to the Eastern Naval Command managed to rescue the two elephants, dragged away by the currents, in between Round Island and Foul Point, Trincomalee this morning (July, 23).
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* Police officer injured in the shooting in Jaffna dies

July 23 (CP) Colombo- A Police officer, who was critically injured in yesterday's shooting incident in Nallur when an unidentified man opened fire at the Jaffna High Court judge, has died. The officer identified as Sergeant Hemachandra has succumbed to his injuries early this morning
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* Jaffna High Court Judge escapes assassination attempt

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Jaffna High Court Judge, Justice Manickavasagar Illancheliyan, who has a reputation of being a fearless judge, escaped an assassination attempt today when an unidentified man shot at him at Nallur in Jaffna.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests eight Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy Friday arrested eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and poaching in Sri Lankan waters.
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* Megapolis minister tells Police Chief to probe Horton Square directors’ dealings

July 23 (ST) Megapolis Minister Champika Ranawaka has called on Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara to investigate the background and dealings of several directors of Horton Square (Pvt) Ltd, a company which proposes to build two 75-storey towers in Horton Place. Referring to the Sunday Times story last week,
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* Mangala slams police over abduction bid

July 22 (Island) Police faced censure Friday over an attempt to "abduct" a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by the previous strongman leader’s regime.
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* Cocaine haul: Three customs officers transferred

July 22 (DN) Three customs officers alleged to have been involved in the recent discovery of 218 kg of cocaine concealed in a sugar container were transferred today. Earlier today the seven suspects involved in transporting the narcotics were further remanded till July 26 by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate.
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* Police dismantle the stage setup by protesting students at Lipton Circus, arrest 13 students

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police used water cannons to dismantle a stage set up by the university students protesting the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) at the Lipton Circus today.
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* Two arrested over shooting in Nallur, gunman is suspected to be an ex-LTTE

July 23 (CP) Colombo- Jaffna Police have arrested two suspects in connection with Saturday's shooting at the Jaffna High Court judge M. Illancheliyan and his security officers in Nallur.
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* Sri Lanka Navy takes delivery of the first advanced warship made in India

July 23 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday ceremonially took delivery of its largest warship, built in India under a US$ 155 million contract inked four years ago for two such vessels.
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* Law and Order Minister orders IGP to issue a report on police procedure followed to 'abduct' a student activist

July 22 (CP) Colombo- Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake has ordered the Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundera to immediately issue a report on the alleged 'abduction' of a student activist by the police.
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* Tension in north following attack on Coast Guard patrol

July 23 (Island) Tension is high in the north in the wake of Tamil youth attacking a Coast Guard (CG) patrol at Thunnalai north, Vallipuram in the Point Pedro area on Friday (July 21) evening following the Coast Guard detaining a group of sand miners and one small lorry.
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* I will fight for justice and find my son-– Sarojini Naganathan

July 23 (SO) It has been nine years since Sarojini Naganathan last saw her only son, Rajiv. The latter, along with four others, was abducted on September 17, 2008, a day before he was scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom for higher studies.
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* RDA bulldozes Colombo Swimming Club pool area

July 22 (DM) The Colombo Swimming Club (CSC) Officials today said that they were taken by surprise when the Road Development Authority (RDA) officials entered their premises with a Court Order and started demolishing the buildings and walls behind the CSC swimming pool, to make way for the Colombo Extension of the Marine Drive without prior notice.
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