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* 389 arrested in special police raid in Western Province

July 04 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Police arrested 389 suspects over the possession of drugs during a special raid conducted in the Western province. The Special Crimes Prevention Operation was conducted from 6:00 am on Friday (July 3) to 5:00 am on Saturday (July 4), under the direction of Western Province Senior DIG, Deshabandu Tennakoon.
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* Over 2,000 Police officers deployed to catch people without face masks

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Over 2,000 Policemen, including those in civil attire, have been deployed in public places of the Western Province to detect persons who are not wearing facemasks. Senior DIG (Western Province) Deshabandu Tennakoon said Police had taken the decision to take legal action against those who defy the mandatory requirement of wearing masks
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* Sri Lanka Navy seizes 400 kg of Kerala Cannabis in Northern seas

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy seized approximately 400 kg of Kerala Cannabis worth over Rs. 60 million during a raid in the seas between Mandathivu island and Kalmunaithuduwa off of Jaffna early morning today, the Navy Media Unit said.
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* Recording statement from Mahela postponed

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been informed not to arrive at the Sports Ministry Investigation Unit to record a statement today. Mahela Jayawardene was summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry tomorrow (03) to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations.
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* Sri Lankan arrived from India infected with COVID-19 during self-quarantine at home

July 02 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan arrived from India has become positive for COVID-19 during self-isolation at home following the quarantine at a quarantine center. The Government Information Department quoting Director General of Health Services said the infected patient is a Sri Lankan sea guard who had returned from India.
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* Mahela summoned before SIU tomorrow, Sangakkara records statement for over 9 hours

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been summoned to appear before the Special Investigations Unit of the Sports Ministry tomorrow (03) to record a statement over the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations.
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* Police constable drowns trying to retrieve phone fallen into river

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Thihagoda Police say that a constable, who had attempted to retrieve his mobile phone that had fallen into a tributary of the Nilwala River, has gone missing in the river.
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* Sangakkara arrives at Sports Ministry SIU to record statement

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has arrived at the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) of the Sports Ministry to give a statement over match the 2011 World Cup match fixing allegations made by former minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
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* Dubai-based drug dealer calls OIC PNB drug racket: Twelve more cops arrested

July 03 (Island) Officer-in-Charge of the Minuwangoda police Inspector Rohan Mahesh yesterday told The Island that he had received a call from a Dubai-based Sri Lankan drug dealer following the arrest of a 47-year-old person who ran a major heroin distribution network.
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* Shocking case of undeclared narcotics in police custody AG asks IGP to expedite probe

July 02 (Island) The Office of Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC, yesterday (1), confirmed an unprecedented meeting between the AG and Acting IGP C. D. Wickremaratne at the former’s Office following a revelation that some Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers were dealing in heroin.
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* Sale of Marine Drive land using forged deed Five sentenced to 67 years RI

July 02 (DN) The five accused who were found guilty of selling a land in Marine Drive in the Kollupitiya area using a forged deed, were yesterday sentenced to 67 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) by the Colombo High Court.
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* AG to raise objections against FR filed seeking an order to arrest Karuna

July 04 (DN) The Attorney General is expected to raise preliminary objections against the Fundamental Rights petition filed seeking an order directing the police to immediately arrest and take necessary legal action against Former LTTE armed group leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, the Senior Deputy Solicitor General (SDSG) informed Supreme Court yesterday.
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* CID records statement from former PM on Bond-Scam

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from former Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe over the Central Bank Bond Scam.
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* Sri Lanka court sentences Nigerian national to death for drug possession

July 03 (CP) Colombo- Colombo High Court today sentenced a Nigerian national to death for possession and trafficking of cocaine. He has been charged with the possession of 774 grams of cocaine and trafficking drugs,
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* 429 arrested in special police raids in Western Province

July 03 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested 429 suspects in connection with narcotics and other illegal activities during raids conducted from 6 am Thursday to 5 am Friday in Western Province.
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* Coronavirus update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 2066 with 12 new patients Thursday

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases rose to 2066 today with 12 more persons testing positive for the coronavirus, the Health Ministry said. According to the Health Promotion Bureau report, as of 8 pm Wednesday, 228 patients are receiving treatment at hospitals.
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* Two Wealthy Sri Lankan Brothers Became Suicide Bombers. But Why?

July 02 (NYT) There’s a video of the exact moment Inshaf Ibrahim decided to abandon his life as a rich young man and turn into a mass murderer.
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* Suspect arrested with over 200 Kg of Kerala Cannabis

July 02 (CP) Colombo- The police have arrested a suspect who was transporting 201kg of Kerala Cannabis in a lorry in the Periyakattu area on the Medawachchiya-Mannar road yesterday. The raid was conducted on information received by the officers of the Paranayakulam police station.
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* Defense Secretary assures to complete reconstruction work of St. Anthony’s Shrine soon

July 02 (CP) Colombo- Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, who visited the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade, Wednesday (July 1), has taken swift measures to strengthen security and also assured to soon complete the remaining reconstruction work of the Shrine, which was badly damaged due to the Easter Sunday bomb attack.
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* Madduma Bandara files appeal against District Court order

July 03 (DN) Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara has filed an appeal in the Colombo Civil Appellate High Court challenging Colombo District Court’s order to refuse of issuing an enjoining order against the UNP office bearers over the expulsion of 99 SJB representatives.
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* Man arrested with ‘ice’ in Jaffna

July 02 (DM) An individual was arrested by the STF personnel with nearly two kilos of ice or methamphetamine at Point Pedro in Jaffna this morning, Police said. They said the suspect aged 66 was arrested on information received by the STF while transporting the drugs in a van.
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