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Last Updated = Sun, May 29, 2016, 01:16 pm SL Time

* Funds flowed to CSN from Seychelles

May 29 (SL) Funds had flowed into the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) from accounts in Seychelles, Government sources said based on ongoing investigations. A company had been formed in Seychelles to transfer the funds to CSN when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was President.
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* US expert on disaster mitigation: People should be relocated from disaster-prone areas

May 29 (SO) In the aftermath of the two tragic landslides in Sri Lanka, which buried nearly 200 alive, a visiting US expert on disaster mitigation said the Government will have to take tough decisions in the future to ensure the safety of the people and prevent such calamities from recurring.
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* Floods in Sri Lankan capital, water levels rising in rivers in south

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Several places in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo including Thunmulla, Armour Street and Panchikawatta areas were flooded due to heavy rain Colombo experienced on Friday night, according to local media reports.
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* Australian federal court dismisses Sri Lankan Tamil's asylum application, orders to return home

May 28 (CP) Colombo- An Australian Federal court has dismissed an application filed by a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker application to grant him a protection visa and ordered him to return to Sri Lanka. The Federal Court of Australia on Friday dismissed the Tamil man's application to have a previous decision not to grant him a protection visa re-heard.
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* Nearly 190 death sentences commuted under present govt. moving to abolish death penalty

May 28 (Island) President Maithripala Sirisena has commuted 187 death sentences to life imprisonment on recommendations by an expert committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge Nimal E. Dissanayake.
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* Pedestrian killed: CCTV footage leads to arrest of hit-and-run three-wheeler driver

May 29 (ST) Closed-circuit TV recordings obtained from a shop helped detectives to track down a three-wheeler driver responsible for the death of a pedestrian, it was revealed during a coronerís court inquiry. The footage showed the man was thrown to the side of the road when a speeding three-wheeler struck him down at 9.30 p.m. in Mulleriyawa town on Monday.
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* New amnesty period declared to surrender illegal firearms

May 28 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense said due to requests made by the genral public it has decided to announce another Amnesty Period to handover illegal firearms. The Amnesty period will be in effect from 30 May 2016 to 17 June 2016.
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* Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission issues directives on arrests and detention under PTA

May 28 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued Directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979 (PTA). These Directives are being issued to ensure the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected and protected, and such persons are treated humanely, the HRCSL said.
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* Sri Lanka says 100 missing in landslides are dead

May 28 (AFP) COLOMBO- Around 100 people still missing following landslides in Sri Lanka last week are believed dead, authorities said Saturday (May 28) after failing to find signs of life under tonnes of mud.
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* Probe if Sampur incident was premeditated

May 28 (DN) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday requested Tri Forcesí chiefs to investigate whether the incident at Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, Trincomalee was premeditated and targeted at the G7 Summit. He requested them to look into whether there was a ploy to embarrass the President and the country in the face of world leaders who invited the latter to the Summit.
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