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* Australia and Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation in maritime security

May 26 (CP) Sydney- President Maithripala Sirisena assured that his government is totally committed to support the campaign against human smuggling and sea piracy. He said that Sri Lanka would extend fullest cooperation to the efforts taken to enhance maritime security.
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* Sri Lanka Navy ships Sagara and Nandimithra return home on completion of Singapore visit

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Two Sri Lankan Navy ships that left for Singapore earlier this month to take part in an International Maritime Defense Exhibition have returned after successful completion of their visit.
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* Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry complains to CID about fake twitter account of Minister

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's new Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake lodged a complaint with the police to requesting a probe into a false Twitter account in his name after it posted a fake news about the death of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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* Sri Lanka police looking to arrest extremist Buddhist monk

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Police said today that measures have been taken to arrest the extremist Buddhist monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera who is alleged to have obstructed Police duties, threatened and made statements against minorities inciting racial disharmony and several other incidents.
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* Sri Lanka police blamed for inaction on attacks against Muslims

May 25 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka's police had come under criticism from opposition parliamentarians and right activists for failing to take action against attacks on Muslim places of warship and businesses over the past five weeks.
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* A DIGís assessment of anti-SAITM protesters

May 26 (Island) Deputy Inspector General of Police Colombo N. S. Pathinayake yesterday told The Island that anti SAITM activists were willingly becoming victims of tear gas attacks in order to get more exposure for what he called their futile cause. They were making a vain attempt to create a favourable impression in the minds of the public, he said.
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* Four police teams to arrest BBS General Secretary

May 26 (DN) Four police teams have been deployed to arrest Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisationís General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. This is over several incidents including obstructing police officers to carry out their duties and making hate speeches that would lead to communal unrest.
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* AG being consulted on misuse of super luxury vehicle by Karuna

May 25 (DN) The FCID conducting investigations into an incident where former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias Karuna Amman had allegedly misused a Presidential Secretariat bullet proof armed vehicle worth Rs.90 million, informed Court yesterday that they have sought Attorney Generalís advice regarding future legal action against the former Deputy Minister.
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* Death toll from bad weather in Sri Lanka rises to 91, 110 missing, tri forces launch massive search & rescue operation

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Flooding and landslides fueled by the torrential rains over the past three days have killed 91 in Sri Lanka, while the tri forces launched a massive operation to search and rescue another 110 missing in the havoc. According to the Disaster Management Center as of Friday evening, 40 people in Western Province and 48 people in Central Province have been killed in earth slips and landslides.
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* Heavy rains in Sri Lanka cause havoc with floods, landslides, claim 23 lives

May 26 (CP) Colombo- Heavy rains lashing for a third day on Friday with over 100 mm rainfalls and gusting winds have flooded major roads interrupting the transport services on main roads in the south while landslides and earth slips in Kalutara district have buried houses and shops.
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* Human Rights Commission recommends measures to address Salawa explosion victims' complaints

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has recommended a series of measures to address the complaints lodged by the victims affected by the explosion of army ammunition dump in Salawa nearly a year ago.
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* Sri Lanka police arrest Army brigadier commanded the Rathupaswala shooting

May 25 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police today arrested a Sri Lanka army brigadier who was the commanding officer of the army contingent that fired on the protesters during the Rathupaswala incident in 2013 resulting in the deaths of three people.
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* Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

May 26 (AP) COLOMBO- The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.
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* Arrest Muslim racists before arresting Gnanasara Thera

May 26 (DM) Sinhala Ravaya General Secretary Magalkande Sudaththa Thera said today stern action should be taken to arrest Muslim minsters who supported Muslim extremism before Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Gnanasara Thera was arrested.
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* Almanac case against Basil postponed

May 25 (Island) Presidentsí Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe, yesterday told the High Court of Colombo, that he had to make a special request in respect of accused Basil Rajapaksa. He requested a later date for the inquiry. The Court fixed the next date of inquiry for June 15.
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