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* Court rules insufficient evidence to charge Minister Champika Ranawaka in accident

June 29 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Traffic Court today ruled that there was insufficient evidence to file charges against Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka in the road accident involving the Minister's vehicle.
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* South Eastern University suspends 331 students for ragging

June 29 (CP) Colombo- The administration of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka in Oluvil has suspended 331 second year students of the Management Faculty alleged of engaging in ragging. Among the suspended are 220 female students.
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* JHU reiterates it had no hand in Gammanpila arrest

June 29 (Island) Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Propaganda Secretary Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe yesterday said Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila now in remand over an alleged financial fraud was trying to take mean political advantage by accusing the JHU and its General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka of being behind it.
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* Former TID Head DIG Chandra Wakista questioned for three hours

June 29 (DN) The Police Special Investigations Unit questioned the former Head of the Terrorist Investigations Unit (TIU), retired DIG Chandra Wakista for three hours today. He was questioned on the status of valuables, including gold, belonging to LTTE suspects arrested during his tenure with the previous government that are unaccounted for.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 9 local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

June 28 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy said the naval personnel attached to Northern Naval Command has arrested nine local fishermen in two separate incidents on Monday (27) for allegedly engaging in illegal fishing practices.
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* Tamil Nadu Police arrest nine Sri Lankans waiting to migrate to Australia

June 28 (CP) Tuticorin- The Q Branch of Tamil Nadu Police on Monday arrested nine Sri Lankan Tamils including a woman in Tiruchendur for allegedly planning to travel to Australia in a clandestine manner.
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* British backpacker, 23, killed in 80ft fall from cliffs on trip to Sri Lanka

June 28 (Mirror) A British backpacker has plunged 80ft to his death during a late-night cliff-top walk with a girl in Sri Lanka, it has emerged. Tom Perry, 23, died after falling onto rocks at the foot of the sheer cliff at Weligama, a popular tourist destination on the south of the island.
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* FCID to quiz Namal over Gowers law firm today

June 28 (DM) UPFA parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has been asked to report to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) at 9.00 a.m. today in connection with an investigation into a law firm owned by him.
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* Nearly 9000 military deserters get legally discharged during General Amnesty

June 29 (CP) Colombo- Nearly 9000 military deserters from the tri forces have obtained legal discharge during the first two weeks of the one-month long general amnesty period declared by the Ministry of Defense.
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* Sri Lankan Man Freed Of Drug Charge

June 29 (Bernama) KUALA LUMPUR- The Sessions Court here today discharged, but not amounting to an acquittal, a Sri Lankan man on a drug possession charge.
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* Magistrate reprimands Pavithra for disturbing Court

June 29 (DM) UPFA parliamentarian Pavithra Wanniarachchi, who was disturbing court proceedings by repeatedly instructing her attorney while Court was in session, was yesterday reprimanded by Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Attigalle.
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* Sri Lankan forces release 700 acres more in North

June 29 (Hindu) Sri Lankan security forces have released 700 more acres and the Kankesanthurai railway station in the Northern Province, a few days before the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is to give an update to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the status of implementation of the October 2015 resolution.
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* 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu camps to return home today

June 28 (CP) Colombo- A group of 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lived in camps in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation program. According to the Secretary to Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs V. Sivagnanasothy, a group of 20 male and 16 female refugees are scheduled to arrive on a Mihin Lanka Airline flight MJ 130 at 11.45 a.m. from Chennai.
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* Zeid wants use of cluster bombs by Lankan forces probed

June 28 (NIE) COLOMBO- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, has called for a probe into allegations that cluster bombs were used by the Sri Lankan Security Forces in the final phase of Eelam War IV.
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* Petition demands arrest of politicos responsible for attack on journalist

June 28 (Island) Civil society groups have launched a campaign to collect signatures for a petition demanding the immediate arrest of ruling party politicians responsible for the recent attack on journalist Freddie Gamage within the Negombo Municipal Council premises.
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* Gota testifies before Court on Dec 2006 LTTE assassination attempt

June 28 (DN) Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa testified yesterday before the Colombo Special High Court, in a case against five LTTE suspects charged with aiding and abetting the LTTE suicide cadre who attempted to assassinate him on December 1, 2006.
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