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Last Updated = Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 01:11 pm SL Time

* Sri Lanka President calls out Armed Forces to maintain public order

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- A special gazette notification has been issued assigning Sri Lanka’s armed forces the task of maintaining public order in all 25 districts of the country. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette notification
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* Seven hundred and fifty arrested by special police raid

Jan 22 (Times) At least 750 persons were arrested by the western province Motor traffic division. The arrests were made following a special operation to apprehend suspects who had committed various criminal activities. The operation was conducted by all police divisions at Western province.
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* Legal action against those who doctored audio clips: Hirunika

Jan 22 (DM) UNP MP Hirunika Premachnadra yesterday said she will file legal action against those whom she accused of doctoring the phone conversations she has had with her parliamentary colleague Ranjan Ramanayake.
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* High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya interdicted over the controversial phone conversations

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Judicial Service Commission has decided to suspend the services of Embilipitiya High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya over the controversial phone conversation he has had UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake.
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* Indian Navy Ship Airavat arrives at Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval customs ceremonially welcomed the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Airavat arrived at the Port of Colombo on Monday (20 January) on a training visit.
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* DIG Rohana calls for 20-year jail term for drunk drivers causing fatal accidents

Jan 21 (Island) Nearly 500,000 accidents take place countrywide annually going by the insurance records, says Deputy Inspector General of Police, Attorney-at-Law Ajith Rohana. DIG Rohana said that cases over fatal accidents could drag on for about three years and cost more than one million rupees in public funds.
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* Poultry farm watcher remanded over viral video of dog killing

Jan 21 (ST) The watcher of a large scale poultry farm in Kobeiganie, of the Kurunegala district whose videos of killing dogs entering the farm had gone viral on social media was remanded for two weeks today (20) by the Nikaweratiya Magistrate Sasika Lakmali Dassanayake.
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* Hirunika lodges complaint at CID over telephone conversation

Jan 21 (DM) UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra yesterday lodged a complaint at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in regards to the release of allegedly edited audio clips of her telephone conversations with MP Ranjan Ramanayake to the public without consent from either parties involved.
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* Sri Lanka immigration officials arrest five Uzbek women without valid visa

Jan 22 (CP) Colombo- Officials of Sri Lanka’s Department of Immigration and Emigration have arrested five Uzbekistan women illegally staying in the country without valid visas. Reportedly the five Uzbek women, aged between 25 and 35 years were engaged in prostitution at two tourist hotels in Wellawatte and Bambalapitiya after arriving in the island on tourist visas.
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* Man (77) arrested while attempting to change Rs 5,000 counterfeit notes

Jan 22 (Island) The Pulmoddai police, on Monday, arrested a person who attempted to change 13 counterfeit notes in the denomination of Rs. 5,000 at a state bank branch at Pulmoddai. According to police, the suspect had approached a security guard at the bank and requested him to change the notes.
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* Kantale sugary factory bribery case: Bail application to be heard on Feb 17

Jan 22 (DN) Former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman Piyadasa Dissanayaka who were sentenced to 12-years’ rigorous imprisonment for soliciting and accepting a bribe have filed for bail pending appeal before the Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar. This application is to be taken up for inquiry on February 17 by the Trial-at-Bar bench.
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* CID reveals contacts of Swiss Embassy employee to court

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today has revealed to the courts the contacts of the Swiss Embassy employee Gania Banister Francis, who claimed that she was abducted and questioned by an unidentified group in a white vehicle.
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* Court issues notice to MP Rajitha Senaratne on Attorney General’s petition against granting bail

Jan 21 (CP) Colombo- Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne today issued notice on the revision petition filed by the Attorney General against granting bail to former minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.
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* AG refuses to appear for Sirisena, Ranil FR petitions over Easter Sunday suicide blasts

Jan 21 (Island) The Supreme Court yesterday fixed for hearing on March 12, 13 and 14 the fundamental rights violation petitions filed over the Easter Sunday suicide bomb blasts carried out on April 21, 2019.
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* Kehliya, Heenkenda discharged from corruption case

Jan 21 (DN) Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday ordered the release of State Minister of Investment Promotion Keheliya Rambukwella and former State Printing Corporation (SPC) Chairman Jayampathi Bandara Heenkenda from a corruption case filed against them.
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