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* Sri Lanka AG withdraws case against Basil Rajapaksa

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General of Sri Lanka, today withdrew the indictments filed against former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Director General of the Divi Neguma Department Kithsiri Ranawaka for misappropriation of state funds.
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* Three killed in Balapitiya shooting

Dec 06 (DM) At least three members of the same family including a four-year-old child were shot dead following a shooting incident in Balapitiya this evening, police said. The victims were identified as 31-year-old man, his 28 year-old wife and five year-old child.
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* Drop in road accidents after fine announcement

Dec 06 (DN) Motor traffic accidents dropped by 10 percent during the last two weeks after the government announced heavy traffic fines on motorists, Police said. Accidents dropped by about 10 percent during the last two weeks. The number of accidents reported daily is around 100-125 whereas it has now decreased to 90 to 100 incidents, Traffic Police Division ASP W. D. A. Dhananjaya said.
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* Newly formed Sri Lankan Marine Corps gets 241 years of experience in under a week

Dec 05 (US Marines) Marines and Sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, embarked aboard the USS Somerset (LPD 25), participated in a Theater Security Cooperation exchange, training side-by-side with the recently inaugurated Sri Lankan Marine Corps Nov. 22-25 at Sri Lanka Naval Base, Trincomalee.
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* Former minister Tissa Attanayake granted bail

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court on Monday granted bail to the former General Secretary of the United National Party Tissa Attanayake, who was charged with three counts over preparation of a forged document.
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* FCID probes into 4,012 mn Nilwala River Diversion Project

Dec 05 (DM) The FCID had sought a court order to obtain a detailed report from a State Bank on release of Rs.4, 012 million for the Nilwala River Diversion Project. The Financial Crimes Investigations Division said they needed this information to conduct an investigation under the Money Laundering Act
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* Sri Lanka negotiating release of nine sailors in Yemen

Dec 06 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said it was negotiating the release of nine sailors who are currently detained aboard a vessel anchored in Yemen, a Xinhua report said.
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* PM: Rapists, swindlers no ordinary protesters; they are a security threat

Dec 06 (Island) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that Joint Opposition statements on last Saturday’s incident near Parliament were not acceptable. Former local government members who raped 100s of girls and killed the husbands of wives they raped were no ordinary demonstrations; they were a security threat.
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* No truth to the rumors that security in North and East are in danger - Defense Secretary

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi has asserted that there is no truth to the rumors spread by the extremists that security in North and East are in danger.
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* Court rejects bail to former LTTE leader-turned deputy minister Karuna Amman

Dec 05 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today rejected granting bail to the former LTTE leader turned deputy minister of the former Sri Lankan government Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman who was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Department (FCID) of the Police last week.
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* Cattle rustling in luxury A/C van

Dec 05 (Island) KANDY– Kandy police in a pre- dawn operation on Saturday (03) arrested six men transporting eight cattle in an air-conditioned luxury van on Hanguranketha-Kandy road. Among the eight cattle were a pregnant cow and several calves. At the time of the raid around 3.00 a.m. some men were found seated on the cattle whose feet were bound and made to lie on their side, police said.
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* Saboteur hurls stones at bus critically injuring Corporal

Dec 05 (DN) A Corporal travelling in a Kandy bound SLTB bus from Jaffna on home leave sustained injuries in the head when a saboteur hurled stones at the bus at a place between Ikirigollewa and Rambawa in Medawachchiya on December 2, the day private buses went on strike, is lying in a critical condition at the ICU of the Anuradhapura Hospital New Surgical Ward.
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