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* Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda’s petition hearing on May 17

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal has directed to take up the writ petition filed by former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda seeking the annulment of the indictment filed against him by the Attorney General in connection with the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 on May 17.
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* Coronavirus update: 384 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 84,610

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 384 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday. Among the positive cases identified Thursday are 345 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, 6 of the prison cluster and 33 foreign arrivals.
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* Sri Lanka reports five COVID-19 deaths Thursday, toll rises to 489

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed five deaths on Thursday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 489, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 489 by now.
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* Orders to arrest police officers who assaulted law student

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Attorney General Dappula de Livera has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) CD Wickramaratne to arrest the four police officers of the Peliyagoda Police Station involved in the assault on final year law student Migara Gunaratne.
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* Sri Lanka reports one COVID-19 death Wednesday, toll rises to 484

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka confirmed one death on Wednesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 484, according to health authorities. The Director General of Health Services confirmed the following deaths caused by COVID -19 virus infection and accordingly the total number of deaths due to COVID -19 infection in Sri Lanka is 484 by now.
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* Sri Lanka’s plan to bury Muslim Covid-19 victims on islet sparks outcry

Mar 03 (AFP) A plan by Sri Lanka to bury Muslim coronavirus victims on a remote islet was slammed on Wednesday by locals and the minority community. Colombo banned burials of Covid-19 victims in April, despite expert assurances they would not spread the virus, implementing a policy of forced cremations.
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* Mother jumps into well with her three children in Kilinochchi

Mar 04 (DM) A mother has jumped into a well in Vattakachchi in Kilinochchi with her three children aged two, five and eight, Police said. They said the mother was rescued by the villagers while the body of one-year-old child has been found.
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* PCoI report on Easter Sunday carnage: AG won’t be given ‘sensitive’ volumes

Mar 03 (Island) The Presidential Secretariat has declined to release 22 volumes (each containing about 600 pages) of proceedings to Attorney General Dappula de Livera, PC, on the advice of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) that probed the 2019 Easter Sunday carnage.
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* ‘White van’ press con; Case against Rajitha, Rumi fixed for April 28

Mar 03 (DN) The case filed against former Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne and former State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) Chairman Rumi Mohammed in connection with the controversial ‘White Van Press Conference’ during the 2019 Presidential Election was yesterday fixed for April 28 by Colombo High Court.
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* Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda’s petition hearing on May 17

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- The Court of Appeal has directed to take up the writ petition filed by former Navy Commander Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda seeking the annulment of the indictment filed against him by the Attorney General in connection with the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in 2008 on May 17.
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* Indictments served in High Court against Patali Champika over Rajagiriya accident

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Former Minister and Samagi Jana Balawegaya parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka was indicted in the Colombo High Court today over the Rajagiriya accident of 2016. He was indicted on charges of reckless driving and failure to prevent an accident.
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* Operations continue in search of missing head of the decapitated woman

Mar 04 (CP) Colombo- Police are continuing search operations to recover the head of the decapitated female body found in a traveling bag left at a busy street in Colombo on Monday (Mar 01), Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
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* Coronavirus update: 356 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 84,226

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 356 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday. Among the positive cases identified Wednesday are 335 associates of the Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster, and 21 foreign arrivals.
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* In Pictures: President inaugurates air show celebrating 70th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Air Force

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inaugurated the Air Show organized to mark the 70th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force at the Galle Face Green in Colombo this afternoon (03).
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* Suspected killer of the decapitated woman found on Dam Street commits suicide - police

Mar 03 (CP) Colombo- Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said a woman whose headless body was found in a travelling bag in the Dam Street, Colombo has been identified and the suspected killer has committed suicide.
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* Alleged Muthurajawela constructions: CA directs AG to get instructions

Mar 04 (DN) The Court of Appeal yesterday directed the Attorney General to get instructions from the respondent parties and report to Court on March 9 regarding alleged illegal constructions and filling of lands within the Muthurajawela Sanctuary.
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* Four arrested in separate O/L exam incidents

Mar 03 (DM) Four students in connection with separate incidents related to the GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) examination were arrested in Mullaitheevu and Kekirawa, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said. He said a 27-year-old person was arrested yesterday at Silawatta school in the Mullaitheevu police area for cheating by impersonation.
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* Woman who beat infant held in Jaffna

Mar 03 (DN) The woman who inhumanely beat her infant son, as witnessed in a video currently circulated in social media, was arrested yesterday morning in Jaffna. Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana said the beating was carried out by a 24-years-old woman from Navaldi area in Ariyalai, Jaffna.
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