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* Police special raid in Western Province nabs 417 suspects

Oct 01 (CP) Colombo- During a special raid carried out in the Western Province, the police have arrested 417 suspects over drug-related charges. The raids were carried out from 6.00 am yesterday (Sept 30) until 5.00 am today on the orders of Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon.
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* Rahman wants possible RAW mole in NTJ brought back if hiding in India

Oct 01 (Island) If Pulastini Mahendran alias Sarah Jasmine, the wife of Atchchi Muhammadu Muhammadu Hastun, who blew himself up at St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, was alive and hiding in India, the government should bring her back, SJB MP Mujibur Rahman, on Monday night, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.
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* 20th Amendment weakens the power of the judiciary and the legislature - Petitioners

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The 20th Amendment to the Constitution violates the sovereignty of the people and concentrates all powers on the President, weakening the powers of the judiciary and the legislature, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was told when petitions filed against and in support of the proposed bill were taken up for consideration for a second day today (30).
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* Remanded web journalist Desmond Chathuranga De Alwis released on bail

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihar has ordered the release on bail of web journalist Desmond Chathuranga de Alwis, who was arrested and remanded for publishing a report that obstructed court proceedings.
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* STF arrests suspect with 95kg of dry cannabis

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Officers of the Udawalawe Police Special Task Force (STF) have arrested a suspect with 95kg of dry cannabis in a raid carried out in the Arambegama area in the Thanamalwila Police Headquarters area.
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* The owner of collapsed building in Kandy arrested

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The owner of the collapsed five-storey building in Buwelikada Kandy has been arrested on five charges, Central Province Governor Thilak U. Gamage said today (29).
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests suspect with 952kg smuggled dried turmeric

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Navy with the assistance of Police apprehended a suspect with about 952kg of dried turmeric, during a special search operation conducted at Irukkulampiddi in Mannar yesterday (28). The consignment of turmeric is believed to have been smuggled into the country by sea routes.
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* Supreme Court to begin hearing of petitions against the 20th Amendment today

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today will begin to hear the fundamental rights petition filed draft bill of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The petitions will be considered before a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya
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* Govt. to introduce certain amendments to 20A - AG

Sept 30 (DN) The Government intends to introduce certain amendments to the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution (bill) at the committee stage in Parliament, the Attorney General submitted to the Supreme Court yesterday.
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* No jurisdiction to detain Skipper of MT New Diamond: Colombo Chief Magistrate

Sept 29 (DM) Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohamed Mihal yesterday told Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Pieris that the Magistrate Court has no jurisdiction to detain the skipper of MT New Diamond Crude Oil tanker, Sterio Ilias.
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* Rs.30 mn robbery at Katana businessman’s house

Oct 01 (DN) An armed gang had robbed the residence of a businessman in the AkkaraPanaha area in Katana last morning (30), according to the Police Media Division. Reportedly, the robbers had entered the house of the businessman at around 10.30 am yesterday and robbed over Rs.30 million worth of cash and jewellery
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* Two visiting inmate at Magazine Prison arrested with heroin

Oct 01 (DM) Two individuals visiting an inmate at the Magazine Prison in Colombo were taken into custody by the Prison officials with heroin this afternoon, Prisons Spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said. He said seven packets of heroin weighing 7mgs were detected while hidden in a dress taken to be given to an inmate.
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* Two people arrested for pelting stones at Opposition Leader’s meeting remanded

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- Two persons were arrested this morning for pelting stones at a public meeting held in Ratmalana last night with the participation of the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa.
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* Justice Ministry warns youth of a fake job scam

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Justice states that information has come to light regarding a racket of fraudulently obtaining various amounts of money from people by giving fake interview letters and appointment letters informing that clerks / office assistants / drivers and security guards are being recruited to the Ministry.
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* The office for accepting police clearance applications will reopen from today

Sept 30 (CP) Colombo- The Police Headquarters stated that the office for accepting applications for police clearance reports will be reopened from today (30). The office situated at the office building of the Colombo Deputy Inspector General of Police in Olcott Mawatha, was temporarily closed from March 14 due to COVID-19
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* 20th Amendment to the Constitution violates people’s sovereignty, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court told

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The 20th Amendment to the Constitution directly challenges the power of Parliament and thereby directly violates the sovereignty of the people, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was told when 39 petitions filed against the proposed bill were taken up for consideration today (29).
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* Excise regulator arrested with Rs 10 mn worth MDMA

Sept 29 (CP) Colombo- The Police Special Task Force (STF) has arrested three persons, including an excise officer, with MDMA also known as “Mandy” worth nearly Rs. 10 million. At the time of their arrest, the suspects had 653 grams and 380 milligrams of MDMA in their possession, the Police said.
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* PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks - SIS gave priority to matters other than national security: Ex-IGP

Sept 30 (DM) The State Intelligence Service (SIS) gave priority to other matters instead of matters relating to National Security even before the 52-day coup in October 2018, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara yesterday informed the PCoI on the Easter Sunday attacks.
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* Pujith insists his hands were tied during crucial period

Sept 29 (Island) He had been aware that the activities and preaching of Islamists would have an impact on reconciliation, but those in higher positions were convinced otherwise, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara, yesterday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks.
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* Police obtain 14-day court order banning all protests, hartals

Sept 29 (DN) Police had obtained a Court order for 14-days banning all protests and hartals in the North and East in commemoration of any LTTE member. Speaking to the Daily News, Northern Province Senior DIG Sanjeewa Dharmaratne said that despite the Hartal staged yesterday, all government departments and establishments were open yesterday a
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