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* Term of Chief of Defense Staff extended

Aug 23 (CP) Colombo- The term of Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne's term has been extended until till December 31, 2019 with effect from 22 August 2019.
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* April 21: Catholic MPs demand fresh probe

Aug 23 (DM) MPs Johnston Fernando, Nimal Lansa, Indika Anuruddha, Arundika Fernando, Sanath Nishantha Perera and Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle have requested the President to appoint an independent commission to probe the attacks.
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* President commissions P625 ship gifted to Sri Lanka Navy by China as SLNS Parakramabahu

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces Maithripala Sirisena Thursday commissioned the Offshore Patrol Vessel P626 gifted to the Sri Lanka Navy from China as SLNS Parakramabahu.
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* CAA to conduct island wide survey on drones

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has decided to conduct an island wide survey on drones. The authority has published the application for the census on its website
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* Term of PSC probing Easter Sunday attacks extended until 30 September

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The term of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to look into and report to Parliament on the terrorist attacks that took place in different places in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019 has been extended until 30th of September, the parliament announced.
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* Drone flies over Welikada prison complex

Aug 22 (Island) The police and the Prisons Department have launched an investigation into an incident where a drone flew above the Welikada prison, on Monday. Prison officers said they had seen the flying object coming from the direction of Baseline Road,
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* Four garbage trucks attacked again

Aug 22 (DN) Four tipper trucks transporting garbage from Colombo to the Aruwakkalu garbage dump were attacked by an unidentified group near the 4th km post on the Puttalam - Mannar old road in the wee hours of yesterday (August 21) for the second time.
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* Govt planning to give automatic promotions to constables after 12 years of service

Aug 23 (Island) The government was planning to introduce a new scheme to enable every constable to become a sergeant automatically after 12 years of service with an unblemished record, Parliament was told, on Wednesday (21).
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* Case against Neththikumara’s threat fixed for trial

Aug 23 (DN) The case filed against businessman Shanil Neththikumara over a charge that he posed death threats to Wijith Wijesuriya, the brother of Anika Wijesuriya, a witness of Bond Commission inquiry, when giving evidence at the Bond Commission against Minister Ravi Karunanayake was yesterday fixed for trial on September 9 by Colombo High Court.
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* CID submits report on six high profile cases to AG

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has submitted the investigation report to the Attorney General's Department on six high-profile crimes committed during the previous regime.
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* Suspect abetted the killing of Welikada jailor arrested

Aug 22 (CP) Colombo- A suspect arrested for abetting the murder of a Chief Jailor attached to the Welikada Prisons Training School is due to be produced before the Balapitiya Magistrate's Court today.
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* Prisons officer granted bail after deportation from Dubai

Aug 22 (Times) A prisons officer who had been remanded following his deportation from Dubai along with underworld criminal Makandure Madush was granted bail yesterday (Aug 21).
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* Wennappuwa PS member, sister remanded for obstructing police duties

Aug 22 (DM) The member of Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha, Dulakshi Chamodari Fernando (21) and her elder sister had been remanded until August 30 by the Marawila Magistrate for obstructing the duties of police officers at the CeyNor junction in Wennappuwa.
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