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* Duty-free shop employee at BIA fined Rs. 9.8 mn for attempting to smuggle gold bars through passenger

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- An employee of duty-free shop at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has been fined Rs. 9.8 million for attempting to smuggle out gold bars worth Rs. 100 million through a passenger arrived from Singapore on Wednesday.
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* Sri Lankan government has not yet decided to sign the MCC agreement, Supreme Court told

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- The Attorney General Department informed the Supreme Court today that the Sri Lankan government has not yet taken a final decision to sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement.
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* Several police officers to testify before the Presidential Commission inquiring Easter Sunday attacks today

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- Several police officers are due to testify today (13) before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. Officers of several police stations testified before the Commission yesterday.
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* Swiss Embassy official ordered to undergo psychiatric examination tomorrow, travel ban extended

Dec 12 (CP) Colombo- The Colombo Magistrate's Court today extended the overseas travel ban imposed on the Swiss Embassy officer Garnier Banister Francis until December 17 and ordered her to undergo a psychiatric examination tomorrow.
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* Group of conmen using President's name to make money

Dec 12 (CP) Colombo- President' Media Division today said they have received information about a group of people defrauding the public promising employment in State institutions.
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* Two sentenced to death for killing boy 18 years ago

Dec 13 (Island) Colombo HIgh Court judge, Gihan Kulatunga sentenced Guruswami Milton and Kaluthanthrige Ruwan to death for murdering 17 year old Prasad Wiswatta on April 12, 2001 at Kotahena.
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* Government Analyst yet to release report on waste containers

Dec 13 (DN) It transpired in the Court of Appeal that the Government Analyst is yet to release his analytical report regarding the alleged consignment of containers carrying waste material. The delay in the part of Government Analyst is to be considered by the Court of Appeal on December 18.
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* 2 nabbed with Rs. 60 mn worth gold at BIA

Dec 12 (DM) Two individuals including an employee of the duty-free shopping complex at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) were nabbed yesterday at the arrival lounge by Police Narcotic Bureau officials while they were attempting to smuggle out 99 gold biscuits worth over Rs. 60 million.
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* Court bans overseas travel for former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka over 2016 accident

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court today issued an overseas travel ban on former minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and his driver over a road accident case.
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* Four Army personnel injured in an accident in Vavuniya

Dec 13 (CP) Colombo- Five persons including 4 Army Officers were injured in an accident last night in the Veppankulama area in Omanthai, Vavuniya. According to the police, an army cab collided with a lorry that was traveling from Puliyankulam towards Vavuniya.
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* Court allows new CID team to investigate allegations against Dr. Safi

Dec 12 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed the court Thursday that a new team is investigating the allegations leveled against Dr. Mohamed Safi Sihabdeen of the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.
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* BASL condemns comments made on judges and judicial officers

Dec 12 (CP) Colombo- The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) issuing a statement today condemned recent statements made against judges, prosecutors and even private practitioners.
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* UNP urges Media Minister to take disciplinary action against attackers of Lake House journalist

Dec 12 (CP) Colombo- The United National Party (UNP) today urged the Media Minister to take disciplinary action against the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) supporters who had assaulted a Lake House journalist.
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* Singapore to inform legal standing in 2 weeks: Govt.

Dec 13 (DM) The Singaporean Government will inform the legal position on the extradition of the prime suspect in the Central Bank bond scam to Sri Lanka in a fortnight and if all chips fall into place, the alleged fugitive Arjuna Mahendran could be produced in a Sri Lankan court soon, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Ramesh Pathirana said today.
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* AG to file motion today, to check UK waste containers

Dec 12 (Island) The Attorney General will be filing a motion seeking to check the waste containers today (12). The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) filed a writ of mandamus demanding action on Monday, Dec 09. The Central Environmental Authority (CEA), Board of Investment (BoI) and the Attorney General Department asked for time till today (12).
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