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* Sri Lankan asylum seekers are economic migrants, Australian Minister says

July 28 (CP) Canberra- Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison says the 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers are economic migrants seeking to illegally enter Australia since they came from India, a safe country. "These people have come from the safe country of India....
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* Sri Lanka police seek international support to arrest drug lords

July 28 (CP) Colombo- The Police Narcotic Bureau of Sri Lanka has intensified the operations to apprehend about 30 drug dealers who smuggle heroin to the island. The majority of these drug dealers have fled the country to escape arrest and operate from overseas in countries like Pakistan, India and Dubai.
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* Sri Lanka police deny arresting media personnel coming to capital for workshop

July 27 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka police had vehemently denied that they have arrested a group of media personnel, who were traveling to Colombo to attend a workshop, at a checkpoint in Omanthai in the North. Police spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana has told local media that only the vehicle the journalists were traveling in was taken into custody
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* Most of 157 are 'economic migrants': govt

July 28 (SBS) Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says most of the 157 asylum seekers brought to the Australian mainland are economic migrants, and Indian officials are preparing to establish their identities.
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* Man shot in Ja-Ela

July 28 (DM) One person was hospitalised after he was shot by an unidentified man who arrived in a motorbike at the Rukmani Devi Junction in Ja-Ela this morning, Police said. The Colombo North Teaching Hospital said the injured was undergoing treatment at the Emergency Treatment Unit.
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* India to inform Sri Lanka about terror cloud on Colombo

July 27 (DNA) India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of this country.
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* Poor turnout: Pro-LTTE demo in Glasgow on low key as President skips Commonwealth Games opening

July 27 (Island) With "security concerns" keeping President Mahinda Rajapaksa away from attending last week’s opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, the planned pro-LTTE demonstration opposite the Celtic stadium lost its steam.
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* LTTE responsible for 80 percent of alleged abductions

July 27 (SO) The LTTE was responsible for nearly 80 percent of the alleged abductions, of the cases already heard in four districts except Jaffna, the Presidential Commission investigating cases of missing persons in the North and East was told.
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* Sri Lanka Marxist party leader injured in an accident

July 28 (CP) Colombo- Leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was injured today in a road accident. Dissanayaka was injured when the vehicle he was travelling met with an accident on Horana - Ratnapura road at Ballapitiya and admitted to Ratnapura Hospital, the party said in a statement.
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* Sri Lankan Asylum seekers transferred to detention center in Australia

July 27 (CP) Kimberley, WA- A group of 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers held on board an Australian Customs vessel for nearly a month have been taken to the Curtin Detention Centre in Kimberley, Western Australia.
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* Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Australia limbo could sue government

July 28 (Reuters) The fate of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers held at sea for almost a month before being brought to a detention centre in Australia was stuck in limbo on Monday, as lawyers for the detainees said they might sue the government for illegal imprisonment.
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* Cops to felicitate public for helping to catch robbers

July 28 (Island) Nittambuwa police have decided to felicitate and present mementos to members of the pubic responsible for apprehending four members of a robber gang who entered a jewellery shop in the area on July 23. When the robbers got inside the shop its owner had slipped away through the backdoor after locking the doors and alerted the neighbours.
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* Murder case: Seven accused acquitted

July 28 (DN) All seven accused in the Horana -Milllewa murder case were acquitted by Panadura Provincial High Court Judge S.K. Weerawardena on Friday as the prosecution was unable to prove the indictments against the accused beyond reasonable doubt.
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* Eastern Province women - Gold smugglers’ new accomplices

July 27 (Nation) Customs officials believe smugglers have started a new trend of using women from the Eastern Province as ‘carriers’ for smuggling gold to India. The suspicion has arisen following the arrest of three women from the Eastern province within a span of 24 hours at the Bandaranaike International Airport
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* SC upholds death sentence on killers of garment factory executive

July 27 (ST) The Supreme Court has refused a special-leave-to-appeal petition filed by two death row inmages convicted of killing a garment factory executive in 2004, and affirmed the rulings of the Colombo High Court and the Court of Appeal.
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