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* Artistes visit Yoshitha Rajapaksa in prison

Feb 09 (CP) Colombo- A group of artistes along with several representatives of some civil organizations visited the Welikada Prison to inquire into the wellbeing of former president's second son, Yoshitha Rajapaksa who is in remand prison.
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* Sri Lankan Navy accused of damaging Indian fishermen's nets

Feb 09 (CP) Colombo- Indian fishermen have accused that the Sri Lankan Navy had damaged their fishing nets and chased them back till Indian territorial waters while they were fishing near the Katchatheevu islet today. A fishermen association official in Rameswaram has told PTI that the nets of 30 fishermen boats were damaged allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel near Katchatheevu islet.
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* UN rights chief asks Sri Lanka to locate remains of war missing

Feb 09 (AP) U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein says families are distressed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement that most of those reported missing are probably dead.
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* Three die in train accidents

Feb 09 (DM) Three individuals died after they were hit by trains in three separate incidents in Peliyagoda, Wellawatta and Ambanpola yesterday, Police said. A 64 year-old cyclist was hit by a train, travelling from Colombo to Kankasanthurei, when he crossed a closed railway crossing near the Kelani fly over.
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* Minister wants report whether Yoshitha had mobile phone

Feb 09 (DN) Prison Reforms, Reconstruction, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan instructed the Prisons Commissioner General to submit a report whether Yoshitha Rajapaksa had a mobile phone in his possession.
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* Three names recommended for Sri Lanka's next Attorney General

Feb 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has recommended the names of three persons to the Constitutional Council for the post of Attorney General. JVP Parliamentarian and a member of the Constitutional Council Vijitha Herath told media that the Council has extensively held discussions on President's recommendations and a final decision will be reached during the council meeting on Wednesday.
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* UN Rights Chief meets with Sri Lanka's defense officials

Feb 08 (CP) Colombo- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who is in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit, met with Sri Lanka's top defense officials today.
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* Businessman arrested with €30,000 in rectum

Feb 08 (DM) A 55-year-old Sri Lankan businessman was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport today when he attempted to smuggle Euro 30,000, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said. The businessman who was to board a flight to Singapore had concealed the currency, valued at Rs. 4,905,768, in his rectum, officials said.
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* Lorry driver flees after abandoning body

Feb 08 (DN) A body found in a wooded area off Badalgama, Katukenda by Kotadeniyawa Police, was identified as that of a woman who was injured after being knocked down by a lorry in Pahala Galayaya on the Negombo-Pannala road on Saturday morning.
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* Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera remanded again

Feb 09 (CP) Colombo- A Sri Lankan court has remanded the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organization, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera again after releasing him earlier on bail. Homagama Magistrate's Court ordered to remand Gnanasara Thera until tomorrow on charges of threatening Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's wife Sandhya Ekneligoda.
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* Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - U.N. official

Feb 09 (Reuters) The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.
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* Sri Lanka war crimes in the spotlight as UN rights chief visits

Feb 09 (IRIN) YANGON- Sri Lanka's president is unlikely to cave in any time soon to pressure for international participation in a war crimes tribunal, as the United Nations rights chief urged today.
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* Pyramid scam raises its head again

Feb 09 (Island) A high ranking police officer yesterday said the pyramid scam that had financially destroyed many was raising its ugly head again and the police were not allowed a free hand to bust the racket carried out by some influential persons with political connections.
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* No objection to move Cecile Kotelawala to National Hospital, court told

Feb 08 (CP) Colombo- The Criminal Investigations Department of police on Monday informed the court that the private hospital where Cecil Kotelawala is receiving treatment had no objections to admitting her to the Colombo National Hospital for further treatment.
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* Sri Lanka Navy arrests five local fishermen engaged in illegal fishing

Feb 08 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lanka Navy Monday said it has arrested five local fishermen for allegedly engaged in illegal fishing practices. Naval personnel attached to SLNS Vijaya in Kalpitiya arrested five local fishermen with 2 Fiber Glass Dinghies (FGDs) engaged in illegal fishing in the seas between Udappuwa and Manpuri sea areas on 06th February 2016.
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* Army officer, civilian killed in a road accident

Feb 08 (CP) Kandy- An officer of Sri Lanka Army and a civilian were killed in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday at Getambe in Peradeniya when their car collided with a tractor trailer, police said. Major Buwaneka Jayasundera (41) and R. S. S. Gunasekara (41) of Yatiwawala Katugastota had succumbed to their injuries sustained in the accident while two others who were injured are receiving treatment at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital.
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* Pro-FCID protest prevented from reaching Devale

Feb 08 (Island) The police on Saturday prevented pro-government activists from entering Seenigama Devale, where members of the Joint Opposition dashed coconuts seeking gods’ intervention to stop on-going FCID (Financial Crimes Investigation Division) probes.
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