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Government to amend Motor Traffic Act to curb road accidents

The government has received cabinet nod to amend the Motor Traffic Act in a bid to curb road accidents. Accordingly, the changes will make provisions to transfer the authority to magistrates and policemen to practically implement the demerit points system of drivers. Furthermore, the minimum qualifications for drivers who transport …

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Navy arrests 4 Indian fishermen in trawler

Naval personnel onboard Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested four Indian fishermen and took into custody their fishing trawler for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters 18 nautical miles north of Point Pedro on Sunday. The fishers, their trawler and fishing gear …

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Drought hits 19 Districts, no rain since December

More than 1.2 million people in 19 Districts had been affected since last December due to the dry weather across the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today. “A total of 1,242,140 individuals from 360,487 families in the 137 Divisional Secretariats Divisions in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, …

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Massive electric train project to begin this year

The Transport Ministry has shortlisted six countries to call for tenders for an electric train project due to begin this year, Ministry Secretary Nihal Somaweera said. Under the project estimated to cost US$ 600 million, a track of 158km will be developed covering the areas between Panadura and Polgahawela, Fort …

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New regulations by Sathosa to clear sugar

Sathosa is to follow new regulations when clearing sugar imported into the country following the recent discovery of cocaine in a container with sugar. Lanka Sathosa Chairman T. M. K. B. Tennakoon said that the new regulations will be introduced in order to prevent cocaine being smuggled into the market. …

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Australian Government sends back 13 Sri Lankans

The Australian Government said that 13 illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) were returned to Sri Lanka on August 4. The individuals returned were not intercepted on a recent illegal maritime venture.  These non-citizens have been found not to engage Australia’s protection obligations, and have no lawful basis to remain in Australia. …

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Armed gang opens fire at STF vehicle in Kurana

It is reported that a  group of unidentified armed-men in a van have opened fire at Special Task Force (STF) jeep in Kurana, Negombo. A shootout between the suspects and STF personnel had ensued. Four suspects from the gang have been arrested while two of them are said to be …

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