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Court warns witness in MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s case

The court  warned a witness of the case against Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, who is charged for misusing Rs. 27 million of state funds to purchase a personal property. The former minister of the previous government was charged under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for failing to prove …

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Attempt to smuggle in cigarettes thwarted at BIA

Customs officials nabbed a Sri Lankan passenger who was attempting to smuggle in Rs. 1,620,000 worth foreign cigarettes at the Bandaranaike International Airport recently.   The 36-year-old suspect, a resident of Uhumeeya of Narammala, had arrived from Dubai around 5.30 am Monday, sources said.   The Customs officials found 162 …

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Heat advisory for most parts of the country

The Meteorology Department yesterday issued a heat advisory for Northern, North Central, Eastern, Uva and North Western Provinces and Matale and Hambantota Districts.   The Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre predicted that the caution level in heat index in most parts of the Northern, North Central and Eastern provinces as …

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Former military intelligence chief further remanded

Former Director of Military Intelligence and Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara, has been further remanded until May 16. He was arrested on April 06 this year,  in connection with the abduction and assault of journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008 May 22 at Dehiwala.

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Japan decorates Carlo Fonseka

The government of Japan has announced the conferment of ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon’ upon Professor Carlo Fonseka. That is in recognition of his significant contribution to the promotion of Japanese culture in Sri Lanka. Professor Fonseka was appointed co-chairperson of the Committee of …

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Excise Dept. carries out 859 raids during Vesak

The Excise Department, yesterday, said it had conducted over 850 raids from April 27 to 30 to prevent the transportation and sale of illicit liquor, tobacco and narcotics during the Vesak Season.   Deputy Excise Commissioner Kapila Kumarasinghe told The Island that his department had taken steps to carry out …

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Bribery Commission to get powers to probe private sector

Amendments to the Bribery and Corruption Act will be brought in to bring the private sector under its scope, Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) Director General Sarath Jayamanna, PC, said. Addressing a media workshop, the Director General noted that while numerous cases of bribery or corruption …

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Two drug dealers nabbed with over 50g of heroin

Two people were arrested in Gothatuwa today (01) for the possession of heroin by the officials of the Organized Crime Investigation Division. The inspection was based on a tip-off received by the officials, said the police and the suspects were caught during an inspection of a three-wheeler. The police had …

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Daya Group’s Vesak pandal opens

The Vesak pandal by Daya Group of Companies was opened by prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in front of the Group’s head office at Pepiliyana in Nugegoda last night. In its 13th year, the pandal this time depicts Rajovada Jathakaya. Present at its opening were speaker Karu Jayasuriya, minister Daya Gamage, …

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HC judges claim injustice

High court judges have decided that grave injustice had been done to them by the manner the Constitutional Council was appointing judges to high courts. The HC judges association met, presided by president Vikum Kaluarachchi, at the Colombo high court, to discuss the appointment of outsiders at the ratio of …

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