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New laws to tame NGOs

The government was planning to bring in new laws to make Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) pliable and muzzle any organisation which refused to fall in line, Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR), Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said yesterday.   Tennakoon said Minister Mano Ganesan had presented a Cabinet …

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Rainy weather gradually fades from tomorrow

revailing rainy weather was expected to gradually fade away from tomorrow (20), the Met Department said.   Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in most parts of the island, including Batticaloa, Ampara, Moanaragala and Hambantota districts, today except Northern province after 2.00 p.m.   The Met Department said …

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Sri Lankans happier than previous year – Happiness index

Jumping four slots ahead, Sri Lankans were found to be happier in 2017 compared to the previous year, the World Happiness Report 2018 stated. The report released by the United Nations ranked Sri Lanka at 120 last year’s report. Sri Lanka was ranked 43rd in the sub-category of best improvers …

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Customs seizes 1MT of Glyphosate

One Metric Ton of illegally imported Glyphosate was seized by the Customs Preventive Staff officers at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority warehouse yesterday, Customs Media Spokesman Deputy Director Sunil Jayaratne said. He said the detected Glyphosate stock was found among several other goods and it had been declared to the …

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Private Co. grabs Muturajawela land for housing scheme

Environmentalists are perturbed about a private company alienating 406 acres from the Muthurajawela sanctuary to construct a housing scheme. Environmentalist Sajeewa Chamikara of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reforms said the Agrarian Services Department had permitted the private company to construct a housing complex on the recommendation of a …

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Seeduwa Crimes OIC remanded

The Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the crimes unit of the Seeduwa Police Station, who was arrested for soliciting a bribe, has been ordered remanded until March 28. The Seeduwa Crimes OIC was arrested yesterday (13) while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 and a bottle of wine within the premises of …

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Police seek public help to identify rioters

Police have sought public assistance to identify those involved in recent incidents at Ampara and some parts of the Kandy District.   Police headquarters yesterday said that special desk set up to receive such information could be contacted on 011-3024892 and 011-3024883. The same desk could be reached through phqops@police.lk …

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‘Mahason Balakaya’ office raided

The police yesterday raided the office of the ‘Mahason Balakaya’ in Nattaranpotha in Kundasale following the arrest of its leader Amith Jeevan Weerasinghe and ten others who are allegedly responsible for the acts of violence committed in the Kandy area.   The police had recovered leaflets and posters promoting racism, …

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