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Police hunt for army deserter who shot his mistress

Kahatagasdigiliya Police have commenced investigations to apprehend a suspect responsible for the attempted murder of a woman. The suspect, an army deserter, had reportedly shot and attempted to murder his own his mistress. He had hidden and waited near the woman’s residence last night  and opened fire at her before …

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Special traffic plan in Colombo on Independence Day

The road section from Galle Face Roundabout to Old Parliament Roundabout (or the NSA Roundabout) will be closed from 5.00am to 12 noon on February 04, in view of the Independence Day celebrations. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that a special traffic plan will also be put in place …

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Naval and fishing communities warned of rough seas

The Department of Meteorology says that due to an atmospheric disturbance over vicinity of Sri Lanka, heavy showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Matara via Batticaloa and Pottuvil. The deep and shallow sea areas around …

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HRCSL sets up help desk

Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson, HRCSL, has set up an Elections Complaints Desk to receive complaints regarding rights violations pertaining to the Feb. 10 Local Government polls. Dr. Udagama has said special emphasis will be placed on rights violations of female candidates. The following are the 24-hour hotlines: 077 3088135 and …

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Eight Indian fishermen arrested off Delft

Sri Lanka Navy has arrested 8 Indian fishermen along with two fishing trawlers for poaching in the Sri Lankan territorial waters North-west of the Delft Island. Naval personnel onboard a Fast Gun Boat and a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, on routine patrol, made the interception …

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Australia warns Lankans against human smugglers

The Australian High Commission has warned Sri Lankans against human smuglers following the interception of a boat carrying 29 Sri Lankans, who were sent back.   The Australian HC has issued the following statement: “In December 2017, Australian border protection authorities intercepted a people smuggling boat with 29 Sri Lankan …

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Kataragama Police attacked

Police officials from Kataragama gunned down a motorcyclist that refused an order to stop for inspection upon suspicious activity. Following the incident however a large mob attacked the police in retaliation of the incident. Police sources state that the Policeman responsible for the death of the motorcyclist has been arrested.

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Lanka delays implementing rights pledges to UN – HRW

The Sri Lankan government has stalled on its key pledges to provide justice for conflict-related violations and strengthen human rights protections, Human Rights Watch says in its World Report 2018.   The government took some steps in 2017 to reduce restrictions on speech and assembly, but there was little progress …

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