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US helping SL counter human trafficking

The U.S. government will award more than 183 million rupees ($1.2 million) to counter trafficking in persons in Sri Lanka over the next three years.  The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will award the new project “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons …

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241 election related complaints so far – Police

The Police Headquarters has received 241 complaints in connection with election law violations at the forthcoming Local Government election, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. 168 complaints election-related complaints and 73 complaints regarding election law violations, the Police Headquarters said. Seven complaints have been received during the past 24 hours …

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Hambantota port workers call off fast unto death

Hambantota port workers have decided to call off their “fast unto death” campaign, a short while ago, due to a receiving a favorable response from Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to their demands. The protest fast was launched on January 9 demanding that the 438 employees of the Magampura Port …

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Malaka surrenders,

Colombo Additional Magistrate Dharshika Wimalasiri today recalled the arrest warrant issued against former Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka. The suspect surrendered to the court today and tendered a medical report over his absence during the last court proceedings. Malaka, accused of allegedly assaulting a Scottish couple at a nightclub in …

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SLPP petition for Maharagama rejected

The petition filed by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) over the rejection of its nominations list for the Maharagama Urban Council, was rejected by the Supreme Court today. It was rejected after being considered by a bench of Judges headed by the Chief Justice.

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Court bans sale and transfer of Udayanga Weeratunga’s properties

The court today issued an order enjoining the sale and transfer of property belonging to Sri Lanka’s former ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga. The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) told the Colombo Fort Magistrate that after examining eight bank accounts of Weeratunga, who was a suspect in the MIG transaction …

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Udayanga’s properties located

The FCID has informed Fort Magistrate’s Court that it has found Rs. 94 million worth properties belonging to Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador In Kiev Udayanga Weeratunga, while probing the acquisition of four Ukrainian MIG 27 aircraft in 2006.   Filing a report, FCID Inspector Nihal Francis said Weeratunga owned an …

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CEB strike called off

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) unions say they have called off strike action against day before yesterday’s police assault. In this incident CEB chairman held by force by workers later rescued by police and STF.

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