We will grant public servants benefits denied them – Ranil

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday pledged to grant public servants all benefits slashed by the government since the outbreak of COVID-19.

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Suspect succumbs after explosion in Iyakachchi

A suspect who sustained serious burn injuries in an explosion at a house in Iyakachchi, in the Palai, Kilinochchi Police division has succumbed to injuries.

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PNB constable ring leader of drug operations – Sri Lanka Police

Investigations have revealed the racket of selling narcotics in the custody of the Police Narcotics Bureau was operated by a Police constable.

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Rathana Thera calls for banning burka, madrasas

Leader of the Ape Jana Bala Party Ven. Aturaliye Rathana Thera, yesterday, asked the government to ban madrasas, burka and Kathi courts within one week. Otherwise, he said, his party would launch a nationwide campaign to boycott Muslim businesses.

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Interim order issued preventing arrest of Ravi and 6 others

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order preventing the enforcement of a warrant issued for the arrest of Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake and six others by the Colombo Fort Magistrate.

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Criminal gang member ‘Baboon’ arrested with heroin

Police STF personnel have arrested Krishan Nilanga Dabare alias ‘Baboon’ who is a member of an organized criminal gang.

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Octogenarian teacher donates Rs. 200,000 to COVID Fund

M.A.H.P. Marasinghe, an 84-year old retired female teacher had handed Rs. 200,000 to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was in Puttalam yesterday as a contribution to COVID Fund.

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Country will face chaos if President, PM not from same party – PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday expressed his readiness to carry forward President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s programme for the country with even more vigour. The Prime Minister said he will support a programme that would make the country free from various foreign shackles.

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Kusal Mendis released on bail

National Cricketer Kusal Mendis who was arrested in relation to a fatal motor accident has been released on bail by the Panadura Magistrate’s Court.

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Polonnaruwa farmers urge President not to allow artificial rice shortage

The farmers in Polonnaruwa made a strong plea to the President not to allow the intermediaries to create an artificial rice shortage. They pointed out that there was a bumper harvest in the previous seasons. ‘Hence, the Government should not allow the attempts to create a rice shortage to succeed,” the farmers said.

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LTTE Leader would have been N&E Governor – Vijayakala

If elections were held in North and East during the ceasefire period, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would have won that election and LTTE Leader Prabhakaran would still be alive and perhaps even be the Governor of the North-Eastern Province, UNP Candidate Vijayakala Maheswaran has said.

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ICC reiterates 2011 World Cup final was clean

The International Cricket Council has reiterated that the governing body has no doubt whatsoever that the there was foul play in the 2011 World Cup final in Bombay where Sri Lanka lost a close game to the hosts India.

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Indian Police busts fake ‘Sri Lankan’ cricket tournament

Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka.

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Ashoka Wadigamangawa dies in a motor accident

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Puttalam District candidate and former parliamentarian Ashoka Wadigamangawa (68) has died in a road accident at Padeniya on the Kurunegala-Puttalam road, police said.

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Sri Lanka not exempted from Global Travel Advisory at this initial stage – UK

Sri Lanka has not been exempted from the Global Travel Advisory or border restrictions for the British nationals against all but essential international travel, at this initial stage, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.

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M.K. Sivajilingam arrested for evading court

Former Northern Provincial Councillor M. K. Sivajilingam has been arrested by Valvettithurai Police for avoiding court proceedings.

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