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Customs detect illicit cigarettes worth Rs.100m

[September 17 2014]

Customs Revenue Task Force (RTF) today seized a large consignment of illegal cigarettes worth over Rs.100 million attempted to be smuggled into the country, Customs Spokesman Director Leslie Gamini said.

 

Container load of undeclared cosmetics seized

[September 16 2014]

A forty-foot container carrying cosmetic goods, foot-wear and soothers valued at Rs.20 million had been seized by the Customs Preventive Division today, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.

 

Chinese President arrives

[September 16 2014]

The President of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka today marking the first visit by a Chinese President to the country in 28 years.

 

Chief suspect of child abduction case nabbed

[September 13 2014]

The man who is responsible for the abduction of four-year-old Pamara Keshani Bandara in Ambakolatenna was arrested by the police this afternoon, the police said. The suspect who fled his home after his brother informed the police about the child the former was hiding yesterday evening was at large since then.

 

Pope to celebrate mass in Colombo

[September 12 2014]

His Holiness Pope Francis who is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka in January next year will say a mass at the Galle Face Green and conduct a prayer service at Madhu Shrine.

 

Ornamental fish breeder electrocuted

[September 11 2014]

An 80-year-old ornamental fish breeder who had dragged live wires to protect his pond of fish was electrocuted by coming into contact with the same wire in Aralaganwila this morning, the police said.

 

Two drowns after boat capsized off Moratuwa

[September 11 2014]

At least two drowned and two others were rescued when a fishing boat returning to the shore capsized off the seas of Moratuwa Fisheries Harbour this morning, the police said.

 

Rs.1 million reward for missing child's whereabouts

[September 11 2014]

The Police Department is offering a reward of one million rupees to any successful information leading to the whereabouts of the four year old missing girl, who was alleged have been abducted by an unknown person in Wellawa two days ago, the Police Headquarters announced today.

 

Millions worth abortion drugs seized by Customs

[September 06 2014]

A large batch of illegal medicine including pills used for abortion worth of Rs.2 million imported sans permission was seized by the Customs Preventive Office personnel at the Air Cargo Terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake yesterday,

 

Armed gang nabbed in Tissamaharama

[September 05 2014]

A three-member gang possessing several firearms and ammunition was taken into custody by the Tangalle Divisional Crime Detection Bureau in Tissamaharama yesterday, the police said.

 

Japanese Premier due on Sunday

[September 05 2014]

Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Sri Lanka on Sunday for bilateral talks, making it the first visit of a Japanese leader in 24 years, Presidential Secretariat announced today. The Premier will visit Bangladesh and Sri Lanka starting this weekend for talks,

 

Walana Squad seize millions worth cigarettes

[September 03 2014]

Walana Panadura Anti Vice Squad carried out a raid in Dharmarama Road in Dematagoda this afternoon and seized Rs.2 million worth of cigarettes smuggled into the country, the police said.

 

148th Police Day tomorrow

[September 02 2014]

The 148th Police Day will be celebrated tomorrow September 03, the Police Headquarters announced today. A series of programs had been organised in Police Headquarters as well as Police Field Force Headquarters in Bambalapitiya in this regard.

 

Elderly man self immolates in Kollupitiya

[September 02 2014]

An elderly man set himself on fire opposite the Kollupitiya Police Station this afternoon, the police said. The man who sustained serious injuries was rushed to National Hospital Colombo in a critical condition.

 

14 injured in expressway bus accident

[August 30 2014]

At least 14 passengers sustained injuries when a private bus crashed into a CTB bus parked at the toll gate of the Pinnaduwa exit on Southern Expressway yesterday afternoon, the police said.

 

 

Tourists frolic in Unawatuna beach: The number of tourist arrivals has increased sharply this year with the country’s peaceful climate and recommendations by the world’s leading travel magazines. Here tourists enjoy a dip in the sea at Unawatuna, one of the best beaches in the world. Pic: Saman Mendis

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Sri Lanka gained from Geneva crisis :

Govt ready to face challenges

Since terrorism was eradicated, peace, national integration, political stability and sound economic management have fortified Sri Lanka to defeat any challenges. Consequently, the national development project, one project for each village linking every village could be launched, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

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Palestinian rights issue :

United States isolated before international community

The US stood isolated before the international community when a resolution on the rights of the Palestinians was taken up last week at the UN Human Rights Council, the same day the resolution on Sri Lanka was taken up. Of all 47 members of the UNHRC, 46 voted in favour of the text that supported the right of Palestinians for self-determination with only the US opposing it.

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UNHRC vote shows declining US popularity

The resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva shows the declining US popularity, said Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma. Sri Lanka obtained 15 votes and eight countries abstained from voting, he said.

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Power conservation – LG bodies respond positively

The Local Government Ministry has responded positively to the Government’s ‘Electricity Conservation Program’ by directing all local bodies to switch off additional street lights and refrain from using high voltage street lights. Accordingly, local authorities countrywide have taken steps not only to switch off additional street lights and replace low voltage street bulbs, but also to keep a close tab on street lights kept on even after 6.00 a.m.

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Resolving problems without outside help more important

The US-sponsored resolution adopted at the UNHRC Geneva sessions is not a matter for concern but what is important is resolving our own problems without any extraneous interference, Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera told the Sunday Observer.

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