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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.

 

 

The banks of the Diyawanna Oya on the Parliament Drive are becoming increasingly popular as a jogging track and a serene spot for relaxation among residents in the area. Swan boats too have become popular to enjoy the scenery. The neglected area was given a facelift on the instructions of Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Our staff photographer Vipula Amerasinghe captured the beauty of this oasis of tranquillity in the busy Rajagiriya-Ethul Kotte area.

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Increase in taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor:

Tax revision to net Rs. 3 billion

The Government has projected an additional revenue of Rs.3 billion to the coffers through the increase of taxes and duties on cigarettes and liquor announced yesterday, the Finance Ministry said. According to the revision, the tax for a litre of imported beer has been increased by Rs. 50 and for local beer by Rs. 5. Taxes for hard liquor have been increased by Rs. 60 for a litre. All brands of cigarettes will cost one rupee more per cigarette.

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ETA targets Rs. 2,000m in visa fees

The Immigration and Emigration Department has set a targeted income of Rs. 2,000 million from visa fees under the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) scheme. The Controller General of the Department Chulananda Perera said that the Government has earned a record income of Rs. 600 million from January 1, the day the ETA was launched until the third week of March.

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More raids during festive season:

CAA gets tough with errant traders

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has been directed to increase the number of raids against errant traders during the festive season, said Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando. Traders should sell essential food items at controlled prices, he said. Adequate stocks of essential food items have been supplied to Lanka Sathosa and Coop Cities during the recent weeks.

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Opposition fishing in troubled waters all the time

Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the problem with Sri Lanka’s Opposition is that it always attempts to fish in troubled waters. Explaining the Opposition’s duty by the country in the context of the UNHRC’s decision, the Minister said that in an issue of national importance, the Opposition should stand by the Government irrespective of political differences.

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Special traffic scheme for Sinhala and Tamil New Year

A special traffic scheme will come into effect in the main cities next week on account of the forthcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Police will enforce road safety rules strictly to minimise the number of fatal road accidents during the festive season as a result of drunk driving, Police Media Spokesman SP Ajith Rohana told the Sunday Observer.

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