Bathroom fittings turned into footwear

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A container load of footwear imported in the guise of bathroom fittings has caused a loss of Rs 1,800, 000 to Sri Lanka Customs.


Customs officials opened the container at the Grayline container yard in Grandpass area in Colombo this afternoon.


Customs Spokesperson Lesley Gamini said there were 3816 pairs of footwear of which the estimated value is Rs 2, 000,000.


The container has come from China under false documents of importing bathroom fittings.

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Duminda released on bail

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UPFA Parliamentarian Duminda Silva, who was charged with the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, was released on bail today (31). 10 other suspects indicted in relation to Premachandra's murder were also released on bail today.

A foreign travel ban has been imposed on the 11 individuals while granting them bail.

18 charges including unlawful assembly, murder, conspiring to murder and abetting murder have been filed against Silva and 12 other suspects.

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I have no grudge against Muslims!

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Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera has said that he had never made any defamatory statements regarding Muslims, but had always criticized extremist Islamic organizations such as the Jihad. Further he stressed, that he will never make an intentionally defamatory remark about any religion.

The Thera was questioned by the special police unit to investigate religious disputes over allegations of defamatory statements he had made in February 2015. The Thera was questioned by the special police unit over numerous complaints made by several Muslims.

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Ex-SLAF Commander questioned

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Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is in the process of recording a statement from former Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera regarding the controversial MiG 27 deal. Perera was the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force from 2002 to 2006 and the Chief of the Defence Staff from 2006 to 2009.


The MiG 27 aircrafts have been purchased from the Ukraine government in 2006. This transaction has cost Sri Lanka an estimated amount of $ 14 000 000 Police Media Unit disclosed to Ceylon Today Online.

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Bogollagama released on bail

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party chief organizer for the Kotte Electorate and fomer Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama was released on bail this morning. The Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption filed a case against Bogollagama earlier last month.

He was charged with financial irregularity committed while he held the Ministerial portfolio of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion in 2006.

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Navy Chief opens Admiral Panteleev’s photo exhibition

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The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera declared open the photo exhibition titled "Soviet Navy and the Great Victory over fascism in Second World War" held by the visiting Russian naval ship "Admiral Panteleev" on 30th March 2015. Read the Full Article

Police injured in student protest

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One Inspector of Police (IP) and six Police Constables have been injured in the protest organized by the students of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura yesterday (31). The six police officers have been hospitalized last night.

According to the Police Media Unit, the students have ignored the proposal to send five student representatives to discuss the issue with the authorities. Disregarding the opportunity for a discussion, they have behaved violently, Police said.

Police used tear gas to disperse the protest march yesterday (31) afternoon when they attempted to proceed towards the Temple Trees.

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Two women killed in an accident

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An accident occurred when a trishaw toppled off Hatton- Maskeliya Road and fell into a precipice in Hatton Police division yesterday (31) at around 6.30p.m., Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

Three women were travelling in the trishaw at the time of the accident. All three of them and the trishaw driver were injured and rushed to Dikoya hospital. Upon admission two of the three women were pronounced dead.

The deceased are aged 60 and 47 years. Other two victims are still being treated at Dikoya Base Hospital.

Hatton Police is conducting further investigations into the accident.

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Glass kills man

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Kandy Police has commenced investigations into an incident, in which a man has been killed in a glass warehouse in Mahaiyawa yesterday (31) afternoon. The victim has been an employee of the glass warehouse. He has been critically injured when a mass of glass fell on him.

The victim has been pronounced dead upon admission to Kandy hospital.

The deceased has been identified as a 26-year-old resident of Gelioya area.

The post mortem examination is scheduled to be held today (1). Kandy Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Govt to evacuate Sri Lankans in Yemen

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Government makes arrangements to evacuate Sri Lankans in Yemen considering volatile e situation there, Relatives are asked to provide to provide details on 0112323015. Read the Full Article

Lightning strikes mother and daughter

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A woman has been killed while a child has been injured, when a house in Kothalakemiyawa area was struck by lightning yesterday (31) at around 7.00p.m. The child has been admitted to Anamaduwa District Hospital and later transferred to Puttalam hospital.

The deceased was a 32-year-old resident of Kothalakemiyawa. The injured 4-year-old child is a daughter of the deceased.

The remains are kept at the morgue of Anamaduwa hospital.

Anamaduwa Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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121 kg of Ganja found within six hours

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121 kg of ganja has been found with six hours yesterday (31), Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

An individual was taken into police custody along with 102 kg of ganja in a raid conducted by the officials of the Special Task Force camp of Vavuniya with the assistance of the Palai Police, in Kilali yesterday (31) at around 4.45p.m.

The suspect is a 28-year-old resident of Ilavalai area.

The suspect will be produced to Kilinochchi Magistrate's Courts today (1). Palai Police is conducting further investigations on the matter.

Meanwhile, Dambagalla Police arrested a suspect for alleged narcotic transportation yesterday (31) at around 10.00p.m. Police found the 19 kg of ganja cleverly hidden in the trishaw while checking vehicles near Dambagalla junction on Monaragala- Ampara road. The ganja has been packed in 19 parcels, each weighing one kg and hidden in the buffer box.

The suspect is a 32-year-old resident of Thanamalvila.

He is expected to be produced before Monaragala magistrate today (1). Dambagalla Police is carrying out further inquiries into the matter.

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Clash between uni students, police regrettable- PMO

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The Prime Minister's Office says the clash between protesting university students and police personnel was regrettable and that protesters refusing to allow their representatives to hand over the memorandum had resulted in yesterday's unfortunate incident. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Police probe violent clashes between students and police

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The police on Wednesday launched an investigation into the violent clashes which erupted between local university students and the police on Tuesday resulting in several people being injured. MORE... Read the Full Article

SLFP to propose new reforms to 19 A

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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on Wednesday (1) said that it will propose new reforms to the draft bill on the 19th Amendment. MORE... Read the Full Article

Soldier dead, 28 injured in army truck-bus collision

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Two soldiers were killed while another 28 persons were wounded following a traffic collision involving an Army truck and a passenger transport bus in Ratnapura new town today. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Sub-Inspector arrested for molesting underage girl

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A Sub-Inspector (SI) has been arrested in the Uragasmanhandiya area on charges of molesting an 11-year-old school girl at her residence, police said. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Why graphic warnings on cigarette packets are a sound idea

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Studies around the world show that pictures depicting the effects of tobacco use can drastically cut down smoking ‒ and eventually prevent cancer. MORE... Read the Full Article

UN Assistant Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

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Mr. Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from April 4-10, 2015. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Court bans foreign travel by Bogollagama

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The Colombo Chief Magistrate on Wednesday (1) granted bail to former Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in a financial fraud case. MORE... Read the Full Article

Duminda Silva and 10 others released on bail

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UPFA Parliamentarian Duminda Silva and 10 other suspects in the killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra were released on bail by the Colombo High Court today. MORE.. Read the Full Article

FCID grills ex-Air Force chief Donald Perera

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The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) is currently questioning former Sri Lanka Air Force commander Air Chief Marshal G Donald Perera regarding the controversial MiG deal. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Mother, daughter killed after three-wheeler falls into precipice

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Two persons from the same family died after a three-wheeler fell down a 300-foot precipice in the Wanaraja area on the Bogawantalawa-Hatton. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Country moving backwards after MR defeat

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With the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the country is moving backwards, Sri Jayawarde.. Read the Full Article

Needed: An Opposition

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The Rajapaksa administration was accused of gross abuse of power, profligacy, nepotism and callous d.. Read the Full Article