Relatives of some of the 298 people who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 have been briefed on a report by the Dutch Safety Board.
The report finds the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile, relatives told the BBC.
Victims would have lost consciousness almost immediately, they report.
The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed rebels brought down the Boeing 777. But Russia claims a missile was fired from Ukrainian-controlled territory.
The report will not apportion blame.
The plane - flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - crashed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 at the height of the conflict between government troops and the pro-Russian separatists.
Among the victims were 196 Dutch nationals and 10 Britons.
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The Negombo Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) who inspected the 17-year-old school boy and 32-year-old father of one who were arrested over the Kotadeniyawa murder case has been summoned to the Human Rights Commission. The commission summoned the JMO after identifying that the two reports which were compiled regarding the school boy was contradictory.
Joseph Stalin, President of the Ceylon Teachers Union filed a petition with Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) stating that the 17-year-old school boy has been arrested without proper evidence and was assaulted during the police investigations over the murder of Seya Sadewmi. The petition further said that the school boy was been illegally detained in police custody in two days.Read the Full Article
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The arrest warrant issued against General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera has been recalled, a short while ago. It was recalled following Gnasara Thera's surrender to Fort Magistrate, this morning.
The arrest warrant was issued by Fort Magistrate, against Gnanasara Thera for not appearing before Court, yesterday (12).Read the Full Article
General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera, has surrendered to Fort Magistrate, a short while ago.
An arrest warrant was issued against Gnanasara Thera, yesterday (12). The arrest warrant was issued by Fort Magistrate, against Gnanasara Thera for not appearing before Court.Read the Full Article
Police have commenced an investigation into an incident in which the Dambulla branch of National Development Bank (NDB) has been robbed this morning. This incident took place at around 9.50a.m., Police Media Unit said.
The robber, a man wearing a cap, has robbed an amount of Rs 700,000 after showing a hand grenade to the bank officers Police said.
Then, the robber has forced a bank officer to travel with him, in a trishaw which he had waved down in front of the bank. The bank official was released once the trishaw reached Anuradhapura Road. The robber has boarded a bus later, Police added.
Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.Read the Full Article
While promoting Spectre Daniel Craig has made some very divisive comments, saying he would "rather slash his wrists" than play James Bond again.
According to the New York Post's Page Six, Sony executives have since told the star to 'shut up' and 'stop bashing' Bond.
It is also claimed that there have been problems on set, with re-shoots having taken place last month, just weeks away from the film's release.
Their source said: "They had problems initially with the script, Craig was injured on the set and needed knee surgery, and they were still doing re-shoots last month, even though the movie is out in weeks. It was a very difficult shoot, to say the least."
They also cited another Hollywood source as saying: "Craig is pretentious and thinks he's better than Bond, that it doesn't give him the creative range he needs."
Craig recently told Time Out: "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists [than do another film]. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done, all I want to do is move on."
He added that the only reason he would return to the franchise would "only be for the money".
Craig plans to enjoy family life and banish Bond "for at least a year or two. I just don't want to think about it. I don't know what the next step is, I've no idea,"
Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo Tweeted her reaction to the comments, saying how Craig "needs a reality check."
Spectre, also starring Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, is due in UK cinemas on 26 October 2015.
As of publishing, Sony has yet to comment on Page Six's accusations.
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An Indian national has been taken into police custody for violating visa conditions by engaging in commercial activities while staying on tourist visa in Ilavalai police division, yesterday (12) at around 6.10p.m.
The suspect is a 32-year-old resident of Tamil Nadu, Police said. He is to be produced before Mallakam Magistrate Courts today (13).
Ilavalai Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.Read the Full Article
Authorities in the Philippines have rejected claims that possible wreckage from MH370 has been sighted on a remote island.
Police said they were investigating reports that a woman discovered plane wreckage carrying the Malaysian flag and containing
"many skeletons" on the remote island of Sugbai in Tawi-Tawi province.
According to the Malaysian daily The Star, audio technician Jamil Omar, 46, went to police saying his aunt had made the sighting, and a gunboat from the Philippine navy was dispatched to the small island to investigate.
But Captain Giovanni Carlo Bacordo told The Inquirer that locals had been surprised by the alleged news and had not seen a plane crashing in the jungle. "We interviewed the people there, the fishermen, but they have no knowledge about it," he said.
Speaking to the Bernama news agency, Philippine police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said there was unlikely to be any truth to the claims. "Not really..." he said. "Philippines confirm there is no wreckage of the plane."
Malaysian police are yet to rule out the report, and said it would be unusual for a hoax caller to provide both his own and the aunt's full name and details.
But the discovery of wreckage on the island, located some way east of Kuala Lumpur, would be difficult to tally with either satellite data from MH370 or the discovery of a Boeing 777 "flaperon" on the island of Reunion in July.
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Maligawatta Police has arrested an individual who had a haul of duty free cigarettes in his possession, in Maligawatta area in Maligakanda police division yesterday (12) at around 12.50p.m. The suspect had 66,000 imported cigarettes in his possession. Upon further investigations Police have found 3g 500mg of heroin in his possession.
The suspect is a 36-year-old resident of Colombo 10, Police said.
He will be produced in Maligakanda Magistrate's Courts today (13).Maligawatta Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.Read the Full Article
A sudden fire that erupted in a multi-day fishing vessel has spread to five more multi-day fishing vessels, anchored near Kudawella fishery harbour in Tangalle police division, yesterday (12) at around 3.25p.m., Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.
Police have doused the fire with the assistance of the Tangalle Municipal Council Fire Brigade and the residents of the area.
The cause of fire is yet to be revealed. Tangalle Police is carrying out further inquiries into the incident.Read the Full Article
An individual was taken into police custody, upon his attempt to pay a fine with a counterfeit Rs 1000 note, at Embilipitiya Magistrate's Courts yesterday (12).
The suspect is a 37-year-old resident of Modarawana. He is to be produced before Embilipitiya Magistrate today (13).
Another individual was arrested on a similar charge, at Embilipitiya Magistrate's Court premises on 6 October, a mere six days ago.
Embilipitiya Police is conducting further inquiries into both incidents.Read the Full Article
Police have commenced investigations into an incident in which two individuals were killed after being struck by lightning, in Buttala police division last afternoon.
The deceased were identified as residents of Madolsima and Demodara, aged 22 and 17 years; respectively.
Their bodies are placed at the mortuary of Buttala hospital.
Buttala Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.Read the Full Article