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Three kids among suspects arrested

The police said that the suspects had obtained the money from the devotees by claiming it was for the Temple. The police have arrested 12 suspects including three children for deceiving devotees and obtaining money during a Buddhist Temple pageant in Yatiyanthota, the police media unit said today.According to the police, the suspects had gone ahead of the Temple pageant (Perahera) and obtained money from devotees who had lined up the streets to witness the event last night. On information provided to the police the suspects were arrested and produced in court today. Among those arrested were three 12 year old children. Following the arrest the police recovered just over Rs. 11, 000 in cash as well as five statues stolen from the Temple.After being produced in court the three children were released on bail while the rest were remanded. read more

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Kama assures action on incident

“Kama Colombo maintains the highest standards and is dedicated to customer satisfaction and safety. Any employee found guilty of wrong doing will be dealt with accordingly and we would like to wish both parties involved in the incident a speedy recovery. We remain open and fully cooperative with the ongoing investigations,” the Kama Management said in a short statement. The case into the incident is to be taken up again for hearing on Thursday. (Colombo Gazette) Kama Colombo has assured it will take action against any of its staff found guilty over their involvement in a brawl which took place at the club in Colombo last weekend.Three employees including a businessman attached to the night club were arrested and remanded yesterday for allegedly assaulting a youth at the club.

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Supreme Court says Gota cannot be arrested

The Supreme Court (SC) today said that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa cannot be arrested in respect to four incidents.The four incidents were mentioned in a petition filed by the former Defence Secretary in the Supreme Court. Last month the Supreme Court had issued an order against arresting Rajapaksa until a petition filed by him was heard.Rajapaksa had filed a fundamental rights petition against the special police unit investigating allegations of serious financial crimes. (Colombo Gazette)

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India notes Sri Lanka wants end to bottom trawling to reach deal

India says Sri Lanka has sought an undertaking that Indian fishermen will not engage in bottom trawling in order to reach an agreement to end the dispute between fishermen from both countries.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told the Rajya Sabha that the main reason for frequent arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities was due to the allegation that they indulge in bottom trawling and there being no physical demarcation of international maritime boundaries, NDTV reported. Asked why an agreement is not put in place despite three rounds of meetings between fishermen associations in which governments are involved, he said “Sri Lankan fishermen have said that you all are involved in bottom trawling. Till the time that is stopped we cannot have an agreement on fishing in each other’s waters. That is the main reason that is stopping a proper agreement to come into place between two countries.”Singh said bottom trawling is considered very bad in fishing circles as it wipes out the complete marine life and the Sri Lankan authorities say that “if you give an undertaking that your fishermen will not be involved in the practice, then they can take a different view.” “As on date there are only 34 fishermen and 19 boats which are in custody of Sri Lanka. From time to time, government secures the release of Indian fishermen. The last release that took place was of 99 Indian fishermen on April 9 in exchange for 9 Sri Lankan fishermen,” he said. Singh said this problem was “acute till we achieve some sort of an understanding between fishermen of both sides … The understanding has not been reached even after three rounds of talks between the two fishermen associations.” He said the Indian Government accords highest priority to the safety and security of Indian fishermen and provides regular consular access to those detained in foreign countries and secure their early release by intervening at the highest level. read more

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Police fire teargas to disperse antiSAITM protest

The Police fired tear-gas on an anti-SAITM protest at Town Hall this afternoon.The protest was staged by the Inter-University Student’s Federation. At least 17 students and five policemen were injured in the incident.The Police said that eight students were arrested. (Colombo Gazette)

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Indian and Russian officers hold talks with Defence Secretary

Military Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defence, Maj Gen DAR Ranawaka and senior Army officers of the Indian Army were also present at the occasion.Meanwhile, the Military, Air and Naval Attaché of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Colonel Dmitry A Mikhaylovskiy met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Ministry today. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General P M Hariz paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Ministry premises today.A Cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and Lieutenant General Hariz during the meeting. Mementoes were also exchanged during the occasion. A cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and Colonel Mikhaylovskiy during the meeting. Mementos were also exchanged during the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Former Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe further remanded

Far Eastern International Bank was hacked by means of a computer virus and some US$60 million was wired to the accounts of the suspects at a Sri Lanka bank.Litro Gas is a Government owned gas company. (Colombo Gazette) Former Litro Gas chairman Shalila Moonesinghe, who was arrested over the hacking of a Taiwanese bank, was ordered to be further remanded till November 6 when he was produced in court today.Moonesinghe was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after US$1.1 million from the Far Eastern International Bank in Taiwan was found in his personal bank account.

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India and Sri Lanka to step up cooperation against terrorism

Noting that the relations between the two countries since ancient times based on mutual trust and respect, the two leaders pledged to further strengthen bilateral ties. Prime Minister Modi said that the responsibility of friendly and brotherly countries is to help each other when one faces difficulties. He said that he accepted President Sirisena’s invitation to visit with joy and India would continue the trust placed on Sri Lanka, the President’s office said in a statement.Prime Minister Modi also appreciated President Sirisena’s programmes to fulfil the duties towards all the communities.The two leaders held discussions, covering issues pertaining to bilateral relations and regional security, peace and stability. Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and decided to step up cooperation in this critical area. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people and the Government of Sri Lanka for the warm hospitality and welcome extended to him and his delegation.Two leaders planted a sapling at the premises of the President’s House to mark the visit of the Indian Prime Minister. President Sirisena hosted a Luncheon in honour of the visiting Indian Prime Minister.President Sirisena presented Prime Minister Modi with a photograph taken during the welcome ceremony, together with another photograph of the two leads taken in New Delhi during the President’s last visit. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka and India have decided to step up cooperation to fight terrorism, the President’s office said today.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Colombo today on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions with the President at the President’s House in Colombo. President Sirisena expressed his gratitude to Indian Premier for visiting Sri Lanka at a time when the country is reeling under the terrible terrorist attacks, thus giving a positive signal to the world about Sri Lanka’s secure environment. He added that the visit also reflects the strength and trust exists between the two neighbours.The President said that the visit also would be useful to promote Sri Lanka’s economic, trade and tourism development. President Sirisena, who participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi for his second term as Prime Minister in New Delhi, was the first leader to have bilateral talks with the Prime Minister. Premier Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Islamist terrorist attack on Easter Sunday. Prime Minister Modi was ceremoniously received by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The visiting Head of Government was accorded a Guard of Honour and 19 Gun Salute. read more

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Research council seeks student storytellers

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is challenging post-secondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future prosperity.The council is looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers for its communications challenge Research for a Better Life: The Storytellers.Canadian post-secondary students can submit a creative story pitch about SSHRC-funded research — their own or a professor’s — at their institution, how it is making an impact in our everyday lives, and why it matters.Podcasts, op-eds, vlogs or infographics are welcome but audio and visual entries must be no longer than three minutes.Up to 25 first-round winners will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and an invitation to participate in a specialized research communications workshop at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria in June.Five final winners will have the chance to deliver a featured presentation at the World Social Science Forum in Montreal, in October.Submissions will be accepted from Feb. 16 to March 1. Visit the SSHRC online for more details. read more

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Brantford man faces additional child luring charge

A 29-year-old Brantford man who is already facing criminal charges is now facing an additional charge of luring a child.Spencer Mathew Stockdale was arrested following an investigation by Brantford’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit.Stockdale was first charged on June 30 after police executed a search warrant at his home and seized several electronic devices.He was charged with two counts of luring a child and later released on bail with strict conditions.Police laid an additional charge against Stockdale on Tuesday after investigators examined the electronic devices that had been seized. They discovered a sexually explicit conversation between the 29 year old and a 17-year-old girl, where Stockdale had offered the girl money for sexual services via text message back in May.He has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on September 5. read more

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