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Two Americans held with over 100 kilos of heroin

Hikkaduwa hotelier, Afghan, too, apprehended

Turkish couple on the run

Amidst a renewed controversy over the resumption of death penalty in respect of those who had been found guilty of narcotic offences, the police yesterday arrested five persons, including two US passport holders with over 100 kilos of heroin with a street value of approximately Rs 6, 000,000 a kilo.

The elite Special Task Force (STF) and the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), in a joint operation, carried out in Colombo, made the arrests. In addition to the Americans, the police detained an Afghan national.


Quo Warranto writ application against Ranil re-fixed for Jan. 31

The Court of Appeal, yesterday, re-fixed for support on Jan. 31, a writ of quo warranto filed by Sharmila Ravina J. Gonawela of Albert Crescent, Colombo 7, complaining that Ranil Wickremesinghe should not be a Member of Parliament while being a shareho...

No obstacle whatsoever to hanging narcotic offenders – Minister


Non-Cabinet Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Ajith P. Perera yesterday strongly contradicted President Maithripala Sirisena’s claim that his decision to implement capital punishment was being obstructed by influent...

EPF loses Rs. 80 million

The Financial Crimes Division (FCID) yesterday told the Fort Magistrates’ Court that it was investigating a loss amounting to Rs. 80 million the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) suffered due to Treasury Bond transactions on January 08, 20...

Mahinda says he will be PM soon


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (22) assumed duties at the Opposition Leader’s Office on the third floor of the Parliament, expressing the hope that he might soon be able to leave it and get back to PM’s office on the Second...

If Batalanda Commission recommendations had been implemented PM would have lost his civic rights, Vasu tells Parliament

Had the recommendations of the Batalanda Commission been implemented properly Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would have been deprived of his civic rights, UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara told Parliament, yesterday.

Participating in the deba...

BIC complains to IGP acts ‘injurious to cultural values of the religion’

The Buddhist Information Centre (BIC) has complained to the Inspector General of Police, that the Facebook has given publicity to photographs of people sitting on top of places of Buddhist Archaeological interest.

The complaint has said that ...

CTC denies Minister’s allegations

Apropos ‘Health Minister: Tobacco companies behind fag smuggling’ on front page of January 21, 2019 edition of The Island, the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC ("CTC") has sent us the following statement: "The above news item refer...

GMOA pledges unconditional support to President’s anti-drug campaign

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), yesterday, expressed its unconditional support to the anti-drug campaign launched by President Maithripala Sirisena. 

"We have never seen a Sri Lankan leader take such a b...

Opposition Leader warns Sena Caterpillar becoming national disaster


Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday informed Parliament that some farmers and peasants had devised their own solutions to curb the threat from Sena caterpillar disaster and requested the government to obtain their expertise to get rid of t...

Battle against Sena: Prez puts country on war footing

President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, informed relevant officials to deal with the Fall Armyworm (Sena) with the same focus and dedication required to fight a war.

Addressing officials at the Presidential Secretariat, Sirisena instruc...

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