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State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene distributed ‘Virusara’ Privilege Cards among members of war hero families at a ceremony in the Commando Regiment premises at Ganemulla yesterday (9). Among those present were Secretary Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the Defence State Ministry, A.P.G Kithsiri, Chairperson, Ranaviru Seva Authority, Anoma Fonseka and senior officers representing Tri-service Commanders, Senior Police and Civil Security Department representatives

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Japanese vehicle carrier,

crew held at H’tota port


Hambantota port workers held a Japanese vehicle carrier Hyperion Highway and its crew for four days in protest against the proposed agreement between the government and state owned China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd to operate the port as a public-private partnership.

Hyperion Highway is one of the largest vehicle carriers in the world.

Ship’s owner Kawasaki Kisen Kiasha has sought immediate intervention of their local agents ABC Shipping to secure the vessel’s release along with its crew. Twenty five member crew comprised Bulgarians and Filipinos.

A senior ABC spokesperson told The Island that the government had been briefed on what he called an extremely volatile situation. "We are deeply concerned about the unexpected crisis involving Japanese K line vessel."

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PNB detects 800 kilos of cocaine with a street value of Rs. 12 bn

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