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LankaWeb – Hindu temple officials arrested in Sri Lanka for holding festival amid Covid-19


Posted on April 28th, 2021
Courtesy The Hindustan Times
A huge crowd attended the festival at the Sri Kamakshi Amman Kovil temple in Tamil-dominated Jaffna without maintaining social distance or wearing face masks.PTI | 
Top officials of a Hindu temple in Sri Lanka have been arrested for holding a festival despite a ban on large gatherings amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, according to a media report.
A huge crowd attended the festival at the Sri Kamakshi Amman Kovil temple in Tamil-dominated Jaffna without maintaining social distance or wearing face masks, the Colombo Gazette newspaper reported.
Police said that the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the temple have been arrested for holding the event despite a ban.

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LankaWeb – Navy intercepts Lankan boat in high seas; NCB seizes 340 kg heroin and arrests 5


Posted on April 19th, 2021
Courtesy The Hindustan Times
The heroin consignment seized by the NCB has a street value of ₹340 crore in India, and ₹1,750 crore in the international market, an official of the federal drug enforcement agency said.By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday seized nearly 340 kg of heroin from a Sri Lankan shipping boat and arrested five people for drug trafficking in Kochi, people familiar with the matter said.
Initial interrogation of the five men has led the NCB to believe that the Sri Lankan boat had picked up the drug consignment from a red-coloured Iranian boat. The NCB hasn’t clarified the intended destination of the drug consignment.

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