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Porsche-driving family worth 1.5million jailed after claiming 170,000 in benefits
Friday, 2 July 2010 - 10:42 PM SL Time

Their scam allowed them to drive around in Porsches and Mercedes, while the taxpayer paid their mortgages on a property portfolio worth 1.5million.
But yesterday, justice finally caught up with this fraudulent family of eight.
The swindle involved relatives putting in false claims for housing benefit of almost 170,000 which was used to pay off various mortgages.

One relative would apply for a mortgage, often using false information, then rent the house to a family member.
The tenant would hide the fact they were related to their landlord and claim housing benefit, which was funnelled straight into mortgage repayments.

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Royal Parade 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010 - 2:08 AM SL Time

heenamaana mahaththurunta onna chance eka.. :)

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Sri Lankan Tamil situation getting worse: D. Raja
Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 11:33 AM SL Time

New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Wednesday claimed that Sri Lankan Tamils were living a life full of misery.

Talking to reporters after meeting with a Tamil delegation from Sri Lanka here, Raja said:`What I understood from my talks with them, the situation continues to be worse and Tamil people in Sri Lanka are undergoing very unimaginable miseries and sufferings.

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Army presence soars amid deadly Kashmir protests
Thursday, 8 July 2010 - 12:12 PM SL Time

SRINAGAR, India India`s regular army patrolled the violence-hit streets of Kashmir to enforce a round-the-clock curfew for the first time in two decades Wednesday after weeks of deadly unrest in the Muslim-majority region.

Anti-India protests have grown increasingly strident. Residents accuse government forces of killing at least 15 people in street demonstrations over the past month, including three on Tuesday raising concerns the situation could spin out of control.

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Sri Lankan refugees tailor their return home
Thursday, 15 July 2010 - 8:59 PM SL Time

Chennai: Strips of cloth, boxes of thread, measuring tape and scissors lie strewn across a room crammed with eight sewing machines, arranged in double file. Six Sri Lankan Tamil girls, all in their mid-20s, pump their pedals sporadically, stirring up a deafening whir every now and then.

One of the six, a 24-year-old dressed in a fluorescent-green salwar-kameez adorned with sequins, is working on a floral dress for a toddler. (Like the other Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who spoke to Mint for this article, she spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of police harassment.) Of the six, she is the most prepared to talk about her background about how, two decades ago, she and her mothers_day.jsp' class=black>mother and three siblings fled their hometown of Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka as the civil war in that country intensified.

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Former Sri Lanka rebels `abused in detention`
Friday, 16 July 2010 - 7:18 PM SL Time

By Swaminathan Natarajan
BBC Tamil service

Former Tamil Tiger rebels detained in Sri Lanka say they have been ill-treated in government camps with no basic facilities.

In letters and phone calls to BBC Tamil, ex-militants say they have been `tortured and beaten` in the centres.

They accuse camp guards of being corrupt and demanding bribes before releasing detainees.

The government says all those being held in custody following the end of the war are being well cared for.

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traitors say `I do` while undergoing torture
Friday, 16 July 2010 - 8:15 PM SL Time

Though they never met, their forbidden love bloomed. Nirmala Maheshan was taught to die for the cause of Sri Lanka`s rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But Udayarajan Selva, her first love, brought her fresh hopes to live.

Today the couple whom were trained and assigned by the LTTE to blow themselves are lucky to live under one roof in Peace Village in Vavuniya, about 250 km north of the capital Colombo although they are still undergoing rehabilitation programs.

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Slender loris (Unahapuluwa) seen after 72 years
Monday, 19 July 2010 - 7:26 PM SL Time

(Colombo Lankapuvath) One of Sri Lanka`s rarest, Slender Loris (Unahapuluwa) who was considered to as an extinct was found from the Horton Plains after the lapse of 72 years.

A group of researchers from the Colombo University and Open University conducting engaged in an expedition came across several of these rare species from the areas.

Speaking to Lankapuvath leader of the research group Saman Gamage said that one of the kind was captured, photographed and then released to the wild again.

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who is Gobi Sivanthan?
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 - 12:30 AM SL Time

Appletree Avenue man convicted for Peartree Avenue offence

Posted by Dan Coombs on Apr 12, 10 12:57 PM in Crime

A MAN from Appletree Avenue has been given a suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of carrying weapons in nearby Peartree Avenue.

Quintan Jeyapalan, 30, of Appletree Avenue, Yiewsley, was given a three month jail term suspended for three years after being found guilty of carrying a cricket bat and a pick axe handle in Peartree Avenue, Yiewsley, on October 24 last year.

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What petrol costs in India, Pak, Sri Lanka
Saturday, 31 July 2010 - 9:11 PM SL Time

What does petrol cost in the countries neighbouring India ? Well, much lesser than in does here (check out the graphic).

However, cooking gas, kerosene and even diesel cost less in India than in Pakistan or Sri Lanka.

The Indian government increased the price of petrol by Rs 3.73 a litre and that of diesel by Rs 2 a litre on on June 25.

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