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Sri Lanka 'fraudster' is arrested
BBC South Asia, 2010-08-06 15:23:45 EST. Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told the BBC's Sinhala service that Sakvithi Weerakumara Ranasinghe and his wife were detained near Colombo.

Police said the arrests were made following a tip-off.

The authorities had earlier sought the help of Interpol to arrest the suspect, who is accused of a multi-million dollar investment scam.

It is not known whether Mr Ranasinghe denies the allegations. Mr Jayakody told the BBC that over 2,000 complaints against him have been received by the police.

The BBC's Saroj Pathirana says that his case is the most high-profile fraud investigation to be carried out by police for over a decade.

Thousands of people deposited large sums into his construction company, including sports personalities, senior policemen and military personnel. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 6 12:39:46 EDT 2010

UK lifts Sri Lanka restrictions - BBC News, 2010-08-06 18:42:57 EST. A security assessment carried out by the British High Commission in Sri Lanka has concluded that the whole country is now safe for travellers.

It is the first time in about 30 years that travel restriction advice has been completely lifted.

The British government had previously warned against travelling to northern areas, principally because of the danger of unexploded mines More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 6 12:36:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US helps Sri Lanka to de-mine further - Sify, 2010-08-06 15:34:33 EST. The US will contribute Rs. 581 million ($5.4 million) more for demining in Sri Lanka until the next summer, an embassy said Friday. ... More...
Published: Fri Aug 6 09:04:53 EDT 2010 Back to the top

USAID to Help Outsource IT Jobs to Sri Lanka - AllGov, 2010-08-06 15:44:34 EST. The funds are part of a $36 million effort by USAID to train 3000 workers in Sri Lanka to become IT specialists... Back to the top

UK lifts Sri Lanka travel ban advisory for first time in 30 years - Sify, 2010-08-07 15:31:59 EST. Besides, the fear of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had also held back many tourists from visiting Sri Lanka, which is renowned for having some of ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka was better side in Test series: Sangakkara - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-07 15:44:45 EST. PTI They let India level the three-match series by not grabbing chances but Sri Lanka was a better side throughout, host skipper Kumar Sangakkara said on ... Back to the top

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