Month: April 2019

Sri Lanka Catholics to resume mass two weeks after attacks

Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church said public masses will resume Sunday under tight security, two weeks after Easter bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 253 people at three churches and three luxury hotels.



Colombo Archbishop rejects the bullet proof vehicle

The Colombo Archbishop, His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says that he rejected the new vehicle which was offered for his use when he came to know that it was bullet-proof.



Sri Lanka bombers had clear links to ISIS – President

Sri Lankan intelligence services believe the Easter Sunday suicide bombers had “very clear” links to ISIS, the country’s president told CNN Monday.



President instructs to lift social media ban

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General to lift the social media ban with immediate effect, the Government Information Department said today.



Information Technology in the Police Department – Need for reform

Out of curiosity, the writer looked at the website of the Police Department to find out to what extent the department was making use of information technology (IT) in its affairs, and was glad to find that a separate IT division has indeed been set up in the department as early as 1980



Islamic State chief refers Sri Lanka in first video in five years

The Islamic State group’s elusive chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has purportedly appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released Monday by the jihadist organisation.



I am not an American citizen anymore, says Gotabaya

Presidential hopeful, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he is not a citizen of the United States anymore.



Sri Lanka on alert for attacks as archbishop slams poor church security

Sri Lankan security officials have warned that Islamist militants behind Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings are planning attacks and could be dressed in uniform, as the archbishop of Colombo complained about insufficient security around churches.



NTJ Colombo organizer to be detained for 72 hours

The Colombo Magistrates Court has granted approval to the Keselwatte Police to detain and question National Thowheed Jamath Colombo district organizer Mohammad Farook Mohammad Fawaz, for 72 hours in connection to terrorist activities.



General Shantha Kottegoda appointed Defence Secretary

Former Army Commander General Shantha Kottegoda has been appointed as the new Secretary of Defence, President’s Media Division said.



Government intelligence obtains information on possible attack on Buddhist temples

The Government Intelligence Service has received information on an attack targeting the Buddhist temples by the National Thawheeth Jamaath (NTJ), using female bombers.



Chandana Wickremaratne appointed as the acting IGP

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Chandana Wickremaratne has been appointed as the Acting Inspector General of Police.



No long term US security presence in Sri Lanka – Embassy

The United States Government says it continues to assist Sri Lankan authorities in the aftermath of the horrific attacks that occurred in the country on Easter Sunday.



New laws needed to fight global terror – PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe while expressing sincere regret to the people over the lapse on the part of the government, yesterday said that he did not receive this critical information prior to the attack.



Opposition Leader meets former security heads

Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested former security force chiefs to compile and hand over a report on combatting extremism taking their experience into account.



One arrested with 6 swords and air rifle

An individual has been taken been into custody along with an air rifle and six swords during a search conducted last night (28) at Raddolugama.