Day: May 14, 2019

Exclusive: Sri Lankan software engineer, under Indian surveillance, key in Easter attack

A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators said.

UN concerned of growing acts of violence in Sri Lanka

UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith said they are alarmed about the growing acts of violence on the basis of religion, including attacks against homes, places of worship and businesses, in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka.

Island-wide police curfew imposed

Police curfew will be imposed across the country from 9 pm today till 4 am tomorrow, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

9 suspects remanded in connection to Minuwangoda unrest

Nine persons have been arrested over inciting violence in the Minuwangoda area, yesterday (13), stated the Police Media Spokesperson.

Suicide bomber allegedly radicalised by Anjem Choudary

A Sri Lanka suicide bomber was allegedly radicalised by notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary while in the UK.

Death penalty for terrorism

The new Counter-Terrorism Bill proposes timely and stringent laws to tackle global terrorism unlike the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act of 1979.

Namal Kumara, Amith Weerasinghe arrested

Leader of the Mahasohon Balakaya, Amith Weerasinghe and Operation Director of the Anti-Corruption Front organization, Namal Kumara were arrested today, police said.

Gazette issued banning NTJ, two other organisations

An extraordinary gazette had been issued by the President yesterday proscribing three organisations including the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ).

IMF approves disbursement of USD 164.1 million for Sri Lanka

On May 13, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the Fifth Review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under the program supported by an extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

Religious leaders request the public to exercise tolerance

Religious leaders have requested the public to act sensibly considering the current situation prevailing in the country.

Camel-led army of lions will be defeated at war – Fonseka

Parliamentarian Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says that he is completely unsatisfied with the prevailing security status of the country.

Obtaining support from Bathiudeen and Salley PHU and NFF won’t support that Candidate – Udaya

Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader and Parliamentarian Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila yesterday (13) said, both the PHU and National Freedom Front (NFF) would not support any politician that obtains support from Western Province Governor Azath Salley and Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to form a Government at future Elections.

Security forces & police given all powers to bring back normalcy – PM

The security forces and police have been given all necessary powers to restore peace and stability to the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said in a special address to the nation.