Muslim teachers prevented from entering school in hijab

Western Province Governor Azath Salley intervened to transfer 10 Muslim female teachers to various schools in his Province, when they were prohibited from entering the school since they were wearing the traditional Hijab yesterday (7). arents of the Puwakpitiya Tamil Maha Vidyalaya closed the school gate preventing Muslim school teachers who were going to school yesterday morning. Members of the School Development Society who were at the gate told the teachers that they will be allowed inside the school premises only if they wore sarees. They alleged that those who…

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1116 Army uniforms found in lorry

The Seeduwa Police and the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) had set up roadblocks and carried out search operations on the Muthuwadiya-Seeduwa area. During the search operation, the officers had been able to seize a lorry carrying a stock of clothing items similar to the uniforms of the SLAF. Accordingly, 1116 clothing items similar to military uniforms have been discovered on the lorry en route from Walapane to Seeduwa. The driver and another person have been arrested on the matter. Seeduwa Police are conducting further investigations.

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Man arrested for attempting to bribe Police OIC to bail out NTJ suspect

A man who tried to bribe the Horowpathana Police OIC,  to release a suspect of National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) from remanded custody, was arrested by Bribery Commission Officers this morning. Bribery Commission Director (Investigation) SSP Priyantha Chandrasiri said the suspect was arrested while attempting to a bribe of Rs. 250,000  to the OIC at his office. He said the suspect had promised to pay the OIC Rs. 500,000 if he released the suspect without filing a court case. The suspect was caught red handed while hading over an advance of…

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Seven suicide bombers arrested

Seven trained suicide bombers from Kattankudy identified as followers of National Thawheed Jama’ath organization had been arrested in Hambantota on Monday, a senior police officer revealed. The suspects are alleged to be close associates of Saharan Hassim the brain behind the Easter Sunday terror attacks, had been brought to Hambantota by a brother of Hassim. It is revealed that the suspects had been trained very discreetly in Hambantota over a long period on the use of arms. Mohamed Nasar Mohamed Asath who blew up inside the Zion Church in Batticaloa…

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Swords, pistol, ammo and ‘ice’ recovered from well near mosque

A stock of items including swords, knives, drugs, a firearm and bullets have been recovered from the bottom of a public well located in close proximity to a mosque near the R. Premadasa stadium in Maligawatta, Colombo. Ada Derana reporter said that the discovery was made during a search operation carried out by security forces personnel in the Maligawatta area today (8). He said that a total of 58 swords, including 46 new swords (with red logo) and 12 old swords, 4 knives, 26 CDs, a small pistol, several bullets…

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Muslim fashion stores hemmed by niqab ban

In the wake of the Government banning face coverings following the Easter Sunday bombings, a cross section of those specialising in Muslim women’s attire and members of the community expressed their views on the ban. At a store in Colombo that has been providing customised abayas, niqabs and burqas to their clientele for nearly 25 years in traditional designs, a touch of glamour is seen with the beadwork, stonework and embroidery. The proprietor who did not want to be named said they should all respect the law of the country even though they are saddened…

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