Diamond Pasta Ltd in Minuwangoda Totally Destroyed By Mob Numbering Over 200

Sri Lanka’s Largest Pasta Manufacturing Facility Diamond Pasta Ltd in Minuwangoda Totally Destroyed By Mob Numbering Over 200 on Monday Night: Damages Estimated at Over 700 Million Rupees for Muslim Owned Company with Largely Sinhala Employees. By Darshana Abayasingha Sri Lanka’s largest pasta manufacturing facility, Diamond Pasta Limited, which is located in Minuwangoda, was destroyed during the violence on Monday night. Speaking to the Daily FT, the company’s management stated that though Police was called to control the situation, only ten officers had arrived at the scene, and they had…

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SLFP Gen -Secy Dayasiri Jayasekera MP Says he only Got Six Arrested Persons released

SLFP Gen -Secy Dayasiri Jayasekera MP Says he only Got Six Arrested Persons Transferred from Hettipola to Bingiriya Police Station To Resist Mob Pressure and That Were Later Released Due to an “Independent” Decision taken by the Police. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday denied that he had used political influence to get several suspects released from the Hettipola police station, insisting his intervention was only to calm a rapidly escalating situation. Jayasekera told reporters at SLFP party headquarters that he was informed of a large…

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Reveals he has Information that some local Politicians Belonging to Certain Political Parties Were Behind Current Anti-Muslim violence

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith Reveals he has Information that some local Politicians Belonging to Certain Political Parties Were Behind Current Anti-Muslim violence and Says “We would like to tell the leaders of these political parties to control their party members” By Uditha Jayasinghe, Chathuri Dissanayake, and Chandani Kirinde The Police yesterday arrested 33 people linked to widespread anti-Muslim Ma attacks, which erupted countrywide as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe renewed appeals for the public to cooperate with security forces and Police to restore calm. The Police arrested 60 people from the North-Western…

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Sri Lanka: Conflict mapping and archiving

Tides of violence: mapping the Sri Lankan conflict from 1983 to 2009 https://www.piac.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/19.05.14-Tides-of-violence.pdf   Sri Lanka: Conflict mapping and archiving https://www.piac.asn.au/project-highlight/sri-lanka-the-conflict-mapping-archive-project/ Sri Lankan conflict mapping report highlights work to be done for transitional justice Sri Lankan conflict mapping report highlights work to be done for transitional justice Sri Lankan conflict mapping report highlights work to be done for transitional justice https://www.piac.asn.au/project-highlight/sri-lanka-the-conflict-mapping-archive-project/ https://www.piac.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/19.05.14-Tides-of-violence.pdf

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Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture to be Delivered by Mr. Ladu Jada Gubek who Played a Major role to Free South Sudan: TGTE

* Where: Nat’l Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106. * When: May 18th (Saturday)at 6:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, USA, May 15, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is pleased to announce that Mr. Ladu Jada Gubek, who played a major role in South Sudan’s independence will deliver 5th Mullivaikal Memorial Lecture on May 18th in Philadelphia, USA. The Memorial Lecture is named after the location called Mullivaikal, where according to the UN Internal Review Report around 70 thousand Tamils were killed…

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Muslim Community Fearful as Violence Escalates in Kurunegala District: Police Arrest Three Men in Kuliyapitiya but Cave in to Pressure and Release Them

Muslim Community Fearful as Violence Escalates in Kurunegala District: Police Arrest Three Men in Kuliyapitiya but Cave in to Pressure and Release Them By Chathuri Dissanayake As mob violence escalated yesterday, the Government clamped down imposing an island wide curfew and blocked social media sites as clashes erupted across three districts and the Government appealed for calm. As security forces struggled to contain the communal violence which started on Sunday night in several localities in Kurunegala area, the Police took steps to impose an islandwide curfew from 9 p.m. last…

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“We can see many places where the curfew has been announced. The army is on the streets with guns, but they don’t take any action against the violence,” -Muslim Businessman Tells BBC.

“We can see many places where the curfew has been announced. The army is on the streets with guns, but they don’t take any action against the violence,” -Muslim Businessman Tells BBC. Sri Lanka has partially lifted an overnight curfew imposed nationwide after an upsurge in anti-Muslim violence, three weeks after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings. The curfew in the North-Western province will remain until further notice, police said. Mosques and Muslim-owned shops have been vandalised or set on fire, and one Muslim man has been slashed to death. In…

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Mosques, Muslim Owned Homes and Businesses Attacked in Kuliyapitiya, Kobeigane, Rasnayakapura, Hettipola, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya in Kurunegala District: Mobs on Motor Cycles Reportedly Moving From Place to Place

Mosques, Muslim Owned Homes and Businesses Attacked in Kuliyapitiya, Kobeigane, Rasnayakapura, Hettipola, Bingiriya and Dummalasuriya in Kurunegala District: Mobs on Motor Cycles Reportedly Moving From Place to Place By Meera Srinivasan Mobs attacked several mosques, torched dozens of shops and homes of Muslims in Kurunegala, some 100 km north-west of capital Colombo, on Monday, in the biggest outbreak of violence since the April 21 Easter serial bombings. A police curfew, initially imposed in six villages in the district, was later extended to cover the entire island until Tuesday morning, amid fears…

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LTTE is the scapegoat for Sinhala Government

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Ajanthan Kathirgamathambi Rasakumaran (41), who was taken into custody by the CID over the pre-dawn double murder of two Police Constables on 30 November 2018 at the Vavunathivu Police post, was released following a confession made by Zahran Hashim – the Islamic extremist ring leader’s driver Mohamed Sharif Adam Lebbe alias Gaffoor (53). Gaffoor admitted that it was they who were behind the two murders. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said yesterday, the CID detained Ajanthan on suspicion. However, when the CID arrested several persons…

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IS planned to create a province of the caliphate in the East – Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore, Dr.  Rohan Gunaratna will be the keynote speaker on the title ‘Restore Harmony and Rebuild Trust’, arranged by the Sri Lanka Muslim Civil Society at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) today (12) at 10 a.m. He tells Ceylon Today that the Sri Lankan Government failed to criminalise hate speech and incitement to violence, the first set of activities of threat groups. “The Government should have outlawed all groups engaging in…

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The American Enigma: Blake and Gota 10 years on

A recent compliment offered by former US Ambassador to Colombo Robert. O. Blake Jr. on the management of the intelligence services by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has drawn the spotlight on to the long and complex relationship between the American diplomat and the American citizen who often dealt with him on behalf of Sri Lanka’s government. While relationships between diplomats and their expatriate contacts often remain in the shadows, the United States in 2010 fell victim to a security breach that resulted in the unauthorised leaking of over 250,000…

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Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith wants War Crime accused back to power.

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith who is a close associate of Mahinda Rajapaksha said that those political leaders, who are responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks, are not suitable for the leadership of the country and they should be stripped off their portfolios. Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith was well known for his support to Mahinda during the killing of thousands of Tamils in May 2009. He said this at a special Holy Mass held at St. Lucia Cathedral, to commemorate the dead and to bless those injured…

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Hizbullah’s son being probed over Rs 500 M shares in Sharia Uni

Hizbullah’s son being probed over Rs 500 M shares in Sharia Uni An investigation has been launched to determine as to how the son of Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah secured shares worth Rs 500 million in the controversial ‘Batticaloa Campus’ aka ‘Sharia University,’ State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena yesterday (9) told Parliament. This educational institute had been given to Sri Lanka as a grant from Saudi Arabia. Wijewardena made this remark in response to a question raised by UNP’s Parliamentarian, Heshan Withanage. Withanage noted that suspicion had arisen…

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Tight Security today over possible terror strikes

By Chamara Amarasooriya Steps have been taken to tighten security across the country today (13), according to an unconfirmed information circulating in society, that there would be a possible terrorist attack in Colombo, Police Media Spokesman, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said yesterday (12). According to the information, the National Towheed Jama’at (NTJ) which is believed to be responsible for the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, has planned a series of terror strikes in Nawala, Wellawatta, Panchikawatta and the Fort Railway Station between 9:00 a.m and 1:00 p.m today (13). Gunasekara, addressing the…

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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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