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The police unit of the panel appointed by then president Sirisena has asked Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before them on August 18.(AP)

Sri Lanka Easter attack probe panel summons ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Colombo | By Press Trust of India, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2020 02:31 AM IST
Nine suicide bombers belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to Islamic State carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday last year, killing 258 people, including 11 Indians.
India has no choice but to do business with Gotabaya Rajapaksa(AP)
India has no choice but to do business with Gotabaya Rajapaksa(AP)

Engaging with Colombo’s new regime

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 08:01 PM IST
Do business with Gotabaya, but don’t sacrifice key interests
Sri Lanka People's Front party presidential election candidate and former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after casting his vote during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka People's Front party presidential election candidate and former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves after casting his vote during the presidential election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka’s choice for President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2019 12:20 AM IST
Rajapaksa defeated Premadasa, 52, by more than 1.3 million votes, according to the official results. The 70-year-old, who will succeed president Maithripala Sirisena for a five-year term, will be sworn in as the seventh executive president of Sri Lanka on Monday at the ancient north central town of Anuradhapura.
President Maithripala Sirisena granted pardon to Jude Jayamaha, convicted of killing Yvonne Jonsson.(AP Photo)
President Maithripala Sirisena granted pardon to Jude Jayamaha, convicted of killing Yvonne Jonsson.(AP Photo)

Sri Lanka prisoners demand freedom after Swedish teenager’s killer pardoned

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 10:48 PM IST
Police said around 1,000 prisoners had refused on Monday to return to their cells at Welikada prison in Colombo, while four inmates had clambered onto the prison’s roof.
Jonsson’s sister Caroline wrote in a Facebook post about her concerns over Jayamaha’s pardon before the amnesty announcement.(REUTERS FILE)
Jonsson’s sister Caroline wrote in a Facebook post about her concerns over Jayamaha’s pardon before the amnesty announcement.(REUTERS FILE)

Lanka president pardons killer who smashed Swedish teen’s skull into 64 pieces

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 01:26 PM IST
Convicted killer Jude Jayamaha, from a wealthy, high-profile family, walked out of Welikada prison Saturday following the highly unusual amnesty granted by President Maithripala Sirisena.
President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appointed Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the new army commander.(Reuters photo)
President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appointed Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the new army commander.(Reuters photo)

Sri Lanka rejects criticism of army chief’s appointment

Colombo | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 06:50 PM IST
The foreign ministry said Tuesday that attempts by foreign entities to influence government decisions are unwarranted and unacceptable.
Sri Lanka’s government has extended emergency laws that give wide-ranging powers to security forces for the fourth time since the Easter Day bomb blasts.(AFP photo)
Sri Lanka’s government has extended emergency laws that give wide-ranging powers to security forces for the fourth time since the Easter Day bomb blasts.(AFP photo)

Sri Lanka imposes emergency for fourth month after bombings

Colombo | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2019 11:29 PM IST
President Maithripala Sirisena issued the order to extend the emergency laws for another month, according to a government decree published on Monday. Sirisena said the extension is “in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community.”
Jayasundara was arrested at the Police Hospital by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).(pujithjayasundara.com)
Jayasundara was arrested at the Police Hospital by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).(pujithjayasundara.com)

Lanka Easter blasts: Ex-police chief arrested for failure to prevent attacks

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 06:49 PM IST
Police Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said a group of CID officials arrested Fernando, who was earlier admitted to the National Hospital.
Amnesty International raised fresh concerns that Sri Lanka may soon end a 42-year moratorium on capital punishment and hang 13 men convicted of drug offences.(Representative Image)
Amnesty International raised fresh concerns that Sri Lanka may soon end a 42-year moratorium on capital punishment and hang 13 men convicted of drug offences.(Representative Image)

Sri Lanka’s plan to revive death row for convicts after 42 yrs, Amnesty worried

Colombo, Sri lanka | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JUN 25, 2019 05:29 PM IST
The London-based rights group said it was “alarmed” over media reports of preparations to resume hangings although the country still does not have a qualified hangman.
President Sirisena last week asked the Cabinet to halt the hearings, citing national security concerns.(AP)
President Sirisena last week asked the Cabinet to halt the hearings, citing national security concerns.(AP)

Sri Lanka government defies Maithripala Sirisena to resume parliamentary probe into Easter blasts

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2019 07:52 PM IST
President Sirisena, who is the head of the Cabinet, warned last week that he would not attend the Cabinet unless the government took immediate action to halt the parliamentary investigation.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (R) walks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, on June 9, 2019.(AFP)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (R) walks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, on June 9, 2019.(AFP)

Sri Lanka seeks India’s help to counter terrorism: PM Wickremesinghe

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2019 01:48 AM IST
During his visit, Modi said he was confident that Sri Lanka will rise again and cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center is received by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, center left, upon his arrival at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka(AP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center is received by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, center left, upon his arrival at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka(AP Photo)

PM pledges support to Lanka’s war on terror

Hindustan Times, Colombo | By Padma Rao Sundarji
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 12:15 AM IST
PM Narendra Modi meets counterpart, Prez, Oppn leader, calls for joint action against terrorism.
A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena sacks intel boss over Easter bombings probe

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 10:11 AM IST
After the attacks, Indian agencies informed their Sri Lankan counterparts of the arrest of the key plotter of the bombing at Shangri La hotel by Saudi police, the officials cited above said.

Highlights| ‘Jagan Reddy will take Andhra forward’, says PM Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 10:35 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today hold talks with Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena. He would also be called upon by Sri Lankan Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and later meet leaders of the Tamil National Alliance.PM Modi will offer prayers at the Tirumala temple in Tirupati later today. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy will accompany him, reports news agency ANI.:

Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency meeting of his cabinet on Friday night to oppose the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people and wounded nearly 500.(AP)
Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency meeting of his cabinet on Friday night to oppose the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people and wounded nearly 500.(AP)

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena vows to block Easter attacks probe: Report

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2019 09:58 AM IST
Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency meeting of his cabinet on Friday night to oppose the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people and wounded nearly 500.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 31, 2019.(Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, May 31, 2019.(Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

PM Modi, first foreign visitor to Lanka after attacks, to fire many messages

Hindustan Times, Colombo | By Padma Rao Sundarji
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 11:41 AM IST
The minister-in-attendance who will accompany PM Modi throughout the visit will be none other than 52-year-old Sri Lankan Housing minister, Sajith Premadasa, a man who may well be the President of Sri Lanka by the end of the year.
Four months ago, Sirisena compelled all users to register chainsaws with police and 82,000 units were recorded within three weeks.(AP/ File photo)
Four months ago, Sirisena compelled all users to register chainsaws with police and 82,000 units were recorded within three weeks.(AP/ File photo)

Sri Lanka to ban chainsaws, timber mills, says President Sirisena

Colombo | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2019 06:50 PM IST
Sirisena highlighted his determination to clamp down on illegal logging and increase the amount of territory devoted to forests at an environmental conference.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make the first foreign visit of his second term to the Maldives during June 8-9 and make a stopover in Sri Lanka on his way back home(ANI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make the first foreign visit of his second term to the Maldives during June 8-9 and make a stopover in Sri Lanka on his way back home(ANI File Photo)

In 2nd term, PM Narendra Modi to make first foreign visit to Maldives, Sri Lanka

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 09:52 PM IST
The upcoming visit is also meant to signal India’s commitment to stronger ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago, whose leadership was not invited to Modi’s swearing-in as the focus at the event was on the Bimstec grouping, people familiar with developments said on Monday.
The Muslim politicians in the government are said to be considering a move to resign from their positions to protest what they term the government’s inability to ensure the safety of the Muslim minority(Reuters File Photo (Representative image))
The Muslim politicians in the government are said to be considering a move to resign from their positions to protest what they term the government’s inability to ensure the safety of the Muslim minority(Reuters File Photo (Representative image))

Protests by Buddhist monks force two Muslim governors to resign in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 03, 2019 05:19 PM IST
Western Province Governor Azath Salley and Eastern Province Governor MALM Hisbullah, handed over their resignation letters.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena(AP file photo)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena(AP file photo)

‘No proof that Easter bombers visited India’: Sri Lanka president

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 07:32 AM IST
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday he had not received any report from the country’s security agencies that the suicide bombers behind the Easter Sunday attacks had travelled to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an official visit to Sri Lanka on June 9(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an official visit to Sri Lanka on June 9(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi to visit Lanka on June 9, says Sirisena

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 11:06 PM IST
Modi is expected to travel to the Maldives during June 7-8 for the first bilateral visit of his second term, people familiar with developments said last week.
Modi took oath as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Modi took oath as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

On Day 1, PM Modi lines up 5 meetings with foreign dignitaries

Hindusatn Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 02:55 PM IST
PM Modi’s first bilateral meeting, amongst the five scheduled for Friday, was with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Hyderabad House in Delhi, according to ANI.
With a total of 8,000 guests in attendance, the swearing in ceremony on May 30 is slated to be the biggest ever event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The programme will be held in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.(Sonu Mehta/ HT PHOTO)
With a total of 8,000 guests in attendance, the swearing in ceremony on May 30 is slated to be the biggest ever event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The programme will be held in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.(Sonu Mehta/ HT PHOTO)

PM Modi’s swearing in: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 11:37 AM IST
Leaders of SAARC nations like Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Bhutan’s prime minister Lotay Tshering have confirmed their participation at the event. Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will also be present to wish his Indian counterpart.
An illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan a day before the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Raj K Raj/ HT PHOTO)
An illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan a day before the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Raj K Raj/ HT PHOTO)

PM Modi’s swearing in: A list of foreign leaders attending

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 11:35 AM IST
Leaders of SAARC nations like Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Bhutan’s prime minister Lotay Tshering have confirmed their participation at the event.
Even though very few Sri Lankan Muslim women wear the niqab, some feel that the ban may lead to religious tensions. But that’s a conflated reasoning(AFP)
Even though very few Sri Lankan Muslim women wear the niqab, some feel that the ban may lead to religious tensions. But that’s a conflated reasoning(AFP)

Islam doesn’t require the full-face veil, the niqab

By Rana Savfi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2019 11:54 PM IST
A ban on the full-face veil for security reasons should not be seen as an attack on the religion or the community
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena(AP photo)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena(AP photo)

Sri Lanka president bans NTJ, two other Islamist extremist organisations

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2020 09:27 PM IST
Sri Lankan government has banned three Islamist extremist groups, including the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) that carried out the country’s worth terror attack on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed.
Empty sunbathing chairs are seen on a beach near hotels in a tourist area in Bentota, Sri Lanka(Reuters Photo)
Empty sunbathing chairs are seen on a beach near hotels in a tourist area in Bentota, Sri Lanka(Reuters Photo)

Deserted beaches, empty rooms: Sri Lanka tourism takes a hit after bombings

Bentota, Sri Lanka | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 10:50 AM IST
Cancellation rates at hotels across the country averaged 70 percent as of Saturday, with the capital Colombo taking a bigger hit, Sri Lanka’s Tourism Bureau Chairman Kishu Gomes told Reuters.
Investigations revealed the bombs used in the Easter attacks were made locally, the Sri Lankan president said in the interview.(REUTERS)
Investigations revealed the bombs used in the Easter attacks were made locally, the Sri Lankan president said in the interview.(REUTERS)

‘Leave my country alone’: Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena tells Islamic State

Colombo | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 02:36 PM IST
Sirisena also warned it may be possible Islamic State had launched a “new strategy” by targeting smaller countries, Sky New said on Wednesday.
Authorities suspect members of two previously little-known groups - National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim - of carrying out the attacks, although Islamic State has claimed responsibility.(AFP)
Authorities suspect members of two previously little-known groups - National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim - of carrying out the attacks, although Islamic State has claimed responsibility.(AFP)

Sri Lankan president says foreign mastermind may have planned bombings: Report

Reuters | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 01, 2019 01:14 PM IST
The April 21 attacks on hotels and churches in Sri Lanka killed more than 250 people, including 40 foreign nationals.
The government said it blocked social media in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks to curb the spread of misinformation among the public.(HT Photo)
The government said it blocked social media in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks to curb the spread of misinformation among the public.(HT Photo)

Sri Lanka lifts social media blockade imposed after Easter Sunday blasts

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 03:00 PM IST
Social media had remained blocked in Sri Lanka where a string of powerful blasts tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500 others.
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