Muslim man killed as Sinhala mobs attack mosques and shops

Sri Lanka’s North Western province descended into unbridled violence today, as Sinhalese mobs attacked several mosques, set ablaze shops and stoned Muslim homes in the Kurungela District. Initially calling for a curfew in six villages in the district, police imposed an island-wide curfew as the violence spread.

Ranil denies protecting MPs supportive of terror groups

​ Sri Lanka's prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe has denied the government was protecting ministers or parliamentarians supportive of terrorist groups, instead calling for people with information to come forward.

Police impose curfew in Chilaw following anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lankan police imposed a curfew yesterday on Chilaw after widespread violence targetting Muslim homes, businesses and mosques.

Jaffna university closed until further notice

The University of Jaffna has been closed until further notice, the university’s registrar announced on Friday. Students would be informed of the university’s reopening through the local press he said. Two student union leaders and a canteen owner were arrested during a military search of the campus on May 3 and are currently being detained under PTA regulations for allegedly possessing photographs of LTTE figures. The university, which like other institutions on the island had remained shut following the Easter Sunday attacks, reopened following the search operation before the decision to...

Foreign selling in bonds hits Rs 10.8 billion

Foreign investors sold Rs 10.8 billion in the week up to May 8, bringing the total foreign investor bonds to Rs 143.7 billion. The high outflow follows the Easter Sunday suicide bombings by Islamist extremists, targetting luxury hotels popular with tourists and business people, as well as churches. Sri Lanka's economy had already been struggling following the president's sudden sacking of the prime minister last year and his decision to unilaterally dissolve parliament. The International Monetary Fund this week agreed to extend its funding programme for Sri Lanka by a further year until June...

Thinakaran journalist arrested over newspaper clippings

A journalist of the Thinakaran newspaper was arrested on Thursday for being in possession of newspaper cuttings featuring one of the suicide bombers, Zahran Hashim, responsible for the bombing of the Shangri-La hotel during the Easter Sunday attacks. The clippings of Zahran, the leader of the now banned National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), were found by police officers conducting a bag search. The journalist was released on bail today following 3 days in detention.

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Week commences

The start of Tamil Genocide Remembrance week was marked today in the North-East, one week before May 18, when Tamils worldwide mark 10 years since the massacre of Mullivaikkal.

Former LTTE cadre released after 6 months detention over police murders

The former LTTE cadre known as Ajanthan who was detained for six months under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in connection with the murder of two police officers in Batticaloa has been released by the Batticaloa Magistrate’s Court. The release followed an order from the Sri Lankan president following pressure from Tamil political leaders. On November 30 last year two police officers had been shot and stabbed to death at a checkpoint in Vavunathivu. Two former LTTE cadres had been arrested in connection with the murders, and while one had been released on bail, Ajanthan had been kept in...

IMF extends funding programme by 1 year

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to extend its funding programme for Sri Lanka by a further year until June 2020. "On the substance of IMF help, we have a programme with Sri Lanka that is ongoing and indeed next week, our executive board would consider the request from the authorities to complete the fifth review under our programme," the IMF Communications Department Director, Gerry Rice, said. "I think this is an important issue, to extend that programme by one additional year which would mean until June 2020. And that extension again is to be approved by our board, discussed and...

Vavuniya Muslim preacher arrested at Colombo airport

A Muslim preacher from Vavuniya was arrested at Colombo airport this morning. Sri Lankan police had been looking to question Munajib Mawlawi of Cheddikulam-Muthaliyarkulam over videos posted to his Facebook following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Batticaloa and Colombo. He was arrested on his return from Saudi Arabia. Police said he would be produced before the Negombo court following investigations.