ISIS Leader to the fore: Talks about attack on Sri Lanka!

The Easter Sunday attacks on Sri Lanka is in retaliation for the defeat in the Syrian town of Baghuz, said the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Appearing for the first time since 2014 when he proclaimed the existence of the now collapsed caliphate in mid-2014, he claims that his intention is to take revenge for the collapse of the Islamic State.

Covering of face to avoid identification banned

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to ban covering the face to avoid identification of one’s self under Emergency Regulations.

Accordingly, this ban would be in effect from tomorrow (29) to ensure public safety, stated President’s Media Division.

Gotabaya says he will run for president, tackle radical Islam

Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens.

More than 250 people were killed in bomb attacks on hotels and churches on Easter Sunday that the government has blamed on Islamist militants and that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for.

Colourful Hijabs to replace black burka?

Prominent muslims in Sri Lanka are considering to introduce burkas of several colours to Sri Lankan Muslim women, instead of the black burka that covers the entire face and body.

Speaking to 'Sri Lanka Mirror', a medical professional involved in the initiative said that the measure is taken after considering the wave of protest raised against the traditional garment following the Easter Sunday bombings.

A search operation to arrest a Mouvlavi who justified Easter Day attacks

A security operation has been launched to arrest a Mouvlavi from Vavuniya who had released a video clip via internet justifying the on Easter bomb attacks on Sunday.

When ISIS had claimed the responsibility of this attack, Moulavi Nouman, who leads the mosque at Pattaniechur in Vavuniya, had released the video on internet justifying the attacks.

"All governments should take responsibility for attacks” – Sarath Fonseka

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka blamed all successive government that ruled over the past ten years for the current situation in the country, adding that such attacks could not have been planned by these terrorists in a day or two.

Joining the debate on the state of emergency he said if the country is to prosper, suitable people should be appointed to the suitable positions.

Mujibur Rahman should take responsibility for the attacks - Wijeyadasa

Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that the government including United National Party (UNP) MP Mujibur Rahman should bear the responsibility for the series of explosions which occurred around the country on Easter Sunday (21).

MP Rajapakshe mentioned this at the special parliamentary meeting held today (23).

Island-wide police curfew to be re-imposed from tonight

The government has decided to impose island-wide police curfew again starting from 8.00 p.m. today (22) until 4.00 a.m. tomorrow (23).

The Department of Government Information stated this issuing statement a short while ago.

Resolving the UNP Presidential candidacy issue entrusted to Ranil!

The task of resolving the dispute between Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa and Power and Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake regarding the presidential candidacy from the UNP, has been handed over to party leader Ranil Wickremesimghe.

Sudden Presidential election amidst UNP-SLPP internal clashes!

At a time when there are clashes within the UNP and the SLPP regarding the presidential candidate for the upcoming elections, presidential advisors have focussed their attention on calling for a snap presidential election.

ICC points to female involved in match fixing !

The ICC investigations into match fixing allegations against Sri Lankan players have uncovered information regarding a female who had acted as a go between.

The said female is a businesswoman from the South and is said to own a restaurant close to the Race Course.

Steps to renounce US citizenship successfully concluded - Gotabaya

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says all necessary steps have been successfully concluded to renounce his US citizenship.

He made these comments upon his arrival in Sri Lanka this morning (12) following his personal visit to the United States.

SF to be given Internal Affairs Minister post

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka was set to receive the additional post of Internal Affairs Minister on the recommendation of the government, sources said yesterday.

This decision was reached at a high level meeting of senior ministers of the United National Front (UNF) which took place under the chairmanship of UNP Leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees yesterday (10).

Madush to return to SL this week

Notorious underworld kingpin - Makandure Madush is to be brought down to Sri Lanka within this week, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris today (09) informed the Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.

2 more in Madush’s Dubai clique nabbed!

Two more persons who were nabbed together in Dubai with the notorious underworld criminal - Makandure Madush, have been arrested by the CID upon their arrival at the Katunayake Bandaranaike Airport today (08).

Sampanthan replaces Chamal in Constitutional Council

Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan was nominated to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of MP Chamal Rajapaksa from the membership of the Constitutional Council, at the Council meeting today (05).

The Constitutional Council met this evening in the Parliament chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Five including Ryan Van Rooyan deported from Dubai

Actor Ryan Van Rooyen and four more suspects, who were arrested with ‘Makandure Madush’ at a party in Dubai, have been deported to Sri Lanka last night (03), the Police Spokesperson said.

They had arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at 5.25 a.m. this morning (04).

President inaugurates “Bak Maha Divuruma”

The national pledge to eradicate the drug menace, “Bak Maha Divuruma”, has been inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago.

The event commenced at the Independence Square in Colombo this morning (03) under the patronage of President Sirisena.

Two others arrested with ‘Makandure Madush’ deported from Dubai

Two more suspects, who were arrested in Dubai along with the notorious drug kingpin ‘Makandure Madush’ at a party that involved drugs, have been deported to Sri Lanka last night (01), the Police Spokesperson said.

Upon their arrival, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had taken them into custody at the Bandaranaike International Airport.