Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims deny reports of more members joining ISIS

Colombo, Nov 19 (NIA) - The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, on Saturday, strongly objected to a statement made by Justice Minister, Wijedasa Rajapakse, that 32 new Muslims from 'well educated' families had joined the IS in Syria. Rajapakse told Parliament on Friday that according to intelligence reports, 32 members from four families had joined the IS militant orgaisation but refused...

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Arrest of members of a North Sri Lankan criminal gang under anti-terror law worries Tamils

Colombo, November 18 (The New Indian Express): The arrest of some members of the North Sri Lankan Tamil criminal gang “Aava” under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is worrying Tamils, according to the Jaffna-based Adayaalam Center for Policy Research (ACPR). People wonder if the Sri Lankan Security Establishment is using incidents involving the criminal Aava gang to use...

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Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to US arrested over financial fraud

Colombo, Nov 18 (NIA) - Sri Lankan investigators, on Friday, arrested former Ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickramasuriya for allegedly misusing state funds amounting to millions under the previous government. Wickramasuriya, who is relative of former President Mahinda Rajapakse, was arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) for allegedly accepting a US 245,000 dollar commission while serving as the...

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Woes of Muslim child brides of Eastern Sri Lanka

Frances Bulathsinghala reports on her findings after a field visit to Eastern Sri Lanka  To 58 year old Mohammed Saleem Lebbe, living in the East Sri Lankan colony of Ashraff Nagar in Addalaichenai,  giving his daughter in marriage at the age of 15 was not something unusual. In fact, he was merely replicating his own marriage when he took a...

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Sri Lanka makes arrests to curb communal hate speech

Colombo, November 16 (The New Indian Express): The Sri Lankan government has moved to curb communal hate speech by arresting and getting remanded two extremists, one a Sinhalese and the other a Muslim, on charges of making communally incendiary speeches in the capital earlier in the month. A Sinhalese man, Dan Priyasad, leader of a new outfit “Savior of Sinhalese”...

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Sri Lanka to get tough on people evading taxes

Colombo, Nov 16 (NIA) - Sri Lanka’s Inland Revenue Department will carry out islandwide raids on businesses to rope them into the tax net and crack down on tax evasion, the EconomyNext reported here on Wednesday. Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department, Kalyani Dahanayake, said that the Department's aim was to widen the tax base and get people to pay...

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Growing concern over revival of hate speech against Sri Lankan Tamils and Muslims

Colombo, November 15 (The New Indian Express): There is growing concern in Sri Lanka over the revival of hate speech against the minority Tamils and Muslims. The Minister of National Coexistence, Mano Ganesan, leader of the National Unity Alliance (NUA) Asad Sally, and the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), have called for stern action because hate speech defeats the Sirisena...

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