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Archbishop of Colombo accuses Sri Lankan government of stalling investigations into Easter bombings

The head of Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church accused the government of stalling investigations into Easter Sunday bombings two years ago that killed 279 people. Even after arresting 200 people within days of the attacks, no one has been charged yet. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith on Wednesday said he was “deeply saddened” by […]

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Sri Lankan police arrest Mrs World for stealing and injuring Mrs Sri Lanka

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested the reigning Mrs World Caroline Jurie, after she allegedly injured a fellow beauty queen in an on-stage bust-up. Pushpika De Silva won the “Mrs Sri Lanka” title in a televised ceremony on Sunday, and former winner Mrs Jurie was meant to crown her. Instead, she pulled the crown off […]

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Sri Lanka beauty queen suffers head injures after Mrs World steals her new crown

The winner of a major Sri Lankan beauty prize has suffered head injuries after a brawl broke out on stage. Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva won the “Mrs Sri Lanka” title at a ceremony on national TV on Sunday. Moments later, the 2019 winner seized Mrs De Silva’s crown, claiming she could not be awarded […]

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‘Religious Extremism’: Sri Lanka proposes to shut Islamic schools, ban burqa

Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than 1,000 Islamic schools, the latest actions affecting the country’s minority Muslim population. Minister for Public Security Sarath Weerasekera told a news conference on Saturday that he had signed a paper on Friday for cabinet approval to ban the burqa on “national security” […]

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Sri Lanka allots remote island as burial site for Covid-19 victims from Muslim and Christian communities

The Sri Lankan government chose a remote island as the burial location of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities. The government previously forced minorities to cremate their dead in line with the practice of the majority Buddhists. It claimed burials would contaminate ground water. But the government backed down months after international […]

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Sri Lanka: Mother kills her 9-year-old daughter in ‘exorcism’ ritual

A nine-year-old girl died in Sri Lanka after she was beaten with a cane during a ritual locally believed to drive away “evil spirits”. The child’s mother and another woman who performed the ritual were arrested in connection with the death, police said. The mother believed her daughter was “possessed by a demon”, police said. […]

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Sri Lanka to allow Muslims to perform burials after global outcry

Sri Lanka will allow Muslims to perform burials after global outcry over the government’s mandatory Covid-19 cremation policy. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa gave the assurance on Wednesday in response to a question from a lawmaker in Parliament. Sri Lanka made compulsory the cremation of all people who die from Covid-19, saying the virus in human […]

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Sri Lanka’s forced cremation of COVID victims’ bodies is a ‘human rights violation’

United Nations has urged the Sri Lankan government to halt its policy of forced cremations of coronavirus victims, a practice it said went against the beliefs of the country’s Muslims and other minority populations. Ignoring the World Health Organization’s guidelines on burials and cremations, Sri Lanka made cremation mandatory in March last year for people […]

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Sri Lankan Health Minister who endorsed herbal syrup to prevent Covid, has tested positive for coronavirus

Sri Lankan Health Minister who endorsed herbal syrup to prevent Covid-19, has tested positive for the virus. Pavithra Wanniarachchi, promoted the syrup, manufactured by a shaman who claimed it worked as a life-long inoculation against the virus. Ms Wanniarachchi tested positive on Friday her media secretary at the Ministry of Health announced. Ms Wanniarachchi is […]

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Tropical Cyclone Burevi makes landfall in Sri Lanka NOW heads towards southern India

Tropical Cyclone Burevi made landfall into Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Wednesday night damaging coastal buildings and power lines, as well as unleash flash floods, officials said. During the day Sri Lankan authorities evacuated more than 75,000 people from homes on the east coast where Cyclone Burevi, packing winds of up to 90 kilometres per […]

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Riots in prison over rising Covid-19 infections have killed at least 8 people, injured 52 others in Sri Lanka

At least eight people have been killed and 52 others injured in Sri Lanka after prison riots broke out between guards and inmates, officials said. The inmates were protesting against the rising coronavirus infections in the prison, demanding early release on bail and better facilities. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said guards had “used force to […]

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Sri Lanka is digging a trench around landfill where elephants go regularly looking for food

Sri Lanka is digging a trench around a rubbish dump to prevent elephants from scavenging for food among mounds of plastic waste. Regularly elephants swarm to the landfill site near a wildlife sanctuary in the eastern town of Ampara. Along with food scraps, they consume plastic, which slowly kills them, officials say. Plastic from landfill […]