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NSC condemns Easter Sunday terror attacks

Views - 69 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

National Shoora Council (NSC), the umbrella body of 18 Muslim organisations of national reach and many influential individuals, in a statement vehemently condemned the dastardly acts of bombing and other acts of violence carried out targeting three c


Young Russian students form ‘We are with you’ with candles at SL Embassy in Moscow in solidarity

Views - 133 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

On 21 April, a group of young Russians gathered in front of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow to pay tribute to those killed in several explosions that happened in Sri Lanka, claiming lives of over 200 people. The visitors laid out a phrase ‘We a


Stay safe during inter-monsoonal rains with DEWN early warning app

Views - 139 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has been working for several years with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of Sri Lanka and with valuable partners, to minimise the adverse impact of extreme weather. The Disaster Eme


Botswana Muslim Association condemns horrific bombings

Views - 84 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

The Botswana Muslim Association issued the following statement yesterday on the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka: “The Botswana Muslim Association expresses its shock and grief at the horrific bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka and condemns i


Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa condemns terror attacks in SL

Views - 94 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa in a statement has expressed shock and condemnation of the mass murder of Christian congregants at churches and guests in hotels in Sri Lanka. Following is the statement: “We extend our condolence towards the familie


Muslims in Queensland condemn terror attacks in Sri Lanka

Views - 180 Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:00

The Council of Imams Queensland (CIQ) and the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ), on behalf of all Muslims in Queensland, in a statement condemned the atrocious attacks on churches and hotels across Sri Lanka. Following is the joint statement issued


President chairs emergency meeting of National Security Council

Views - 629 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:54

President Maithripala Sirisena presided over an emergency meeting of National Security Council yesterday and the following decisions were taken at the meeting. The Government has decided to Gazette the anti-terrorism legal clauses to be effective wit


Chinese President condoles, says stands by SL

Views - 119 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:53

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a condolence message to his Sri Lankan counterpart on 21 April, after multiple deadly attacks shook the country. In his message to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Xi said that he was shocked to know th


Mahinda faults Govt. for security lapses

Views - 1702 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:53

By Nuwan Senarathna Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday faulted the Government for what he termed as negligent handling of vital intelligence by the Government, which he insisted could have saved lives if the public had been made aware of


Commonwealth Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks

Views - 94 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:52

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland yesterday expressed her revulsion at the appalling news of the horrendous and mindless coordinated set of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. Secretary-General Scotland said: “On behalf of the Commonweal


Pakistan strongly condemns explosive attacks across Sri Lanka

Views - 77 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:01

The Government of Pakistan said it strongly condemns the barbaric explosive attacks across Sri Lanka that caused numerous casualties and a huge loss of lives. The Government and the people of Pakistan stand with the Government and people of Sri Lanka


Palestinian President Abbas condemns Sri Lanka terror attacks

Views - 29 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

RAMALLAH (WAFA): President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the terrorist bombing attacks that targeted three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on 21 April, which resulted in the killing or injury of dozens of innocent civilians. Describing th


Pope condemns Sri Lanka attacks as unjustifiable ‘terrorist acts’

Views - 45 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

VATICAN CITY (Reuters): Pope Francis on Monday deplored the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed nearly 300 people and called for universal condemnation of what he said were “terrorist acts, inhuman acts” that could never be ju


Extremism must be wiped out from our country: Centre for Islamic Studies

Views - 52 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Centre for Islamic Studies President Ilyas Haniffa and Outreach President and Vice President Asiff Hussein yesterday issued the following statement. Sri Lanka’s Muslims woke up to a rude shock on Easter Sunday, 21 April and reacted with disbelief t


Sri Lanka Muslims had warned officials about group behind attack

Views - 81 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

www.bloomberg.com: For members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim community, it’s no surprise that local jihadist group National Thowheed Jamath is being blamed for deadly bombings that killed nearly 300 people on Easter Sunday. Hilmy Ahamed, Vice President o


Five Indian party workers on post-election break among dead in Sri Lanka

Views - 27 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Bengaluru/New Delhi (Reuters): At least five workers from an Indian political party on a break after working on India’s general election were among some 290 people killed in bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, a government official said. An


British Royal family sends condolences to people of Sri Lanka

Views - 12 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Members of the British Royal Family led by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have sent messages of condolences in the wake of the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka. The message from the Queen said that they are deeply saddened to learn of the attacks


CPA strongly condemns the violence in churches and hotels across Sri Lanka

Views - 11 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) vehemently condemns the recent attacks on three churches, three hotels and other locations across Sri Lanka that resulted in over 200 deaths and left over 450 injured. This shocking and senseless attack is the


ACMC calls for restraint, unity to achieve reconciliation

Views - 674 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

In the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bomb attacks that claimed 290 lives across the country, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) called Sri Lankans to move for collective actions together and not to fall into a new conflict at a time when the 10th a


President calls on Archbishop

Views - 14 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday visited the Archbishop’s House and called on the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. President Sirisena expressed his shock, deep pain and dismay over the brutal attacks on places of Catholic rel


Muslim ministers condemn terror attacks; reiterate Islam doesn’t endorse violence

Views - 230 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Expressing deepest condolences to all Catholic and Christians in the country, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Leader Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday stressed that neither 


Indonesian Muslim students show their solidarity to the victims of the Sri Lankan blasts

Views - 41 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Indonesian Muslim students show their solidarity to the victims of the Sri Lankan blasts


Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka’s serial bomb blasts

Views - 24 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka’s serial bomb blasts


Pakistani Christians and Muslims hold candles at a tribute to Sri Lankan bomb blast victims

Views - 262 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Pakistani Christians and Muslims hold candles at a tribute to Sri Lankan bomb blast victims at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore on 22 April. The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose d


Relatives endure grim screening to identify dead at Colombo morgue

Views - 359 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

AFP: Some hid their eyes, some collapsed in tears as gruesome images of victims from Sri Lanka’s Easter massacre were projected on to a screen in front of distraught relatives at a Colombo morgue on Monday. The pictures of some of the 290 dead are


Christians afraid to attend church after blasts

Views - 229 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

AFP: Members of Sri Lanka’s Christian minority have been left afraid to go to church after deadly attacks that hit Easter services, killing nearly 300 and stoking fears of communal violence. “Some people might be afraid to go to church now. At t


Timeline - Sri Lankan bomb attacks on hotels, churches: 20 minutes of carnage

Views - 239 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 207 and injuring 450 people, in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Here is a timeline of t


‘Where is God?’: Sri Lankans stunned after deadly blasts

Views - 394 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

AFP: As Shantha Prasad carried children wounded in Sri Lanka’s deadly attacks into a Colombo hospital, memories of the country’s deadly civil war flooded back. “I carried about eight wounded children yesterday,” he told AFP on Monday, a day


Joint statement by Bishops of Colombo and Kurunegala of Church of Ceylon

Views - 367 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:16

Bishop of Colombo Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj Canagasabey and Bishop of Kurunegala Rt. Revd. Keerthisiri Fernando yesterday issued the following joint statement. We are terribly shocked and deeply saddened by the barbarous acts of violence brought on innocen


Pope condemns bombings in Sri Lanka in Easter Sunday address

Views - 55 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:02

VATICAN CITY (Reuters): Pope Francis, in his Easter Sunday address, condemned as “such cruel violence” the bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 100 people and were timed to coincide with the most important day in the Christian liturgical c


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Friday, 26 April 2019

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A secular public space is essential for the safety and wellbeing of all

Friday, 26 April 2019

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Social media could be our egregious enemy, sometimes

Friday, 26 April 2019

One of the first moves the Government considered after the 21 April tragic events of coordinated Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa was a temporary block of social media. There was no debate about requisi


Terrorism, violence, and incompetent political leadership

Friday, 26 April 2019

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