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The state minister Harsha de Silva says that the persons who are responsible for the disturbances should be strictly dealt with the law.

The state minister Harsha de Silva says that the persons who are responsible for the disturbances should be strictly dealt with the law.  The extremist groups should not allow to destroy the peace and harmony in the country.


The President says all should come forward collectively to create peace loving society in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena says all should come forward collectively to create peace loving society in the country. All the people loyal to the country should work as huge force to strengthen humanitarian values. The President made these remarks addressing a ceremony held in Polonnaruwa Royal College yesterday to mark the International Women's Day. The President further said that the women in the country can achieve great responsibility in building up peace and harmony. They can render a priceless service to the society as mothers, sisters and daughters.

Prime Minister says compensation for those impacted by disturbances.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said action will be taken to pay compensation to the victims affected by the unrest in several areas in the Kandy district. He added that compensation will payed and completed soon. The Prime Minister also called up each and every citizen of the country to live in peace and harmony while maintaining law and order.

Making a special statement over the situation in the Kandy district, the Premier added that insightful messages being shared on social media had led to the spread the unrest in the district. The Prime Minister added that police is now questioning a number of individuals who were involved in spreading hatred and violence on social media.

The Public Administration Minister was appointed as the Minister of Law and Order by President Maithripala Sirisena upon my recommendation and he is taking every effort to maintain law and order in the country.

He said that he had an extensive discussion about the current situation with the new Law and Order Minister, Ministry Secretary and Chief of Defence Staff and instructed them to take further steps to ensure peace in the area.

Necessary instructions have already been issued to the relevant officials to continue the supply of essential commodities to the Kandy district unabated. He said that these acts of violence perpetrated by a few saboteurs have caused immeasurable damage to the society and the economy of the country.

81 suspects including the main culprit of Kandy disturbances have been arrested.

The main suspect accused of instigating the incidents in Kandy has been arrested along with nine other suspects. The arrests were made yesterday. Police Media Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunsekara said that they were taken into custody by TID officers in Digana and Poojapitiya. A total of 81 suspects has been arrested so far from Sunday upto 6.00am today in connection with the various clashes which had broken out. The Police Spokesman revealed this during a news conference in Colombo yesterday.

Minister Duminda Dissanayaka says that Sri Lanka Freedom Party will never let any force to create communal hatred in the country.

General Secretary of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister Duminda Dissanayaka says that the party will never let any force to create communal hatred in the country. At a press briefing held in Colombo yesterday the Minister said SLFP deeply regrets regarding the unfortunate incident occurred in the past few days. The Minister added that all the ethnic communities voted for the victory of the President on the 8th of January 2015. Sri Lanka Freedom Party is a movement built up with the support of all ethnic groups in the country. Therefore, the SLFP will always be committed to project the rights of all communities in the country. The Minister also thanked the Buddhist monks and religious dignitaries including Maulavies who help to ease the tense situation prevailed in the past few days. The Minister added that all should be united to defeat the chauvinistic and extremist elements.

A national action plan will be implemented to eliminate bribery and corruption.

Director General of the Bribery Commission President Counsel Sarath Jayamanna says a national action plan will be implemented to eliminate bribery and corruption. Accordingly, activities of the Bribery Commission will also be totally restructured. At a workshop held in Colombo yesterday he said the investigations and legal proceedings against the incidents of bribery and corruption will be streamlined by amending the outdated laws. A three member new court will be established to hear the cases relating to the bribery and corruption. 200 new officers will be recruited to conduct investigations in a comprehensive manner.

Trump 'ready to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un'

US President Donald Trump has agreed to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, officials say. South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, speaking at the White House, said Mr Trump would meet Mr Kim by May. Mr Chung said Mr Kim had offered to refrain from any further nuclear and missile tests. The announcement came after a South Korean delegation held unprecedented talks with Mr Kim earlier this week.

Assassinated Salvadorian Archbishop, Oscar Romero to be made a saint

Pope Francis has announced that Archbishop Oscar Romero will be declared a saint. Archbishop Romero was killed in 1980, while celebrating Mass in El Salvador.
Pope Paul the Sixth, who oversaw many of the reforms the Catholic Church underwent in the 1960s, will also be made a saint.


Leaders of Muslim Organizations extended their fullest support to the President to establish a peaceful atmosphere, conducive for all Sri Lankans to live in peace and harmony.

Leaders of Muslim organizations extended their fullest support to President Maithripala Sirisena to establish a peaceful atmosphere, conducive for all Sri Lankans to live in peace and harmony. These sentiments were expressed during a meeting hosted by the President, with members of Muslim organizations, this morning.


The Excise Amendment Bill taken up for debate in Parliament today.

The Excise Amendment Bill, regulations under the Monetary Act and a release issued under the Excise Ordinance, was taken up for debate in Parliament today. Joining in the debate, parliamentarian Ajith Mannapperuma pointed out that illicit breweries at rural level have reduced in number. Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana emphasized on the government's dedication to salvage the country from the alcohol menace.


A National Action Plan in the making, focused upon the total eradication of bribery and corruption from Sri Lanka.

A National Action Plan is in the making, focused upon the total eradication of bribery and corruption from the country. Director General of the Bribery Commission, President's Counsel, Sarath Jayamanna says, the entire commission will undergo total restructuring. Speaking at a workshop held in Colombo today,


Curfew imposed in the Kandy Administrative District from 6.00 pm today to 6.00 am tomorrow.

A special discussion was held in Kandy this morning, chaired by Army Commander, Mahesh Senanyake, regarding the recent incidents that took place in the Kandy District. Special attention was focused on maintaining law and order and continuing the peaceful environment that prevails now.


President holds a special meeting with religious and community leaders regarding the present situation in Kandy.

President Maithripala Sirisena held a special meeting at the president's house in Kandy yesterday with the religious and community in Kandy district, regarding the situation erupted there. Members of Maha Sanga representing Malwatta and Asgiri chapters, Muslim Moulawi and other religious of the area were present at this meeting. The President pointed out the need of religious leaders to eliminate the fear and suspicion among the communities and to maintain peace and harmony in the area. Muslim Ministers Rauf Hakeem, A.L.M Haleem, Faizer Mautafa and several MPs also participated in this crucial discussion. The religious leaders said that, some social media networks have worsen the situation by spreading false comments and posts. The president instructed all the relevant parties to work collectively to establish lasting peace in the area. The president stressed that the culprits will be brought to book disregarding their social status.

Strict actions will be carried out under emergency regulations.

Defence Secretary Kapila Vaidyarathne reiterates that strict actions will be carried out under emergency regulations. Accordingly, the general public are advised not to get carried away through rumors and substandard wrong news feeds. If anyone is found guilty on these counts, they will be dealt with strict laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda said maximum punishment will be given to those who violate the regulations and involve in sabotage work. Those who create racial violence or break the law will also be punished severely.

Under emergency regulations, the Inspector General of Police has ordered a curfew to be imposed within the Kandy administrative district from 4.00pm yesterday to 4.00pm today.
The Government has requested people in the Kandy administrative district to remain at their homes during the curfew which has been imposed in the area. It is totally prohibited for general public to loiter in public places or to visit such areas during the period of curfew. Violation of curfew is a punishable offence.
Meanwhile, the ministry of education has announced that all schools in the Kandy district will remain close until further notice.

The Prime Minister appeals to the public to extend their support to maintain law and order.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe requests the public extend their fullest support to maintain law and order in their respective areas. Making a special statement the prime minister stresses that there is no truth in many rumours spread by some groups. No member of clergy has been subjected to violence in any area.  Members of three armed forces, special task force, STF and Police have been deployed throughout the Kandy district to beef up security.  Commander of Central Region Major General Rukman Dias has been appointed to coordinate the three armed forces and police. The members of the security forces are ready to control any type of violence situation in future.  An emergency security has been declared throughout the island and the curfew has been imposed I the Kandy district. The prime minister said therefore, the general public should not be fear, for spreading violence. The Prime Minister requested the general public not to be panic by the false information spread by some opportunistic groups.

Around the clock relief centre has been set up to help the victims of Kandy disturbances.

The government information department says that an around the clock relief centre has been set up to help the victims of Kandy disturbances. This is effective at the office of the chief of defence staff. It can be contacted through the hot line 071 12 61 261. The centre is accessible through the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The centre request the public to inform them regarding violent incidents or the damages caused by violent activities.

International Women's Day falls today.

International Women's Day falls today. This day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women's rights. While the first observance of a Women's Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman's Conference to become an "International Woman's Day." After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Many programs are organized in line with International Women's Day. The national function will be held at Polonnaruwa Royal College premises under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Kosovo-Serbia row makes Europe clocks go slow

The real reason may lie in a dispute between Kosovo and Serbia, which has affected Europe's power grid.Entsoe, the body representing electricity transmission operators across 25 European countries, said bedside clocks had slowed down by up to six minutes since mid-January.Central heating timers and oven clocks are also affected - but not computers or smart phones. Countries from Spain to Turkey and from Poland to the Netherlands are part of a large area in Europe linked together into an electricity grid that operates at a synchronized frequency. This frequency regulates time-keeping in certain devices.

The President has ordered to stop fragmentation of coconut lands in the northwestern province..

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed the relevant officials and institutions to stop fragmentation of all coconut cultivations in the north western province with immediate effect. The President gave this instructions at the special di9strict coordination committee meeting held in Kurunegala district secretariat today. The President said that the north western provincial council, relevant Pradesheeya Sabhas and the coconut development board are responsible to take action in this connection. Using coconut cultivation to construct houses has led to increase the prices of coconut. The President said therefore all should focus attention to this important matter.

UK PM to raise Yemen concerns in Saudi crown prince visit

Saudi Arabia's crown prince is starting a three-day visit to the UK amid protests planned against his country's role in the war in Yemen. Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is seen by some as a modernising force in the Gulf State. He is due to hold talks with Theresa May and have lunch with the Queen. The UK hopes to capitalise on the Saudi economy's opening-up but No 10 said the PM would also express "deep concern" at the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Access to several social media networks has been blocked temporarily.

Sri Lanka telecommunication regulatory commission says that some social media websites have been blocked temporarily considering a request made by the defence ministry regarding the national security. Accordingly, websites such as face book, wiber, WhatsApp and all other social media network have been controlled by the commission.
Meanwhile the government has stressed that the persons who are involved in violent activities and the persons who abet such activities will be strictly dealt with the existing law. According to the 28 Article of the Constitution, all citizens should uphold and defend the Constitution and the law to further the national interest and to foster national unity to preserve and protect public property; and to respect the rights and freedoms of others.
Meanwhile, police headquarters announced that leave of all police officers has been cancelled with immediate effect.

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