Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public disturbance or disunity among the people is liable for prosecution under Emergency Regulations, currently in force.
President Maithripala Sirisena joined the special Sunday Mass held under the patronage of the Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Archbishop’s House, today (28) remembering the victims of the disastrous Easter Sunday attacks.
A total of 2882 Army deserters, including 2 Officers have so far reported to receive their discharge from the Army in the past four days (April 22 - 25) after HE the President in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence and the Commander of the Army offered a General Amnesty period (22 Apr - 10 May) to all Army absentees under four categories.
Island-wide Army troops, together with Policemen, Navy and Air Force troops in a bid to stem fanatical terrorist extremism and restore normalcy in the country after Tri-Services were vested with required provisions with enforcement of Emergency Regulations are currently engaged in a variety of security operations with special focus on most vulnerable areas and places in Colombo and elsewhere.
Army troops, together with Police personnel in the general area of Nintavur, Sahindamaradu after shoot out on Friday (26) evening are now conducting clearing operations, having cordoned the entire area as this report was filed around midnight.
Army troops with Policemen and other members of the Security Forces who cordoned the entire area of Nintavur - Kalmunai after terrorists fired at them from a safe house late Friday (26) evening began their clearing operations at twilight (27) reaching the location from where explosions were heard.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in terms of powers vested in him as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, has taken steps to ban the organizations National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ)
Police Headquarters Seek Public Assistance to Identify Following Six Suspects involved in Easter Sunday (21) Terrorist Attacks in Colombo and elsewhere.
A number of incidents of public disturbances have been reported in several parts of the country due to the circulation of false information. The police and security forces have taken measures to take strict legal action against persons circulating such false information through websites, facebook, twitter, WhatsApp and other social media sources.
HE the President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces through the Extraordinary Gazettes No 2120/4 and 2120/5, dated 22.04.2019 has called out the armed forces under Section 12 of the Public Security Ordinance for the purpose of maintaining public order conferring the powers of search, detention for purposes of such search, or arrest without warrant any person on members of the armed forces, identical to those possessed by Police officers.
Hundreds of Army Officers and Other Ranks across the country after the gazette notification conferred the powers of search, detention or arrest without warrant any person on members of the armed forces, immediately took up position around the country on the instructions of respective Commanders of Security Forces, General Officers Commanding and Brigade Commanders.
Several world leaders and the United Nations UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (24th April) to convey their condolences and to condemn the brutal attacks on innocent civilians on Easter Sunday. Furthermore, they expressed their deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka and they wished speedy and full recovery of those injured.
The All Party Conference was held with the participation of all party leaders, and representatives under the patronage of President Maithripalka Sirisena today (25).
President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a 3-member Special Council to inquire into the series of explosions in the country on April 21.
President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Archbishop's House today (22) and called on the Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.
President Maithripala Sirisena visited the recently bombed St. Sebastian's Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo today (23) to inquire into the present situation and inspect damages caused to the church.
The public are requested to contact following Telephone numbers at the Army Headquarters in case information as regards any suspicious movements or vehicles is to be intimated in case of emergency.
The envoys of foreign countries and the representatives of international agencies were unanimous in their expression of fullest support to President Maithripala Sirisena to curb terrorism in Sri Lanka, which has raised its ugly head on Easter Sunday.
President Maithripala Sirisena president over an emergency meeting of National Security Council today (April 22) and following decisions were taken at the meeting.
Several bomb explosions were reported from a number of areas in the island between 0830 am and 0900 am, today.
The government wishes to express its deepest condolence on the deaths caused by the bomb explosions reported in Colombo and several other parts of the country, this morning.
A special discussion was held with the participation of heads of security forces and all other departments regarding the current security situation in the country, and during that meeting, the government has decided to take steps to tighten security at all the religious places, tourists hotels, hospitals and embassies and provide security to all the catholic religious leaders and to important places of the government.
Following the explosions that took place in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, earlier today, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as deceased at the National Hospital in Colombo stands at eleven.
President Maithripla Sirisena expressed his, shock, deep pain and dismay over the brutal attacks on places of religious worship and other civilian establishments.
The Eastern Province is known for its vast paddy fields and irrigation tanks. Agriculture is one of the main sources of livelihood of a majority of the people in this region.