The Lanka Academic
May 24, 2019
Quaere Verum
Vol.19, No.144

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by: Dominic Sansoni
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  • Sri Lanka releases hard-line Buddhist monk from jail - ucanews.com

    Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera - a hard-line nationalist Buddhist monk - has received a presidential pardon after serving only a few months of his six-year term for contempt of court. More…


  • Sri Lanka in talks with India, Japan to build container terminal in Colombo

    Sri Lanka is in advanced talks with India and Japan to construct a container terminal at the port in Colombo, next to a Chinese terminal built as part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative … More…


  • Struggling Sri Lanka head to World Cup with point to prove

    By Rohith Nair. (Reuters) - The side’s form in 2019 has been dire, losing eight games in series whitewashes by New Zealand and South Africa, More…


  • DNA Test Confirms Death Of Terror Group Leader In Sri Lanka Easter Blasts

    Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed through DNA tests that one of the two suicide bombers who died in the Shangri-La Hotel bombing during Easter Sunday attacks was Zahran Cassim, the leader of the local terror group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) … More…


  • Sri Lanka Central Bank Weighs Options to Support Economy After Terrorist Attacks

    Sri Lanka’s central bank will consider all options to support the economy in the wake of last month’s terrorist bomb attack, including reducing the reserve ratio … More…


  • Maldives asks Lanka to clarify claims made by army chief

    The Maldives has denounced Sri Lankan Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake’s remarks about Maldivians traveling to Syria through Colombo … More…


  • Sri Lanka Parliament Official Arrested Over Links To Easter Sunday Blasts

    A Sri Lankan parliament official was among six people arrested for their alleged links to the banned terror group, National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) … More…


  • Three persons arrested for photographing Vesak decorations

    COLOMBO (News 1st) - Three people were arrested for allegedly photographing Vesak decorations and temples near the Ratnapura town. The mother of the suspects noted that the children are innocent and their hobby was photography. … More…


  • Websites in Sri Lanka suffer cyber attack

    Several websites in Sri Lanka have fallen victim to a series of cyber-attacks. According to the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT), … More…


  • STF recovers ammunition during island wide raids

    COLOMBO (News 1st): The Police Special Task Force has discovered a variety of items in raids conducted islandwide. Three people have been arrested in a raid carried out in Beruwela by the officers of the Aluthgama unit of the Police Special Task Force. More…


  • Behind Sri Lanka’s Attacks

    Does the Sri Lankan government which is torn by a serious internal political division have the ability to deal with a new terrror threat and keep the country safe? More…


  • USA to support Sri Lanka in fight against terrorism

    Colombo (News1st) - Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana met with his US counterpart Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington yesterday. More…


  • Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka : Terror and the Rise of Violent Extremism

    The terror attacks in Sri Lanka point to the fact that violent extremism has been spreading its tentacles, and has been breeding on existing sectarian fault lines … More…


  • Sri Lanka vows ‘maximum force’ against anti-Muslim rioters

    One man is killed as mobs target mosques and Muslim shops, weeks after the Easter Sunday attacks. More…


  • Sri Lanka clashes kill one; imposes nationwide curfew after mosques attacked

    One person was killed in Sri Lanka on Monday as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops and imposed a curfew after the … More…


  • Sri Lanka blocks social media after anti-Muslim unrest

    Sri Lanka is temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, it said on Monday after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants … More…


  • IMF approves disbursement of USD 164.1 million for Sri Lanka

    On May 13, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the Fifth Review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under the program supported by an extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility … More…


  • Sri Lanka Bombings Threaten Long-Term Damage to the Economy

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—The aftershocks of Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter bombings could damage its fragile economy for years by sapping it of dollars and confidence … More…


  • Sri Lanka stocks fall for 6th session, rupee snaps 2 days of gains

    Sri Lankan shares extended falls into a sixth session on Thursday and closed at their lowest levels in six-and-a-half years, due to shattered investor confidence … More…


  • Suspected Assistant Director to Education Ministry under scrutinization

    COLOMBO (News 1st) - The police stated that investigations on an Assistant Director to the Ministry of Education who was allegedly believed to have maintained contact with a terrorist organization … More…


  • UPDATE : Person arrested with 1000 live rounds - Sri Lanka Latest News

    COLOMBO (News 1st) - A person was arrested with nearly 1000 rounds of live ammunition in Nawagamuwa. The police stated that the suspect was a 38-year-old retired member of the Sri Lanka Army. … More…


  • Lanka restricts 5-day national Vesak festivities to 2 days after Easter bombings

    The Sri Lankan government has restricted the five-day national Vesak festival celebrations to just two days citing the prevailing security situation in the country … More…


  • As Sri Lanka Travel Warnings Dampen Casino Lovers’ Mood, Goa Gaming Clubs Gear Up for Tourist Influx

    The Easter day serial bombings in Sri Lanka, which has crippled the tourism-driven island nation, is likely to divert most of the casino tourists to Goa, say industry sources. More…


  • Sri Lankan authorities say all directly involved in bombings are dead or arrested

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Two bomb experts were among the suicide attackers who struck churches and hotels on Easter in Sri Lanka and all those directly involved in the bombings are either dead or under arrest, police said. … More…


  • 48 without visas deported from Sri Lanka: Overstayed their welcome

    COLOMBO (News 1st) - A total of 48 foreigners without valid visas have been deported from the country by the Immigration and Emigration Department. More…


  • 1116 military camouflage uniforms discovered at Seeduwa - Sri Lanka Latest News

    COLOMBO (News 1st) - Two individuals were arrested with 1116 military uniforms (camouflage) by the Seeduwa Police Division during a search operation … More…


  • Curfew imposed after religious tension rises in Negombo

    State schools reopen amid tight security after fighting broke out on Sunday between ethnic Sinhalese people and Muslims. More…


  • Lanka terror group linked to Easter bombings has over Rs 140 million cash, Rs 7 billion worth assets: Police

    The Islamic State-linked Sri Lankan extremist group National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), blamed for the Easter Sunday bombings, has been found possessing more than Rs 140 million in cash and other assets worth over Rs 7 billion, police said on Monday. More…


  • Sri Lanka police discover suspected training camp for Islamist militants

    KATTANKUDY (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police on Sunday discovered a 10-acre camp in the eastern town of Kattankudy, where Islamist militants linked to the deadly Easter attacks are believed to have practiced shooting and bombmaking. … More…


  • Sri Lanka president: IS ‘chose Sri Lanka to show they exist’

    President Sirisena says the militants targeted a country which had ‘recently established peace’. More…


  • Guns outnumber guests at bombed Sri Lanka hotel as tourism takes a hit

    To get into the marble-floored lobby of the Cinnamon, visitors must pass through two security checks as a new X-ray machine scans bags. … More…


  • ISIS Used Bitcoin to Fund Horrific Sri Lanka Easter Bombings, Research Claims

    Bitcoin played a role in staging the Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Sri Lanka that killed 253 civilians, according to Israeli blockchain intelligence firm Whitestream. … More…


  • CCTV: Sri Lanka terrorist fails to detonate bomb in hotel breakfast bar

    Video: Abdul Latheef Mohamed Jameel walks around a hotel’s dining area and eventually sits down, having failed to detonate his device. More…


  • Scientists in Pakistan and Sri Lanka bet their futures on China

    Researchers are turning to China for support and collaboration as their countries take centre stage in the Belt and Road Initiative. More…


  • Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara named new MCC president

    Ex-Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara is named as the next president of Marylebone Cricket Club. More…


  • Roy Dias named coach of Sri Lanka A for India tour -

    Members of the Sri Lanka national selection committee will serve as team managers during their national, ‘A’ and ‘Emerging’ sides’ upcoming tours, Sri Lanka … More…


  • Cyclone ‘FANI’ moving away from Sri Lanka

    Colombo (News 1st): Cyclone ‘FANI’ over west-central and southwest Bay of Bengal and to the northeast of Sri Lanka, is located about 670 km northeast of of Trincomalee. The Meteorological Department noted that it is likely to move north-northeastwards moving away from the island towards the coast of Odisha in India More…


  • 25 suspects arrested in Akurana and surrounding areas

    Twenty-five suspects were arrested during these search operations which were conducted with the assistance of the police. Among the material seized by the police were fake number plates, birth certificates, and a suspicious motorbike. More…


  • Weapons cache discovered at Sammanthurai

    COLOMBO (News 1st) - Two hundred sticks of gelignite and several other weapons were discovered during a search operation conducted in a joint operation by the Sri Lanka Army, Police, and STF at Mal Ara area in Sammanthurai … More…


  • Two Indian Nationals Arrested Without Valid Visa In Sri Lanka

    Two more Indian nationals have been arrested by police in Colombo for violating Sri Lankan immigration laws during their stay in the country, authorities said. More…


  • Zakir Naik’s TV Channel Blocked In Sri Lanka After Terror Attack: Report

    Two of Sri Lanka’s major cable TV operators have dropped controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV from their list of channels, media reports said, after the … More…


  • Sri Lanka attacks: Government admits ‘major intelligence lapse’

    An official says the government must answer for its failure to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings. More…


  • Sri Lanka attacks: IS ‘may be linked’, government says

    The scale of the attacks suggests that there was foreign assistance, Sri Lankan authorities say. More…


  • Sri Lanka attacks: Volunteers’ small acts of kindness for mourners

    Volunteers provide water, food and support to those mourning the bombing in Negombo, Sri Lanka. More…


  • Sri Lanka: Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks

    First burials take place as death toll following Easter Sunday bombings rises to 321. More…


  • Father of U.S. boy killed in Sri Lanka: Terrorists don’t know what they took

    The father of an 11-year-old boy, who was among at least 4 Americans killed in Sri Lanka’s attacks remembered his son as a “self-driven” world traveler, who … More…


  • Sri Lanka bombings ‘could have been prevented’ - PM

    At least 321 people, including eight Britons, were killed in a series of bombings at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. More…


  • Sri Lankans Accuse Him of Wartime Atrocities. California May Decide.

    In the decade since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended, a former wartime defense chief has successfully dodged accusations of crimes against humanity. He may soon … More…


  • Five takeaways from Sri Lanka’s CWC19 squad

    Sri Lanka made a bunch of surprise additions – and omissions – to their one-day international set-up in announcing their 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s … More…


  • Sri Lanka to offer free visas to tourists from 30 countries, including US

    The island nation off the southern coast of India plans to give away free visas to tourists from more than 30 countries. More…


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