May 21, 2019
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    The little house, much like the rest of Sri Lanka, could hold no more grief. All day, amid the scorching heat, mourners stepped in and out of the entrance, pausing before the sealed coffin which contained what was left of a little girl. Barely in her teens, the innocent young lass had been blown apart at Easter Mass on Sunday, April 21, 2019 – a date that would be etched in many Sri Lankans’ hearts for years to come. The scenes were straight out of hell. Some hid their eyes from the horrors while others collapsed in tears. They were eyewitnesses and survivors of the brutal Easter massacre which claimed the lives of more than 350 people. Families on holiday, newlyweds, professionals, labourers, students, grandparents, infants, foreigners… no one had been spared.

    Six persons have been arrested by the Kurunegala Police over connections to the Easter Day attacks and enabling terror acts, stated Police Media Spokesperson. Among the arrestees, three have been remanded after being produced at the courts and the remaining 3 are currently investigated on under the custody of the Kurunegala Police. Reportedly, Kurunegala Police had received a tip-off that a group of persons had been conducting a training camp at a coconut estate in the Alakoladeniya area, Kurunegala.Accordingly, on 9th May, the police had arrested three persons following investigations; the owner of the coconut cultivation, the coordinator of the training programs and a lecturer at the training programs. They are currently under remand until the 24th of May.

    The Kochchikade Police have taken into custody nearly 5000 unused SIM cards used for mobile phones from the Ma Oya in the Kochchikade area, Negombo.A group of youths who had gone fishing in the Ma Oya had discovered the sack of SIM cards today (20) and when informed the Wennappuwa Police, they had been instructed to bring the sack ashore.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday Madrasas would be placed under the purview of the Education Ministry. Following a meeting held yesterday at his office, the Prime Minister said the Education Ministry together with the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry would regulate some of their activities. He said he discussed the matter with ministers representing the Muslim community and that they agreed to it.

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