Author Archive for Security

State of Emergency declared in Sri Lanka

Monday, July 18th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana A Gazette Extraordinary has been issued declaring a state of emergency across the island with effect from today (July 18). The state of emergency has been declared in a proclamation by Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe in terms of Article 40(1)(C) of the Constitution, by virtue of the powers vested in him by Section 2 of […]

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Let sanity prevail!

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

Citizen Jane Courtesy The Island A social media video clip is doing the rounds where a member of a legal profession who should be well versed in the law, is claiming that the Rule of Law and Human Rights protected by the Constitution of Sri Lanka is no longer valid post 9th July 2022. He […]

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US Fingerprints Found Behind Sri Lanka Unrest

Friday, July 15th, 2022

The New Atlas Evidence is emerging that at least some segments of the ongoing protests in Sri Lanka are funded and backed by the US, serving US interests. A digital strategist” given credit by the Western media for the successful toppling of the Sri Lankan government was a volunteer” at a US National Endowment for […]

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Army personnel empowered to use force to protect lives & state property from harm

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka Army says that members of the Armed Forces are legitimately empowered to exercise their force, if the situation deems necessary as security to the public property, key installations, vulnerable points and human lives, does fall within the purview of their responsibility. In view of escalation of violent acts, those protesters, intent […]

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Army vehicles head towards Sri Lankan Parliament 

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Courtesy India Today he vehicles will be surrounding the Parliament at different locations. While there is no expected protest at the parliament, this is just a safety measure to be on the safe side. A video from Colombo shows tracked armoured vehicles with army men moving on the streets of the city. The vehicles are […]

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RW informs Speaker to nominate a PM

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Acting President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to nominate a Prime Minister who is acceptable to both the Government and Opposition. In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Media Division said that on Monday (11th) the Prime Minister held a meeting with the Members of the […]

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UN chief asks Sri Lankan leaders to embrace spirit of compromise for peaceful, democratic transition

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following the situation in Sri Lanka very closely and has urged all party leaders to embrace the spirit of compromise” for a peaceful and democratic transition. The comments by Mr. Guterres came as embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on July 14 fled to the Maldives on […]

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Protesters brutally assault soldiers, steal two T-56 weapons along with ammunition: Army

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Sri Lanka Army said today that protesters had brutally assaulted two soldiers last night during the protests near Parliament and took two automatic T-56 assault rifles from their possession along with ammunition.  Army Spokesman Brigadier Nilantha Premaratna said two army soldiers were brutally assaulted and their weapons and ammunition were […]

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Protestors near Speaker’s residence tear-gassed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse protestors in front of the Speaker’s official residence near the Parliament. A large group of people were engaged in a protest near the Speaker’s house while police had used tear gas to disperse them as they attempted to breach the police barricades, Ada […]

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Sri Lanka crisis | PM Ranil Wickremesinghe ‘to declare Emergency’, curfew imposed in Western Province

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

Courtesy The Hindu Even as Gotabaya Rajapaksa is officially yet to resign, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to declare an island-wide Emergency ‘after he becomes acting President’ Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will declare an island-wide Emergency when he becomes acting President, his office said on July 13 although President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is yet to officially resign. […]

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Army responds to shooting at entrance of President’s House

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Sri Lanka Army said today that Army troops fired a few rounds to the air and the sidewalls of the main gate entrance to the President’s House on Saturday preventing the entry of the protesters into the compound, and did not intend on causing deliberate harm to the protesters. The […]

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Certain elements attempting to incite violence under guise of peaceful protests – Kamal Gunaratne

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Defence Secretary Rtd.General Kamal Gunaratne said that there has been information that certain elements were attempting to incite violence under the guise of peaceful protests. In a video statement released today evening, Gunaratne urged all citizens to act with patience during these trying times and refrain from engaging in any unlawful […]

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Police, armed forces empowered to use ‘necessary force’ to prevent violence

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Defence Secretary says the police and the armed forces empowered to use necessary force against those who endanger or harm the general public, engage in anti-social activities or cause damages to property. In a video statement, General (Retd.) Kamal Gunaratne said certain groups are attempting to incite violence among the general public […]

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Daily Mirror journalist threatened at protest

Sunday, June 12th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Daily Mirror journalist Jamila Husain was threatened by a group of protestors at the protest in front of SLPP MP Dhammika Perera’s house today morning, obstructing the journalist from carrying out her duties. Some of the individuals who had joined in the protest had approached the journalist while she was on […]

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Ex-minister lambasts govt. lethargic response

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Insurgent attacks on lawmakers’ houses SLPP lawmaker Dr. Nalaka Godahewa has questioned the failure on the part of the new administration to investigate the organised violence, unleashed on members of Parliament, on May 09. Dr. Godahewa, who was the Media Minister at the time violence erupted, countrywide, in the […]

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Lankan Prez appoints commission to inquire into arson, vandalism and murder during youth agitation

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 1: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and report on the incidents of arson, looting, and all types of damages to properties and loss of life in several parts of the country between March 31 and May 15.    The Commission of […]

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President appoints 3-member commission to probe recent unrest in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The President has appointed a three-member Presidential Commission to inquire into the incidents of arson, looting, murders, injuries caused to individuals and damages to properties in parts of the country between March 31 and May 15, 2022. The commission of inquiry is headed by Supreme Court Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and also includes former […]

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Attack on Opposition Leader at Galle Face goes uninvestigated

Monday, May 30th, 2022

By Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island Police said yesterday that no complaint had been made about an incident where Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa was attacked at Galle Face, on 09 May, and therefore they had not been able to conduct an investigation. Neither Police Headquarters nor the Fort Police Station had received any […]

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Committee to probe lapses by tri-forces during recent unrest

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana A committee has been appointed to look into any lapses by tri-forces during the unrest at Mirihana on the 31st of March and the nationwide tensions erupted on the 9th of May. The committee comprises Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda, Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunathilake  and General R. M. Daya […]

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General Vikum Liyanage to be appointed as the New Commander of the Army

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News Major General Vikum Liyanage is to be appointed as the new Army Commander of Sri Lanka on June 01 after General Shavendra Silva relinquishes his post, Army media said. General Shavendra Silva will assume office on 1 June 2022 as new Chief of Defence Staff after relinquishing the office of the Commander […]

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Fuel station owner’s residence set on fire

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The residence of an owner of a filling station in the Ipalogama area in Anuradhapura has been set ablaze by a certain group of individuals. The incident had occurred at around 9.40 p.m. last night (21) at the residence located in the Bogaha Akkare area in Ipalogama. The home owner’s wife and two […]

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Some organized groups threatening to set fire to fuel trucks: Minister

Friday, May 20th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said that some organized groups are preventing fuel trucks to pass certain areas demanding they be unloaded at different fuel stations and threatening to set fire to them. The Minister said that If the organized groups continue to do so, they will have to suspend […]

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Sri Lanka violence: Burnt-out super cars and ransacked hotels are remains of fury

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

By Nicole Johnston, news reporter, Sri Lanka Courtesy Sky News It’s difficult to fathom the fury that people must have felt to not only set fire to it and smash it to pieces, but also loot everything they could get their hands on. An hour’s drive from Colombo, a luxury hotel wedding venue was utterly […]

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Ramesh Pathirana’s revelation in parliament regarding attack on protesters

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Inspector-General of Police and the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security had given directives not to use water cannons and tear gas at the ruling party supporters who were heading towards the GotaGoGama protest site at the Galle Face Green on the 9th of May, says MP Ramesh Pathirana. The former […]

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MPs’ residences attacked from April 4: Minister

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Claiming that attacks on MPs’ residences were not restricted to May 9, Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said today MPs residences were being attacked from April 4. He told Parliament that some organised groups started attacking the residences of MPs after the incident where the President’s private residence was surrounded by a group […]

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230 arrested for recent violent incidents: Police seek public help to net more

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Some 230 people have been arrested over various charges including  violation of curfew, attacking public, causing damages to public and private properties since May 9. Police spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said 68 out of them have been remanded. He said among the arrested, 71 were from the Western Province, 43 from […]

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At least 230 under arrest over recent violent incidents

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka Police says it has arrested a total of 230 suspects in connection with curfew violations, looting, assaults, public and private property damages and other offences following the unrest that broke out on the 9th of May. According to police spokesperson, 68 of the arrestees are currently in remand custody. In a […]

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SL denies Indian intel claims of ‘LTTE regrouping to launch attacks’

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence on Saturday denied reports of ex-LTTE cadre regrouping to launch attacks” in Sri Lanka, as reported by The Hindu, citing sources in Indian intelligence. The article is completely baseless. We have received no intelligence warning of such a security threat,” a Ministry spokesman said. The report, […]

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Intelligence agencies alert on regrouping of ex-LTTE cadres

Friday, May 13th, 2022

S. Vijay Kumar Courtesy The Hindu ‘Sri Lankan Tamil outfits abroad have planned attacks to mark Mullivaikal anniversary’ Intelligence agencies have warned of erstwhile cadre of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) regrouping to launch attacks in Sri Lanka, as the country is embroiled in a deep economic and political crisis. As the […]

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Ranil pledges to withdraw shoot at sight order given to security forces

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had pledged to repeal the shoot at sight order given to security forces after the recent violence. Mr. Wickremesinghe made this pledge when foreign journalists questioned him about this procedure. Prime Minister’s office said such orders will be given to security forces only if riots […]

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