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fear grips muslims in sri lanka's ginthota after attack | asia


ginthota, sri lanka - muhammad abrar is still in shock, nearly a week after his house in ampitiya village in the southern sri lankan town of ginthota came under attack from a sinhalese-buddhist mob.on november 17, he had returned from the mosque after evening prayers and was about to retire for the night, when he heard his neighbours' home being attacked."the first attack on our home was when our window panes were broken by rocks," said abrar, who drives a tuk-tuk (three-wheeled taxi) for a living."there was a mob of about 150 to 200 people armed with steel crowbars and other makeshift weapons. they smashed our gate and came in and poured petrol on my tuk-tuk and set it on fire."the burned tuk-tuk is still parked in front of his house, with little hope of being salvaged. what was once the






sri lanka police arrest 19 over racial violence


colombo, sri lanka — sri lanka's police say 19 persons have been arrested following racial violence in the country's south that started over a dispute between majority buddhists and minority muslims.police spokesman ruwan gunasekara says four people were injured in attacks that took place friday night in areas surrounding the southern town of galle. homes, shops and vehicles have been damaged.a curfew imposed overnight was lifted saturday morning.sinhalese buddhists make up 75 percent of sri lanka's population of 20 million while muslims make up 9 percent. even though relations between the communities have been generally cordial, muslims have been victims of hate speech and their businesses attacked by radical sinhalese groups in recent years.






india's modi emphasizes links with sri lanka to deepen ties


colombo, sri lanka — india's prime minister has emphasized common heritage with sri lanka as he's trying to woo the island neighbor that's become an important cog in china's plans for control of the indian ocean.prime minister narendra modi made a speech in the sri lankan capital friday marking the international day of vesak, the remembrance of buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. modi said that the friendship between india and sri lanka was "etched in time by the 'great master,'" a reference to the buddha, whose religion spread from modern-day india to sri lanka and southeast asia.modi also became the first indian leader to visit sri lanka's tea plantation workers of indian ancestry since their arrival nearly 200 years ago.india's rival china also has been courting sri lanka with trad






india’s modi emphasizes links with sri lanka to deepen ties


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — india’s prime minister has emphasized common heritage with sri lanka as he’s trying to woo the island neighbor that’s become an important cog in china’s plans for control of the indian ocean.prime minister narendra modi made a speech in the sri lankan capital friday marking the international day of vesak, the remembrance of buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. modi said that the friendship between india and sri lanka was “etched in time by the ‘great master,'” a reference to the buddha, whose religion spread from modern-day india to sri lanka and southeast asia.modi also became the first indian leader to visit sri lanka’s tea plantation workers of indian ancestry since their arrival nearly 200 years ago.india’s rival china also has been courting sri lanka with






sri lanka police blamed for not stopping attacks on muslims


colombo, sri lanka — opposition lawmakers and rights activists are blaming the sri lankan government for failing to stop a series of attacks on business places and mosques of ethnic minority muslims over the past five weeks.victor ivan, a prominent rights activist, said wednesday that there has been a serious lapse in the role of police by failing to take effective measures to enforce the law and make arrests."it seems the rule of law has collapsed," he added.opposition lawmaker anura dissanayake also criticized the government's failure to act fast.muslims say 16 incidents, including arson attacks on shops and a mosque, intimidation and threatening of muslims in different parts of the country, took place since april 16. no arrest has been made.attacks on muslims in 2014 killed three and wo






7 dead as gunmen shoot at sri lanka prison bus


colombo, sri lanka — media reports say seven people were killed when gunmen shot at a bus transporting prisoners to a court in southwest sri lanka.privately owned maharaja tv says five inmates, including a suspected gang leader, and two prison guards were killed in monday's attack near the town of kalutara, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the capital, colombo.the gunmen escaped after the shooting.the motive for the attack was not immediately known. police and prison officials were unavailable for comment.there have been several incidents in the past in sri lanka in which rival criminal gangs have targeted each other on court premises or inside prison vehicles.






stranded elephant rescued from well in sri lanka


videoan elephant that found itself trapped in an agricultural well in sri lanka is free to roam again after a rescue operation.share this withcopy this linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-41830814/stranded-elephant-rescued-from-well-in-sri-lankaread more about sharingclose share panel






eu restores preferential tax concessions to sri lanka


colombo, sri lanka — the european union has announced the restoration of a preferential tax concession to goods imported from sri lanka, a facility it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses.the eu is sri lanka's largest export market.tung lai-margue, ambassador to the delegation of eu to sri lanka told reporters tuesday that the change would take effect on friday. he said the tax concession, known as the generalized system of preferences, is being restored as an incentive to make further progress on human rights. it also recognizes efforts the government has made so far, though some issues remain.the ambassador said torture and the prevalence of a draconian anti-terror law are among problems needing attention and the eu will monitor sri lanka's progress.






india's modi emphasizes links with sri lanka to deepen ties


colombo, sri lanka — india's prime minister emphasized common heritage with sri lanka on friday as he tries to woo the island neighbor that's become an important cog in china's plans for control of the indian ocean.prime minister narendra modi made a speech in the sri lankan capital marking the international day of vesak, the remembrance of buddha's birth, enlightenment and death as part of his two-day visit to the country. he later went to meet tea-plantation workers with indian ancestry.modi said that the friendship between india and sri lanka was "etched in time by the 'great master,'" a reference to the buddha, whose religion spread from modern-day india to sri lanka and southeast asia."buddhism imparts an ever present radiance to our relationship," modi said in his speech in colombo.






eu restores preferential tax concessions to sri lanka


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — the european union has announced the restoration of a preferential tax concession to goods imported from sri lanka, a facility it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses.the eu is sri lanka’s largest export market.tung lai-margue, ambassador to the delegation of eu to sri lanka told reporters tuesday that the change would take effect on friday. he said the tax concession, known as the generalized system of preferences, is being restored as an incentive to make further progress on human rights. it also recognizes efforts the government has made so far, though some issues remain.the ambassador said torture and the prevalence of a draconian anti-terror law are among problems needing attention and the eu will monitor sri lanka’s progress.most read st






sri lanka's doctors go on strike demanding university close


colombo, sri lanka — services at sri lanka's state-run hospitals were paralyzed as government doctors went on strike demanding the government shut down a private medical university.union spokesman dr. haritha aluthge said friday the doctors also urged the government to take action against those who ordered police to assault students at another protest on wednesday.the south asian institute of technology and medicine is the only private university in sri lanka currently training medical students. opponents fear the university could jeopardize the island nation's free health service and tradition of state-funded education.the issue has sparked months of demonstrations, with doctors and students urging the government to shut down the university or acquire it.a case over the issue is pending i






sri lanka says it will investigate alleged torture of tamils


new delhi — sri lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the nation's civil war ended.an associated press investigation published wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20 of the men, along with photographs of injuries they said were sustained when they were raped, branded or beaten repeatedly in custody. the men, now seeking political asylum in europe, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals against relatives who remain in sri lanka.a foreign affairs ministry official said in a letter sent thursday to the ap that the government "strongly condemns" torture and will ensure such allegations are "investigated and prosecuted." it urged those with evidence of abuse to come






sri lanka’s doctors go on strike demanding university close


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — services at sri lanka’s state-run hospitals were paralyzed as government doctors went on strike demanding the government shut down a private medical university.union spokesman dr. haritha aluthge said friday the doctors also urged the government to take action against those who ordered police to assault students at another protest on wednesday.the south asian institute of technology and medicine is the only private university in sri lanka currently training medical students. opponents fear the university could jeopardize the island nation’s free health service and tradition of state-funded education.the issue has sparked months of demonstrations, with doctors and students urging the government to shut down the university or acquire it.most read storiesunlimited di






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india’s modi emphasizes links with sri lanka to deepen ties


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — india’s prime minister emphasized common heritage with sri lanka on friday as he tries to woo the island neighbor that’s become an important cog in china’s plans for control of the indian ocean.prime minister narendra modi made a speech in the sri lankan capital marking the international day of vesak, the remembrance of buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death as part of his two-day visit to the country. he later went to meet tea-plantation workers with indian ancestry.modi said that the friendship between india and sri lanka was “etched in time by the ‘great master,'” a reference to the buddha, whose religion spread from modern-day india to sri lanka and southeast asia.“buddhism imparts an ever present radiance to our relationship,” modi said in his speech in colo






sri lanka: buddhism to remain paramount in new charter | sri lanka news


sri lanka's prime minister said on wednesday that buddhism will remain paramount on the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution.the government announced plans last january to devolve power to provinces including in areas dominated by the country's ethnic tamil minority in an effort to address alienation and bury the kind of ethnic tension that led to a 26-year civil war.but buddhists who make up 70 percent of sri lanka's 21 million people are opposed to any changes in the constitution under which buddhism is accorded foremost position while allowing people of other faiths to practise. read more: sri lanka - buddhist leader stokes anti-muslim tension sri lanka has chosen only buddhists for the pos






sri lanka navy detains suspected rohingya refugees | sri lanka news


sri lanka's navy has arrested 32 people suspected of being rohingya refugees and their indian traffickers off the country's northern coast.chaminda walakuluge, a navy spokesman, said a coastguard patrol observed the boat entering sri lankan waters on sunday.the 30 passengers from myanmar included 16 children, among them a baby just 15 days old and a four-month-old child.myanmar army chief rules out rohingya citizenshipthe two indians were suspected of being their traffickers.walakuluge said the suspects had been handed over to police for further inquiries.tens of thousands of rohingya muslims have fled myanmar's rakhine state since the military began a security operation last october in response to what it says was an attack by rohingya armed men on border posts, in which nine police offic






sri lanka navy detains suspected rohingya refugees | sri lanka news


sri lanka's navy has arrested 32 people suspected of being rohingya refugees and their indian traffickers off the country's northern coast.chaminda walakuluge, a navy spokesman, said a coastguard patrol observed the boat entering sri lankan waters on sunday.the 30 passengers from myanmar included 16 children, among them an baby just 15 days old and a four-month-old child.myanmar army chief rules out rohingya citizenshipthe two indians were suspected of being their traffickers.walakuluge said that the suspects have been handed over to police for further inquiries.tens of thousands of rohingya muslims have fled myanmar's rakhine state since the military began a security operation last october in response to what it says was an attack by rohingya armed men on border posts, in which nine polic






sri lanka: buddhism to remain paramount in new charter | sri lanka news


sri lanka's prime minister said on wednesday buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution.the government announced plans last january to devolve power to provinces including in areas dominated by the country's ethnic tamil minority in an effort to address alienation and bury the kind of ethnic tension that led to a 26-year civil war.but buddhists who make up 70 percent of sri lanka's 21 million people are opposed to any changes in the constitution under which buddhism is accorded foremost position while allowing people of other faiths to practice. read more: sri lanka - buddhist leader stokes anti-muslim tension sri lanka has chosen only buddhists to the post of p






death toll in sri lanka mudslides, floods exceeds 200


colombo, sri lanka — sri lanka's government says the death toll from mudslides and floods has exceeded 200, with 96 others missing.the disaster management center said wednesday that 202 people are confirmed dead. more than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of the indian ocean island nation last friday.sri lanka's army, navy and air force are continuing relief and rescue efforts supported by divers and navy personnel who have arrived from india.mudslides have become common during sri lanka's summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical indian ocean island nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber. a massive landslide a year ago killed more than 100 people in central sri lanka.






sri lanka police blamed for not stopping attacks on muslims


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rain-triggered mudslides in sri lanka kill 10 people


colombo, sri lanka — officials and media reports say at least 10 people have died in mudslides and floods triggered by heavy rains in sri lanka.according to local television channel sirasa, eight people died friday in separate mudslides in the kalutara district, south of capital colombo, while police say two others died in makola, on the outskirts of the capital after a wall collapsed.mudslides are common during the monsoon season in the indian ocean tropical island. much of sri lanka has been heavily deforested for export crops such as tea and rubber, leaving the countryside exposed.in may last year, more than 100 people died when they were buried in a massive landslide in central sri lanka.






death toll in sri lanka mudslides, floods exceeds 200


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — sri lanka’s government says the death toll from mudslides and floods has exceeded 200, with 96 others missing.the disaster management center said wednesday that 202 people are confirmed dead. more than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of the indian ocean island nation last friday.sri lanka’s army, navy and air force are continuing relief and rescue efforts supported by divers and navy personnel who have arrived from india.mudslides have become common during sri lanka’s summer monsoon season as forests across the tropical indian ocean island nation have been cleared for export crops such as tea and rubber. a massive landslide a year ago killed more than 100 people in central sri lank






sri lanka feels the heat | news


over the past few weeks, temperatures across south asia have steadily built up ahead of the summer rains.there has been much talk of the severe heat and, at times, drought conditions that have accompanied this pre-monsoon heat across india and pakistan.sri lanka has suffered alongside them as the sweltering conditions have intensified.temperatures in colombo, the nation's capital, have been running just above the april average of 31 degrees celsius. however, the humid onshore winds have made it feel more like 36c.despite the high temperatures, this remains a part of the world where many people do not have air conditioning in their homes.the young and the elderly are most vulnerable and warnings have been issued across the country.the heat has even been felt up on the higher ground. nuwara






sri lanka: buddhist leader stokes anti-muslim tension | sri lanka news


a manhunt is on in sri lanka for a hard-line buddhist leader after a series of attacks on mosques and muslim-owned businesses that authorities accuse him of encouraging. president maithripala siresena had vowed to investigate anti-muslim hate crimes after assuming power in 2015, however, attacks have escalated over the past two weeks. another muslim shop in the town of kahawatte was reportedly burned to the ground this week by unidentified attackers. bodu bala sena (bbs) general-secretary galagoda atte gnanasara has encouraged his buddhist supporters to lead another campaign against muslims following the deadly aluthgama riots in june 2014, which attempted to create disunity between buddhists and muslims. less than 10 percent of sri lanka's population of 20 million are muslim. the majority






sri lanka flooding, landslides leave at least 146 people dead


kalutara, sri lanka—at least 146 people are dead and more than 100 others missing after ... ial monsoon rains triggered devastating floods and dozens of landslides in sri lanka’s southern and western regions.more than 230,000 people are affected and have been lodging in about 1,000 temporary camps or at the homes of relatives. officials are struggling to deal with the impact of the deluge, which began friday.sri lankan...






the reasons behind muslim population growth


for the first time in history, muslims will overtake christians as the most popular religious group by around the year 2017, according to the pew research center. but while some may fear a grand muslim takeover, the reasons for this dramatic shift are numerous and complex. 1. muslims are younger muslims have the youngest median age…






berkeley conservation group wins $1 million grant for sri lanka project – the me


berkeley — seacology has won a grant of almost $1 million for a conservation project in sri lanka.the berkeley-based organization is a winner in this year’s water window challenge sponsored by the international global resilience partnership. a goal of the competition is to bolster the resilience of flood-prone communities in central and east africa and south and southeast asia against climate change and natural disasters.seacology’s sri lanka mangrove conservation project aims to protect the indian ocean island nation’s remaining mangrove forests, replant thousands of acres of deforested coastline, and offer microloans and business training to tens of thousands of disadvantaged women who otherwise would cut down mangroves to sell as charcoal, according to a news release. the project is in 






sri lankan police arrest 19 over racial violence


colombo, sri lanka — sri lankan police said saturday that 19 people were arrested following racial violence in the country's south that started over a dispute between majority buddhists and minority muslims.police spokesman ruwan gunasekara said four people were injured in attacks that took place friday night in areas surrounding the southern town of galle. homes, shops and vehicles were damaged in the violence, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known.a curfew imposed overnight was lifted saturday morning.law and order minister sagala ratnayake said in a statement that the elite police riot squads and the military were brought in to prevent an escalation of the violence and the situation now is under control. he thanked everyone who "acted with responsibility to avoid a b






sri lankan police arrest 19 over racial violence


colombo, sri lanka (ap) — sri lankan police said saturday that 19 people were arrested following racial violence in the country’s south that started over a dispute between majority buddhists and minority muslims.police spokesman ruwan gunasekara said four people were injured in attacks that took place friday night in areas surrounding the southern town of galle. homes, shops and vehicles were damaged in the violence, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known.a curfew imposed overnight was lifted saturday morning.law and order minister sagala ratnayake said in a statement that the elite police riot squads and the military were brought in to prevent an escalation of the violence and the situation now is under control. he thanked everyone who “acted with responsibility to avoi






mudslides, floods in sri lanka kill at least 91; 110 missing


sri lanka's government says 91 people have been killed and 110 others are missing in floods and ... s of mud unleashed by heavy rains. authorities appealed for international help for rescue and relief operations.the disaster management center said friday that tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the rain that started early friday.the foreign ministry has appealed for assistance from the united nations and from other countries.the government advised people living near swollen rivers and hilly slopes prone to landslides to evacuate, as heavy rains were expected to continue. navy boats and air force helicopters were deployed to rescue marooned victims and provide emergency relief.sri lanka air forcea flooded area in agalawatte, about 45 miles from colombo, sri lanka, on may 26,






why is hardly anyone using sri lanka's new airport?


sri lanka spent $1bn (£779m) on a new airport - so why is hardly anyone using it? yogita limaye takes a look.produced by simon atkinson. filmed by saraskanth tk.






why is hardly anyone using sri lanka's new airport?


sri lanka spent $1bn (£779m) on a new airport - so why is hardly anyone using it? yogita limaye takes a look.produced by simon atkinson: filmed by saraskanth tk.






floods, dozens of landslides in sri lanka leave at least 100 people dead


kalutara, sri lanka—at least 100 people have died and 91 are missing after ... ial monsoon rains triggered devastating floods and dozens of landslides in sri lanka’s southern and western regions.over 230,000 people are affected and have been lodging in about 1,000 temporary camps or at the homes of relatives. officials are struggling to deal with the impact of the deluge, which began friday.among the dead is a military...






finsbury attack: 'muslims don't feel safe'


videoeyewitness adil rana describes the moments after the finsbury attack.share this withcopy this linkhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-40324279/finsbury-attack-muslims-don-t-feel-saferead more about sharingclose share panel






muslims more satisfied with u.s. than any religious group, poll finds


people exit the darul qur'an mosque after attending an open house march 18, 2017 in chicago, illinois.(photo: joshua lott, afp/getty images) 3748 connectlinkedinemailmorealmost half of their children face bullying at schools. they're twice as likely to face additional screening at airports. yet muslims in the united states are the religious group most satisfied with the nation's trajectory, a new survey found.the american muslim poll 2017 comes from the institute for social policy and understanding, a nonprofit focused on american muslims, found muslims and jews are most likely to express fear for their personal safety after the election of president trump.the study showed both muslims and jews reported higher levels of fear and anxiety than other faith groups because of the election resul






germany’s merkel, trump agree on importance of nato in call – the denver post


by frank jordansberlin (ap) — german chancellor angela merkel and u.s. president donald trump discussed conflicts in the middle east and ukraine on urday and agreed on the importance of nato during their first call since trump’s inauguration, according to joint statement by merkel’s office.the two leaders had an “extensive phone conver ion” in which they also talked about relations with russia, said merkel’s spokesman steffen seibert.“they expressed their intention to further deepen the already excellent bilateral relations in the coming years,” seibert said.on nato, both agreed on the “fundamental importance that the nato alliance has for trans-atlantic relations” and the need for all members to pay their fair share. trump has repeatedly said some u.s. allies don’t spend enough on their m