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Fake news rampant after Sri Lanka attacks despite social media ban

22 May 2019; AFP: Sri Lankan social networks saw a surge in fake news after the Easter suicide bombings a month ago despite an official social media blackout, highlighting the inability of governments to contain disinformation, experts said.

A nine-day ban on platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and WhatsApp was introduced following the Islamic State-claimed attacks on churches and hotels on April 21 which killed 258 people and wounded nearly 500.

Sri Lanka to face heat wave in coming days

COLOMBO, May 21 (Xinhua) -- A heat wave will sweep through Sri Lanka in the coming days and the public have been warned to take precautionary steps, the Meteorology Department said in its latest weather update here on Tuesday.

The department said the heat levels may reach "caution levels" and temperatures were likely to reach as high as 45 degrees centigrade in some provinces.

People in Polonnaruwa in the north central province, Trincomalee in the east and Vavuniya and Mullaitivu in the north were urged to remain extra cautious.

Sri Lanka calls for shared intelligence to eradicate terrorism

COLOMBO, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called on countries to join hands in sharing intelligence to deal with international terror threats, local media reported on Monday.

The call came after the recent terror attacks which killed about 250 people in the island country last month.

Sri Lanka's northwestern province under curfew as one killed in riot

Colombo, May 14; PTI/GANASHAKTI: A Muslim man has been killed in northwestern Sri Lanka as majority Sinhalese mobs set fire to shops and vehicles as communal violence broke out in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday.

The government on Tuesday relaxed nationwide night curfew in all areas except the northwestern province where the Muslim man was killed by a mob on Monday, Rauff Hakeem, a Cabinet minister and leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, said.

Social media blocked in Sri Lanka after unrest

Colombo, May 13 (PTI) The Sri Lankan government Monday blocked social media following rising tensions between the minority Muslims and majority Sinhalese in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings which killed nearly 260 people.

The blockade comes a day after Sri Lankan police imposed curfew in the country's western coastal town of Chilaw where a mob attacked a mosque and some shops owned by Muslims in a dispute that started on a Facebook post by a Muslim shop owner.

Sri Lanka police chief says all terrorists have been arrested

COLOMBO, May 7 (Xinhua): Sri Lankan security forces have arrested all those directly linked to the Easter terror explosions on April 21, Acting Police Chief Chandana Wickramaratne said in a special statement here on Tuesday.

Wickramaratne said the police had identified all those involved in the terror attacks and many of them had committed suicide when security forces had attempted to arrest them.

He said the two bomb experts involved in the terrorist attacks had also been killed and forces had seized all the explosives and bombs which had been stored for future attacks.

Sri Lanka lifts curfew in Negombo; police says situation under control

Colombo, May 6 (PTI) Sri Lankan authorities Monday lifted an overnight curfew in the western coastal town of Negombo where violence erupted between groups of people over the weekend, days after the Easter bombings by Islamist extremists that killed more than 250 people in the island nation.

The curfew was imposed on Sunday after a group of miscreants carrying swords attacked some people travelling on a three-wheeler in Porathota area of the town. The vehicle was set on fire.

Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president lifted a nationwide ban on social media sites Tuesday, a day after he used emergency powers to ban veils worn by conservative Muslim women as part of a security clampdown following Easter suicide bomb attacks.

President Maithripala Sirisena ended the blocking of Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other popular sites, but asked the public to “act in a responsible manner” on social media, according to a government statement.

Sri Lankan president appoints acting police chief following Easter bombings

COLOMBO, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday appointed an acting police chief, though police officials said that the incumbent Chief Pujith Jayasundara was yet to give in his resignation.

In a statement from the president's media division, it said that President Sirisena had appointed Deputy Inspector General C.D. Wickramaratne as the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).

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