"Easter Sunday" News 

Catholic bishops in Sri Lanka call for independent inquiry into Easter terror attacks

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Aug 14 (ANI): The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) has urged the government to hold an "independent and impartial" inquiry into the Easter Sunday terror attacks as..
Sify - Published

Parliamentary committee probing Lanka's Easter attacks seeks another month to wind up inquiry

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Aug 13 (ANI): Term of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), which is probing the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 250 people across Sri Lanka, will be extended by..
Sify - Published

Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favours Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring..
Reuters India - Published

Jacqueline Fernandez to ring in her birthday in Sri Lanka post the Easter Sunday terror attack

As part of a campaign to uplift the destination post the Easter Sunday terror attack
DNA - Published

Was not aware of warnings about Easter Sunday attacks: Lankan prez

‘Not kept in the loop on Easter attack warnings’ Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that he was not aware of the warnings by the India
Hindu - Published Also reported by •DNA

Sri Lanka to offer free visas on arrival to boost tourism

Sri Lanka will offer free tourism visas on arrival to citizens of almost 50 countries, a government document showed on Tuesday, as it tries to woo back visitors after militant attacks on Easter Sunday.
Reuters India - Published

Easter Sunday bombings: Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka rejoin govt after investigators found no link with local Islamist extremist group

Four Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who resigned following the Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined government. Investigators found no link in their alleged involvement with a local islamist extremist..
Firstpost - Published

Muslim Sri Lankan Ministers who quit after Easter Sunday bombings rejoin government

The Ministers were among nine legislators who resigned in early June after a Buddhist lawmaker demanded their sacking and accused them of terror links.
Hindu - Published

Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings likely to be NIA's first case after amendment of Act, says MHA official

The Easter Sunday bombings case in Sri Lanka is likely to be the first case for the National Investigation Agency to probe after a parliamentary amendment empowered it to investigate terror cases..
Firstpost - Published

Attackers of Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombings were inspire by ISIS - Published

Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombers inspired by Islamic State, but had no direct link to terror group, claim investigators

Sri Lanka's former police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, and former secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Hemasiri Fernando, are currently facing criminal charges over their alleged negligence in failing..
Firstpost - Published

Three months after Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka to issue visa-on-arrival to tourists from 49 countries including India

Sri Lanka has granted approval to issue an on-arrival visa to tourists from countries, including India and China, aiming to revive its flagging tourism sector after the deadly Easter bombings.
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka police say no evidence for direct IS link to Easter attacks

Sri Lankan police have not found enough evidence to prove that Islamic State (IS) militants were directly involved with the Easter Sunday bombings, the chief investigator said on Wednesday, even though..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •Reuters India

Cardinal Ranjith calls on govt to step down over Easter Sunday bombings - Published Also reported by •Sify

Three months after being ravaged by Easter Sunday blasts, Sri Lanka's St Sebastian's Church reconsecrated

The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation
Firstpost - Published

Easter Sunday bombings: International drug syndicates orchestrated attacks, says Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena

International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country's leader claimed on Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka President claims drug gangs orchestrated Easter blasts

International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country’s leader claimed on Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamic extremists. The..
IndiaTimes - Published

"They bombed our livelihoods": Sri Lanka's tourism firms struggle after attacks

Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka's most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing..
Reuters India - Published

Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before Sri Lankan parliamentary select committee over Easter Sunday bombings

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he would appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday attacks that claimed 258 lives
Firstpost - Published

60 detained over SL Easter Sunday terror attacks - Published

Senior Sri Lanka officials ordered detained over bombing

*Colombo:* A Sri Lankan magistrate ordered the detention of the country's suspended police chief and its former defense secretary on Wednesday, a day after they were arrested for alleged negligence..
Mid-Day - Published

Sri Lanka's former defence secretary, suspended police chief detained over Easter Sunday bombings which claimed more than 250 lives

Suspended police chief, former defence secretary of Sri Lanka detained over Easter Sunday bombings. Colombo chief magistrate Lanka Jayaratna ordered the two held until 9 July. The Easter Sunday..
Firstpost - Published

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka nosedive in May, June after bombings

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka fell sharply in May and June from a year ago, as visitors shunned the Indian Ocean island after the Easter Sunday attacks, the tourism bureau said on Wednesday.
Reuters India - Published

Sri Lankan former defence secretary, suspended top cop arrested

*Colombo:* Sri Lanka's ex-defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundera were arrested on Tuesday, a day after the Attorney General instructed the authorities to..
Mid-Day - Published

Sri Lanka’s suspended police chief, ex-Defence Secretary arrested

Charged with failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks
Hindu - Published

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