Since the end of the armed conflict in May 2009, a considerable part of private lands were released to the original owners
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena replaces PM Ranil Wickremesinghe as law and order minister
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the law and order minister amidst fresh violence between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims in the Kandy district despite the imposition of nationwide Emergency.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) said Islamic clerics instructed mosques to conduct shorter services and asked the faithful to disperse peacefully after lunchtime prayers.
"Incitement of communal violence and hatred can only be counterproductive to Sri Lanka's stability," the EU delegation in Colombo said in a statement.
There has been little to no mention of deadly communal clashes in Sri Lanka in any of its mainstream media.
The tensions between Sinhalese and Muslim groups was reported from the Aluthgama and Beruwala areas of Southern Sri Lanka, and are believed to have occurred following an inciteful speech by anti- Muslim Sinhalese extremist group the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)