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Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Two of nine Muslim ministers return to govt after resigning over 'anti-minority sentiments'
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Sri Lanka Easter bombings: Two of nine Muslim ministers return to govt after resigning over 'anti-minority sentiments'

Two of the nine Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who had resigned in the wake of growing anti-minority sentiments following the Easter Sunday bombings, returned to the government fold on Wednesday.

NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links between Indian citizens, perpetrators of Sri Lanka attacks
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NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links between Indian citizens, perpetrators of Sri Lanka attacks

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) Wednesday carried out searches at various places, following reports that some people are in touch with those involved in the Easter day church blasts in Sri Lanka

Colombo's Catholic Church head sceptical about ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, says 'it will end in nothing'
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Colombo's Catholic Church head sceptical about ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, says 'it will end in nothing'

The head of Colombo's Catholic church in Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing probe in the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings.

Narendra Modi meets diaspora in Sri Lanka, says people delivered 'clear-cut' mandate in Lok Sabha polls
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Narendra Modi meets diaspora in Sri Lanka, says people delivered 'clear-cut' mandate in Lok Sabha polls

'After independence, this is the largest voter turnout that the elections saw,' Modi told the gathering in Sri Lanka.

Nine Sri Lankan ministers, two governors from Muslim community resign over allegations of links with group behind Easter bombings
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Nine Sri Lankan ministers, two governors from Muslim community resign over allegations of links with group behind Easter bombings

Two Muslim governors in Sri Lanka resigned Monday after thousands of people, including majority Buddhist community monks, launched a protest in the pilgrim city of Kandy, demanding their sacking

Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between 15 November and 7 December; Maithripala Sirisena’s term to end in January 2020
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Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between 15 November and 7 December; Maithripala Sirisena’s term to end in January 2020

The presidential elections in Sri Lanka would be held between 15 November and 7 December, one month before the end of the current president's term, as per constitutional provisions

Two-member NIA team reaches Colombo to probe possible Islamic State links with terrorists behind Sri Lanka blasts
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Two-member NIA team reaches Colombo to probe possible Islamic State links with terrorists behind Sri Lanka blasts

The two-member team is in the Sri-Lankan capital to find out any possible links between the terrorist modules and the terrorists involved in the deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri-Lanka.

Easter Sunday bombings: DNA test confirms death of NTJ leader involved in attack on Sri Lanka’s Shangri-La hotel
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Easter Sunday bombings: DNA test confirms death of NTJ leader involved in attack on Sri Lanka’s Shangri-La hotel

Sri Lanka authorities have confirmed through DNA tests that one of the two suicide bombers who died in the Shangri-La Hotel bombing during Easter Sunday attacks was local NTJ leader Zahran Cassim

Six-hour curfew imposed in Sri Lanka as communal violence spreads; social media ban reimposed
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Six-hour curfew imposed in Sri Lanka as communal violence spreads; social media ban reimposed

A six-hour countrywide curfew was enforced in Sri Lanka on Monday as communal violence spread to new areas in the island nation in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings

Bombed St Anthony's church in Sri Lanka partially opens amid tight security; pilgrims to be allowed inside only for 12 hours
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Bombed St Anthony's church in Sri Lanka partially opens amid tight security; pilgrims to be allowed inside only for 12 hours

Sri Lanka's St Anthony's church partially opened for worship on Tuesday even as security forces were rebuilding a shrine inside following the Easter suicide bombing.

Sri Lanka still faces Islamic State threat, says Ranil Wickremesinghe; St Anthony’s Shrine partially opened for worship
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Sri Lanka still faces Islamic State threat, says Ranil Wickremesinghe; St Anthony’s Shrine partially opened for worship

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said that authorities have arrested or killed all the militants responsible for the deadly Easter blasts, but warned that the country still faces the threat of IS terror attacks

Two weeks after Easter Sunday bomb blasts, schools re-open in Sri Lanka; special circular issued to ensure security at institutions
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Two weeks after Easter Sunday bomb blasts, schools re-open in Sri Lanka; special circular issued to ensure security at institutions

Schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes on Monday with few students arriving in classrooms, two weeks after the devastating Easter Sunday bombings

Islamic State planning 'new strategy' to target smaller countries, claims Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena
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Islamic State planning 'new strategy' to target smaller countries, claims Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena

Maithripala Sirisena said the analysis of the explosives and devices taken into custody suggested that the bombs used in the coordinated terror attacks on 21 April, which rattled several churches and high-end hotels across the country, were made locally

Sri Lanka's ban on 'face veil' takes effect; President Maithripala Sirisena's restriction follows Easter Sunday bombings
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Sri Lanka's ban on 'face veil' takes effect; President Maithripala Sirisena's restriction follows Easter Sunday bombings

Muslim women in Sri Lanka will not be allowed to wear any form of face veils in public from Monday under new regulations announced by President Maithripala Sirisena who used emergency powers in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings

Sri Lanka blasts: Mahinda Rajapaksa says no need for India to send NSG troops, blames president, PM for inaction against terror groups
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Sri Lanka blasts: Mahinda Rajapaksa says no need for India to send NSG troops, blames president, PM for inaction against terror groups

Mahinda Rajapaksa said India has been helpful after the attacks in Sri Lanka, but there is no need for the NSG to come in.

Sri Lanka bans two Islamist groups suspected to be behind Easter Sunday attacks; ringleader's family wounded during military raid
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Sri Lanka bans two Islamist groups suspected to be behind Easter Sunday attacks; ringleader's family wounded during military raid

Nearly 10,000 soldiers have been deployed across Sri Lanka to carry out searches and boost security since the bombings in three churches and four hotels, most of which were in the capital Colombo.

Sri Lanka attacks: Thankful for information provided by India, 'unfortunate' that we could not act on it, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells DD News
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Sri Lanka attacks: Thankful for information provided by India, 'unfortunate' that we could not act on it, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells DD News

Ranil Wickremesinghe added that the two countries have been exchanging information for "some time" and that further discussions are on.

Ministry of External Affairs issues advisory asking Indian citizens not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka
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Ministry of External Affairs issues advisory asking Indian citizens not to undertake non-essential travel to Sri Lanka

On Friday night, six children and three women were among 15 people killed when militants linked to the bombings opened fire and blew themselves up during a fierce gun battle with security forces in Sri Lanka's Eastern province.

Sri Lanka attacks: Suicide bomber detonates vest during police raids; cops seize explosives, Islamic State banner
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Sri Lanka attacks: Suicide bomber detonates vest during police raids; cops seize explosives, Islamic State banner

Since the suicide bombings on churches and hotels in which more than 250 people were killed, Sri Lanka police have been conducting raids across the country.

Sri Lanka bomb blasts aftermath: Muslims pray for peace as soldiers with assault rifles guard mosques
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Sri Lanka bomb blasts aftermath: Muslims pray for peace as soldiers with assault rifles guard mosques

Nearly 10,000 soldiers were deployed across Sri Lanka to carry out searches and provide security for religious centres.