SLMC leader and former minister Rauff Hakeem said that he does not accept ISIS is behind the Easter Sunday bomb attacks.

Hakeem was speaking at a ceremony held in Kandy yesterday.

In addition, former minister, Rishard Baduideen has been summoned before the parliament select committee that is probing the Easter Sunday bomb attacks this Wednesday.

At the same time, the committee has decided to call Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene and former law and Order Minister Sagala Rathnayake and Ranjith Maddumabandara for testimony.
Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yuri Kokov states that the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks were organized by the militants of the Islamic State, formerly active in Syria and Iraq.

Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary stated this at the Tenth International Meeting of High-Level Representatives on Security Issues in the Russian city of Ufa.
‘Hiru Shradhdhabhivandana’ the great wonderful meritorious effort organized by the Asian Media Network led by Hiru TV and Hiru FM on behalf of Poson Full Moon Poya Day on which Anubudu Mihindu thero’s advent to Sri Lanka took place was completed successfully near the historic Tissamaharama Chaithya with the participation of thousands of devotees.

On behalf of Poson Full Moon Poya day which wraps Sri Lanka in Buddhism, based on a concept of the Chairman of the Asian Media Network Raynor Silva, the ‘Hiru Shradhdhabhivandana’ programme commenced from the vicinity of the Tissamaharama Chaithya.
This great event of merit began at dawn this morning (16) with people observing the eight precepts.

People observed sil through the wonderful event of Merit ‘Hiru Shradhdhabhivandana’ which was telecast and broadcast live over Hiru TV and Hiru FM.
A student killed in an accident in Ahangama, three persons hospitalized

In a vehicle accident that took place in Ahangama – Dikkumbura – Habaraduwa a student was killed and three others were hospitalized

The HIRU SHRADDHABHIWANDANA Programme held in view of the Poson full moon poya day commenced this morning before the historic Thissamaharama Chaithya.

This was with the participation of thousands of devotees.

14 Monks will be ordained in to the sasana as part of the HIRU SHASANAWATHARANAYA, a noble concept of Chairman of Asia Broadcasting Corporation Mr. Rayynor Silva, carried out for the 7th time this year.

Chief Incumbent of the Sandagiri Ubhaya Temple in Thissamaharama Venerable Doctor Dewalegama Dhammasena Thera invited devotees to participate in religious activities planned throughout the day.
The annual festival of the St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade is scheduled to be held today. The church which was closed with the Easter Sunday attacks was reopened yesterday after renovations under the patronage of His Eminence Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and blessed yesterday.

That was 52 days subsequent to the Easter Sunday attacks.
Major General Ruwan Kulatunga has been appointed as head of National Intelligence Services.

With retired senior DIG Sisira Mendis resigning as the head of National Intelligence Services based on health reasons, Major General Ruwan Kulatunga has been appointed on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena to fill the vacancy created.
Three Acting Ministers were sworn in in the presence of the President.

Accordingly, Buddhika Pathirana was sworn in as Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce, Cooperative Development and resettlement of long-term displaced people.

Lucky Jayawardena is the Acting Minister of town planning, water supply and higher education.

Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Anoma Gamage was sworn in by the President as the Acting Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the island at around 11 this morning. 

The Indian Prime Minister is visiting Sri Lanka as per an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. 

The President’s Media Unit said that a special welcoming ceremony will be held at the Presidential Secretariat shortly.
IGP Pujith Jayasundera stated today that the head of the State Intelligence told him over the phone on the eve of the Easter Sunday attacks and the early morning of the tragic day that something could happen.

IGP Jayasundera who has been sent on compulsory leave revealed this before the parliament select committee which is inquiring into the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

Former DIG of the TID, Nalaka de Silva, defence secretary, retired General Shantha Kottegoda and National Intelligence head, retired senior DIG Sisira Mendis testified before the committee on previous occasions.
Former minister Rishard Baduideen said that he resigned from his ministry portfolio not in fear of the no-confidence motion against him.

Badi Udin was speaking to BBC’s Sinhala service.
Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister Rauff Hakeem says that the suitable time has come to carry out a self-investigation into the reasons which paved the way for such a danger to the Muslim people of this country who are in a painful situation not being able to say or do anything.

Issuing a statement he points out that due to the brutal murders carried out by several terrorists on Easter Sunday the Muslim people are living in fear and shock.  

In the statement it is further said that in the face of this tense situation, between societies where suspicion and mistrust has arisen within minds, making contributions towards creating peace and unity is a responsibility and duty of the media.
The President has accepted the resignation letters of Eastern Province Governor M. L. A. M. Hisbullah and the Western Province Governor Azath Salley.

The President’s Media Division announced officially that the President accepted their letters of resignation.
His Eminence Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has gone to Kandy to visit Venerable Athureliye Rathana thero who is engaged in a fast unto death based on 4 demands.

Secretary to the Archbishop Father Dennington Subasinghe said that the Archbishop went to the Maha Maluwa of the Sri Dalada Maligawa where Venerable Rathana thero is engaged in a fast, this morning (03).

Meanwhile General Secretary of the All Ceylon Private Bus Companies Federation, Anjana Priyanjith said that if the government does not respond to the demands of Venerable Athureliye Rathana thero before 12 noon today they will halt running of buses.
General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organization Venerable Galagoda-aththe Gnanasara Thera today visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy to look in to the wellbeing of Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thera.

MP’s Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Keheliya Rambukwella also visited the Thera.
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