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May 22, 2019
8:51PM

Sri Lanka extends emergency regulations by another month

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Sri Lanka has extended by another month the emergency regulations, which were enforced after the Easter Sunday terror attacks. 

President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette notice today extending the emergency regulations which was imposed a month ago after suicide blasts at multiple locations in the country which killed over 250 people including 45 foreigners. 

The emergency provisions give the military sweeping powers to act against fundamentalist organizations behind the attacks, which was claimed by Islamic state.
 
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has said his government will establish a new public school system within next two years that is not based on language or religion.  He said that all religious educational institutes will be regulated by education ministry. 

It was also decided to regulate madarsas by Muslim institute regulation board under education ministry. The government has sought to control the madarsas after the attacks and prohibited foreign nationals from religious preaching.

AIR correspondent reports that emergency provisions was imposed to allow armed forces for search operations and arrest of suspects which is still continuing. Around ninety people are under arrest including close relatives of suicide bombers who were involved in the attacks.

Meanwhile, government has initiated widespread reforms in education sector to curtail differentiation on religious and linguistic basis.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe said all religious institutions including madarsas will be brought under education ministry. Religious education in madarsas is believed to be one of the  reasons behind fundamentalism which terrorist organizations like Islamic state use as their source of recruitment. 

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