Theresa May Announces EU Withdrawal Agreement Will Be Re-Introduced In The Week Beginning June 3

New Delhi: The EU withdrawal agreement has been voted down thrice in the House of Commons, but Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday night that it will be re-introduced in the week beginning June 3, prompting rebels to announce they would vote it down again.

There is little evidence of the Conservative government and the opposition Labour reaching a consensus position to pass the bill in cross-party talks. Both parties face another bruising in the May 23 elections, latest polls suggest.

A Downing Street spokesperson said on Tuesday: “This evening the Prime Minister met the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons (Jeremy Corbyn) to make clear our determination to bring the talks to a conclusion and deliver on the referendum result to leave the EU”.


Sri Lankan Government Banns 3 Islamic Extremist Groups Including NTJ That Carried Out Easter Attack

New Delhi: Continuing tough measures after the Easter attack by Islamic terrorists, Sri Lankan government has banned three Islamic extremist groups, including the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) that carried out the country’s worth terror attack on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed.

President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette banning a number of extremist organisations. He also prohibited the use of drones in the country till further notice.

According to the Gazette the National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ), the Jamaathe Millaathe Ibrahim (JMI), and the Willayath As Seylani (WAS) organisations have been banned.

On April 21, nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels, killing 258 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of them Indians, and injuring over 500 others.


Sri Lankan Enforces A Six-Hour Countrywide Curfew As Communal Violence Continues To Spread

New Delhi: The Sri Lankan authorities enforced a six-hour countrywide curfew as communal violence continued to spread in the island nation in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, which killed nearly 260 people. “The curfew has been imposed from 9 p.m. tonight to 4 a.m. tomorrow,” a police spokesperson said. Earlier in the day, the police reimposed a curfew, few hours after it was lifted, on four towns of Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola in the north western region till 4 a.m. tomorrow following a communal clash in the area. It was later extended to the entire North Western Province as violence continued to spread.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also appealed for calm after the unrest broke out, especially in Kurunegala district targeting Muslims, and appealed to the public not to be swayed by false information.


Sri Lankan Authorities Arrest A Saudi-Educated Scholar As Suspected Ringleader Of Easter Bombings

New Delhi: Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings. This has thrown a spotlight on the rising influence of Salafi-Wahhabi Islam on the island’s Muslims.

Mohamed Aliyar, 60, is the founder of the Centre for Islamic Guidance, which boasts a mosque, a religious school and a library in Zahran’s hometown of Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated city on Sri Lanka’s eastern shores.

“Information has been revealed that the suspect arrested had a close relationship with ... Zahran and had been operating financial transactions,” said a police statement late on Friday.


Sri Lankan Government Orders Mosques To Clamp Down On Extremists And To Submit Copies Of Sermons

New Delhi: In the aftermath of around 258 people killed in a church on Easter, the Sri Lankan government ordered mosques to clamp down on extremists and to submit copies of sermons. This is a new fallout from the Easter suicide bombings that left 258 dead.

The country has been on edge since the April 21 attacks by jihadist bombers who attacked three churches and three Colombo hotels which also left 500 people injured. The Ministry of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs said mosques must not be used for radicalising congregations.

“In view of the prevailing situation in the country, the ministry directs all trustees of mosques not to engage in or permit any gathering to promote or propagate hatred or extremism in any form,” the ministry said.