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The following lists notable events that occurred during 2016 in Sri Lanka.

Incumbents

Events

January

February

March

April

  • 11 April – A further state minister and two deputy ministers are appointed.[36][37]
  • 11 April – A 59-year-old woman and her 33-year-old daughter are killed when the autorickshaw they are traveling in is hit by a speeding military vehicle near Vigneswara College in Trincomalee.[38]
  • 20 April – Murder of Wasim Thajudeen: The former crime OIC of the Narahenpita Police, IP Sumith Champika, is arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in connection with Wasim Thajudeen's murder.[39]
  • 22 April – Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former minister G. L. Peiris meet Udayanga Weeratunga, who is wanted in Ukraine in connection with supplying arms to pro-Russian rebels, in Udon Thani, Thailand.[40][41]
  • 23 April – Former LTTE cadre Damotharan Jayakanth is arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) for not having undergone "rehabilitation".[42]
  • 24 April – Colonel Ram (Ethirmannasingham Harichandran), the LTTE's former commander for Ampara District, is abducted from his home in Thampiluvil by three unidentified men in a blue van.[43][44][45] The abductors are later identified as the police's TID.[46]
  • 25 April – Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya students Yasara Perera and Sharon Schuilling are killed as they cross the railway line in Dehiwala.[47][48]
  • 26 April – Lieutenant Colonel Kalaiarasan (Ganeshapillai Arivalahan), the LTTE's chief of intelligence for Trincomalee District, is arrested in Trincomalee by the TID in connection with the Chavakachcheri explosives find.[49][50][51]
  • 27 April
    • V. S. Sivakaran, the leader of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi's youth wing and editor of the Puthiyavan, is arrested in Mannar by the TID in connection with the Chavakachcheri explosives find.[52][53] He is released on bail the following day.[54][55]
    • Lieutenant Colonel Nagulan (Kanapathipillai Sivamoorthy), the former commander of the LTTE's Charles Anthony Brigade, who was apparently killed by the military in 2007, is arrested in Kopay by the TID.[49][56][57]

May

June

  • 2 June – British citizen Velauthapillai Renukaruban is assaulted and tortured after being detained by the police in Jaffna.[72][73][74]
  • 5 June – A fire at the Salawa army camp near Kosgama causes a series of explosions which results in the death of one soldier and the evacuation of thousands living nearby.[75][76][77]
  • 9 June – Pradeep Kumara Perera kills himself and two women (Walpola Mudiyanselage Buddhika Neelanyani and Sirimathi Walpola) using a hand grenade.[78][79]
  • 11 June – Murali (Sivarasa Sivakulan), a government backed paramilitary operative and close confidant of former Janna Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, is arrested by the TID in connection with the Chavakachcheri explosives find.[80]
  • 30 June - Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka joins the United National Party.[81][82]

July

August

  • 5–21 August – 2 athletes from Sri Lanka compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 12 August – President of the Galle Cricket Association, Halambage Premasiri was murdered around Friday night by two individuals who were arrived in a white motor car near the residence of him at Manimulla area in Ambalangoda. Premasiri was shot dead by the unknown suspects while he was driving home with his 12-year old son.[93][94]
  • 15 August – Financial Crimes Investigation Division investigations: MP Namal Rajapaksa is arrested in connection with laundering Rs. 45 million through two companies he owns (NR Consultation Private Limited and Gowers Corporation Private Limited) and using it to buy shares in Hello Corp Private Limited.[95][96]

September

October

December

Deaths

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