2018 in Sri Lanka

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Events in the year 2018 in Sri Lanka.




  • 21 January - A 44 year old motorist was shot dead in Kataragama by the police after defying the orders when riding the motorcycle which caused turmoil and confusion in the Kataragama area as the police opened tear gas to control and disperse the people after the unusual incident at the historical religious area.[1][2]
  • 23 January - The official Trophy for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was brought to Sri Lanka and was kept in Colombo for 2 days by displaying it to the public as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy tour began from Sri Lanka to across 52 nations, marking the first ever instance that Sri Lanka was selected as one of the nations to officially showcase the prestigious trophy in history.[3][4]


  • 4 February - Sri Lanka marked its 70th independence day.[5]
  • Arjun Alosysius and Kasun Palisena were arrested at around 7.30 am in the morning regarding the alleged treasury bond scam issues.[6][7]
  • 23 February - Komaali Kings, a Sri Lankan Tamil language film released on this day becomes the first Sri Lankan Tamil language mass budgeted film in 40 years. The film also marks the rebirth of Sri Lankan Tamil Cinema as it released in across 50 theatres in the nation.[9]
  • 27 February - 2018 Anti-Muslim riots was occurred in Ampara town between Sinhalese and Muslim groups. Mosques, restaurants and Muslim civilians were targeted during the conflict as the alleged rumours were caused by a mob stating that chemicals have been added to the food items at a particular Muslim restaurant in the vicinity of temple junction in Ampara.[10]


  • 2 March - Anti-Muslim riots spread from Udispattuwa and Teldeniya to Digana and other areas in the Kandy District. Several Muslim businesses, mosques and shops were attacked by a Sinhalese mob following the death of a Buddhist male following an assault by 4 intoxicated Muslim youths on 22 February 2018. Following the violence in Kandy, the Sri Lankan government declared a State of emergency in the nation for 10 days.[11]
  • 6 March - 2018 Nidahas Trophy is a Tri-Nations tournament held from 6 March to 18 March to celebrate 70 years of Sri Lankan independence.




  1. ^ "Police opened tear gas after unusual incident in Kataragama". newsfirst. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Police allegedly breached the laws regarding the shooting incident". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  3. ^ "FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Sri Lanka for the first time in history". newsfirst. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "The 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy tour officially begins from Sri Lanka". reuters. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka celebrated its 70th Independence Day". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Arjun Alosysius and Kasun Palisena arrested related to the bond scam issues". Colombogazette. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Owner of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Alosysius and former CEO Kasun Palisena arrested". Sunday Leader. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Sri Lankan local elections, 2018 concluded". Adaderana. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "First national tamil film in 4 decades to be released on February 23". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  10. ^ "Muslim mosque vandalized in Sri Lanka's Ampara District". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Another racist incident on Muslims this time around in the historical centre of Kandy". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Funeral with State patronage for Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera, pioneer of Buddhist media". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  13. ^ "Obituary Notice – Senior Professor Gihan Wikramanayaka". ucsc.cmb.ac.lk. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Senior Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer passed away". Tamilnews (in Tamil). Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  15. ^ "Funeral of Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera today". Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  16. ^ "கலாபூஷணம் வசந்தா வைத்தியநாதன் காலமானார் - Newsfirst". Sri Lanka Tamil News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
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