2018 in Sri Lanka

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Events in the year 2018 in Sri Lanka.

Incumbents

Events

January

  • 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]

February

  • 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]

March

  • 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 was a Tri-Nations tournament held from 6 March to 18 March to celebrate 70 years of Sri Lankan independence.

May

  • 2 May - The final rites of the veteran film director Lester James Peiris proceeded with the state patronage.[13]
  • 19 May - The 2018 Sri Lanka floods resulted after a heavy rainfall starting from 19 May causing severe damages throughout the island with leaving 13 dead, 23 missing and about over 100, 000 affected due to torrential floods.[14][15]
  • 24 May - Sri Lankan national cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva's father Ranjan de Silva, a politician was shot dead by unknown people.[16][17]
  • Sri Lankan marine biologist Asha de Vos was awarded the Golden alumni award in the Professional Achievement category at the first edition of the British Council Golden Alumni awards.[20]
  • The new Sri Lankan map with the updates on Colombo City jointly with the Colombo Port city was released officially.[27] This was also the first instance where a Sri Lankan map has been renewed after 18 years.[28]

Upcoming events

  • Sri Lanka's first ever 3D animation film Gajaman is an upcoming film which is set to release in late 2018.[29]

Deaths

References

  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. ^ "The state patronage honour to Lester James Peiris". Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  14. ^ "Deadly monsoon rains lash Sri Lanka". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  15. ^ "Over 68,000 affected by floods and landslides - Sri Lanka News|News 1st|Sirasa News|Politics|Weather|Sports|Breaking News|Latest News". Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | Breaking News and Latest News provider | Political | Sports | International | Business. 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  16. ^ "Dhananjaya de Silva withdraws from West Indies tour after father killed by gunman". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  17. ^ "Ranjan father of cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva shot dead". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  18. ^ "Exclusive: Cricket match-fixers caught in the act in Sri Lanka". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  19. ^ "Al Jazeera reveals two Sri Lankan's who were involved in match-fixing - Sri Lanka News|News 1st|Sirasa News|Politics|Weather|Sports|Breaking News|Latest News". Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst | Breaking News and Latest News provider | Political | Sports | International | Business. 2018-05-26. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  20. ^ "Marine biologist from Sri Lanka wins award in British Council's first ever Global Alumni awards". Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  21. ^ "Veteran actress Deepani Silva arrested over car crash". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  22. ^ "Popular Actress Deepani Silva Arrested By Bandaragama Police Following Accident". Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  23. ^ "Deepani Silva granted bail in a car crash (CCTV footage)". Hiru News. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  24. ^ "Actress Deepani Silva granted bail with conditions". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
  25. ^ "Court halts Sri Lanka cricket vote as crisis deepens - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  26. ^ "SLC elections postponed, again". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  27. ^ "The new Sri Lankan map including Port City released". Sunday Leader. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  28. ^ "The first Sri Lankan map to be updated after 18 years". News first. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  29. ^ "Gajaman Sri Lanka's first 3D animation film is set to hit the theatres". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  30. ^ "Obituary Notice – Senior Professor Gihan Wikramanayaka". ucsc.cmb.ac.lk. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  31. ^ "Senior Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer passed away". Tamilnews (in Tamil). Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  32. ^ "Funeral of Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera today". Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  33. ^ "கலாபூஷணம் வசந்தா வைத்தியநாதன் காலமானார் - Newsfirst". Sri Lanka Tamil News - Newsfirst | News1st | newsfirst.lk | Breaking. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-03-14. 
  34. ^ "Funeral of Lester James Peiris to take place with a state patronage on May 2". Retrieved 2018-04-30. 
  35. ^ "TV personality Hema Nalin Karunaratne found dead". Daily News. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  36. ^ "Sunday Times - Renowned script writer Somaweera Senanayake passes away". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  37. ^ "Veteran script writer Somaweera Senanayake passes away". Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  38. ^ "Veteran scriptwriter and journalist Somaweera Senanayake passes away". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
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