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Sri Lanka: Gnanasara Thera faces fresh contempt of court charge

Image: The police had been present during the entire incident and did nothing to prevent Gnanasara Thera from violating the court order, says the...

Sri Lanka: Southern politicians stirring communal politics in North – Governor

Image; Tamil residents of Mullaitivu protest against BBS head Gnanasara, who led the illegal cremation . Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan yesterday insisted that politicians...

Sri Lanka: Prez shouldn’t exercise executive powers arbitrarily when pardoning Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera: BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) said yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena should not have exercised his executive powers arbitrarily when pardoning Galagodaaththe Gnanasara...

Pardoning Gnanasara is an act of extreme leniency to a Buddhist monk & it sends a wrong message to the country.- TNA

The Tamil National Alliance unequivocally condemns the President’s act of pardoning Ven. Gnanasara Thero by abusing the Constitutional powers vested in the Head of...

Culprits and masterminds behind the recent riots be apprehended, exposed and held to account swiftly urges NPC

The anti-Muslim riots in different parts of the country have led to at least two killings and wrecked the lives of thousands of innocent...

An obstreperous monk and ostensible compassion – Dr. Ameer Ali

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Sri Lanka’s new right wing politics – Jayadewa Uyangoda

(8 July, 2018/SO) There are two new developments in Sri Lanka’s contemporary politics which is getting crystalized and clearer these days. They are: (a) the...

Sandaya Ekneligoda gets death threats

(24 June 2018 Sunday Observer )After the sentencing of Galagodaththe Gnansara Thera to six months rigorous imprisonment for criminal intimidation earlier this month, his...

IN SANDHYA EKNELIGODA, CONTROVERSIAL BBS MONK MEETS HIS MATCH

Image: BBS General Secretary outside Homagama court in 2016. by Anurangi Singh When the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena threatened her in open court in...

Ultra-nationalist Buddhist rhetoric runs rife in Sri Lanka

By Nursheila Muez and Jessica Yeo Jia Lin, RSIS. A recent road accident involving a Sinhalese truck driver and four Muslim men in the Kandy district...

Reporter’s diary: the charge of the saffron brigade in Sri Lanka

Image: Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, secretary of Bodhu Bala Sena also known as Buddhist Power Force, gestures during a protest outside the Indian High Commission in...

BBS head Gnanasara threatens to box journalist C.A. Chandraprema’s ears!

Image: Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. The Island political correspondent, C.A. Chandraprema, was threatened on 19th Nov. by Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera while the former was at the funeral...

Minister Mangala Samaraweera condemns the attack on Rohingya refugee in Colombo

Image: The group that led the attack on UNHCR safe house where 31 Rohingya refugees were staying. Mangala amaraaweera. I would like to condemn in the strongest...

It is president Sirisena who is behind Gnanasara antics says the editor of Gota’s War

C.A. Chandraprema, a columnist in The Island has written a hard hitting commentary on  Monk Ganansara and his alleged backers. Chandraprema  is the editor...

The re-emergence of the BBS

Image: BBS leader Gnanasara with his body guards Who is a Buddhist? That’s a simple question but one that can yield innumerable answers. The innumerability of...

‘Double talk’ of President Sirisena, a betrayal of the Muslim IDPs

Hilmi Ahamed.  President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Muslim IDPs have encroached and destroyed land belonging to the Wilpattu National Park (June 2015). President Sirisena says...

Rajapakshe, BBS and ethnic harmony

Image: Mahinda Rajapaksa courtesy of FCA, Sri Lanka. by Hilmi Ahamed. Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is seen as a blatant liar by the...

Govt. losing battle to quell extremist groups, warns JVP

BBS Gnanasara led civil and robed extremists showing their strength in Kandy, in Nov 2016. The JVP yesterday slammed the Government for failing to protect...

Radical Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka: More equal than others

Image: BBS General Secretary Galagoda aththe Gnansara at the Sugathadasa Stadium during a rally to welcome Myanmar's hardline 969 monk Ashin Wirathu. Radical Buddhist monks...

5000 strong petition addressed to IGP calls for action against extremists

Image: Picture of the mosque road board was destroyed ,later  a Buddhist flag erected in its place. Dear Mr. Jayasundara, Attached herewith, is a follow-up Complaint...

Inter religious violence can threaten consensual reforms

Image: BBS head Galabodaatthe Gnanasara threatening a Muslim clergy (file photo). By Jehan Perera. The passage of the second reading of the budget by a 2/3...

Arrest All “Hate Preachers Immediately” – Sri Lanka Civil Society Tells Govt.

Image: Extremist Buddhist monks has become violent hate mongers in recent times in SriLanka. I a letter to Inspector General of Police with copies to...

Extremist Monks Tried to Disrupt ‘Different yet Equal’ Campaign

(A Thera of the ‘Singha Le’ organisation and Azad Sallyin trying to make their voices heard. Picture by Mahinda Withanachchi) A tense situation erupted during...

Lion’s Blood: Behind Sri Lanka’s Sinha Le Movement

(A monk from the Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force, BBS) uses his phone to take pictures during a speech at the...

Muslim Council to IGP: You Blame Muslims for Aluthgama Incident, But No Mention of Real Offenders

(image: An armed Sri Lankan soldier on alert as unarmed policemen inspect a deserted street following sectarian clashes between the majority Sinhalese and the...

Magistrate files contempt of Court action against BBS head Gnanasara Thera

( Galagoda Atte Gnanasara) Homagama Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake filed a Contempt of Court action in the Court of Appeal against Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General...

BBS Gnanasara Blessed Known Underworld Leader By Chanting Pirth

(BBS Gnanasara) Bodu Bala Sena Organisation General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera who came to the Colombo National Hospital yesterday morning, tied a pirith...

BBS Gnanasara Thera Further Remanded; Bail not Possible Under Victims and Witnesses Protection Bill

Bodu Bala Sena organization General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera currently under remand custody, comes out of the Homagama Magistrates' Court after attending...

Mayhem As Monks Go On The Rampage

Pandemonium reigned at the Homagama Magistrate's Court premises with three Buddhist monks threatening to self-immolate in protest against the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena...

BBS General Secretary Gnanasara Remanded Till February 9

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera was remanded till February 9 by Homagama Magistrate's Court a short while ago. He was arrested this...
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