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“Too much” of affection for Buddha could be dangerous in Sri Lanka

(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lanka deported another tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her hand, after been harassed for bribes by police.

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(NIDAHASA News) Sri Lanka deported another tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her hand, after been harassed for bribes by police.

British tourist Naomi Colemanwas is being held at an immigration detention camp after a magistrate ordered her deportation. She is expected to be removed within days.

The 37-year-old female tourist has been arrested at Katunayaka international airport on her arrival. She was coming from India where, according to Buddhist belief, Buddha lived. Sri Lankan police said that they have arrested her for “hurting others' religious feelings”.

‘She was taken before the Negombo magistrate who ordered her to be detained prior to deportation,’ police said in a statement. She is being sent to a in prison in Negombo folliwng the court hearing.

“It is a terrible, hellish experience,” Naomi told AFP. She said that her tattoo did not cause any trouble in other Buddhist countries she visited, such as Thailand, India, Cambodia and Nepal.

“I went on the stand, they called me. But they didn't let me speak or plead my case. They were just talking among themselves,” she said.

“Then they said, 'You're being deported.' I said, 'I've got another trip booked to the Maldives, can I just go there, I'll leave Sri Lanka then.' They said, 'No, you'll have to be deported back to your home country and you'll need to go to prison for the night.'

“I am a practicing Buddhist and meditate. That is why I have the tattoo – not out of disrespect for Buddhism.” she added.

Sri Lankan authorities are highly intolerant toward things they see as disrespect to Buddhism.

Last year another Briton, Antony Ratcliffe also has been deported for having a Buddha tattoo on his arm. In 2012, three French tourists were sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended for five years, for kissing a Buddha statue. In 2010, Sri Lanka refused to issue visa to US rap star Akon over one of his music videos which featured scantily clad women dancing in front of a Buddha statue.

Sri Lanka has seen a rise of Buddhist extremism in past few years. Monks belonging to certain hard-line Buddhist groups have led violent attacks against Muslims and Christians, a trend which has given rise to considerable concern among religious minorities.

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President orders investigations into Daham’s nightclub scandal

(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

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(NIDAHASA News) President Maithiripala Sirisena call for an investigation into the Colombo nightclub attack allegedly carried out by his own son.

A group allegedly led by Sirisena’s son Daham attacked Clique nightclub at Town Hall, Colombo last Friday (07), allegedly after they were denied entry to the nightclub around 2.00 am. A security guard was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following the attack with head injuries.
However, speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror web site, police denied any connection of President’s son to the incident.
“He had arrived there around 7.00 pm, and it was a long time later that the clash took place,” Sri Lanka Mirror quoted the police.
In 2013, during the time his father was a minister, Daham Sirisena was accused of attacking a youth at Passikudah beach.

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Severe weather: over 200 families missing

(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

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(NIDAHASA News) Over 200 families missing after a massive landslide in Aranayaka, in Kegalla district.

“16 bodies have already been recovered and about 180 people have been rescued,” said military spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera.

“The task is to figure out what happened to them,” the Red Cross said in a statement, noting that some people may have left after local officials warned earlier this week of possible landslides.

The Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported over 350,000 people were affected by floods and landslides caused by massive rains.

Meanwhile warning has been issued to several suburbs areas of capital Colombo due to the increasing water level or Kelani river. People living in Wellampitiya, Megoda Kolonnawa, Sedawatte, Kohilawatte and surrounding areas have been asked to move to a safe place.

The depression, named BOB 01 is currently moving towards South India; however rain will continue for several areas in Sri Lanka until the end of this week, weather specialists say.

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Sri Lanka's firebrand Buddhist monk arrested

(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

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(NIDAHASA News) Supporters of Galagodaatte Gnansara started a violent protest in front of Homagama court after magistrate ordered to remand infamous Buddhist monk till 09th February.

The General Secretary of extreme Buddhist movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrendered to the court this morning (26) after magistrate ordered police to arrest the for alleged contempt of court. He was accused of making an argument with the judge during the court hearing of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's habeas corpus.

Gnanasara has alleged that arresting the Army officers over Ekneligoda's disappearance was illegal and the prosecution should be arrested for “illegal arrests” of military officers. The counsel representing the missing journalist's family informed the court that the monk has also threatened the journalist's wife Sandhya.

Protesters, including a group of monks attempted to enter the court premises challenging the court's order to arrest their General Secretary and tried to block the prison vehicle. Police however managed to take Gnanasara to the remand prison with the support of extra police team.

Gnanasara and his BBS had been accused of inflaming religious tension between Majority Buddhists and Muslims. They were also accused of being a cat's paw of previous Rajapaksa regime. However BBS denied any secret relationship with Rajapaksa brothers.

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