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Sri Lanka extends emergency regulations by another month

President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette notice today extending the emergency regulations which was imposed a month ago after suicide blasts at multiple locations in the country which killed over 250 people including 45 foreigners.

The emergency provisions give the military sweeping powers to act against fundamentalist organizations behind the attacks, which was claimed by Islamic state.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has said his government will establish a new public school system within next two years that is not based on language or religion.  He said that all religious educational institutes will be regulated by education ministry.

It was also decided to regulate madarsas by Muslim institute regulation board under education ministry. The government has sought to control the madarsas after the attacks and prohibited foreign national s form religious preaching.

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