"At a special cabinet meeting, it was chose to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country", the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters.
A police spokesman said earlier Tuesday hundreds of commandos from the police Special Task Force had been deployed to Kandy to restore order and enforce the curfew.
President Maithripala Sirisena said the declaration would "empower" the country's armed forces and police to respond to clashes in the hill town of Kandy. He said some people were instigating violence through Facebook and warned of tough action against them, according to Reuters.
"The government appeals to all parties and especially the general public to act with responsibility and remain calm", it said in a statement. This was the second serious incident of violence against a Muslim community in the country over the past week, following a similar attack in the eastern coastal district of Ampara on 26 February.
United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the visit was planned before the state of emergency was imposed.
Tires are set on fire on a road in Kandy, Central Sri Lanka, on March 5, 2018. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the past year, and it took the violent turn on Monday.
Five persons were arrested and police said investigations are on.
Muslims make up about 10% of Sri Lanka's population, while the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese population constitute almost three-quarters of the island state's 21 million people.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also ordered an investigation into alleged police inaction in handling the clash.
The Aluthgama riots in Sri Lanka were religious and ethnic riots in June 2014 in south-western Sri Lanka. Another 13% of the population are Hindus. One man was killed and dozens of buildings and vehicles damaged during clashes in the south of the country in November.
The president, a former NY property developer, claimed that he is saving taxpayer dollars on the construction of the embassy. The Palestinians, meanwhile, said Trump's decision on Jerusalem renders the United States an unreliable actor in peace talks.
Winds will increase across the area today , causing areas of blowing and drifting snow with reduced visibility and hard travel. Tuesday night , the low will be around 27 with mostly cloudy skies, according to the weather service.
According to The Canadian Press , Toronto police have recovered a seventh set of remains linked to the alleged serial killer. Michael Pollanen, the chief forensic pathologist for the province, to explain the scope of the investigation.
Barnaby Joyce has revealed that he may not be the father of partner Vikki Campion's baby boy that she is expecting in April. The former deputy prime minister claims he was on a trip to Europe at around the time she conceived.
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Sporadic clashes between rival political groups were reported in different parts of Tripura after the poll results were declared. Bharatiya Janata Party swept the assembly elections in Tripura for the first time in history.
With recent strides forward tackling diversity and representation, The Oscars may decide to make a statement of intent this year. The E! channel will begin broadcasting from the Oscars red carpet at noon today while ABC will begin its coverage at 5:30 p.m.
Set for a return appearance at the Oscars is Common , who will duet with Andra Day on "Stand Up For Something" from "Marshall". Warren and Faye were all smiles as they came on stage, with Beatty saying: 'It's so nice seeing you again'.
Swansea City turned to "rock'n'roll" football to lead West Ham a merry dance and rocket up to 13th in the Premier League table. With ten games of the season remaining, West Ham are now 13th in the top-flight, three points above the relegation places.
Ortiz fell to the canvas moments later, seemingly after coming in contact with Wilder's left, but Fields ruled that he slipped. Deontay Wilder has been branded a racist and a "c**t' after he accused promoter Eddie Hearn of exploiting Anthony Joshua ".
Given the possibility of high snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, we anticipate very hard travel across the area on Monday . A winter storm warning is in effect until noon Tuesday for the James River Valley in North Dakota including the Jamestown area.
To close out 2017, Nintendo launched a sequel to the original Xenoblade Chronicles RPG series, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 . It did not, however, indicate what may be causing the games to reset, leaving players to speculate.
Even though she wasn't up for any awards, there's no question that Tiffany Haddish was the unofficial victor of the Oscars . When they're like, "I'm sorry, you're not on the list". "I gotta pay for these dresses". "That was fantastic ", she gushed.
Five Star performed better than anticipated and was forecast to take the most seats - around 102-122 - but miss out on a majority. Salvini said that, while not interested in a broad "minestrone" coalition, the League would be willing to talk to all parties.
Harm to Qualcomm's innovation would allow China to expand its influence in key wireless technology, the government said . Bloomberg reported that Broadcom's slate of board of director candidates was expected to be elected at the meeting.
The driver was taken into custody. "We are praying for the families are going through this tragedy", de Blasio said. EMT arrived on the scene to the tragic sight, and had to assist the mother as her little girl lay on the ground.
Underneath the new bodywork lies Toyota's TNGA platform, which also underpins models like the Prius and the C-HR. It will slowly phase out the diesel models from its lineup over the course of this year.
The Steelers had been hopeful they would be able to reach an agreement with Bell before the March 6 franchise tag-deadline. Pittsburgh Steelers' RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive his second straight franchise tag from the team.
Nunberg also said he got the impression from his interview with Mueller's team that they had evidence implicating Trump. Nunberg added that he plans to defy a subpoena from Mueller to appear before a grand jury in Washington this Friday.
The loss drops the Celtics to 44-20, three games behind the Toronto Raptors in the loss column for the best record in the East. Somehow both teams found enough time to foul each other and take ten more total free throws in the final seconds of the game.
The filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. Actress Emma Watson took to the Oscars red carpet on Sunday evening with a cause close to her heart tattooed on her arm.
The notice also advised USA citizens in Turkey should avoid large crowds, keep a low profile and otherwise be cautious. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that Turkey is the country most effectively fighting against Daesh.