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Lankan President suspends Police Chief; Veils banned
Sri lanka April 29(Agencies)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena suspends defiant police chief and names his successor apart from a new defence secretary as part of a security revamp following the Easter blasts; Lankan PM says tough law will be enacted to wipe out jihadism; Ban enforced on wearing any face masks including burqas in the country.

Sri Lankan government on Monday appointed a former army commander General S. H. Shantha Kottegoda as new Defense Secretary while police chief has been sent on compulsory leave following Easter Sunday attacks in the country.

Meanwhile, daily life in Colombo and other parts of the country is returning back to normal though security alert of more such attacks remain.

Security forces are continuing with their crackdown on fundamentalist groups mainly based in eastern province of the country.

Earlier, President Sirisena issued an order for ban on burqa or veil covering face.

The order said any garment or item which obstructs the identification of a person's face would be barred. Some Muslim organisations have also come forward and suggested ban on burqa to help stabilize the security situation.
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