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In the wake of reports about Arabic signboards in some areas of the eastern province, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed that they should be written only in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.

According to sources close to the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister instructed Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardane to initiate action to make sure that signboards and name boards are written in three officially recognized languages in Sri Lanka.

Following the Prime Minister’s instructions, the Minister will issue a circular asking the local authorities to comply with this decision. There are reports that Arabic language is widely used in areas like Kattankudy in the east to indicate names of roads and by-lanes.

After the bomb attack by the terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS), there is increased concern in Sri Lanka about Arabization of Muslims. There are also widespread calls for de-Arabization . (Kelum Bandara)

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  • ice Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:31 AM

    Very good move!

    Stephan Han. Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:41 AM

    Strong move.... Keep it up...

    Ajja Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:41 AM

    All the present and past leaders waited till things get exploded to make an amendment They all were sleeping all this time.It is high time that ordinary citizen to make a voice against those lethargic leaders to wake up from their deep sleep.

    MODA BURUWA Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:56 AM

    So ONLY now you have woken up and OPENED your eyes .

    Sammy Thursday, 23 May 2019 08:59 AM

    Very good move. Better late than never.

    Manu Thursday, 23 May 2019 09:01 AM

    where in the world this is happening. All these because of the weak yahalapalahaya govt. They let do everything just to get the votes of the minorities. Now the country is in a big catastrophe.

    asif Thursday, 23 May 2019 09:04 AM

    Even we see increase sign boards in chinese languages too.No problem, becos they are not muslims.

    Manu Thursday, 23 May 2019 09:10 AM

    But who allowed the sign boards to be in Arabic? RW?. Where this govt. and the country going?

    saass Thursday, 23 May 2019 09:37 AM

    What next ?

    Shehan Jayawardane Thursday, 23 May 2019 02:53 PM

    so many lives had to be lost for, this sadist leper to do something finally. what has been happening in the east today, had been told


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