2018 in Sri Lanka

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Events in the year 2018 in Sri Lanka.




  • 21 January - A 44 year old motorist was shot dead in Kataragama by the police after defying the orders when riding the motorcycle which caused turmoil and confusion in the Kataragama area as the police opened tear gas to control and disperse the people after the unusual incident at the historical religious area.[1][2]
  • 23 January - The official Trophy for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was brought to Sri Lanka and was kept in Colombo for 2 days by displaying it to the public as the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy tour began from Sri Lanka to across 52 nations, marking the first ever instance that Sri Lanka was selected as one of the nations to officially showcase the prestigious trophy in history.[3][4]


  • 4 February - Sri Lanka marked its 70th independence day.[5]
  • 4 February - Arjun Alosysius and Kasun Palisena were arrested at around 7.30 AM regarding the alleged treasury bond scam issues.[6][7]
  • 23 February - Komaali Kings, a Sri Lankan Tamil language film released on this day becomes the first Sri Lankan Tamil language mass budgeted film in 40 years. The film also marks the rebirth of Sri Lankan Tamil Cinema as it released in across 50 theatres in the nation.[9]
  • 27 February - 2018 Anti-Muslim riots was occurred in Ampara town between Sinhalese and Muslim groups. Mosques, restaurants and Muslim civilians were targeted during the conflict as the alleged rumours were caused by a mob stating that chemicals have been added to the food items at a particular Muslim restaurant in the vicinity of temple junction in Ampara.[10]


  • 2 March - Anti-Muslim riots spread from Udispattuwa and Teldeniya to Digana and other areas in the Kandy District. Several Muslim businesses, mosques and shops were attacked by a Sinhalese mob following the death of a Buddhist male following an assault by 4 intoxicated Muslim youths on 22 February 2018. Following the violence in Kandy, the Sri Lankan government declared a State of emergency in the nation for 10 days.[11]
  • 6 March - 2018 Nidahas Trophy was a Tri-Nations tournament held from 6 March to 18 March to celebrate 70 years of Sri Lankan independence.


  • 2 May - The final rites of the veteran film director Lester James Peiris proceeded with the state patronage.[13]
  • 19 May - The 2018 Sri Lanka floods resulted after a heavy rainfall starting from 19 May causing severe damages throughout the island with leaving 13 dead, 23 missing and about over 100, 000 affected due to torrential floods.[14][15]
  • 24 May - Sri Lankan national cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva's father Ranjan de Silva, a politician was shot dead by unknown people.[16][17]
  • 26 May - Sri Lankan marine biologist Asha de Vos was awarded the Golden alumni award in the Professional Achievement category at the first edition of the British Council Golden Alumni awards.[20]
  • 31 May - The new Sri Lankan map with the updates on Colombo City jointly with the Colombo Port city was released officially.[27] This was also the first instance where a Sri Lankan map was renewed after 18 years.[28]



  • 11 July - it was reported that Sri Lanka is going to reinstate Capital punishment for drug dealers, president Maithripala Sirisena told the government, which earlier had unanimously backed the reinstatement of capital punishment, that he “was ready to sign the death warrants,”[32]
  • 11 July - ICC concluded its hearing on the trio including Dinesh Chandimal, who had pleaded guilty to a level three spirit of cricket offence. His hearing took place before the start of the first Test against South Africa, with him found guilty. He received a two-match ban, with Suranga Lakmal captaining the side in his place.[33][34]
  • 15 July - The scheduled inaugural edition of the Lankan Premier League which was supposed to be held in August 2018 was indefinitely postponed as a result of the change in country's cricket administration.[35][36]
  • 16 July - The independent Judicial Commissioner handed down a further eight suspension points with maximum possible punishment for their spirit of cricket offence and suspended Chandimal for four ODIs as well.[37][38]


  • 18 August - Akalanka Peiris became the first ever Sri Lankan student to sit for a Sri Lankan GCE A/L examinations outside Sri Lanka as he was granted special permission to write A/L exams in Jakarta, Indonesia just prior to his preparations for the 2018 Asian Games.[39][40]
  • 26 August - Sri Lanka clinched maiden Carrom World Cup title in men's team event defeating defending champion India at the 2018 Carrom World Cup and also secured the second place in the women's team event.[41][42][43]


  • 21 September - Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga becomes the first Sri Lankan recipient to receive the French highest honour award (Commandeur de la Legion of Honour).[52][53][54]
  • 29 September - The BMS Campus (Business Management School) of Sri Lanka won the 2018 edition of the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals by 4 wickets to lift its second world title.[55]



Upcoming events[edit]

  • Sri Lanka's first ever 3D animation film Gajaman is an upcoming film which is set to release in late 2018.[65]



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