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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 16/01

  1. President Ranil Wickremasinghe says “We are looking at full implementation of the 13th amendment within next few years”: also says a Social Justice Commission is being established to solve the problems of the people from all sections of the population.
  2. Protesters in Jaffna demand information about missing persons and demand their return from President Wickremesinghe when he attended the Thai Pongal celebrations in Jaffna.
  3. Former President Maithripala Sirisena refers to Supreme Court judgement ordering him to pay Rs.100 mn in compensation to Easter Sunday victims: says he respects judgement by the judiciary: also says he asked his friends whether he can stand in front of the Bo tree in Pettah with a till to collect money.
  4. Weekend special tourist train service, ‘Seethawaka Odyssey,’ added to railway operations to boost tourism: journey to be from Colombo Fort to the Waga Railway Station on the Kelani Valley railway line.
  5. IMF MD Kristalina Georgieva discusses debt resolution in countries like Chad, Zambia, Sri Lanka and Suriname at a roundtable: says a “haircut” in the
    Chinese context is politically very difficult: also says there might be a way
    to reach the same objective by stretching maturities, reducing or eliminating
    interest rates, and payments.
  6. Global Tamil Forum urges India, US, EU, UK, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Australia and New Zealand to emulate Canada which has imposed sanctions on former Sri Lankan Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, over alleged war crimes.
  7. Authorities in France repatriate 46 Sri Lankans who were apprehended while attempting to migrate to the Réunion Island illegally.
  8. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says the Presidential Secretariat has
    launched a media campaign to turn public opinion against the local council elections, scheduled to be held soon: says he has a document which has the names of journalists who could be bought over to carry out the propaganda drive.
  9. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says a devastating paddy infestation caused by low nutrient levels and some pests has spread to all 25 Districts in the country: also says the spread poses no significant threat as of now because it is still on a small-scale: assures officials are assessing the situation.
  10. India thrashes Sri Lanka by 317 runs in the 3rd Cricket ODI and clinch a 3-0 series whitewash: INDIA – 390/5 (50): SRI LANKA – 73 all out (22): this 317 run defeat suffered by Sri Lanka is the biggest ever margin of loss in the history of One Day International Cricket.

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