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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 20/01

  1. Treasury Secretary Mahinda Siriwardene says Govt’s cash flow management is extremely challenging at present with foreign and domestic financing channels exhausted: also says difficult to find additional resources for an election: laments even regular payment of public sector salaries on time, is challenging.
  2. President Ranil Wickremasinghe appoints SLPP MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi as Cabinet Minister of Wildlife & Forest Resources Conservation and CWC leader Jeevan Thondaman as Cabinet Minister of Water Supply & Estate Infrastructure Development.
  3. Indian Minister of External Affairs Dr S. Jaishankar says he had a “good meeting with Foreign Minister Ali Sabry and other ministerial colleagues” in Colombo: also says India-Sri Lanka cooperation in infrastructure, connectivity, energy, industry and health was discussed: adds India is committed to the increase of investment flows to Sri Lanka to hasten economic recovery.
  4. Regulation of the Election Expenditure Bill passed in Parliament with a majority of 61 votes: 97 in favour and 36 against.
  5. Chairman, Election Commission says Police protection has been provided to the 2 members of the Election Commission who faced threats.
  6. Veteran film Producer and Director Dr. Sumithra Peries, wife of late Dr. Lester James Peries, passes away at age 88 years.
  7. Minister Manusha Nanayakkara says although the Samurdhi allowance will continue to be paid, measures are underway to remove all other benefits given to low-income families along with the Samurdhi allowance.
  8. Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute study reveals over 200 mn coconuts have been destroyed by toque macaque, monkeys and giant squirrels in 2022.
  9. SLPP MP Gevindu Cumaratunga says President Ranil Wickremesinghe should seek a fresh mandate if he intends to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution: asserts the President’s responsibility is to complete the remainder of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s 5-year term.
  10. ‘Paying Wards System’ in state-run hospitals grabs spotlight at a time when the lauded free healthcare system is becoming a burden on the economy: medical practitioners accuse Govt of attempting to privatise the state health service under the guise of finding solutions to the country’s economic crisis.

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