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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 23/01

  1. CoPF Chief MP (Dr.) Harsha De Silva praises the CPCEC for the immediate implementation of recommendations on adopting online methods and submitting audited accounts – Commission asserts these are established under a completely legitimate purview of the government in compliance with the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act.
  2. French court convicts 14 Sri Lankans of migrant smuggling across Europe – Main suspect accused of overseeing the operation from a grocery store in Serifontaine handed a four-year prison term, with one year suspended – Another based in Britain but fighting extradition requests given a five-year sentence, while others given lesser sentences.
  3. Operations at Kelanitissa Combined Cycle Power Plant stalled incurring a drop of 165 megawatts from the national grid, hours after the operations at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant stalled due to maintenance restored – absence of sufficient stocks of naphtha owned by CEB said to be the reason.
  4. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the contribution of the University Community is very important in the development process – instructs to implement a youth-led development project covering the entire island to make Sri Lanka a developed nation by the 100th Independence Celebration in 2048 through youth ideas, skills and interventions.
  5. GCE Advanced Level Examination commences from today at 8 am – Exams held at 2,200 centres across the island with 331,709 applicants, both school and private applicants, sitting – Dept of Examinations approves additional 10 minutes for essay papers.
  6. The maximum distance which school field trips can be taken up to restricted to 100 km per day – Students taken on field trips must be returned before 6 pm – Move comes in following the fatal accident in Nanuoya where a bus carrying students of Thurstan College, Colombo collided with a van and a three-wheeler killing seven people – Bus driver accused of negligent driving remanded.
  7. Thushara Sanjeewa, a close associate and a disciple of ex Minister Johnston Fernando, ousted from his position as the Mayor in Kurunegala through gazette issued by the North-Western Provincial Governor due to failure of passing the Budget of Kurunegala Urban Council.
  8. UAE Human Resources Minister Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulmannan Al Awar assures Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara his country will take stern action against those facilitating illegal immigration to UAE – Dr. Al Awar positively responds to Nanayakkara’s request to provide more job opportunities in UAE for skilled workers from Sri Lanka.
  9. Hindustan Times reports China’s position on Sri Lanka to be informed to the IMF in writing on Jan 22, 2023 – Treasury Deputy Secretary Priyantha Ratnayake says the negotiations with China regarding debt restructuring have reached its final stage and an agreement will be made in the next few days; denies revealing details citing ‘confidentiality’ – China and India being the two main creditors to Sri Lanka are the variable to receiving IMF bailout.
  10. Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Sabry scheduled to make an official visit to Saudi Arabia from 22 – 27 January, 2023 on an invitation by his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud – Further enhancement of bilateral relations between the two nations expected during the visit.

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