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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 03/02

  1. Venerable Mahanayakes of the Malwatte, Asgiriya, Ramanya and Amarapura Nikayas urge the President to desist from fully implementing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which would devolve police and land powers to Provincial Councils.
  2. Treasury Secretary instructs all Secretaries of Ministries, PCs, Heads of Departments, District Secretaries, Heads of State Corporations, Statutory Boards & Govt. owned companies to cut down a minimum of 6% from budgetary allocations for 2023.
  3. Chinese Foreign Ministry rejects US Under Secretary Victoria Nuland’s remarks that the terms given by China to SL for getting IMF debt relief are not sufficient: says the Exim Bank of China has already expressed support for debt sustainability and that Sri Lanka had responded positively and thanked China.
  4. Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilana Gamage releases Convener of Inter-University Students’ Federation Wasantha Mudalige on bail in connection with 3 cases.
  5. Reports emerge that India has allocated INR 150 crores or 1.5 bn (approx. LKR 6.7 bn) to Sri Lanka in its budget 2023, as “grants”: Sri Lanka’s estimated expenditure for 2023 is Rs.5,819 bn.
  6. CEB gives undertaking to Supreme Court that power cuts will not be implemented, until the petition filed by the Human Rights Commission is supported.
  7. President Ranil Wickremesinghe directs that 108 acres of land in the North which was under the custody of security forces, be released and distributed among 197 families on February 03: move said to honour pledge made by the President to release these lands prior to the 75th Independence Anniversary.
  8. Colombo Stock Exchange’s ASPI goes up by 72 points to close at 9,022: first time ASPI closed above 9,000 since 14th October 2022.
  9. Former Archbishop of Colombo, Most Reverend Dr. Oswald Gomis, 90, passes away.
  10. Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Olympic Silver medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe as the Consultant of Mentoring and Development of Women’s Cricket.

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