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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 06/02

  1. Lanka Coal Company Chairman Shehan Sumanasekera warns operations at Norochcholai Power Plant will halt if funds for coal purchases are not sourced: says Rs.15.3 billion is required immediately and the Central Bank must provide the required amount (of about USD 41.3mn) in forex: laments 2 payments to suppliers already delayed: urges solution before the power plants run out of coal.
  2. Air Traffic Controllers’ Assn President Thisara Amarananda says the number of operational Air Traffic Controllers in Sri Lanka is at a critical low owing to the resignations of 19 of them within a year: warns if 4 or 5 more leave, air traffic movements will come to a standstill: requests immediate resolution of the matter to minimise the threat of losing Sri Lanka’s airspace to a neighboring country.
  3. President Ranil Wickremesinghe accepts 50 buses from Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay: the buses, supplied under the Indian line of credit are to be used by the SLTB to uplift the public transport service in rural areas.
  4. Treasury Secretary appoints Douglas N. Nanayakkara as a Member of the Public Utilities Commission: he is an officer of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service.
  5. Chairman, Litro Gas announces that the price of a Litro LP Gas 12.5kg cylinder has been increased by Rs.334 and the new price will be Rs.4,743; 5kg cylinder increased by Rs.134 and new price Rs.1,904; 2.3kg cylinder increased by Rs.61 and new price Rs.883.
  6. CID arrests well-known Social Media activist Dharshana Handungoda at the Bandaranaike International Airport upon his arrival from Dubai.
  7. UK and US urge Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and to “decriminalise” same-sex conduct: make the appeal at the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group.
  8. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland says the “political and economic pressure on Sri Lanka can be destabilizing, isolating, and frightening”: assures that Sri Lankans are not alone, and are “a part of the special precious Commonwealth family”: critics however point out that many leading Commonwealth countries have been at the forefront of introducing adverse resolutions against Sri Lanka at various international fora.
  9. Bangladesh says it is in the process of concluding Preferential Trade Agreements and Free Trade Agreements with several of its South Asian peers, including Sri Lanka.
  10. President Ranil Wickremasinghe and former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa place the sacred relics casket on the tusker at the annual Navam Perahera of the Gangarama Temple in Hunupitiya.

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