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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 07/02

  1. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abdul Momen says Sri Lanka is expected to pay back the USD 200 mn it borrowed from Bangladesh in a currency swap agreement in May 2021 by September 2022.
  2. Former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon arrives in Sri Lanka.
  3. Foreign Minister Ali Sabry offers assistance of rescue services to Turkey, following 2 major earthquakes that struck that country: Foreign Ministry also says no Sri
    Lankan has been affected due to the earthquakes.
  4. President Ranil Wickremasinghe swears in Justice K P Fernando as a Supreme Court Judge: Justice N B Karunaratne as the President of the Court of Appeal: High Court Judge M A R Marikkar as a Judge of the Court of Appeal.
  5. Supreme Court Judge and Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate the findings of preceding Commissions and Committees, Justice A H M D Nawaz submits synopsis of the recommendations in the draft final report of the Commission to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
  6. Private Hospital Development Department’s Director Dr Dhammika Alahapperuma says all private hospitals and health institutes in the country should be registered with the Private Health Services Council before 28th February: also says about 10,000 private health institutions have not been registered yet.
  7. President Ranil Wickremasinghe says Sri Lanka has the potential to establish the green economy, specially via renewable energy, to ensure a green economy and a better world by 2050.
  8. National Anthem sung in Sinhala & Tamil at the Independence Day Celebrations at Galle Face Green on 4th February, after several years: the National Anthem was written in Sinhala by Ananda Samarakoon and translated into Tamil by Sinhala & Tamil expert M. Nallathambi.
  9. State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe says losses of 52 strategically important SOEs amounts to over Rs.800 bn in 2022: also says the Govt is now concentrating on the SOEs that have caused the heaviest losses such as SriLankan Airlines, CPC and CEB, and restructuring those.
  10. Professionals’ Trade Unions Alliance declare trade union action on 8th February to protest against the Govt’s tax hike: GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge says doctors of the GMOA will also not engage in private channelling practice and regular services, on that day.

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