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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 24/02

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Election Commission has not taken an official decision on a date to hold the Local Government Election: insists the election has not been postponed: also says there is no election to be postponed.
  2. SLPP Rebel MP Dullas Alahapperuma questions why the UNP handed over nominations to the LG elections if the election was not legally declared as stated by President Ranil Wickremesinghe: claims what was said by the President in Parliament was completely false: also says it is now clear who was behind the move to postpone the LG polls.
  3. Supreme Court postpones hearing of the petition filed by a Retired Colonel of the Army, seeking a postponement of the LG Elections, until 11th May.
  4. SJB MP Mayantha Dissanayaka appointed Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance: Harsha Silva throws tantrum in Parliament after he is overlooked for the position: SLPP MP Professor Ranjith Bandara elected Chairman of COPE, defeating SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne by 16 votes to 7.
  5. Attorney General informs Supreme Court that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided he will not sign the implementation of capital punishment ordered by any Court.
  6. Police arrest IUSF Convener Wasantha Mudalige and 55 others for forcibly entering the Education Ministry in Battaramulla: group includes student Buddhist monks of the Buddhist and Pali University in Pitipana.
  7. Secretary, Unawatuna Hoteliers’ Assn Sumith Ubesiri says hoteliers are struggling to survive after the recent electricity tariff hike: also says the present circumstances are so bleak they will be forced to decide shortly whether to continue in the industry or not.
  8. Cabinet reviews progress of 261 large-scale development projects: notes that progress of majority of projects has been very slow due to the suspension of foreign currency tied to particular developments: also notes difficulties in securing the necessary money due to the economic crisis.
  9. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar Mafaz Mohideen says Qatar and Sri Lanka have embarked on significant developments in bilateral relations this year: also says the two countries are seeking ways to further boost cooperation.
  10. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe appoints a 10-member Expert Committee to prepare a new Constitution for Sri Lanka Cricket: meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket earns a net profit of Rs.6.3 bn in 2022, it’s highest annual net income in history.

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