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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 26/03

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe advises to appoint an expert committee to plan progress of the sports field and its future; pays attention to the development of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Complex in Diyagama as a Sports University: Steps to collect 100 of the best athletes to represent each sports event and provide them with the necessary facilities and training.
  2. Finance State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya provides reassurance that steps are being taken to ensure that salaries, pensions and benefits, including ‘Samurdhi,’ of public servants will be paid before April 10, 2023; reveals the decision was made with consideration for the upcoming Festive season.
  3. SJB MP Dr. Harsha De Silva says he is relieved that the President has convinced his majority SLPP government on the IMF bailout who until recently was totally opposed to it; stresses the SJB was the only political party that tabled their own plan out of the crisis; assures the SJB economic plan “Blueprint” first tabled in August 2022 has an updated version in February 2023 and provides a detailed plan on how to come out of bankruptcy; Silva was previously a strong advocate on the April 14, 2022 sovereign debt default which officially declared Sri Lanka a ‘bankrupt’ nation.
  4. Police arrest a man for hooting Minister Bandula Gunawardena who was attending a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for a Buddhist shrine near the Pitipana Junction in Homagama – Suspect to be produced before Court for obstructing a religious ceremony.
  5. Chief of the President’s Staff and Senior Advisor to the President on National Security Sagala Ratnayake says the government has no intention of dissolving the Civil Service Department (CSD); reminds the CSD was approved as a depreciable service according to the 2015 Cabinet paper, but that period has now lapsed; assures the members of the CSD are allowed to request a service extension beyond the age of 55, enabling them to serve up to 60 years.
  6. Senior Counsel Kaushalya Navaratne takes office as the 27th President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL); assures he will take steps to continue the future activities of the BASL independently, away from party politics: critics claim unlike predecessor Peiris PC, Navaratne holds a politically biased record.
  7. Election Commission says it requested a meeting with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to address the challenges against the holding of the LG Polls: Gunwardena previously said in Parliament that he wishes to call in the Commission to address the issue.
  8. IGP C.D. Wickramaratne granted a 3-month service extension through an order issued by the President: Wickramaratne was to retire from the post on March 23, 2023: Early reports on SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon, a top police official with a controversial record, being appointed as the IGP remain unconfirmed.
  9. The ‘Stain Studios in Sri Lanka,’ one of South Asia’s largest studio complexes, dedicated to legendary Filmmaker and Actor Gamini Fonseka: The studio rechristened ‘The Gamini Fonseka Studio.’
  10. Indian Cricket news aggregator ‘Cricbuzz’ reports the Indian Cricket Board is contemplating having another short home series in June either against Afghanistan or Sri Lanka; options are being explored to see if a three-match ODI series against SL or AFGH in the second half of June 2023, more precisely after the World Test Championship final.

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