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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 30/03

  1. The fourth round of negotiations on the proposed Sri Lanka – Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA) held in Colombo, in alignment with the President’s vision of “enhancing economic relations with large and emerging economies, with a particular focus on ASEAN countries.”
  2. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is crucial for students in the country to have comprehensive knowledge of modern technology and continually update themselves with the latest advancements to prepare for the future; adds this will enable them to take over the country by 2048.
  3. Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara announces that the fuel prices have dropped effective from midnight Wednesday: 01 litre of 92 octane petrol dropped by Rs. 60; 01 litre of 95 octane by Rs. 135; 01 litre of auto diesel by Rs. 80; 01 litre of super diesel by Rs. 45; 01 litre of kerosene by Rs. 10: Price drop follows a drop in bus fares and three-wheeler fares as well.
  4. Former MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena discharged from a case filed over the alleged corruption of nearly Rs. 883 million during his tenure as the CEO of state-owned Mihin Lanka: Order made by the Colombo High Court.
  5. The CBSL strongly urges the public not to promote, invest or support the promotion of cryptocurrencies in what they described as a measure “to prevent the occurrence of various losses and inconveniences associated with such schemes”; stresses no licence or authorisation is granted to any person or entity “to operate any cryptocurrency scheme and any initial coin offering or any variant thereof, crypto-mining operations, cryptocurrency exchange, crypto-related deposits and custodial services, or cryptocurrency investment advisory services.”
  6. The Police Media Division says the third DNA testing has confirmed the death of Pulasthini Mahendran, aka Sarah Jasmine, who had been speculated to have fled to India following the 2019 Easter Sunday Carnage: The statement says Jasmine was among the individuals killed in a suicide bombing that occurred in a safe house in Sainthamaruthu on April 26, 2019.
  7. Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia sign a new agreement on the employment of workers, opening up more opportunities in the Kingdom for professionals amidst the island nation’s economic downfall: The agreement signed by Sri Lanka’s Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission and Saudi Arabia’s Takamol, which operates under the Kingdom’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Developments.
  8. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) warns the proposed ‘Anti-Terrorism Bill’ will seriously weaken the Judiciary and the Parliament, and people will lose their right of sovereignty to exercise their franchise, their right to express opinions, and to participate in legitimate peaceful protests and to live a normal life: Also warns that an increase of crime will be consequential.
  9. Ex DIG Nalaka Silva, who was arrested and suspended on the allegation of conspiring to assassinate ex Presidents Maithripala Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, reinstated in service: Appointed as the DIG in charge of Puttalam area: Silva’s name surfaced in 2018 following certain claims made by amateur conspiracy theorist Nalaka Kumara.
  10. Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says a decision has been reached to increase the fine imposed on people who engage in various illegal activities at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport; stresses the fine will be increased up to Rs. 100,000.

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