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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 02/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will not permit anyone to violate the law and order of the country during his Presidency.
  2. Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara asks IGP to conduct a CID investigation into the conduct of trade union leaders & others who allegedly forcibly entered the Kolonnawa CPSTL on 28th March.
  3. Chairperson of the Parliamentary Caucus for Children SJB MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathne calls for the appointment of a special committee in coordination with the Ministry of Education, to prepare textbooks on sexual and reproductive health for students.
  4. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the incumbent government is committed to building a “digitalized” modern Sri Lanka: also says it is the duty of the Govt to accelerate digitalization by digitalizing the public sector.
  5. Group of Aragalaya activists stage protest near former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s private residence to mark the 1-yr anniversary of protesters calling for his resignation: Police take several members of the group into custody.
  6. SLOTS survey indicates that Sri Lankans continue to have deeply unfavourable views of most politicians: almost all politicians tracked by the survey receive negative favourability ratings: MP Sudarshini Fernandopulle receives the most favourable rating, while SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa receives the least favourable rating.
  7. Cardinal Ranjith’s Spokesman Rev. Father Cyril Gamini calls for an “internationally acceptable” report on the alleged death of Pulasthini Mahendran alias Sarah Jasmine, the wife of Katuwapitiya church bomber: claims the 3rd and recent report from the Govt Analyst Dept is contradictory to their former reports.
  8. Anuradhapura District Joint Farmers Organization Secretary Punrala Ratnayaka says farmers are in a serious predicament due to the Govt’s sudden decision not to purchase paddy: points out that the Govt purchased paddy at Rs.100 per kg through private rice mill owners earlier.
  9. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das and Sri Lankan envoy in New Delhi Milinda Moragoda discuss Indian Rupee trade expansion, as a key pillar of the economic revival of Sri Lanka: also discuss the role India could play through greater integration of the economies in areas such as power, energy, ports, infrastructure, tourism, and IT services.
  10. Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe says the Govt would not bring any fundamental changes to the current version of the Anti-Terrorism Bill: the proposed law to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which was invoked mainly in dealing with LTTE terrorism.

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