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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 11/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe directs officials to develop a formal plan aimed at maximizing the contribution of the Nuwara Eliya District to the Sri Lankan Govt’s program to establish a stable economy within a 4-year timeframe.
  2. State Minister of PCs and LG Janaka Wakkumbura says the 2023 LG election will likely not be held on April 25: also says PM Dinesh Gunawardena will “do justice” to the requests of the Election Commission in consultation with the Ministry of Finance.
  3. Traders say the number of shoppers is nowhere close to what it was in previous years at the Pamunuwa market in Maharagama where the large masses search for bargains during the New Year season.
  4. Minister of Industries and Plantation Industries Dr. Ramesh Pathirana says it is essential to follow a protectionist policy on behalf of the industries in order to uplift the industrial sector.
  5. Food and Agriculture Organisation donates over 3,820 tons of Urea Fertiliser to the Ministry of Agriculture to be dispatched to over 72,200 small-holder paddy farmers.
  6. Examinations Dept postpones the GCE Ordinary Level Exam 2022 by 2 weeks: the exam was previously scheduled to commence on May 15, and the new date will be May 29.
  7. Police say at least 564 persons have been killed in 534 fatal road accidents reported across the country from Jan 1 to April 9 this year: also say around 2,500 to 3,000 fatal accidents are being reported each year and more than 90% of those were due to reckless driving.
  8. SJB MP Nalin Bandara says the SJB will form a grand alliance targeting upcoming elections with party leader Sajith Premadasa as a common presidential candidate: also says the UNP is welcome to join the proposed alliance.
  9. Royal Turf Club prepares to conduct the 2023 Governor’s Cup horse-racing event at the Race-course in Nuwara Eliya on Saturday, 15th April: all eyes said to be on the new sensations “Mauritania” and “Legendary Princess”.
  10. Uncapped player Dushan Hemantha and wicket keeper Sadeera Samarawickrama included in the Sri Lankan Test squad for the 1st Cricket Test against Ireland due to commence on April 16 at the Galle Int’l Cricket Stadium.

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