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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 26/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says any attempt to disturb the education system will not be permitted: also says if required, new legislation will be introduced to address such conduct: stresses the pivotal role of education in shaping the future.
  2. Met Dept’s Shiromani Jayawardena says SL’s high heat with windless conditions are expected to continue until the Southwest Monsoon begins: asks children, pregnant mothers and elderly to be vigilant about dehydration symptoms.
  3. Sri Lanka records a malaria death, first after Oct’12: victim 35, from Beruwala had returned to Sri Lanka on 10Apr’23 from Tanzania: victim had remained at his home with fever for 4 days before being admitted to a hospital.
  4. Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says the SLPP will present a “common candidate” in the upcoming Presidential Election: also says if the common candidate is President Ranil Wickremesinghe, he will express full support to the President.
  5. Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha assures that the 2022 GCE O/L exam will commence on 29 May as scheduled, and continue for 10 days.
  6. Power & Energy Ministry decides to continue with the increased weekly fuel quota that was provided for the New Year season: fuel shed owners say the average consumption is in any case significantly below the rationed quota at present, due to the very high price of fuel.
  7. “Glorious Church” Board Member Gratien Gunawardena says the “Miracle Dome” where “Prophet” Jerome Fernando preaches, is still incomplete and more donations are needed: asserts Uebert Angel has not donated a single cent.
  8. Thailand’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says the Thai Govt has asked Sri Lanka to return “Sak Surin”, the elephant gifted to Sri Lanka in 2001, for medical treatment: request follows concerns from animal rights groups about the alleged mistreatment of the animal.
  9. Minister Tiran Alles, with the approval of the President, hands over the complete report of the Presidential Commission to inquire into the Easter Sunday Attacks, to the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference: SLFP says the Govt should have tabled the complete report in Parliament first.
  10. Former Minister and MP Dullas Alahapperuma proposes that the GCE O/L Exam not be conducted this year but that the students be provided with a certificate stating that they are qualified to enrol in A/L classes.

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