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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 06/05

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe attends the Commonwealth Leaders Meeting held at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London: meets Rwandan President Paul Kagame and discusses potential areas of cooperation on agriculture and healthcare between the two countries.
  2. Health authorities say influenza & dengue are on the rise: also say it’s vital to wear face masks as safety precautions: adds cases of “leptospirosis” (rat fever) are increasing with 2,600 cases of rat fever reported so far in 2023: with 13 new cases of coronavirus being identified, total number of corona cases rises to 672,207: Corona deaths stands at 16,844.
  3. Most wanted terrorist in Pakistan, Iqbal alias Bali Khayara, who was involved in the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team at Lahore in March 2009, killed by Pakistan Police.
  4. Flights from Melbourne, Male & Dammam to Colombo diverted to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport due to bad weather conditions at Katunayake.
  5. MP Udaya Gammanpila charges that MP Patali
    Champika Ranawaka is lying with his comments regarding MP Wimal Weerawansa’s recent book, to protect the interests of the USA: asserts it is clear that Ranawaka has not even read the first page of the book.
  6. MP Professor Ranjith Bandara says the leader of the SLPP was “presented” at the May Day rally amidst public acclamation: also says he is glad that members of the media have understood that the next leader and Presidential candidate of the SLPP will be Basil Rajapaksa.
  7. Leading global supplier of tea, coffee and botanical ingredients, Finlays says it will sell its James Finlay Kenya tea estates business to Sri Lanka’s Browns Investments: in December 2021, Browns acquired Finlays’ Sri Lankan tea estate business.
  8. Chairman of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations says there is a need for new legal provisions to prevent the titles of “doctor of philosophy” and “professor” from being misused by certain individuals.
  9. National Building and Research Organization issues Landslide Early Warnings in Badulla, Matara, Matale, Galle and Kegalle Districts.
  10. Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi says Sri Lanka’s wildlife resources can be used to bring in foreign exchange: also says people of most countries live hard lives due to cold climates, but people of Sri Lanka are fortunate to live without such conditions.

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