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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 29/05

  1. Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Chairman Shirantha Peiris says all Sri Lankan hotels are operating with less than 50% of the required staff: explains that during the pandemic, some employees found other means of employment while others went overseas creating a huge vacuum.
  2. National Institute of Education Director General Sunil Nawarathna says the Education Ministry plans to introduce Artificial Intelligence to the school curriculum in 2024 with an emphasis on robotics, machine learning, data mining, computer vision and related technologies.
  3. JAAF Secretary General Yohan Lawrence says the Apparel industry has been experiencing a reduction of around 20% in orders due to a global slowdown for the past 7 months: also says the slowdown may continue for another 5-6 months: notes some retailers are not placing new orders as they already have excessive inventories accumulated during the pandemic period.
  4. Self-styled Prophet Pastor Jerome Fernando issues another apology for his recent remarks about Lord Buddha and other religious figures which stirred controversy in the country: on May 15, President Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered the CID to launch an immediate investigation into the matter.
  5. Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera says the weekly fuel quotas will be increased from midnight on Tuesday (30), as follows: registered taxi 3-wheelers increased to 22L: other 3-wheelers & motor-cycles to 14L: cars and vans to 40L: buses and lorries to 125L.
  6. Fort Magistrate remands stand-up comedian Nathasha Edirisooriya, who was arrested over her allegedly disrespectful remarks on Buddhist philosophy and culture, until June 7.
  7. Commissioner General of Examinations says Ordinary Level Exam (2022) will commence today at 3,568 centres islandwide, with 472,553 candidates sitting the exam.
  8. Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya orders CID to obtain DNA samples of the mother of the businessman Dinesh Schaffter who died in mysterious circumstances in order to confirm the samples obtained from the deceased during the 2nd post-mortem examination.
  9. Cricket selectors pick Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne to return for white-ball cricket for the upcoming 3 match ODI series against Afghanistan: Karunaratne also expected to retain his place for the World Cup qualifiers later next month in Zimbabwe.
  10. Top SL sprinter Yupun Abeykoon’s participation at this week’s Wanda Diamond League 2023 in doubt after an injury to his hamstring during the International Meeting Citta’ Di Savona earlier this week: Abeykoon to decide his participation in the June 2 race after a second MRI scan on Monday.

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