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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 18/06

  1. SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella says investors will not come to a country that does not adhere to the rule of law: warns Sri Lanka might lose concessions from foreign donors and multilateral bodies due to the Govt’s attempts to suppress the people: asserts no one has offered significant amounts of aid so far.
  2. Elections Commission requests the public to ensure that their names are in the Electoral Register 2023: asks the public to contact the area Grama Niladhari officer and make sure the inclusion of their names in the electoral register.
  3. Peradeniya University’s Professor Wasantha Athukorale says the monthly expenditure of an average Sri Lankan family has increased to Rs.76,124 this year, from Rs.63,820 last year: of such amount, Rs.40,632 is spent on food: also says the income of 60% of the families has decreased this year.
  4. India’s new Parliamentary complex built at a cost of USD 2.4 bn depicts an “undivided India” mural which includes parts of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar: Nepal and Pakistan raise concerns about the inclusion of their sovereign territories in the mural: Bangladesh instructs its embassy in New Delhi to get an official explanation on the matter from India’s External Affairs Ministry: so far, no official statement from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan or Myanmar on the matter.
  5. Labour Minister Manusha Nanayakkara denies allegations that the Govt’s newly proposed labour law reforms were enacted or proposed by IMF or any other similar organisation.
  6. National Investigation Agency of India files charge-sheets against 13 persons (3 Indian + 10 Lankans) in relation to the India-SL illegal drugs and arms trade, and attempts to revive the LTTE.
  7. Minister Tiran Alles says a decision hasn’t been made yet regarding the appointment of a new IGP: incumbent IGP C D Wickramaratne is due to retire on 26 March 2023, after having received a 3-month extension of service.
  8. SJB MP Ashok Abeysinghe says 25 MPs of the SLPP will join the SJB: also says the group currently being led by MP Dallas Allahaperuma is amongst them.
  9. Former Central Bank Deputy Governor W A Wijewardene advises the Govt to seek additional time to fulfill the conditions required to be met to qualify to receive the 2nd IMF tranche.
  10. Transport Ministry decides to lease lands belonging to the Sri Lankan Railways in order to cover up it’s huge losses arising from the transport operations of the Railways.

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