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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 06/08

  1. Health authorities request Police to immediately intervene and not allow the sale of hundreds of thousands of fish that have died in the Mullaitivu Mallavi Tank due to exposure to the extreme hot sun: Police and Public Health Inspectors to take measures to arrest people who are selling such “dead” fish.
  2. Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says the Govt intends to restructure the CEB by September 2023, by unbundling all related institutions instead of running all the related entities under one institution: asserts that the management structure of the CEB will also undergo reforms to enable renewable energy generation to be promoted via private & public partnerships.
  3. Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says the entire recommended quantity of Muriate of Potash will be provided to all farmers, free of charge, for the next ‘Maha’ season.
  4. SLPP MP and likely Presidential Candidate contender from the SLPP Namal Rajapaksa demands a clarification from the CEB in relation to an alleged unpaid electricity bill by him being circulated on social media under the letterhead of the CEB: requests the CEB to provide him with accurate details of the particular electricity bill so that he could respond accordingly.
  5. A Committee, headed by Deshabandu Tennakoon, Senior DIG of the Western Province, has been appointed by the IGP under the guidance of Public Security Minister Tiran Alles, to investigate into and report on measures that can be implemented to combat narcotic drugs and underworld activities.
  6. Small Hydro Power Developers Association says the industry recently received Rs.30 bn of arrears from the CEB, and the outstanding dues have now reduced to 10 months from 14: laments the industry is facing severe challenges as vested parties are funding NGOs to disrupt Small Hydro Power Developers, in order to achieve their own business ends.
  7. All Ceylon Nurses’ Union claims that the Govt is trying to privatize nursing and that the first step is to reduce the qualifications of those who can enter the service: cites that the President has said the Govt will recruit to the service from among people who have studied Arts for the GCE A/L.
  8. Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says two well-known companies from India have submitted requests to invest money to produce chicken and eggs in Sri Lanka: explains it is more effective to give foreign investors the opportunity to produce eggs and poultry in SL, rather than importing eggs and poultry.
  9. Self proclaimed Prophet Jerome Fernando’s iconic Miracle Dome welcomes a delegation of over 100 Japanese visitors on a spiritual tour: delegation welcomed by the Glorious Church Chairman Pastor Harin Perera.
  10. SL Netball team fails to impress at the World Cup: lose to Singapore 46-49 in their last game of the tournament played at Cape town South Africa.

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