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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 12/02

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the ailing former Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera at his home in Katugampala, checking on his well-being and engaging in a brief conversation. During the visit, the President also spoke with Jayawickrama Perera’s family to gather information about his health and offering support.
  2. Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has said that the opposition will not allow to postpone the Presidential Election schedule to be held this year, under the guise of abolishing the Executive Presidency. Added that SJB will not get caught to the mischievous motives of the President to extend his term, in the name of abolishing the Executive Presidency.
  3. The Unified Payment Interface (UPI) services and RuPay card services will be rolled out in Sri Lanka and Mauritius at a virtual ceremony on February 12. The event will be joined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth and Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  4. Minister of Public Security Tiran Alas says that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested a person who spread slander on social media. The concerned suspect had maliciously carried out these smear campaigns with the support of a politician.
  5. President Ranil Wickremesinghe directs financial assistance from the President’s Fund for liver transplant surgeries for young children at the Ragama Teaching Hospital and cochlear implant surgeries at the Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital.
  6. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) takes legal action against seven individuals, including five staff members of Motor traffic department for allegedly registered nearly 400 vehicles evading customs, causing significant financial losses.
  7. The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) warns that the quality of air in parts of the island has dropped further to unhealthy levels.
  8. Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena has assured the party’s support towards a proposal to abolish the Executive Presidency speaking at an SLFP media conference themed ‘We stand for freedom’ (‘Nidahasa Wenuwen Api’)
  9. Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles said several amendments to the Online Safety Act will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, after taking into consideration objections by various factions, at the next Cabinet meeting.
  10. Australia secured their fourth ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup title with a dominant all-round performance against India, posting the highest total in a U19 Men’s CWC final and successfully defending it by dismantling India’s chase to win by 79 runs at Willowmoore Park, Benoni.

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