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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 31/03

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe extends Easter wishes, reflecting on Christ’s resurrection as a symbol of hope amid economic challenges: emphasises unity, urging Sri Lankans to prioritise security and development while guarding against division: reaffirms the government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring national security.
  2. Leader of Mawbima Janatha Party (MJP) and ex-media giant Dilith Jayaweera says Sri Lanka is not the property of the Rajapaksa family: urges the Rajapaksa family not to play with the lives of the innocent people of Sri Lanka: strongly criticises Basil Rajapaksa, who according to him is ‘an American’, stressing that he should not be allowed to determine the course in which the country’s future elections are set.
  3. The proposal to remove Mahinda Amaraweera, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, and Duminda Dissanayake from their SLFP positions was unanimously approved at a conference chaired by former President Maithripala Sirisena: K.P. Gunawardena, Hector Bethmage, and Sarath Ekanayake have been appointed as their successors.
  4. Premier Dinesh Gunawardena pushes for stronger economic ties with China during his visit to Shanghai: Both countries advance this agenda by signing an MOU between China’s Quality Certification Centre and Sri Lanka’s Bureau of Standards, aiming to align trade standards.
  5. IGP Tennakoon orders increased security at Sri Lankan churches for Easter Sunday, deploying over 9,500 officers and military personnel to protect 1,873 churches.
  6. CB data reveals that Sri Lanka experienced an inflation rate of 0.9% in March, with the non-food sector seeing a slightly lower inflation of 0.5%: Moreover, tourism earnings notably increased from US$162 million in February 2023 to US$346 million in February 2024: Additionally, the country’s official reserves witnessed significant growth, reaching US$4.5 billion in February of this year from US$2.2 billion in February 2023.
  7. The Health Ministry is investigating the death of a 50-year-old patient at Ragama Teaching Hospital shortly after receiving a vaccine: The patient, admitted for an ear condition, was pronounced dead after getting the ‘co-amoxiclav’ vaccine: Hospital authorities are conducting an internal probe to determine the cause of death, considering the possibility of an allergic reaction to the vaccine.
  8. Deputy Director of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Rukshan Bellana discloses that the primary water tank and other storage facilities at the hospital have not been cleaned in two decades: The hospital manages 161 tanks, including the main tower, with no documented cleaning schedules: Despite routine bacterial assessments, concerns persist about water purity, risking patient and staff health, and equipment integrity: stresses the urgent need for corrective action, highlighting negligence by health inspectors and sanitation staff.
  9. The UNESCO Executive Board unanimously approves a decision to commemorate the International Day of Vesak at UNESCO, following the initiative championed by Sri Lanka’s former Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar: Led by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Delegation, the decision mandates annual Vesak commemorations at UNESCO Headquarters, emphasising Vesak’s universal significance and its alignment with UNESCO’s goals.
  10. Sri Lanka Cricket unveils the new Ratnapura District Cricket Ground in Monaravila: The facility boasts seven turf wickets and will host various cricket matches, including international women’s games, benefiting local schools and clubs: The inauguration was attended by cricket officials and players, including Sri Lanka T20I Captain Wanindu Hasaranga and National Player Pathum Nissanka.

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