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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 08/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe inaugurates a new flyover linking Kompannavidiya with Justice Akbar Mawatha and Uttarankanda Mawatha, enhancing urban connectivity and easing traffic congestion in the area.
  2. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says there are many economic and social problems in the country, and for various reasons, Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers are divided ethnically into religions and castes: adds the best way to unite the divided Sri Lanka is through a free, independent and advanced education system: asserts through education, knowledge and intelligence, the various divisions within society can be removed, making Sri Lanka a strong country where everyone can live as one.
  3. The SLFP calls for a politburo meeting chaired by ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga to address the party’s internal crisis: This comes after an interim injunction barred ex-President Maithripala Sirisena from acting as SLFP chairman: Amidst this, a complaint about missing files prompted a police investigation at the party headquarters: The meeting will be held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, with some key members notably absent.
  4. The Cabinet will discuss declaring April 15 as a public holiday due to the timing of events related to the Sinhala and Tamil New Year on April 14: Various requests have been made for this, and the matter will be addressed during today’s Cabinet meeting.
  5. Finance State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says government employees will receive the remaining Rs. 5,000 of their increased allowance along with their monthly salary today: This completes the Rs. 10,000 allowance increase, with nearly Rs. 6 billion already distributed for the New Year season: Salaries for April, usually paid on the 25th, will be issued on April 10 due to the New Year: asserts Rs. 107 billion will be disbursed today, along with Rs. 13 billion allocated for the month, and pensioners have already received nearly Rs. 28 billion: Other welfare allowances for April to be provided promptly.
  6. Tourism Minister Harin Fernando announces that Sri Lanka welcomed 635,784 tourists in the 1Q24, generating US$1,025 million in revenue: expresses optimism about the sector’s growth and emphasises its importance for the country’s economy, pledging continued government support for its development.
  7. An SLAF Corporal, linked to the SLAF Rugby team, was fatally shot by police and STF in Angamuwa, Padukka: He was suspected in a shooting incident in Moragahahena, where two died: Allegedly ignoring orders to stop at a checkpoint, he fired at officers, prompting return fire: He died at Padukka Hospital: The SLAF Commander initiated a probe into the incident.
  8. Sources inform that the military administration in Myanmar faces challenges in rescuing 48 Sri Lankans held captive by cybercrime operatives in the Myawaddy area, controlled by ethnic armed groups: Eight victims have been rescued, but obstacles hinder the repatriation process via Thailand due to road transportation challenges: The Myanmar military requests more time to plan a strategic rescue, while diplomatic efforts by Sri Lanka, including appeals from President Ranil Wickremesinghe to Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, continue: Additionally, some Sri Lankans engaged in illicit activities in the region are hesitant to return home, although the exact number is unknown.
  9. 120 plantation workers, including children, were hospitalised after experiencing food poisoning symptoms from meals served at a Kovil in Nallatanniya: They suffered vomiting, stomach ache, and diarrhoea: 25 are reportedly still under treatment at the Maskeliya Divisional Hospital, while others were discharged: Food samples have been taken for analysis by Public Health Inspectors.
  10. Former Nalanda College and national cricket team captain Mahela Jayawardena pledges a donation for the construction of a four-story gymnasium and indoor stadium at his alma mater: This facility, estimated to cost Rs. 600 million, will cater to ten sports and fulfil a longstanding need for the college: participates in a unique event where former captains of Nalanda and Ananda colleges exchanged instructions with each other’s teams ahead of their annual cricket match, fostering camaraderie between the schools.

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