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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 10/04

  1. In view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, President Ranil Wickremesinghe will grant Presidential pardons to 779 prisoners in accordance with Article 34(1) of the Constitution.
  2. Special security arrangements will be put in place at Mosques across the country in view of Ramadan festival (April 11), the Ministry of Public Security announced. Accordingly, 5,580 policemen, 510 Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel and 1,260 tri-forces personnel will be deployed for security.
  3. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has assigned the responsibility of making a decision regarding the SLPP’s candidate for the upcoming presidential election and communicating it to the general public, to party leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
  4. The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has commenced the activities related to preparing the electoral register for this year starting from April 09. The activities pertaining to the preparation of electoral register will be carried out until May 10, as per the Election Secretariat.
  5. The Court of Appeal postponed delivering the verdict on the interim requests in the writ petition filed against the remand of the Director of the Health Ministry’s Medical Supplies Division Dr. Kapila Wickramanayake, until April 26.
  6. The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for the admission of local students for the MBBS medical degree programme at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University starting from this year.The admissions will be carried out on payment basis and based on ‘Z’ score at G.C.E. Advanced Level and other specified qualifications.
  7. The government has issued new guidelines for the prevention of injuries and acute medical conditions related to sports events organized in view of the upcoming April festive season. The Health Ministry states irrespective of nationality and religion, each event presents its own set of challenges in terms of crowd management, environmental hazards and health risks, in addition to the risks inherent in each sporting event.
  8. Lanka Sathosa announced the reduction of prices for eight essential commodities. The prices of Dried Chilli, Imported Chinese Onions, Imported Indian Onions, Imported Pakistan Onions, Garlic, Potatoes, Dhal, and White Kekulu Rice have been reduced.
  9. The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the revised Electricity Sector Reforms Bill. According to the government, the Bill was revised to include proposals following public consultations and suggestions from experts in the relevant field.
  10. Sri Lanka rising star Chamodi Praboda has helped Sri Lanka Under-19 emerge victorious against England at the Under-19 Tri-Series. The 14-year-old destroyed England’s innings by taking 5 for 42.

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