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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 13/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe has affirmed his commitment to empowering the people and fortifying the economy by ensuring access to education, land, housing, and business opportunities. Stressing the importance of broadening economic participation, he highlighted its role in fostering a resilient national economy.
  2. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has decided to take disciplinary action against MP Prof. G. L. Peiris, the party’s general secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said. According to him, the decision was reached by the executive committee of SLPP after taking into account the fact that he entered into an electoral pact with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB).
  3. India on Wednesday said it is and will remain Colombo’s most reliable friend and dependable partner as it underlined that New Delhi was willing to offer modern defence equipment to friendly partner countries like Sri Lanka.
  4. The distribution of annual gift parcels to children under the care of 336 child development centers throughout the country, in line with President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s initiative. Coordinated by the Office of the President, with support from the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff and Sri Lanka Army, the distribution aims to bring joy to over 10,000 children.
  5. Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan have successfully concluded the second round of Foreign Office Consultations in Astana. The Sri Lanka delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardane while the Kazakh delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Alibek Bakayev.
  6. The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) says its daily revenue has gone up by approximately Rs. 25 million owing to the special bus service set in place for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year season.
  7. Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted two multi-day fishing trawlers carrying around 200kg of suspected heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island. Ten crew members who were on board the vessels were also taken into custody.
  8. Indian low-cost airline, Indigo, has expanded its connectivity to Sri Lanka adding direct flights from Mumbai to Colombo.
  9. The National Transport Commission has launched raids on private buses that overcharge for transportation services.Chairman of the National Transport Commission Shashi Welgama says the steps were taken based on information received from commuters.
  10. Former Sri Lankan cricketer and international umpire Kumar Dharmasena has denied media reports linking him to an illegal agricultural business operated in Sri Lanka. In a video message on Facebook, Dharmasena said his factory for the production of Agarwood, popularly known as oudh, products were being carried out as per the laws of the nation.

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