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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 20/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe has highlighted that the tourism hotel project with India’s Taj Samudra Hotel in Nuwara Eliya had been lost due to protests. Clarifying the government’s decision, the President explained that plans were only made to set up hotels in the lands surrounding the Post Office building to improve tourism in the area.
  2. Sri Lanka has participated in the Global Sovereign Debt Roundtable (GSDR) in Washington DC, which brings together debtor countries and creditors, in a bid to build a greater common understanding among key stakeholders on debt sustainability, debt restructuring challenges and ways to address them.
  3. Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) says that if the United National Party (UNP) supports Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa in the upcoming presidential election, consideration may be given to offering a position to current President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
  4. State Minister of Finance Shehan Semasinghe says that the government is confident of reaching resolution with commercial creditors and the private bondholders which will enable Sri Lanka to be a debt sustainable country, as the engagements with them are underway.
  5. The Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has filed a fundamental rights (FR) petition before the Supreme Court seeking an order that the fundamental rights have been violated through the purchase of certain types of drugs including Human Immunoglobulin vials, without following the proper procurement process.
  6. Coca-Cola has named Kaushali Kusumapala as the new Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives, marking a historic moment as the first woman from Sri Lanka to hold this position.
  7. The distribution of fortified rice, supplied by the World Food Program (WFP) on behalf of the program initiated under the instructions of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide a nutritious meal for schoolchildren, commenced at the Veyangoda warehouse complex.
  8. Three suspects involved in transferring fraudulent funds through EZ Cash have been apprehended by the Police.
  9. Livestock Development State Minister D. B. Herath said that the country has reached a point of self sufficiency in egg and poultry meat production. As a result, they are now contemplating the possibility of exporting eggs in the coming years.
  10. Sri Lanka’s women’s cricket team skipper, Chamari Athapaththu has hinted at her possible retirement from the sport of cricket. Speaking to the media in South Africa, Athapaththu revealed she believes her retirement is ‘very soon’.

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