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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 24/04

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized the peril of politicizing education, warning that such a move would inevitably lead to the nation’s downfall. He urged all stakeholders to set aside personal biases and engage in collaborative discussions to devise the most effective education system for the country within the next two to three years.
  2. The National People’s Power set debate dates for Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Sajith Premadasa, informing SJB in a letter. The proposed dates are May 7, 9, 13, and 14. SJB’s Nalin Bandara suggested discussing and agreeing on a convenient date, he also told that Sajith Premadasa will not join the debate on the dates proposed by the NPP due to prior commitments.
  3. National People’s Power Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake met with a delegation of the Chinese Communist Party including the Vice Minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party at the JVP head office. The discussions focused on the current political situation, upcoming elections and possible political developments.
  4. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court has delivered an order against the protest march planned to be staged by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) employees’ union near the Polduwa Junction in Welikada police area.
  5. Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera says the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) incurred a loss to the tune of Rs. 9.8 billion per annum as a result of the delays in the construction and commissioning of the Uma Oya hydropower plant.
  6. The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be relocated to the new premises on the 16th floor of “Suhurupaya” on Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla with effect from 02 May, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
  7. General Manager of Railways H. M. K. W. Bandara passed away on Tuesday (23) morning due to a sudden illness. According to sources, he succumbed to his illness while being rushed to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.
  8. Air Seychelles, the Republic of Seychelles’ national airline and Sri Lankan Airlines, the flag carrier of Sri Lanka, have announced a new code-sharing partnership, expanding the number of destinations accessible to customers from the paradise islands flying between Mahe and Colombo.
  9. In anticipation of the Iranian President’s half-day visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, April 24, authorities have announced a series of traffic disruptions and road closures. According to police reports, several roads in Mattala, Thanamalvila, Wellawaya, and Uma Oya will be closed from 9:45 am to 11 am.
  10. Sri Lanka’s star batter Chamari Athapaththu edged Natalie Sciver-Brunt to become the top-ranked batter in the ICC Women’s ODI batting rankings.

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