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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 25/04

  1. Iran and Sri Lanka bolster ties with the signing of five MoUs covering film, media, tourism, cooperatives, libraries, and cultural, scientific, technical, and sports cooperation: President Raisi visited Sri Lanka, witnessing the agreements’ signing and participating in ceremonial events, including the inauguration of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project.
  2. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says professional lecturers should become part of the great revolution in education in Sri Lanka: stresses everyone, including the professional scholars, must come together and bring about a massive positive transformation of the quality of education, as a powerful collective that creates the intellectual force of Sri Lanka: adds parallel to the strengthening of free education, value should be added to the education system.
  3. President Ranil Wickremesinghe holds a meeting with SLPP’s Basil Rajapaksa and other party representatives to discuss political alliance plans ahead of the upcoming presidential election: Despite separate May Day rallies, they aim to merge post-election: The President is expected to run as a common candidate under a new alliance symbol: Launch of the campaign is anticipated after securing the IMF tranche in June: Discussions will include other political groups like those led by MPs Weerawansa, Alahapperuma, and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya.
  4. Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Nanayakkara instructs SLBFE officials to crack down on fraudulent schemes promising overseas jobs: emphasises lodging complaints and urged proactive measures against illicit activities: Recent incidents, including involvement of a police sergeant and a monk, highlight the need for thorough investigations: reiterates only licensed agencies can receive payments for job placements.
  5. The government plans to seize 112 vehicles illegally imported into Sri Lanka, valued at Rs. 7 billion: Finance State Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya reveals steps would be taken to confiscate these vehicles identified by the Fraud and Corruption Investigation Commission between 2015 and 2022: Buyers are reminded of their responsibility to ensure vehicles are legally imported.
  6. Varun Beverages Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. is launching “Clean Green Sri Lanka,” urging people to responsibly collect waste PET plastic bottles: aims to educate the public on proper disposal and recycling of PET plastic: introduces electric bicycles for efficient and eco-friendly waste collection, empowering marginalised communities and promoting sustainability: The initiative pioneers the use of electric bikes for recycling in Sri Lanka, aiming to change perceptions and promote environmental stewardship.
  7. Sri Lanka will host the 34th ISO Technical Committee meeting for tea on July 24th, gathering delegates from over 45 countries to discuss global tea industry standards: Led by Sri Lanka’s Tea Research Institute and Standards Institution, the meeting will focus on key aspects of tea production and adherence to standards: This marks the first physical meeting since the pandemic, signifying a crucial moment for global tea industry collaboration.
  8. The GMOA urges the government to halt the recent Cabinet decision allowing local students into the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University’s medical programme: cites concerns over transparency and consultation: plans to seek clarification from the President’s Office and calls for suspending the decision until further details are provided.
  9. A 32-year-old man who went missing after jumping over a safety fence near Adam’s Peak has been found alive: He was located in Nallatanniya after days of searching: Identified as Dinesha Hemantha, he sustained minor injuries and was admitted to Dik Oya Hospital for treatment: His motives for jumping remain unclear.
  10. The 2024 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers begin in Abu Dhabi today: Sri Lanka will face Thailand in Group A, while Ireland will face the UAE in Group B: Matches start at 4:30 pm local time: Group A includes Sri Lanka, Thailand, Scotland, Uganda, and the USA, while Group B comprises Ireland, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, UAE, and Vanuatu: The main tournament is scheduled to be hosted in Bangladesh between September and October 2024.

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