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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 29/05

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed officials to provide immediate relief to those affected by the recent inclement weather and to continue these efforts until the situation improves, the PMD reported. According to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), eight deaths have been reported across the island as of 27th. Seven people died in accidents caused by strong winds, and one person died in a boat capsizing incident.
  2. The ongoing private creditor debt restructuring negotiations process were expected to be complete without much delay and the Executive Board approval of the IMF programme second review followed by the third tranche was expected on schedule in June, Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe told the post monetary policy review press conference held in Colombo.
  3. Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara announced that the Cabinet has approved a proposal to provide social security benefits to all workers aged 55 and above across various industries.This initiative includes the preparation of necessary legal provisions, which will be developed alongside the “Garusaru” program, he said.
  4. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa says that postponing elections is not healthy for any democracy. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) National Organiser stated that extending the terms of the President and the Parliament undermines the fundamental principles of a democratic society.
  5. Safeguarding the safety of school children through ensuring a safe school environment especially during prevalent weather-related emergency situations is a top priority in government’s disaster management programme, said State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon.
  6. A group of civil activists gathered in front of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna office at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla for a protest. Their protest centered around the contention that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna lacks the mandate to endorse bills affecting the country.
  7. The Colombo District Court today issued another restraining order preventing Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakse from functioning as the Chairman and a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The court order has been issued on 28th after considering a complaint filed by State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.
  8. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, a prominent figure within the Mawbima Janatha Party, has tendered his resignation. Amunugama confirmed that he formally communicated his decision to the party’s leader, Dilith Jayaweera
  9. The exchange of information between Sri Lanka and India has commenced concerning the Sri Lankans arrested in India, allegedly associated with ISIS. This collaborative effort involves both the Sri Lanka Army Intelligence Division and the Police Terrorist Investigations Division. Security forces are uncovering details about individuals within Sri Lanka who may have had connections with the arrested suspects.
  10. Sri Lankan sprinter Aruna Darshana clinched the gold medal in the men’s 400m event at the second Belt and Road Athletics Invitation Meet in Chongqing, China. The 25-year-old athlete completed the 400m final in 45.48 seconds.

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