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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 13/06

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe appoints Committee of Inquiry to investigate pre-Easter Sunday terror attack intelligence handling: Led by retired Judge De Alwis, it aims for impartiality and accountability: Deadline set for September 15, 2024, for findings presentation.
  2. SLPP National Organiser MP Namal Rajapaksa says contradictory sentiments have been made about the holding of an election by the UNP Leader and its Secretary: asserts the SLPP is against the idea of postponing the election: warns parties that had catered to the postponement of elections throughout history were decimated from existence: assures the SLPP already has a candidate for the upcoming Presidential Polls, but will not be revealed until the arrival of the appropriate time.
  3. NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake says in light of establishing national unity, the Tamil people of Sri Lanka should be given the right-to-decision making about their community in a political landscape beyond the proposed Provincial Council System: asserts such establishment should include constitutional changes, whilst ensuring that provisions which have already been constituted for unity are implemented: laments such provisions have confined themselves into mere laws, proposing that they should be brought into a practical reality.
  4. Eminent economists caution that IMF-led economic reforms disproportionately harm Sri Lanka’s citizens, especially women and SMEs: Prof. Jayati Ghosh advocates for alternative approaches, urging resistance against IMF influence and fair debt restructuring: Other experts, including Prof. Martín Guzmán and Charles Abugre, echo calls for national agendas in IMF engagement.
  5. Health Ministry and NMRA address concerns over unregulated beauty products in Sri Lanka, prompted by GMOA’s appeal: Efforts include legal framework strengthening and collaboration: GMOA stresses adherence to scientific guidelines: Despite existing regulations, influx of unregistered cosmetics persists: Health Ministry engages stakeholders to safeguard public health.
  6. IMF approves second review of Sri Lanka’s EFF programme, unlocking US$330 mn in third tranche: Foreign Minister Sabry lauds commitment to economic reforms: State Minister Semasinghe sees pivotal moment for economy: CBSL anticipates IMF announcement on third tranche release: Total IMF support reaches US$1 billion: Despite recovery signs, reform efforts imperative.
  7. UPTUF launched a 24-hour strike seeking government action on postal staffing shortages: Postmaster General cancels leave, pledges service continuity amidst disapproval of the strike: Assurances made to ensure uninterrupted postal services during the strike period.
  8. Former MP Ranjan Ramanayake acquitted of Rs. 1 million fraud and marriage promise allegations by Kandy Chief Magistrate: Case filed by Special Crimes Investigation Division based on a teacher’s complaint: Ramanayake claims innocence, cites political motives: accuses Cabinet Minister and lawyer of orchestrating scheme against him.
  9. Saudi Arabia donates 300 tonnes of dates to aid Sri Lankan children, especially affected by economic challenges: The contribution, facilitated by KSrelief, supports the national school meal programme: UN’s WFP appreciates the gesture, enhancing nutrition for vulnerable children amidst the crisis.
  10. The Sri Lanka-Nepal T-20 World Cup match in Florida was abandoned due to heavy rain, with no balls bowled: Sri Lanka’s chances of reaching the Super Eight stage were further complicated by the washout: They must win their final game against the Netherlands, with outcomes of other matches also crucial for their qualification.

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