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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 19/06

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe has affirmed that all agreements with international women’s organizations mandate that women must have the same rights as men. He emphasized that the judiciary, executive, legislature, or any other institution cannot interfere with these activities.
  2. The inaugural public rally of the “Sarvajana Balaya”, the new alliance formed by several opposition parties, has commenced in Nugegoda. The public rally is being held at Ananda Samarakoon Open Air Theatre in Nugegoda under the theme of “repowering the aspirations of 6.9 million people.
  3. The Senior Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa claimed that the President has pressured Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, to resign from the government. He alleged that Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe revealed this during a politburo meeting.
  4. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SGCCI), paving the way for enhanced cooperation and growth between Sri Lanka and the dynamic business community of South Gujarat, India.
  5. The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Sri Lanka has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to exchange information relating to investigations and prosecutions of money laundering, bribery or corruption, and other related offences.
  6. A discussion is scheduled to be held between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and representatives of the University Trade Union Joint Committee (UTUJC) to address the latter’s wage issues. UTUJC co-chairman Dhammika S. Priyantha emphasized that the strike action, now in its 48th day, will continue until proper solutions are provided by the authorities.
  7. A proposal by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to extend the term of Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam by another six months has been defeated at the Constitutional Council meeting.
  8. MP Patali Champika Ranawaka revealed that ten businessmen, associated with both former and current ministers, have defaulted on loan repayments totaling Rs. 650 billion. He revealed this during an event held in Homagama recently.
  9. Agriculture and Plantation Industries Minister and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Senior Deputy Chairman Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the party, which was handed over to former Chairman Maithripala Sirisena with 142 MPs, has been reduced to just two MPs. Amaraweera mentioned that due to the party’s deterioration under Sirisena’s leadership, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had to take legal action against him.
  10. Veteran National Basketball Association (NBA) player Stephen Howard and veteran Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player Astou Ndiaye have hosted training sessions for school-level basketball players and their coaches from across the Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western, and Uva provinces in Sri Lanka.

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