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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 10/07

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he has done everything that needs to be done for the country and whether he should continue that journey, should be decided by the public. The President said that the people will have to decide whether the future of the country will be protected or not, when the Election Commission designates a date for the Presidential election in September or October.
  2. Non-executive government employees, who reported for duty on July 8 and 9, 2024, will be granted a special salary increment as a token of appreciation for their dedication during a challenging economic period. This increment was approved by the Cabinet following President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s proposal.
  3. The Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Ranjith Rubasinghe emphasizes that since public transport including railway services have been declared as essential services, the strike to be launched by the Station Masters’ Union is illegal. Furthermore, he stated that strict disciplinary action will be taken against those are not reporting for duty.
  4. Sri Lanka will wrap up talks with international bondholders on its restructuring process in a few weeks, Foreign Minister Ali Sabry said on Tuesday, a major step for the island nation to emerge from its worst financial crisis in decades. Sri Lanka will also seek to balance its ties with giant neighbour India and China to ensure that there is no difference in dealing with the two, he said, s athe rival Asian giants are key creditors and investors but are also jostling for geopolitical influence in the small Indian Ocean country.
  5. The acceptance of online applications for the 2024 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination has been extended further. The deadline for the submission of applications for the 2024 G.C.E A/L examination for both school and private applicants was scheduled for 10th. However, the Department of Examination stated that due to unavoidable circumstances, the deadline has been extended until July 12.
  6. The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has ordered to investigate into the loss of investments made by the depositors of ‘OnmaxDT’, which is believed to have been operating a pyramid scheme, and for a detailed report to be submitted to the court on August 07.
  7. Police have arrested seven suspects including the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya where the shooting incident took place yesterday resulting in the deaths of Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’ and another person and four others were injured. The other arrested individuals are suspected to have aided and abetted in the shooting incident, police said.
  8. The Sri Lanka Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament with amendments
  9. The Western Province Passenger Transport Authority has decided to reduce the fare of three -wheelers running in the Western Province from July 15. Accordingly, a fare of Rs.100 charged for the first kilometer will remain unchanged, while the fare Rs.100 charged from the second kilometer will be reduced to Rs.90,” Western Province Passenger Transport Authority Chairman Prasanna Sanjeeva said.
  10. Kathiravelu Sanmugam Kuhadasan took oath as a Member of Parliament in the presence of the speaker. He took oath to fill the parliamentary seat left vacant following the demise of R. Sampanthan.

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