Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 25/02

  1. Tensions rise over surging salaries at the Central Bank, sparking political speculation: Sources disclose that UNP leaders express public discontent to President Ranil Wickremesinghe, hinting it could influence the upcoming presidential polls: Wickremesinghe deflects responsibility, citing the Central Bank’s autonomy and suggests parliamentary intervention: Speculation mounts about the salary spike’s political impact.
  2. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and wife Jalani Premadasa announce parenthood to a baby girl: says as a father his ultimate hope is that his daughter grows up, receives a good education, and becomes a virtuous, civilised, educated and intelligent citizen of the country, just as any other parent.
  3. NPP/JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says Sri Lanka had always stuck in the process of moving forward due to its vanity towards centuries-old accomplishments, when other nations moved forward: laments politicians who came to power from time to time harboured this vanity instead of building the nation by measuring the country’s development in ancient establishments, thus losing major transformations.
  4. The government is considering establishing a prison or rehabilitation centre on Mantheevu Island in Batticaloa, currently housing only two leprosy patients: Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha visited the island to explore this possibility due to prison overcrowding concerns: The 100-acre island was previously used as a quarantine facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. The Health Ministry is investigating suspected fatalities at Kurunegala Teaching Hospital’s dialysis unit: At least five deaths have occurred since January: A five-member committee, led by Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Samitha Ginige, will investigate the matter: The incident may be linked to unidentified pathogens introduced into the unit: The Ministry is conducting a comprehensive inquiry, and as a precaution, the unit has been closed, with patients redirected to nearby facilities.
  6. The Asian Development Bank plans to offer Sri Lanka up to $500 million in assistance for 2024, …read more

    Source:: LNW English