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Sri Lankan Prime Minister expresses gratitude to people of India for humanitarian assistance

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday thanked Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, as well as the people of India, after a fresh consignment, containing food items and milk, reached Colombo after being flagged off from Chennai, on May 18.

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Protests seen in Sri Lanka could be repeated in other countries, if Governments fail to support poor – IMF chief

Governments need to subsidise the cost of food and energy for the poorest members of society and without the correct government support the protests seen in Sri Lanka could be repeated in other countries, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

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Sri Lanka-born Cassandra Fernando elected to Australian Parliament

Sri Lankan born Holt Labor Candidate Cassandra Fernando won a seat at the Australian federal election which was held on Saturday to elect members of the 47th Parliament of Australia.

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Person arrested with USD 50,000 on suspected money laundering

A 36-year-old man has been arrested by the STF for possessing USD 50,000 during a raid in Welikada in Rajagiriya last evening (May 21).

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Sri Lanka starts nationwide raid on those hoarding fuel

Sri Lankan police on Sunday started a nationwide raid on those hoarding diesel or petrol for resale, a police spokesman told journalists in Colombo.

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Sri Lanka crisis: India supplies another 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel

India extended an additional USD 500 million credit line to help Sri Lanka import fuel as the country has been struggling to pay for imports after its foreign exchange reserves plummeted sharply in recent times, causing a devaluation of its currency and spiralling inflation.

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CID obtaining statements from IGP, STF

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is currently recording statements from IGP C.D. Wickramaratne and the Commandant of the STF over the incidents which took place outside Temple Trees (Maina Go Gama) and in Galle Face (Gota Go Gama) on May 09.

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Tear gas and water cannons fired at protesting HND students

Sri Lanka police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the protesting Higher National Diploma (HND) students near the World Trade Centre in Colombo today (May 21).

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Fitch Ratings downgrades Sri Lanka to ‘Restricted Default’ from ‘C’

Fitch Ratings downgraded Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency (LTFC) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to Restricted Default (RD), from ‘C’.

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State of Emergency abolished

The country-wide state of emergency declared in Sri Lanka was abolished last night (May 20).

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Sri Lanka welcomes G7 announcement in securing debt relief

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday welcomed the G7 announcement that they will assist the country in securing debt relief as it is grappling with its worst economic crisis.

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Sri Lanka to get Emergency Assistance of USD 3 Million from Japan

The government of Japan, through UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP), has granted humanitarian emergency assistance of USD 3 million to Sri Lanka for the procurement of essential medicines and food.

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SJB suspends party membership of Harin Fernando & Manusha Nanayakkara

The Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) has decided to suspend the party membership of Harin Fernando and Manusha Nanayakkara who accepted ministerial portfolios in the government today (May 20).

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‘We are going to die’: Food shortages add to Sri Lanka’s woes

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis and vowed the government will buy enough fertiliser for the next planting season to boost harvests.

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Nine Cabinet Ministers sworn in

Nine new Cabinet Ministers have been sworn in before Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning (May 20).

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Sri Lanka talks conclude May 24, monitoring developments closely – IMF

An International Monetary Fund virtual mission to Sri Lanka is expected to conclude technical talks on a potential IMF loan program to the crisis-wracked South Asian country on May 24, Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday.

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