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Ex- Oman Embassy official granted bail

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The third secretary of Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman, E. Kushan who was in remand custody in connection with the human trafficking ring, has been granted bail.

Kushan was arrested on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on 29 November based on the investigations conducted on a complaint filed by a woman who was victimized by him and a statement obtained from the second secretary of the embassy.

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Lenses available only for one week

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The Health Ministry is trying to go ahead with a questionable deal to purchase lenses, trade unions alleged.

Ravi Kumudesh, President of the Health Professionals Association, said that the Health Minister should pay attention to this matter immediately.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that the number of lenses available in the warehouses of the Medical Supplies Division is sufficient for another week only.

Its Additional Secretary Dr. Saman Rathnayake said that the tender to purchase lenses will be allowed following the input of the Cabinet sub-committee appointed to look into the issue.

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President meets UN Secretary General

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The official meeting between UN Secretary General António Guterres and President Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken place at the UN headquarters in New York.

President calls on US President

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden and President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a cordial meeting on Wednesday (20) in New York.

This high-profile meeting took place amidst a dinner hosted by President Biden, gathering all the Heads of State who had participated in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The encounter began with a warm welcome from President Biden, who extended his hospitality to President Wickremesinghe.

The leaders engaged in a cordial and insightful conversation, touching upon various topics of global importance.

Following their discussions, they joined their fellow Heads of State for a group photograph, symbolising the spirit of international cooperation.

President Wickremesinghe, Professor Maithri Wickramasinghe and Mr. and Mrs. Biden posed for a photograph.

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Inflation in SL decreased by 62.1% – Siyambalapitiya

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Acting Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya announced that over the past year, inflation in Sri Lanka has significantly decreased by 62.1%, thanks to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s robust economic reform agenda.

Mr. Siyambalapitiya also highlighted that inflation, which stood at 66.7% during the first and second quarters of 2022, has now plummeted to just 4.6% for the same period in 2023. 

He made this announcement during a press conference held today (21) at the Presidential Media Center, focusing on the theme of ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country.

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