01. The Bar Association writes to President Ranil Wickremesinghe regarding the appointment of the next IGP; stresses it is of “utmost importance that the next IGP should be an officer whose service in the Police force is exemplary and free of any blemish and able to restore public confidence in the Sri Lanka Police”: Reports emerge that SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon is about to be appointed as the 36th IGP of the Sri Lanka Police.
02. The Bar Council of England and Wales in a press statement says it hopes “parliamentary authorities in Sri Lanka will reconsider most carefully the appropriateness of questioning Supreme Court Judges before a parliamentary committee,” and adds that it “similarly hopes that the Sri Lankan government will consider most carefully whether it can be ever be right to encourage disobedience to court orders.”
03. State Finance Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says the agreements made with the IMF will be presented to Parliament by President Ranil Wickremesinghe next week; asserts the Opposition and people of diverse opinions will be able to submit their recommendations then.
04. The official term of 340 LG bodies to end midnight today: The power of 29 Municipal Councils to be transferred to the Municipal Commissioners and the power of 36 Urban Councils and 275 Pradeshiya Sabha to the Secretary of each body.
05. State Minister Sisira Jayakody stresses the LG Polls will ‘not’ be held on April 25, 2023 as declared by the Election Commission; asserts the next Presidential Polls will be declared in November.
06. Former MP J. Sri Ranga who was arrested for allegedly pressuring witnesses to a case involving a twelve-year old road accident in Vavuniya remanded till March 20, 2023 as ordered by the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate Court.
07. Sri Lanka’s popular food and grocery delivery platform ‘UberEats’ brings on board 100 electric cycles manufactured by ‘Lumala,’ the country’s largest cycle manufacturer, paving the way for e-bikes and e-scooters on its platform in establishment of sustainable mobility in delivery.
08. India says under its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy it has always come forward to help debt-ridden Sri Lanka, and in the latest instance New Delhi has distributed rations in Kalmunai: President Ranil Wickremesinghe assured the country’s official bilateral creditors of transparency, equal treatment of all creditors, and equitable burden-sharing of all restructured debt in resolving the country’s economic crisis.
09. The Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) kicks off a fresh initiative, ‘Brand Sri Lanka Creation Symposium,’ to correct the island nation’s image in the eyes of the international community; focuses on rebranding the country by bringing together the experts in branding, business leaders and policy influencers against negative sentiments that are still largely prevalent.
10. The 144th ‘Battle of the Blues’ between Royal College, Colombo, and St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia concluded with a victory for Royal College: First inning RC 326/08; St. TC 153 all out: Second inning RC 168; St. TC 161: The Award Ceremony held under President Wickremesinghe’s patronage: RC declares March 20 a special holiday.