Sri Lanka: Protests for the 50th day demanding the resignation of the President, know what happened today?
Anti-government protests in Sri Lanka demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa continued for the 50th consecutive day on Saturday. The organizers of the demonstration have said that the demonstrations were held on this day especially on a large scale, with wide participation of the people.
Sri Lanka is currently facing a severe economic crisis and is on the verge of bankruptcy. The country is facing an acute shortage of food, fuel, medicines, and cooking gas to match. For the last 49 days in the country, people have been protesting at the entrance of the President's office demanding Gotabaya's resignation. Due to this Gotabaya's elder brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign and political unrest in the country arose. The protesters are also demanding the resignation of President Rajapaksa, although he has refused to do so.
Sitharaman talks to Sri Lankan High Commissioner on financial help
Sri Lanka's High Commissioner Milind Moragoda met Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi to discuss the possibilities of increasing financial aid to her country. According to the Sri Lankan High Commission, in the meeting with Sitharaman, Moragoda reiterated that until the economic adjustment plan is negotiated and finalized with the International Monetary Fund, Sri Lanka will currently need financial support to run the economy. Moragoda thanked Sitharaman for Indian cooperation in the form of credit for essential commodities and fuel and help in clearing the arrears.
India sends 15,000 liters of kerosene to Sri Lankan fishermen
India on Saturday sent 15,000 liters of kerosene to Sri Lanka to help 700 fishermen and mechanical ferry services in the Tamil city of Jaffna. New Delhi had sent about 40,000 metric tonnes of petrol to Colombo a day earlier. Sri Lanka is going through the most severe economic crisis these days.