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February 22, 2024

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Sri Lanka    Sri Lanka   

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, and officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia. It lies in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the Bay of Bengal, and southeast of the Arabian Sea; it is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. Wikipedia

Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

Population: 21.92 million (2020) World Bank

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With Sri Lanka’s economic crisis resulting in an acute shortage of essential supplies like food, medicine, milk powder, cooking gas and fuel, on 22 March, 16 Sri Lankan nationals, from the northern part of the island nation, reached Tamil Nadu (India) by sea. Four of them have been booked for illegal migration acts and lodged in prison. 

According to media reports, Indian Intelligence agencies foresee around 2,000 more refugees arriving in the coming days.

The army has been deployed to guard the fuel stations amidst shortage and protests by people who have to stand in queues to buy fuel. Three elderly people were reported dead earlier this week during their wait in long queues. Reports suggest that some children are unable to go to school as public transport is affected.

Sri Lanka’s food inflation climbed to 25.7% and retail inflation at 15.1% in February, among the highest in Asia as well as highest in Sri Lanka since 2008.

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