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Wow. "The Minister said that when a few people in a village have dengue that news is splashed as the lead in some newspapers.
He said that such news reports are also published in the international media & it discourages foreign tourists from visiting the country."
#DengueFever 1/
Let's do some fact checking on Manisha's claims.
Is it a few people in a village that have Dengue? Manusha sounds like the president of Eritrea saying it's all fake news.
Are the International media exaggerating & copy pasting "fake news" about Dengue fever in #SriLanka? Is Manusha making a case to censor actual news?๐Ÿ˜ณ
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1. A thread analysis of #Argentina-#China relations through our previous reports, reports from our on-ground reporters, and SM influencers.

Argentina already has a base operated by the #Chinese military in the province of #Neuquรฉn. Image
2. Now plans to add a port for #Beijing in the #RรญoGrande, on the continent's southern tip.

The location of Rio Grande is of extreme strategic importance and crucial for the world in general. Image
3. Since 2018, #Chinese fishing vessels have spent 1 million hours fishing between #Argentinaโ€™s maritime border and the high seas, yet spent 600,000 hours โ€˜in the #dark,โ€™ suspected of illegal fishing within #Argentine waters in the South Atlantic.
Report:โ€ฆ Image
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Iran to become โ€˜full-fledgedโ€™ SCO member in July

The Iranian foreign minister made the announcement from South Africa, where he took part in a ministerial meeting of the BRICS economic blocโ€ฆ
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian revealed on 1 June that Iranโ€™s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be completed in July.โ€ฆ
โ€œWe will become a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in July when the next summit of the association is to take place,โ€ he told reporters on Thursday, according to Iranโ€™s state-run Tasnim News Agency.โ€ฆ
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Congratulations @Jamz5251. You have made it clear by this time that you have a specific political opinion & agenda. Great power comes with great responsibility. I hope that you will reflect how you can steer #SriLanka away from a nationalist agenda spiced with toxic racism. 1/
Integrity will be remembered in history more than the temporary Adrenaline kick you can obtain from a sense of power. I have often reflected on the success of the Nazi propaganda newspaper Der Stรผrmer. How will the @Dailymirror_SL be remembered in history? 2/ ImageImageImage
These are cartoons designed by master artists along with powerful writing that solidified & expanded support of a despot regime that contributed to the genocide of not only the Jewish people but also of free thinkers, leftists, trade unionists...โ€ฆ 3/
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It's been 42 years since they burnt down the #JaffnaLibrary.I decided to write a thread to acknowledge these #CrimesAgainstHumanity.As a Sri Lankan from the South,as a Bibliophile & as someone who strongly believes in justice, accountability & human dignity,I ask for discourse.1/
Every year as we commemorate this now passing 42 years, why is justice delayed? Surely there must be witnesses. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ
A powerful article from 2014 & required reading for all on the burning of the #Jaffna library.
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Dear @rickygervais,Don't break my ๐Ÿ’”.
We are a #LandLikeNoOther.Come experience the splendour of our political wisdom,abundance of guidance,our religious tolerance,our democracy,all enshrined & ordained in our living, breathing,225 sages in the #WonderofAsia #visitsrilanka2023 1/ Image
Here's the epic moment when @rickygervais gave a moment of "Joie de Vivre" to #LandLikeNoOther my #SriLanka.
You shoot me down in flames
You make me laugh a lot
You put me down a lot
But I`m giving you my ๐Ÿ’”.
Art work @RandyChrizP
Here's a breath of fresh air to #SriLanka the #LandlikeNoOther: our very own @NewsCurrySL. Have a look at the content. Plenty of hope to keep sanity amidst the madness.
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1. We have come out with our grand report titled :

"The BRI Status: A Grand Report" on Its Present and Future.

Here is a thread on the same.
#BRI #China


@ShawnG927 @jenny_kjacobs @tiffanymeier_ @NoCCPGenocide @UMM1776 The status of the Belt and ...
2. "The #BRI Status: A Grand Report on Its Present and Future" sheds light on numerous challenges faced by BRI like:
cost overruns,
environmental damage,
funding issues,
repeated delays,
lack of progress,
and poor quality of development.
@Santos4Congress Image
3. According to our investigation, 62.8% of the countries that have joined the #BRI are #developing countries, while around 17% are #developed countries.

This suggests that the BRI is primarily focused on developing countries.
@GundamNorthrop @Byron_Wan Image
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Dear @Davud_Akh,
Today you tweeted about a tourist taking a selfie at Nine Arch Bridge wearing a fish net bikini. You asked locals to call the police if someone is shirtless.Some of us responded.A few hours later I noted that you deleted your tweet. Here's a glimpse of it. 1/ ImageImageImage
After deleting your tweet, you tweeted the following. I replied with the following message. Then I discovered that you had blocked me. Now this is interesting. I gave you a different view & you seem to be intolerant of dissident views. That's a pity.
2/ ImageImage
What is fascinating here is that you say "It seems like everyone is so modern and open minded" & "I will not fight your battles". Are these values offensive to you?I looked you up because I was curious about your background. The internet says you are Azerbaijani from Prague. 3/ Image
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#Monsoon2023 Onset Conditions slowly evolving at the background over S-SE Bay as Lower level wind flow seen getting back to normal after got disturbed last week by #CycloneMocha . Cross Eq Flow/ITCZ associated rains likely over Nicobar Islands from 18th May.
If we observe the above animation closely ,I have drawn a line for understanding the progression of Monsoon as we could see the cross Eq flow slowly establishing &extending NW gradually as days progress. This is how Bay branch monsoon progress into #srilanka (25/26th May)
Zonally oriented East-west shear line in the lower troposphere also seen appearing in the next 4-5 days extending from S.Arb sea into Andaman &Nicobar islands. This is also criterion considered for Monsoon arrival over Bay islands Image
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24 Dream destinations outside India for every hindu.

1. Kailash Mansarovar, Tibet ๐Ÿ”ฑ
Biggest dream of every sanatani

@LostTemple7 Image
2. Angkor Wat Mandir
Siem Reap, Cambodia Image
3. Hinglaj Mata Mandir, Balochistan Image
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Hope the rumours about Mahinda Rajapaksa becoming PM are true. No politician captures the essence of #SriLanka's rotten political culture quite like Ranil and MR. Having them together as President and PM would help make sense of the past 20 years of #SriLankan politics. #lka 1/ Image
MR became President of this nation twice without any significant academic qualifications, exceptional intelligence or in-depth knowledge on important matters. His recipe for success is simply his unmatched charisma, his talent for maintaining political friendships, and.. 2/
his ultra-masculine personality. He has blazed a trail for any future politician who wants to enter politics purely to gain power and engage in corruption, and we're already seeing many who have been inspired by him in parliament. 3/
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4 years ago in May 2019, a few of us came together and voluntarily submitted a comprehensive crisis-management communications plan to the then Government of Sri Lanka who had appealed to the public to submit such recommendations in the wake of the #EasterSundayAttacks. Image
The 6 of us met online (on Twitter), but we all shared a common mission in our capacity as experienced communications professionals to help our country and itโ€™s citizens in a time of need and great grief.
Our recommendations to the GoSL consisted of urgent communications-related requirements, media and stakeholder engagement, positive use of social media etc. at a time when misinformation was rampant and causing further tensions within communities.
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I've been following @Mike_Affinity's tweets and other information about meals for school children and I have something to say, as a journalist who has covered this story. #SriLanka
The problem of hunger and undernutrition in #SriLanka is dire and as bad as it ever was. Life out there doesn't comprise rosy economic statics and data, stock market ups and downs or "it's-better-than-before" middle-class narratives. Kids still don't have food. That's reality.
We're all complaining about there not being eggs. Kids of low-income families haven't had protein for months. Couldn't afford it. There are a LOT of poor people in Sri Lanka now. Even under our noses, in Colombo, the urban poor. They're not all tucked away in villages.
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Here's a summary of key statements made at the #MayDay2023 rallies in #SriLanka yesterday


- We must work together
- See, how we're including the youth (nod to aragalaya)
- Ranil will be prez for two terms like JR (Wajira A)
- Ranil got us out of bankruptcy in no time (Ruwan W)

- We will wash the Beira off ourselves (Rohitha A)
- They haven't arrested Handunetti for surrounding parliament yet (Johnston, who isn't arrested yet)
- We made some mistakes in the past *conspiracy* *conspiracy* *conspiracy* Jayawewa workers (MR)
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Everyone talks of Domestic Debt Restructuring, but no one worked the numbers.

"Without data,ย you'reย justย another person with an opinion"

I did the math, so you donโ€™t have to.

A maturity extension is needed for ALL bonds, not just long-term ones.

@CSE_Media #SriLankaโ€ฆ Image
Let me explain this back-of-the-envelope analysis.

First of all, few disclaimers.

โ€ข These are personal views based on my calculations.
โ€ข Those calculations are very much simplified. Actuals might massively differ.
โ€ข Figures are based on published data as of 31.12.2023.

More disclaimers:

โ€ข GFN here focuses only on T Bills + T Bonds. It excludes:
- other domestic law instruments such as SLDBs
- liabilities such as overdrawn balances in DST accounts, suppliers dues, etc.
โ€ข This is neither investment opinion nor advice. Do your own research.

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Am 24. Mai erscheint mein neues Buch โ€žDie dreckige SeidenstraรŸeโ€œ รผber Chinas Auslandsinvestitionen entlang der Neuen SeidenstraรŸe #BRI. Aktuell warnt der #IWF vor einer Schuldenkrise historischen AusmaรŸes. Was hat #China damit zu tun? ๐Ÿงต๐Ÿ‘‡โ€ฆ
1โƒฃ Zahlreiche Lรคnder in Asien und Afrika stehen aktuell vor der Insolvenz. Betroffen sind bis zu 700 Millionen Menschen. #IWF und #China aber streiten derzeit darรผber, was mit diesen Schulden geschehen soll, um eine Insolvenz-Kaskade zu verhindern. Image
2โƒฃ Der Hintergrund: Vor zehn Jahren gab Xi Jinping den Startschuss fรผr das bisher grรถรŸte geopolitisch Projekt Chinas: Die Neue SeidenstraรŸe. Das Land saรŸ damals auf einem gigantischen Berg von Devisenreserven. Diese US-Dollar sollten irgendwo hin. Die Idee warโ€ฆ Image
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๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ง๐š & ๐๐š๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง'๐ฌ ๐‰๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ ๐„๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐“๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐“๐ก๐ž โ€˜๐™‚๐™‡๐™Š๐˜ฝ๐˜ผ๐™‡ ๐˜ฝ๐™๐˜ฟ๐˜ฟ๐™ƒ๐™„๐™Ž๐™ ๐™Ž๐™๐™ˆ๐™ˆ๐™„๐™ (๐™‚๐˜ฝ๐™Ž)โ€™, ๐๐ž๐ฐ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ก๐ข ๐ˆ๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค

๐“๐‡๐‘๐„๐€๐ƒ . . .
For Information: @IbcWorldOrg Image
1. ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‚๐˜ฝ๐™Ž
GBS is a big lash on #China. #CCP has demolished several Buddhist sites and as its core communist policy, has no space for religion. GBS reminds the Buddhist countries that #India is their only 2nd home from where #Buddhism went to world. ImageImage
2. ๐™„๐™จ ๐™„๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™– ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐˜ผ๐™จ๐™ž๐™–?
Top #Buddhist countries in the world include #Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, #Bhutan, #SriLanka, Myanmar & Vietnam. With religious & historical attachments, #India is knocking on all the fronts of Atheist #China Image
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Long Thread:

China's โ€œPearl of Strings" Vs Bharat's โ€œDiamond Necklace"!

Modern day wars are not to conquer Land Parcels, but to control Trade & Economies!

#China was lucky to be given a Free Hand by #UPA govt of CONgress which literally slept over Strategic Issues.

#China increased it's presence in Indian Ocean rampantly till 2014 through its Debt Trap Diplomacy to suit it's #StringsOfPearls strategy to contain Bharat's hold in Indian Ocean.

It created a ring around Bharat through strategically placed Nations.

How was it being done?

Via debt-trap policy! China lured strategically located nations around #Bharat to borrow Infra Loans. Once indebted, #China pressurized them to support its Geostrategic interests. This way, China got Control over Chittagong
(Bangladesh),Karachi &Gwadar Port(Pakistan) and...

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Launching 'DIGIECON 2030', an important step towards transforming #SriLanka into an inclusive #digitaleconomy, President @RW_UNP emphasized the need to adopt new technologies and innovative solutions to promote sustainable economic growth and enhance global competitiveness (1/3)
and believes it will help ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ remain focused on achieving its goals and becoming a truly digital economy.

The President said that Rs. 100 million will be allocated this year to start planning the digital policy by integrating universities and other research institutes.ย (2/3)
The next year will see Rs. 1 billion allocated for conducting research focusing on #artificialintelligence.

It will also set up a platform for 50 innovative, small and medium start-ups in various fields to access global investments & markets. (3/3)

#Digitalization #Innovation
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#SriLanka has a final opportunity to progress and it's imperative for everyone to collaborate in creating a prosperous community for future generations, without resorting to finger-pointing, President @RW_UNP stressed, delivering the keynote address at the (1/6)
โ€˜Economic Dialogue- IMF and Beyondโ€™ panel discussion.

At the CEO Forum hosted by @casrilanka, the President expressed that the Govt. should surpass the @IMFNews program and concentrate on establishing a thriving community for upcoming generations, emphasizing the Govtโ€™s (2/6)
dedication to this goal.

Reflecting on ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ's past missed opportunities for development, the President highlighted the failure to implement Mr. D.S. Senanayakeโ€™s proposals and the B.R. Shenoy Report.

Noting that ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ's progress was hindered by the ethnic issue of 1978, (3/6)
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The fourth round of negotiations on the proposed #SriLanka - #Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA) was held in Colombo from 27 to 29 March 2023.

This initiative aligns with the Presidentโ€™s vision of enhancing economic relations with large and emerging economies, with a (1/4) Image
a particular focus on @ASEAN countries.

The ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ delegation, along with their focus on trade negotiations, also strengthened the long-standing religious and cultural ties between the two countries by offering over 500 alms-bowls to the Gangaramaya temple. (2/4) ImageImageImage
The ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ negotiating teamโ€™s goals for the talks focused not only to increase ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ exportsโ€™ access to the ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ market, but also to improve market access to other @ASEAN countries through the ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ market and to reduce existing non-tariff barriers. (3/4)
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Now that the initial euphoria/rage about the IMF approval has hopefully faded, going to talk a bit about what it means and how I look at it.

#SriLanka #lka #EconomicCrisisLK
Usual disclaimer of being personal opinion and thereby, subjective. I'm also especially aware of how political and partisan the topic has become, and being clear that's not my goal.
3/ So yeah, the IMF is here. For me, it's part of a long process and there's so much that remains up in the air, but broadly I remain cautiously optimistic.
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โœ…The IMF Executive Board has approved #LK's 17th IMF program, under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). However, this is only the beginning.

Here is a ๐Ÿงตabout what this means for ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ and what happens next. 1/6

#EconomicCrisisLK #IMF #SriLanka #Reforms
๐ŸฆThe EFF aims to provide assistance to countries experiencing serious balance of payments imbalances because of structural impediments, or slow growth. It provides support for comprehensive programs with policies needed to correct structural imbalances over a longer period. 2/6
๐ŸšซWhat it is not? The #IMF program is not a bailout. With an IMF program comes credibility and it aims to bring back confidence in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ's economy giving #LK access to bilateral, multilateral and financial markets. However, it does not solve all ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ's economic woes. 3/6
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#SriLanka @IMFNews EFF: Highlights

โ€ข immediate disbursement: USD 333 Mn
โ€ข catalyse financial support: ~USD 4 Bn+

End 2023 forecasts
โ€ข Reserves USD 4.4 Bn
โ€ข GDP -3%
โ€ข CCPI inflation 15%
โ€ข Public debt 111% of GDP
โ€ข Exports USD 13.6 Bn
โ€ข Imports USD 20.6 Bn

โ€ข "fiscal institutional reforms on tax admin., public fin. & expenditure management, & energy pricing are critical"

= fuel + utility price formulas to remain, cuts unlikely in short-term

โ€ข "momentum of ongoing progressive tax reforms should be maintained"

= No tax cuts

โ€ข "Stay committed to multi-pronged disinflation strategy to safeguard the credibility of its inflation targeting regime"

= @CBSL monetary policy will be data driven and remain tight, until inflation falls significantly

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