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Anti-president protests are taking place in Sri Lanka, which is going through an unprecedented economic crisis. The situation is so dire that at some places there have been clashes between police and army personnel, while the protesters pelted stones at the security forces. Eventually the security forces lathi-charged and fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has announced that he will not resign despite mounting protests in the country. The country’s chief trade officer and highways minister, Johnson Fernando, has told parliament that the president will not resign as a responsible government because he is an elected leader. On the other hand, the government has also defended its decision to revoke the state of emergency. According to the Colombo Gazette, Minister Dinesh Gunawardene said that the state of emergency was declared due to the attempted attacks on the President’s office and other public property.

Bank and hotel employees also took to the streets in protest against the unfair policies of the government.
But have come down. Bank and hotel employees have also come out on the streets against the government. An official of the Bank of Ceylon said that the government has taken wrong decisions and people are facing difficulties due to this. The Hotel Association has also taken a stand on the demand to save the tourism industry.

Emergency in the field of health in the country remains as it is, India has delivered medicine,
Sri Lanka has declared an emergency due to the shortage of medicines in the health sector. In such a situation, India has supplied medicines to Sri Lanka. The National Hospital thanked India for this. Dr. Dammika, Director, National Eye Hospital, Colombo said, “India has delivered almost all the medicines here and we hope that they will continue to help in the same way in future also.”

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