On Wednesday, Mangaluru Police issued a circular alerting the Fishermen’s Association to monitor whether Sri Lankan citizens have entered the town illegally. Fishing groups are instructed to notify authorities if suspicious boats are spotted at sea.
The Mangaluru Police are also monitoring whether new residents have recently been displaced or are about to move into the town. Also, vigilance on the coast of Karnataka has been reinforced in order to prevent the illegal immigration of Sri Lankan nationals. Coastal Security Police continuously monitor activities at sea and coordinate with coastguards and central intelligence agencies. This action is part of the ongoing political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan citizens may attempt to use an illegal sea route to enter Mangalore.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Sri Lankan government is struggling to meet the basic needs of its population of 22 million citizens in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis caused by mismanagement of finances and cuts in inappropriate taxes. The island nation is also currently facing a currency deficit, which has led to shortages of food, fuel, electricity and gas, and has sought economic aid from friendly countries.
Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Amid political turmoil in the country, United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been named Sri Lanka’s next prime minister. According to a report by DailyMirror, Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the country’s Prime Minister by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Earlier it was reported that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will announce the new prime minister and a cabinet by the end of this week. The new cabinet will have a majority in parliament of 225 seats, the president said in a statement.
Notably, Wickremesinghe’s name has been recommended for Sri Lanka’s next prime minister after former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on May 9 as the island nation reels from the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. Ranil was the leader of the United National Party. since 1994 and served as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka three times: from 1993 to 1994, from 2001 to 2004 and from 2018 to 2019. From 1994 to 2001 and from 2004 to 2015, he was the Leader of the Opposition.
Ousted Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa also congratulated Wickremesinghe on his appointment amid the deteriorating socio-economic scenario of Sri Lanka.