Declaring high-security areas around the Presidential Secretariat in a gazette, Wickremesinghe

Sri Lanka is still grappling with a severe economic crisis . The island nation is currently suffering food and electricity shortages .

Colombo (Sri Lanka), September 23: According to Sri Lanka's local newspaper The Daily Mirror, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued a gazette notice naming several areas in Colombo as High-Security Zones, including the area surrounding the Parliament Complex, Presidential Secretariat, and Presidents House.The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka declared the High-Security Zones, which include the areas specified in the Schedule of these Orders, as a draft, quoting President Wickremesinghe's order under Section 2 of the Official Secrets Act, No.32 of 1955.Based on the security situation or on special occasions, the competent authority may make provisions for the regulation of such activities within the High-Security Zones.

Sri Lanka is still grappling with a severe economic crisis.Sri Lankan protesters broke into then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghes private residence and set it on fire an earlier time, protesting the dire situation.They were enraged by the unprecedented economic crisis.During those demonstrations, several journalists were also targeted by the security forces, which attracted more demonstrators in the area.

Since February, Sri Lanka has been dealing with a diesel shortage, which has resulted in hours of daily power cuts.Sri Lanka is currently suffering severe food and electricity shortages, requiring the country to seek help from its neighbours.The island nation is also dealing with a foreign exchange crisis, which has, coincidentally, hampered its ability to import food and fuel, resulting in power cuts.Sri Lanka needed financial assistance from friendly countries due to a shortage of essential products, and India has been at the forefront of extending economic assistance to the island nation in response to their needs.

India gave Sri Lanka around USD four billion in bilateral assistance in 2022.