Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 16/09

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka has turned into a regional “punching bag”: asserts that Sri Lanka will not join any big power as it wants to avoid conflict in the Indian Ocean.
  2. Elections Commission Chairman Nimal Punchihewa says Sri Lanka’s electoral system is corrupt: also says the Commission cannot monitor or regulate expenditure of candidates.
  3. China and Russia slam Western double standards at the Human Rights Council: demands that the HRC desists from deviating from the standards of non-selectivity, objectivity and impartiality.
  4. GDP Growth rate for the 2Q 2022 estimated as 8.4% (negative) against 2Q 2021: Agriculture (-8.4%), Industries (-10.0%) & Services (-2.2%): 1Q 2022 was 1.6% (negative).
  5. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva says burdens are being heaped on people according to the dictates of the IMF.
  6. India says it does not plan to provide fresh financial support to Sri Lanka on top of the nearly USD 4 billion it has extended this year: awaits IMF programme implementation.
  7. Sri Lanka Amadyapa Maha Sabha says nearly 40,000 people die yearly due to tobacco and alcohol.
  8. Sri Lanka’s wild elephant population has increased to 7,000 says the Ministry of Wildlife.
  9. Hundreds throng to see the newly opened Lotus Tower.
  10. CSE’s ASPI exceeds 10000: Bank shares up on hopes of domestic government debt not being subject to restructuring.

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