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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 17/09

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves for London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on 19th September.
  2. Former President Maithripala Sirisena ordered to appear before the Fort Magistrate’s Court on 14th October in relation to a private plaint to name him as an accused for failing to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks.
  3. President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the Indo-Sri Lanka FTA will be upgraded to a Comprehensive Economic & Technological Partnership soon: also says all related committees that obstructed it have been abolished to speed the process.
  4. Unloading starts of 2 fuel shipments out of 4, following prolonged delay of ships waiting outside the port since 23rd August due to non-availability of Forex: struggle to import fuel still on, since no credit facilities are now extended by suppliers after the declaration of sovereign debt default on 12th April.
  5. Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake says steps are being taken to establish a separate budget office in Parliament to monitor financial affairs of the government.
  6. Colombo International Book Fair commences at the BMICH for the 23rd consecutive year: over 400 local and international stalls participate: ends on 25th September.
  7. Central Bank’s T-Bill holdings face value increases by a staggering Rs.631 billion after 5th April 2022: increase is 77% over the T-Bill issues in the previous year: inflation @ 64%: 3-month T-Bill rate @ 32.9%: growth for 2Qtr22 @ -8 4%.
  8. Agriculture Department recommends use of 30% organic and 70% chemical fertilizer for cultivation in the upcoming 2022/23 Maha season.
  9. New Hindi version of “Menike Mage Hithe” by Sri Lankan singer Yohani de Silva released for the Hindi movie “Thank God”: movie features Bollywood’s Ajay Devgan, Sidharth Malhotra and Nora Fatehi.
  10. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe approves 15 member squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia: Dasun Shanaka (Captain): Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara recalled to the squad.

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