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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 18/09

  1. New Commissioner General of Inland Revenue Department D R S Hapuarachchi says the Department will improve revenue collection and get back the forex lying outside the country.
  2. Ports Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says the Colombo West and East Deep-water Terminals will be fully operational by 2024-2025.
  3. Bloomberg reports that debt default and widespread protests shrank Sri Lanka’s economy to it’s worst levels in two years: the economy contracted by 8.4% in the 3 months up to 30 June 2022.
  4. President Ranil Wickremesinghe transfers Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and Colombo Port City Economic Commission to the Ministry of Investment Promotion.
  5. Public Security Ministry Secretary S Hettiarachchi says steps being taken to extradite 13 wanted underworld criminals who are hiding in Dubai: among them are notorious underworld gang leaders Harak Kata, Ganemulle Sanjeewa and Kudu Dharme.
  6. Prisons Spokesman Chandana Ekanayake says that the maximum capacity of all prisons in the country is 13,200, but around 24,000 inmates are cramped into them currently.
  7. Hundreds of thousands of people queue up at Galle Road to face interviews for jobs at Qatar Airways.
  8. Police summon “Black Cap Movement” Convenor Vimukthi Dushantha, whose organisation actively participated in the Galle Face Aragalaya (struggle).
  9. National Dengue Control Unit says that by the 36th week of this year, a total of 55,012 dengue cases have been reported in Sri Lanka: corresponding number last year was 18,265.
  10. Cases of snatching gold chains, mobile phone, bracelets, pendants and cash from women walking on roads, increase.

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