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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 19/09

  1. Presidential Advisor on National Food Security, Dr. Suren Batagoda, says the amount of food consumed by Sri Lankans has reduced by about 60% due to the prevailing food shortage in the country: asserts the President has instructed that no one in Sri Lanka should go hungry.
  2. Minister of Transport Bandula Gunawardena says Sri Lankan authorities are continuing negotiations with Russia on the provision of a loan to buy Russian fuel: also says Sri Lanka is slowly recovering from the economic and foreign exchange crisis.
  3. Finance Ministry says Sri Lanka will make a presentation to its international creditors on debt restructuring & IMF bailout plans: presentation to be open to all external creditors in an interactive session.
  4. Draft resolution before the UNHRC in Geneva, handed in by the UK, said to be the strongest since 2009: Sri Lankan Government set to reject resolution, titled 51/1: Foreign Minister Ali Sabry says the resolution is unnecessary and divisive and that it will be resisted by the Government.
  5. Foreign Minister Ali Sabry’s speech at Geneva’s UNHRC indicates Sri Lanka is not ready to accept a hybrid tribunal of foreign and local judges to inquire into alleged war crimes and other human rights violations.
  6. Books at the Colombo International Book Fair 2022 at the BMICH, priced much higher than in previous years.
  7. Colombo Port records drop of 2.2% in volume for the first 8 months of 2022 amounting to a loss of 106,760 TEUs: fall due to domestic volumes reduction of 10.39% year-on-year on the back of economic woes.
  8. President Ranil Wickremesinghe pays his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall in London.
  9. Auditor General Chulantha Wickramaratne calls for investigation into the process of obtaining compensation for environmental damage caused by the sinking of the X-Press Pearl MV last year: Environmental Scientist Hemantha Withanage says damages claim could be as much as USD 10 billion.
  10. Poultry Manufacturers Association says unless VAT on imported poultry food and vitamins is reduced, the price of chicken and eggs will have to be increased by 40% during the forthcoming Christmas and New year seasons.

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