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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 03/10

  1. Most venerable Mahanayake Theras of 3 Chapters request President Ranil Wickremesinghe to grant concessions on the recent electricity tariff hikes to all temples: say the temples render an enormous service to society.
  2. Former CB Deputy Governor Dr. W A Wijewardena cautions that debt restructuring is a long-drawn-out exercise; points out that it took 11 years to do so in Argentina: it’s now nearly 7 months since the country approached IMF and 6 months since defaulting debt.
  3. Successive governments spend over Rs.504mn on ten Special Presidential Commissions of Inquiry over the past 8 years: no information available on the outcomes of these Special PCoIs.
  4. Arrack prices increased by an average of Rs.150 per bottle: prices of two brands of cigarettes up by Rs.5 per stick.
  5. TMTK leader C V Wigneswaran says Sri Lanka must be referred to the International Criminal Court: slams UNHRC resolution as “insufficient and diluted” in favour of Sri Lanka.
  6. Government says it’s ready to discuss resumption of Japanese funded Light Rail Transit project: Japan says such discussions could commence only after debt restructuring programme is in place: not a single creditor now ready to accept “soft” default promoted by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s advisors.
  7. World Food Programme says ripple effects of Ukraine conflict is making large parts of the world more vulnerable and contributing to new humanitarian crises: also says three quarters of the population in Sri Lanka have been forced to reduce their food intake.
  8. Government waives duties on 5 imported raw materials required for locally produced sanitary napkins: price of a pack of 10 napkins to be reduced by Rs.50 to 60.
  9. Popular actor Darshan Dharmaraj 41, passes away: he was adjudged Best Actor for his role in “Ini Avan” which was also adjudged Best Film.
  10. Lotus Tower attracts more than 100,000 visitors in its first 15 days since opening.

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