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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 08/11

  1. Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong reiterates China’s continued and concrete support to Sri Lanka to overcome challenges.
  2. President Ranil Wickremesinghe meets US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate- John Kerry, UK PM Rishi Sunak and President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, at COP27 in Egypt.
  3. President Ranil Wickremesinghe requests UN Secretary General and the Egyptian President to convene a meeting of Agriculture Ministers of all countries to assess food needs for the next 2 years and submit a report to ensure food security.
  4. Elections Commission Chairman S G Punchihewa says Rs.10 bn has been allocated for the EC in the budget: asserts EC has no financial issue to hold LG polls soon.
  5. Top Cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka denies committing offences he is charged with: Sydney Police confiscate his passport: legal proceedings likely to take 10-12 months: several legal watchers say the cricketer has been “set up”.
  6. CB data shows Sri Lanka’s tourism earnings in the first 10 months of 2022 surpassed USD 1 bn: forex reserves drop to USD 1.7 bn by end October.
  7. Navy conducts operation in coordination with the Police and Narcotic Bureau: intercepts local fishing trawler carrying over 331kg of heroin and apprehends 6 suspects.
  8. Opposition parties allege the National Delimitation Committee chaired by former Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya is a ploy by Government to postpone Local Government elections: Deshapriya refuses to comment on the matter.
  9. New Bill is to be introduced to expedite recovery of premises under lease agreements and regulate collection of arrears of lease rentals.
  10. Party leaders to meet today re. appointing members to the Constitutional Council established under the newly passed 21st Amendment: Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to preside.

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