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SRI LANKA ORIGINAL NARRATIVE SUMMARY: 09/11

  1. President Ranil Wickremesinghe addresses COP27: says colonialism transferred rich resources of Asia and Africa to Europe, and used those to industrialise colonising countries: states the countries that were plundered, became poor: asserts “umbrella industrialisation” of developed economies is root cause of climate change.
  2. NFF Leader and “independent” Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa says CB Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe earns salaries from CB and IMF: asserts that creates a major “conflict of interest”.
  3. Senior Advisor to the President Sagala Ratnayake says World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka, Faris Hadad-Zervos had been
    “amazed” by the action policy and vision of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, and had expressed support for the President’s vision.
  4. Former Minister and SJB MP Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says President Ranil Wickremesinghe has brought the country to a stable level by providing solutions for the immediate problems: SLPP MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage says the President has provided solutions for the
    burning problems.
  5. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene blames
    Opposition for President’s
    criticism of Parliament: Speaker’s Media Secretary attributes reasons for such blame, including delay in appointing joint Committees: Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella says Opposition would not join Committees until Government discloses agreement with IMF, in Parliament.
  6. International Organisation for Migration says 303 Sri Lankans have been rescued from a distressed vessel and taken to the Port of Vung Tau in Vietnam, 1800 km away from Hanoi.
  7. Former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal publishes book titled “ආර්ථික ඝාතකයන් මැද” (“Among Economic Hitmen”): book said to contain “answers to all questions” pertaining to the manner and persons behind the bankruptcy of the country.
  8. Colombo Additional Magistrate Keminda Perera orders the remand of 2 police officers and a school principal for torturing Grade 5 students at the Millaniya Primary School, Horana.
  9. Sri Lanka Cricket appoints 3-member panel of Justice Sisira Ratnayake, Attorneys at law Niroshana Perera & Asela Rekawa to inquire into the alleged incident involving Danushka Gunathilaka and a woman introduced to him via an Australian “dating” site.
  10. UN teams in SL and NGOs extend a “Humanitarian Needs and Priorities” (HNP) Plan that aims to provide life-saving assistance to 3.4 million people amid SL’s worst economic crisis since independence.

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