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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 28/11

  1. Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis asks people of Sri Lanka to stop thinking of IMF as “your Saviour”: says IMF is “your potential destroyer”: explains there’s a difference between a “bitter medicine” and a “toxic drug” that kills a patient: urges Sri Lankans not to swallow toxic waste thinking it’s effective medicine.
  2. National Audit Secretariat says over 989 people and 3,649 wild elephants and tuskers have died from 2016 to 2020 due to the human-elephant conflict.
  3. State Minister of Higher Education Dr. Suren Raghavan says laws will be enacted soon to minimise overcrowding in university hostels due to some students overstaying: says the intention is to accommodate new student batches.
  4. UN states 28% of the population faces food insecurity and that the poverty rate has doubled this year: also says Food price inflation is over 85% and acute shortages of Forex remain: previously, CB Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe had assured that Forex will be available for all imports when Forex debt is not paid.
  5. Former CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal says the announcement that Sri Lanka is “bankrupt” on 12th April 2022 was the biggest betrayal of Sri Lanka after independence: alleges the announcement of bankruptcy was a result of a conspiracy planned and executed by an organized group.
  6. Head of India’s RAW Agency Samant Kumar Goel meets President Ranil Wickremesinghe for wide-ranging talks: President’s Senior National Security Advisor Sagala Ratnayake and SL’s High Commissioner in India Milinda Moragoda also participate at the discussion.
  7. Tea Research Institute Director Dr Saman Hettiarchchi says the TRI will introduce “Tea Wine” to the global and local market early next year: also says TRI has done over 4 years of research before launching this product.
  8. State Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe says the 3rd meeting with external creditors has not been scheduled yet: also says Sri Lanka is facing a delay in debt restructuring and IMF loan approval.
  9. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe says when he receives the Report of the Committee led by former High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardane on allegations that cricketers from a particular religious sect are selected to the national team, he would refer the matter to the CID.
  10. Second Cricket ODI between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan called off due to rain: Afghanistan (228 all out), Sri Lanka (10/0 in 2.4 overs) when rain interrupted play.

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