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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 11/08

  1. SJB leader Sajith Premadasa asks for whose benefit the Govt was trying to implement the 13th Amendment: also says the Opposition is ready to consider the proposals made by the President re. the implementation of the 13th Amendment and extend its support only after a through scrutiny of the merits of those suggestions.
  2. Committee on Public Finance says the Govt is to raise the gross borrowing limit and the expenditure limit for 2023 by Rs.9,000 bn to “facilitate the technical and accounting processes under the Domestic Debt Optimisation under the EFF of the IMF”: analysts puzzled as to why the debt ceiling is increased if the aim of the Debt Re-structuring exercise is to reduce the overall debt.
  3. Fort Magistrate and Maligakanda Magistrate issue separate orders preventing IUSF activists from entering or marching in protest inconveniencing public or pedestrians at the Presidential Secretariat, President’s House, PM’s office, Galle Face area, Deans Road, Kularatna Mw, T B Jayah Mw, Technical Junction, etc: Police use water cannons to disperse protestors at Kirulapone, Viharamahadevi Park and Town Hall, and arrest 22 protestors.
  4. Nine Iranian sailors imprisoned in SL released following consultations between the Iranian FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and SL FM Ali Sabry in Tehran.
  5. Deputy Speaker says the Supreme Court has determined that certain clauses of the Ayurveda Amendment Bill are inconsistent with the Constitution & the Bill should be passed with a special majority & a referendum.
  6. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe suspends the registration of Sri Lanka Automobile Association: 7-member committee appointed to overlook its functions.
  7. Ceylon Beverage Can Ltd, promoted by Cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan to set up a full-fledged “aluminium cans and beverages filling plant” in Karnataka, India: the company had requested 26 acres of land with an investment of Rs.440 crore, and is expected to generate 500 jobs.
  8. SJB leader Sajith Premadasa says the poor & elderly helplessly fall to their death in queues to get their membership of the “Aswesuma” welfare scheme that had gone awry, because the Govt has overlooked obtaining the services of the 5 main public sector officials in each Grama Niladhari Division.
  9. As per Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, the total damages caused to Galle Face, Colombo by the “Aragalaya” protests last year have been estimated at Rs.5.9 mn.
  10. Ayomal Akalanka wins the Silver medal in the 400 metres Hurdles & Nilupul Pehesara wins the Bronze medal in the Men’s High Jump with a performance of 2.00 metres, at the Commonwealth Youth Games, Trinbago 2023.

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