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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 29/09

  1. President Ranil Wickremasinghe says the IMF doesn’t have a mechanism to help bankrupt countries: also says some of the proposals put forward will not ensure stability: warns there’s a point beyond which the people can be burdened, and that SL is now going beyond that point: analysts point out that, unfortunately, those who hurriedly declared bankruptcy had apparently not considered that basic reality.
  2. IMF Senior Mission Chief Peter Breuer says more tax reforms are needed to increase the taxes: also says the population could be affected as the utility prices are high due to high inflation and it could be “very burdensome”: asserts it is important to strengthen tax administration, remove tax exemptions, and eliminate tax evasion.
  3. Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa says the IMF itself has said the Govt has failed to achieve the revenue targets: also says the Govt took the challenge pretending that they are economic experts and funds will overflow after Ranil Wicremesinghe becomes President, but has failed to achieve the targets: promises an era of economic development which will be fulfilled by the son of Ranasinghe Premadasa.
  4. Lanka Electricity Company announces that the Social Security Levy will be added to all bills with effect from 8 September’23.
  5. Secretary of the GMOA Dr Haritha Aluthge warns that Doctors would limit the medical resources made available to peripheral hospitals after the next 2 weeks if the Health Ministry fails to provide them with a feasible solution to address the brain-drain amongst the medical fraternity.
  6. International Trade Office Chief Negotiator K J Weerasinghe says SL will commence negotiations with Malaysia & South Korea for FTAs following the completion of the trade agreement with Thailand, with the vision of joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
  7. SLFP Chairman & former President Maithripala Sirisena says all who do not have his principles are his enemies: laments he has become the common enemy of former SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara and former Army Commander MP Sarath Fonseka because they do not have his principles.
  8. Govt of Liberia invites SL Ambassador in Kenya, Kana Kananathan, to monitor and oversee the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections to be held in Liberia on October 10, 2023: this marks the 5th African nation to seek Kananathan as an election observer.
  9. Mullaitivu District Judge T Saravanarajah tenders his resignation from his posts due to threats on his life and stress: sends resignation letter to the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission on Sept 23.
  10. Judge Sarah Huggett of Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court finds top SL cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka, 32, “not guilty” of the sexual assault of a woman introduced via a Tinder date: following the acquittal, Sri Lanka Cricket to consider lifting the ban imposed on Gunarhilaka.

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