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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 17/11

  1. The 9th edition of the joint military exercise named “Mitra Shakti-2023” between the armed forces of India & SL commences in Pune: the exercise involves an Indian contingent primarily representing the Maratha Light Infantry Regiment and the Sri Lankan 53rd Infantry Division.
  2. President Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves the island to attend the inauguration ceremony of Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, President-elect of the Maldives.
  3. Minister Dr Bandula Gunawardene says avoiding loans from global entities & defaulting on payments leads to the refusal of other nations to accept letters of credit issued by SL & would hinder the importation of vital commodities such as petroleum, gas, medicines & essential food items.
  4. Foreign Affairs Ministry says Sri Lanka has been elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the term 2023-2027.
  5. Minister Vidura Wickramanayake says the work on the 1st phase of the solar power project for religious places of worship will be completed by the end of the year.
  6. Medical & Civil Rights Professional Assn of Doctors President Dr. Chamal Sanjeeve laments that the 2024 Budget Proposals had not recognised health priorities, such as the state of malnutrition in the island.
  7. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages’ newest ship “Resilient Lady” makes her maiden call to Asia and to the Colombo Harbour: the “Resilient Lady” is considered a marvel of modern maritime engineering & has a passenger capacity of 2,770 passengers across 1,404 cabins & suites.
  8. Women’s Big Bash League announces that a specially dedicated seating zone at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground will be named after Sri Lanka Captain Chamari Athapaththu:the zone will be called “Chamari Bay” to celebrate the Sri Lanka skipper’s cricketing prowess.
  9. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe says he faces death threats: asserts there are 2 statements that depict a threat to him and his family.
  10. Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe orders a probe on SL Cricket Selection Committee Chairman Pramodya Wickramasinghe’s statement where he had made allegations on “match-fixing” and betting.

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