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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 19/11

  1. Majority of Constitutional Council Members decline to approve the reappointment of C D Wickramaratne as IGP: Govt has failed to make a permanent appointment since March’23.
  2. India’s Minister of Earth Sciences Kiren Rijiju calls on President Ranil Wickremesinghe while in Malé to attend the inaugural ceremony of Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu: discuss bilateral relationship.
  3. Several areas in Colombo inundated due to downpours: Armour Street, Thunmulla Junction and High-Level Road at Kirulapone submerged in water: heavy traffic congestion observed within the areas.
  4. Delegation headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Special Envoy & State Councillor Shen Yiqin arrives in Sri Lanka: expected to be in the country until 21st November.
  5. Colombo Stock Market ends post-Budget week with a loss of 2% amidst poor investor sentiment-led lacklustre trading: ASPI loses 259 points (2.38%) during the week: daily turnover in the week averages Rs.834mn, down from Rs.1.6bn last week.
  6. CEB says 2nd Generator Unit at Norochcholai Coal Power Plant deactivated due to a fault: power supply to be unaffected as hydropower will be generated to the maximum: the 3rd Generator Unit on the verge of being operational: 165MW Kelanitissa Combined Cycle Power Unit also shut down for scheduled maintenance for 6-weeks.
  7. Member of the new CB Governing Board Sanjeeva Jayawardena suddenly resigns: motive for resignation said to be unclear: sources say Jayawardena was worried about the appointment of Dr Ravi Ratnayake, the former Chairman of the failed Kanrich Finance, to the Governing Board.
  8. Tourism Development Authority Chairman Priantha Fernando says SL will generate a revenue of over USD 5bn from tourism receipts next year: also says this would be the highest-ever revenue figure generated by the industry: asserts the industry targets 2.3mn tourist arrivals next year.
  9. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa says that SL Cricket President Shammi Silva had sent a letter to the International Cricket Council alleging that the Sports Ministry had made undue interferences in its activities: asserts that this letter had led to the ICC ban on SL Cricket: tables the letter in Parliament.
  10. SL Cricket’s Coach-Consultant Mahela Jayawardena says he was given a half-baked, half-fit group of players who failed to deliver by losing 7 of the 9 matches in India: asserts that fatigue got into the players and performance died down from the first game towards the last game, because of low fitness.

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