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Sri Lanka Original Narrative Summary: 10/01

  1. Treasury Secretary Mahinda Siriwardene testifies before the Parliamentary Committee to look into the matter of Financial Bankruptcy: says he did not declare a financial bankruptcy on 12th April ’22, and only announced the inability to pay some debts: asserts that therefore, the “financial bankruptcy” is a misinterpretation.
  2. United Entrepreneurs’ Forum President Tanya Abeysundera claims there were nearly a million SMEs in this country, but that the economic management of President Ranil Wickramasinghe & CB Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe has caused that number to collapse to just about 300,000.
  3. Japan stresses urgency of finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding on Debt Re-structuring between the Official Creditor Committee and the SL Govt: highlights the need for transparency & comparability in agreements with all Creditors.
  4. SJB Badulla District MP Chaminda Wijesiri resigns as an MP: Nayana Wasalathilaka fills the Parliamentary seat thereby falling vacant.
  5. GMOA & FUTA welcome the Govt’s recent decision to double the “Disturbance, Availability & Transport” allowance paid for Govt doctors and the 25% increase in the study allowance given to university teachers.
  6. UK’s Princess Anne and spouse Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence visit SL: the visit to mark 75 years of diplomatic relations between UK & SL: SL had been colonised by Portugal, Netherlands & UK for 443 years from 1505 to 1948.
  7. Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says there are around 20,000 private zoos in China, and many have expressed hopes of acquiring SL toque macaque monkeys for exhibition in their zoos.
  8. Cabinet grants approval to a proposal to enhance 1,500km of roads under the 100,000km Roads Programme, where work had been inaugurated but suspended.
  9. National Construction Assn Chairman Susantha Liyanaarachchi says the country’s business community is prepared to confront any potential measures of suppression by the Govt: his comments likely to be in response to a recent statement by Presidential Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka that the Govt would take action against “individuals spreading misinformation regarding the recent increase in VAT”.
  10. Afghanistan Cricket Board says Afghanistan will undertake an all-formats tour of SL in February’24: will play a one-off Test followed by 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

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