The Day Brief of December 12, 2017

1. Train strike nears a week: General public and school children greatly inconvenienced: People seen travelling dangerously on top of train engines: No solution in sight: President Sirisena appeals to trade unions to resume work

2. MP Weerakumara Dissanayake from the National Freedom Front and two others from the Party join President Sirisena’s SLFP

3. Compensation not paid to those who lost their lands for the construction of the Central Expressway: Massive protest on Colombo-Kurunegala Road

4. UPFA General Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says SLFP will contest Local Government elections under Betel Leaf and Hand symbols

5. Constitutional Assembly debate adjourned indefinitely as listed speakers were not present in Parliament

6. Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila says President Sirisena’s letter expressing gratitude to Lord Naseby was concealed by the Foreign Ministry, due to pressure from Tamil separatists

7. Central Provincial Councillors on a visit to China on an “educational” tour: Governor of the Province Niluka Ekanayake on “private” visit to the Maldives

8. PM Wickremesinghe says Food Security will be maintained at any cost: Coconuts now cost Rs.120

9. Minister Rajitha Senaratne claims he tackled corruption in his Ministry: says some cancer drugs that earlier cost Rs.285,000 are now imported from Russia at Rs.141,000 only

10. Sri Lanka follows Global Best Practices when reducing taxes on Beer, claims Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Have a “best-practice” Tuesday

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