The Day Brief of December 20, 2017

1. Government eats humble pie and relents on Asbestos import ban, enabling Russia to export Asbestos, which was earlier considered harmful to the environment: decision obviously linked to Russia’s import ban on tea

2. Deputy Minister Nimal Lanza resigns from post: says Yahapalanaya Government has not been able to achieve anything in the last two years and that the cost of living is unbearable

3. All government corporations and government-owned companies to pay bonuses this year, whether or not profits are made: speculation as to whether the Cabinet decision to do so, is linked to the forthcoming LG elections

4. Former beauty queen Rosy Senanayake, whose name figured prominently at the Bond Comm as having leaked sensitive information of the COPE inquiry through her son, tipped to be named the Mayor candidate for Colombo, by the UNP

5. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says that President Sirisena will sack SLFP MPs who help the Pohottuwa to bloom

6. Cadju plantations in danger of being wiped out completely, after duty reduction of cadju imports

7. Israel in talks with Sri Lankan government to upgrade five ultra-high-speed Kfir fighter aircraft

8. President Sirisena faults previous Government in which he was a key Minister, for the decision to shift the Army headquarters from Fort and sell the land to Shangri-La Hotel which he declared open in November

9. Prices of 48 drugs reduced last year, increased again

10. Free distribution of various goods by government politicians increases in leaps and bounds: Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the eye-sight of the Chairman of the Elections Commission is apparently failing him

Have a “high-visibility” Wednesday

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