The Day brief of 7th December 2017

1. Much awaited Bond Commission Report due to be handed over to President Sirisena tomorrow – now time extended to 31/12/17.
2. Court of Appeal extends Interim Order restraining Police from arresting former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa
3. Split in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA): Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) leaves TNA to contest Local Government elections separately
4. November tourist arrivals flat: Large hotel group Chairman Hiran Cooray says arrivals so far have been purely due to safety and stability: Shares hit near 3 month closing low
5. Train services come to an abrupt halt due to strike by Engine drivers
6. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says, if necessary, he will dissolve the Cricket Board: New young batsmen help Sri Lanka draw Test against India
7. Sri Lanka to hand over the commercial activities of its main Southern Port to a Chinese company and receive around USD 300 initially: (Recent Compensation committments of Government: Stoppage of Port City-USD 148 million, Cancellation of aircraft deal-USD 110 million)
8. MP Namal Rajapaksa says the country’s President hails from the “rice bowl”, but the country has to import rice
9. Tax on films, teledramas, and TV commercials increased by over 50%
10. Handbook on “Good Governance” handed over to the architect of the “Good Governance” Government, PM Wickremesinghe by CA Sri Lanka

Have a well-governed Thursday

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