The Day Brief of December 10, 2017

1. Sri Lanka sets new world record: International Parliamentary Association reveals that Sri Lanka is the country with the highest number of Ministers in the world: Congo, Cameroons, Ecuador follow

2. Twenty political parties join with Pohottuwa Peramuna: President Sirisena says he will initiate disciplinary inquiries against those who weaken the SLFP

3. Government compelled to settle yet another Compensation claim of Rs.1.5 Billion from State owned Sino-Lanka Hotels and Spa Ltd (Grand Hyatt) to an Italian Interior Works company: Other recent compensation committments – Port City (Rs.21 billion) and Sri Lankan Airlines (Rs.15 billion)

4. “At this Local Government election, the People have to only consider as to whether or not the current Government fulfilled their expectations”, says Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa

5. PM Wickremesinghe proudly displays cheque for USD 292,097,400.00 received from Chinese Company as deposit for the sale of the Rajapaksa-built Hambantota Port: amount claimed to be the largest received in respect of a sale of a property in the country

6. Police faces major internal revolt: Dozen Senior DIGs complain to Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake about intimidation, interference and insulting behaviour of IGP Pujith Jayasundara

7. Government institution that operates the biggest consumer retail chain in the country, Lanka Sathosa in serious crisis: Fifth successive Chairman steps down

8. The water leak that occurred earlier this year in the tunnel construction works of the Uma Oya Hydro-power and Irrigation project, now under control: tunneling resumes

9. Sri Lankan Airlines shock: Chairman Ajit Dias warns employees that the Airline faces closure “in the larger interest of the country’s economy”: also says the two state-run banks funding SLA face “solvency and credit rating” issues

10. UPFA General Secretary and Minister of the UNP-UPFA Unity Government Mahinda Amaraweera says the talks between the SLFP and the Joint Opposition broke down because of those who “make deals with the UNP”

Have a “deal”-free Sunday

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