The Day Brief of December 11, 2017

1. Train strike continues: Government’s Essential Services Order ignored by strikers: children sitting GCE O/Level badly affected

2. No Fertilizer: Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake to make “emergency” procurement, waiving laid-down tender procedures, because Fertilizer was not imported in time

3. Electricity Board shock: Loss for 2017 to reach Rs. 29 billion: first tranche from sale of Hambantota Port Rs. 45 billion

4. President Sirisena speaks to Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa in last-ditch effort for reconciliation: Basil Rajapaksa non-commital

5. President Sirisena’s and PM Wickremesinghe’s plan to import coconuts hits a snag: Farmers say importing coconut is illegal

6. Joint Opposition’s Mahajana Eksath Peramuna Digamadulla District MP Sriyani Wijewickrama switches allegiance to President Sirisena: sources say she left the party after disagreements over selection of candidates for local bodies in the District

7. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake says voters want to see culprits of the former Government convicted on bribery, corruption and financial crimes charges to fulfill expectations: adds that UNP Working Committee has resolved to appoint Trials-at-Bar and special prosecution authorities to expedite legal action

8. Local Government Elections: Nominations for 93 Local Bodies commence today

9. National Lotteries Board Top Management receive windfall of nearly Rs.50 million as “allowances for selecting Lottery winners”

10. Sri Lanka break losing streak in Cricket: beat India in ODI comprehensively: But, ODI win-lose tally of 5-21 for 2017 is worst-ever in cricket history: Contraversial SLC Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala says new winning trend has started

Have a winning Monday

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