The Day Brief of December 15, 2017

1. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa invites people to cast their votes at the upcoming Local Government Election on the basis of being either in favour of, or opposed to, the present UNP-SLFP-JVP coalition

2. Minister John Amaratunga’s statement that UNPers have the Government and the Police in their hands, draws responses: Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake asks people to join hands with the UNP and embark on a victorious journey: JO MP Ranjith de Zoysa strongly condemns the statement

3. Six Nomination Lists of the SLPP for Maharagama, Panadura, Weligama, Badulla, Agalawatte, and Mahiyangana rejected says the Elections Commission: SLFP Lists from Dehiaththakandiya and Padiyathalawe also rejected: SLPP Chairman Prof. G L Pieris says the rejection will be challenged in Court

4. Funds dry up for Grand Hyatt Hotel project in Colombo: Sources expect Government to sell the hotel at a loss: construction at slow pace

5. Russia to restrict tea imports from Sri Lanka

6. Malaysian firm proposes investment plan to take over Sri Lankan Airlines: suggests to operate airline as a “low-cost carrier”

7. Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera says baby elephants are being illegally shipped to foreign countries and that the killing of tuskers is an organised racket

8. Ministry of Education accused of being involved in violating Government Procurement Guidelines in purchasing Computer Tabs for A/L students: Allocation from 2017 budget – Rs.5 billion

9. 20 year old man arrested for continually raping his lover at “lodges”

10. PM Wickremesinghe says he will provide a subsidized basket of 8 essential items (rice, dhal, sugar, sprats, onions, potatoes and sardines) to “control the cost-of-living during the upcoming season”
Have a subsidized Friday

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