The Day Brief of December 17, 2017

1. James Dauris, High Commissioner of United Kingdom, (one of the main countries that supported the Geneva UNHRC resolutions against Sri Lanka on the premise that 40,000 civilians were killed during the final stages of the war), now says that “getting distracted with numbers can distort the truth”, in the wake of Lord Naseby’s revelations that the number was only 7,000

2. Sri Lankan Airlines refuses to disclose the emoluments and perks of its Directors: Unions demand the sacking of the Directors

3. Turmoil in Agriculture Sector: Fertilizer shortage worsens after Pakistan turns down request to provide urgent supplies

4. Turmoil in Sri Lanka Telecom where the Chairman is President Sirisena’s brother, P G Kumarasinghe: CEO Dileepa Wijesundera quits

5. Turmoil in Political arena: Major Political bombshell expected from President Sirisena before the Local Government elections in February 2018

6. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress expected to contest alone in the Eastern Province

7. After shelving the project initiated by the previous regime for 3 years to solve Colombo’s Garbage problem, Megapolis Ministry now seeks approval to implement major Solid-Waste Management System in Puttalam

8. Sri Lanka, although located in South Asia, seeks to establish a Sectoral Partnership with ASEAN

9. Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva says under GSP+, “6,600 Sri Lankan products could find markets in the European Union”: GSP+ provides tax concessions to the importers in Europe: Sri Lanka’s Balance of Trade has worsened after introduction of GSP+

10. Bribery Commission asks public sector officials not to accept year-end hampers: says that up to now, no complaints have been received by them in this regard

Have a “complaint-free” Sunday

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