The Day Brief of December 19, 2017

1. Sri Lanka’s ranking in the “Global Competitiveness Index” has shocking crash: from 68th in 2014 to 71st in 2016 to 85th in 2018!

2. Long-delayed Local Government elections to be held on 10th February 2018: Yahapalanaya Government Minister and close confidant of President Sirisena, S B Dissanayake says Bond Scam has ruined UNP’s chances at the Polls

3. Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib meets President Sirisena and vows to “strengthen relations and increase investment”

4. President Sirisena says he is not convinced with some decisions made by the Constitutional Council regarding appointments to top posts

5. Government-owned Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias says salaries of Top management can’t be disclosed due to it’s “personal nature”

6. Moody’s says government recent tax measures are not adequate to improve Sri Lanka’s credit profile: Sri Lanka’s total taxes are to increase to Rs.2 trillion in 2018 from Rs. 1 trillion in 2014: more tax burdens in the offing

7. Former Foreign and Finance Minister and UNP’s Deputy Leader MP Ravi Karunanayake who resigned after giving evidence at the Bond Scam, hands over his Party’s nominations for the Colombo Municipal Council

8. Fertilizer shortage continues: farmers now desperate: President Sirisena’s request to Pakistan to urgently despatch urea not heeded: black marketeers to benefit

9. Minister Sagala Ratnayake says the government’s intention is to reward those who work hard and are self-reliant, and hence not to expect any hand-outs

10. Colombo streets to be lit up from today for Christmas with several State organisations including the armed forces, extending support for the initiative

Have a “state-paid, well-illuminated” Tuesday

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