The Day Brief of December 22, 2017

1. PM Wickremesinghe says two “major” development projects, the Transport Terminal at Kottawa and Rajagiriya flyover will be opened on January 8th 2018, after the Yahapalanaya Government has been in office for 1,095 days: Duration of war from blocking of Mavilaru to elimination of Prabhakaran was 1,057 days

2. Medical specialist of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Unit, Dr Darshini Mallikaratne says incidence of HIV/AIDS is streaking ahead in Sri Lanka

3. Nominations close for Local Government elections: 8,987 members to be elected to 24 Municipal Councils, 41 Urban Councils, and 276 Pradeshiya Sabhas: 15,760,809 voters

4. GCE O/L Maths question paper too difficult for students: students mentally down while one student commits suicide: Education Minister Akila Viraj says “exam papers are not made to be answered with ease”

5. MP Ven. Rathana Thera, close confidant of President Sirisena, who is credited with engineering the Glyphosate and Asbestos bans, urges President Sirisena not to relax ban on Asbestos

6. High food prices keep inflation at elevated levels in November: NCPI at 8.4%

7. Massive stock of drugs discovered in a Colombo warehouse due to be smuggled out as Tea

8. Government to intensify “search for stolen funds” with US assistance: such efforts had been on-going since the first visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry in early 2015, with no results

9. Attorney General’s department says it will not comment on status of FCID and CID probes

10. Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says the Transport Board has an improved financial situation as it has “curtailed losses”: personally hands over bonus payments for 30,000 workers for the “festive season”, even after the LG elections process has commenced

Have a “new-theory” Friday

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