The Day Brief of December 23, 2017

1. Shortage of fertilizer all over the island continues: farmers pushed to take desperate measures

2. Major cracks appear in Tamil National Alliance: several Parties contesting separately at the forthcoming Local Government elections

3. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera says that the Global Sri Lanka Forum has successfully countered the influence of the Tamil diaspora at Geneva

4. Former Navy Spokesman Commodore DKP Dassanayake who detected the consignment of 1008 kg of explosives brought into Colombo thereby thwarting a major calamity during the war on terror, further remanded till 2nd January 2018: says CID had changed his original statement made in 2015: LTTE suspect apprehended with the explosives discharged by Court a few weeks ago

5. Public requested to immediately go to Banks and exchange defaced currency notes since such notes will not be accepted by banks after 31 December 2017

6. US Millennium Challenge Funds says it has “re-selected” Sri Lanka for its “grant” programme: US has been keeping this programme going since 2002: No disbursements so far

7. Sri Lanka defies US and votes in favour of UN Resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel: Trump says all aid will be discontinued to countries that opposed the US and that the US contributions to the UN will also be stopped

8. Bond Comm Report due on 31st December: SLFP Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says the Report will not have an impact on the Local Government election

9. Sri Lanka Cricket helps India to set another new record: Indian captain Rohit Sharma scores fastest T20 century and India their highest-ever T20 total: India seals series with ease

10. Two Persons in possession of 7,800 tablets of “Mad Drug” nabbed in Kiribathgoda

Have a merry Saturday

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