The Day Brief of December 26, 2017

1. Sri Lanka meekly succumbs: lifts Asbestos ban on Russia, notwithstanding President Sirisena’s earlier strong assertion that the Asbestos ban will be maintained under any circumstances: Russia responds by lifting Tea ban on Sri Lanka

2. Postal voting for Local Government elections fixed for 25 and 26 January 2018

3. Disaster Management Centre announces that 300,000 persons are still affected by drought in 5 districts

4. Police seek extradition of Sri Lankan underworld bosses, Makundara Madush, Kosgoda Suji and Angoda Lokka, who are hiding in Dubai and operating their criminal gangs in Sri Lanka

5. British High Commissioner James Dauris welcomes the liberalisation of the shipping industry by the government although local shipping industry players are totally against the move

6. Sri Lankans remember the Tsunami of 26th December 2004 with multiple religious ceremonies

7. With India winning 3rd T20 with ease and wrapping up the series 3-0, Sri Lanka finishes year 2017 with the worst record ever: 5 wins and 26 losses

8. Immigration officials prepare for Trade Union action to win their demands: airport functions threatened

9. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne says drug prices which were increased recently, will be brought down if and when the Sri Lanka Rupee appreciates against the US Dollar

10. The respect for Politicians has been destroyed by their own actions says President Sirisena

Have a “well-respected” Tuesday

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